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How to Databend Digital Media for Sound Design

Ever wondered what a reverb or a phaser would look like on a photo you took on your iPhone? How about editing audio loops in a text editor? Enter the world of databending where everything is possible.

Take Your Studio Everywhere for Musical Inspiration

Don't be stuck in your studio. There's a world of inspiration beyond your four walls. Now that laptops, iPads & controllers can fit in your backpack it's easier than ever to explore & create anywhere.

Tuning White Noise Using Reason's Subtractor

When you think of white noise you might not feel inspired, but with some clever filtering tricks and when played through Reason's Subtractor you can create something musical and unique.

Designing Menu and Button Sounds for Video Games in Ableton Live

Possibly the most fun any sound designer can have is in designing chirps, clicks and pops for video game menu interfaces. G. W. Childs scrolls through the ins and outs in this tutorial.

3 Tips to Boost Creativity Using Sound When Sleeping

Some of us don't find Christmas to be the most enjoyable time... if you'd prefer to hibernate through the next couple of days we can help! G. W. Childs shows how sound can put you to sleep.

Sound Design with iZotope Iris

Iris from iZotope is not your typical synth plug-in. In essence this resynthesizer is perfect for creating unique sonic textures others can only dream of! Hollin Jones gets designing sounds with it.

5 Essential Mixing Tips Every Producer Should Know

When it comes to mixing your musical creations, there's tips and then there's tips... In this article Mike Watkinson shares what he feels are five of the most essential tips you need to know.

Extreme Sound Processing in Cubase 7.5

If you’re looking for a grittier edge for your productions, Cubase has all the tools you need! Hollin Jones is on hand to show you how.

Sampling In Maschine V2

Sampling in Maschine just got a lot easier with the subtle new features in version 2.0. In this tutorial, Mo Volans takes you through sampling from start to finish using Maschine.

Compression Techniques for Acoustic Guitar

Don't let acoustic guitars torment you in the mixing stage! They can be tough to tame, but fortunately we have Rich Tozzoli here to guide us through using compression to stay in control.

Building Macro Racks for DJ Sets in Ableton Live

So you're performing live using Ableton? You're not using Racks? Really? Gary Hiebner has a treat for you with this tutorial on building Macro Racks when DJing in Ableton.

Sidechain Techniques in PreSonus Studio One

Sidechaining can be used for corrective and creative results in your music productions. Using PreSonus Studio One, Gary Hiebner shows how to pump & duck different elements to help them pop in the mix.

Creating Custom Insert Chains In Reason

When it comes to it, using presets can be good... creating your own custom insert chains can be so much better! Not only are you making a unique sonic palette, but you're learning more too.

Synthesis Survival Guide: Filters

In his last mission on uncovering the mysteries of synthesis, Peter Schwartz explored Frequency. Get ready for the big reveal on everything related to filters.

Creating Perfect Crescendos in Logic Pro X

There's often more than one way to achieve a production trick in Logic Pro X. That's true when creating crescendos too. Master Logician, Jay Asher, shows you how to add impact to your music in Logic.