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Using Reason's Thor Sequencer for Phrase Sequencing

Propellerhead Reason is chocka full of hidden features and functionality. In this tutorial G. W. Childs shows how to make a melodic pattern in Thor that changes pitch dependant on the keys you press.

Fun with Loopmash FX in Cubase 7.5

If you're familiar with using Loopmash as an instrument, prepare to have your musical mind blown as Hollin Jones unleashes its potential as an effects processor in Cubase 7.5.

Creating Stereo From Mono Tracks In Logic Pro X

Most times you'll record instruments in mono to a single channel, but sometimes you may want to beef these up in the mix and create stereo versions. Here's how, in Logic Pro X.

6 Tips for Making Unique Orchestral Library Compositions

The tools for authentic sounding orchestras are here. But, that automatically make your string sections sound good! Jay Asher shares six tips to help make your orchestral compositions unique.

Building Dynamic Layered Claps From Scratch In Ableton Live 9

Where would modern music, to say nothing of electronic music, be without a heavy downbeat accent on the second and fourth beats of a 4/4 bar? Noah Pred shows how to create stacked claps in Live 9.

4 Delay Tips in PreSonus Studio One

If you need to add extra depth or interest to your tracks, it's common to reach for delay effect plug-ins. In this tutorial, Gary Hiebner provides 4 delay-oriented tips for PreSonus Studio One users.

Making Use of iZotope Stutter Edit in a Live Context

Despite being a couple of years since its release, iZotope and BT's Stutter Edit is still one of the most versatile glitch tools for live EDM performance. Gary Hiebner explores how it works.

Making the Most Out of Guitar Effects In The Box

Rich Tozzoli takes a hands-on approach to using guitar effects in the box to find out which plug-ins will help you transform your guitar sounds from dry and uninspiring to rich and varied.

8 Pro Mixing Tips: Processing the Master Fader

Chances are, you're using a Master Fader on your DAW to control the overall mix. If you do, there are a few tips and tricks that can help make the sound leap out of the speakers.

4 Quick Tips for Fatter Drums in Ableton Live 9's Drum Racks

Everyone wants bigger, fatter, chunkier drums right? Thin sounding drums very rarely cut it! Ableton Certified Trainer, Noah Pred, shares 4 quick tips to plump up your beats using Live 9's Drum Racks.

Create Morphing Instruments in Bitwig Studio

If you've got Bitwig Studio, you're likely to be impressed with the workflow and effects. In this tutorial, Gary Hiebner shows how to create morphing instruments using Bitwig's XY instrument.

Designing Dance Kicks in Logic Pro X

If you like EDM, Logic Pro X and designing sounds, you'll get a kick out of this tutorial! Darren Burgos takes you on a tour of Ultrabeat. Your mission is simple: to design your own big kicks.

5 Tips for Korg Gadget for iPad

Intuitive, fun and powerful are all words used to describe Korg's fabulous Gadget for iPad synth app. Hollin Jones shares 5 timely tips for this must-have iPad app for musicians and producers.

How to Overcome Writer's Block, Even Love it!

As musicians, producers, (or many creatives) tell us, writer's block is a feared stated. However, it doesn't have to be as Josh Aker, composer for the Infinity Blade series of iOS games explains.

Problem Solving With Velocity Curves In Logic Pro X

Learn all about how velocity curves in Logic Pro X can be used to provide a number of excellent solutions to some real head scratchers.