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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.

Creating Dynamic EDM Drum Patterns In Live 9

Electronic music is often accused of being stale / repetitive – but using a few tricks in Live 9's enhanced MIDI editor, it's easy to create dynamic drum loops & get them ready for use in your tracks.

FREE: 20 x Logic Pro Guitar Presets

Thanksgiving just got even better! We've got a FREE selection of 20 expertly created guitar channel strip settings for Logic Pro users. Simply log in (to sign-up is free too) and download them now!

Using FL Studio’s Riff Machine

What do you do when musical inspiration temporarily deserts you? Load up FL Studio 11 and get playing with the Riff Machine is what! Gary Hiebner gets generating melodies with this fab tool.

Creating Dubstep in Logic Pro X's Ultrabeat, Part 2

In part 2 of this series, Darren Burgos finishes off the DubStep groove we started in part 1 not only completely in Logic Pro X, but exclusively in a single instance of Ultrabeat!

Making Dubstep in Logic Pro X's Ultrabeat, Part 1

Love it or hate it, making Dubstep wobble basses and the lot can be very fun! In part one of this two-part series, Darren Burgos shows how to create a Dubstep groove in Logic Pro X's Ultrabeat.

Music Production Tips: Alternating Auto-Pan Effects

How do you get elements in your mix to gel when they clash? Before you ditch the parts read and listen to the examples in this tutorial by Mo Volans as he uses auto-panning to solve this problem.

Randomizing Effects and Devices with the Max For Live Device Randomizer

There's something so satisfying about randomly stumbling upon sounds and fx you'd never have consciously created. Gary Hiebner shows how to use the Randomizer Max for Live device to good effect.

Capturing the Arpeggiator Output in Logic Pro X

One of the most impressive improvements in Logic Pro X is the addition of MIDI FX plug-ins, in particular the Arpeggiator. In this tutorial Darren Burgos reveals two ways to capture its actual output.

MIDI 2.0? Next Steps and MIDI Alternatives for Musicians

30 years on and MIDI is alive and kicking. But what about the next 30 years? What about current and future alternatives? G. W. Childs investigates the emerging technology for musicians.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Native Instruments' The Giant

Put away your mics and forget about hiring that upright acoustic piano (for now!)... Native Instruments' The Giant piano instrument is here to provide a realistic alternative as Hollin Jones find out.

FCP X to Logic Pro X, The Fine Print

You may have heard it's possible for Logic Pro X to read FCPXML! Ben Balser explores the best ways possible to create a successful workflow between Apple's pro video and audio workstations.

Better Kick and Bass Combos With Waves, Brainworx and WavesFactory

In this article Darren Burgos examines three third party plug-ins that use frequency ducking to attain a better sounding kick/bass combination. Waves, Brainworx and WaveFactory are in the lab.

Logic Pro’s X’s Bass Amp Designer: Not Just for Bass Guitarists

Bass amps are for bass players only? Nope! Kick open Logic Pro X and follow this excellent tutorial by Darren Burgos as he shows you how to use Bass Amp Designer in new and novel ways for synths.

Extending the use of your Akai APC40 in Ableton Live, Part 2 of 2

Akai's APC40 is an awesome bit of kit for DJs & producers. Rory Dow, master synthesist and Ableton Live user, explores how to make it even better using Max for Live. (Part 2/2)