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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)

A Brief History of FM Synthesis

David Earl (aka SFLogicNinja) is here on a mission. The mission is to explain the history of FM synthesis (you know, Ghostbusters basslines, etc). In this fascinating article David does that and more.

Music Production Tips: To EQ or to Compress?

When mixing we often think of EQing and Compressing as quite separate processes. Darren Burgos sets out to show you how the two have more in common than you might think.

Using the Pitch Plugin to Trigger Drum Racks in Ableton Live 9

You're playing live. Triggering samples in Ableton Live 9. But you've got 132 to choose from... Yikes! Tadhg Leonard shares some super tips on using the pitch plug-in to trigger samples in an instant!

Adding Punch to Tracks in Logic Pro X

If your mix is sounding a bit flat or instruments feel hidden away it's time to employ some top tips to give your tracks more punch! Darren Burgos shows how to do just that in Logic Pro X.

Setting Up Native Instruments' Razor to Vocode

NI's Razor is appreciated for its cutting-edge sonic capabilities. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs slices through the many layers of this complex synth with a mind to get vocoding.

EDM Production Tips in Cubase

Getting started creating EDM? Here are 5 excellent tips for producing electronica in Steinberg's Cubase, courtesy of Mo Volans.

Making Trap Beats in Reason

The Trap music genre seems to be constantly evolving... and borrowing from other more established styles too. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs shows how to make Trap style beats in Propellerhead Reason.

Ableton Live 9: Using Dummy Clips For FX Control

Make the most of those versatile dummy clips in Ableton Live 9 with this creative tip by Tadhg Leonard. Learn how to use them for advanced control of your effects via different launch modes.

Create Macklemore & Lewis Style Lead with FL Studio 11's Poizone

In this tutorial, sound designer, G. W. Childs, delves into a Macklemore and Lewis track, Can't Hold Us. Using FL Studio 11's Poizone, G.W. shows how to recreate its minimal synth sound.

Polyrhythmic Programming in Ableton Live 9

There's grooves and then there's grooves. In this tutorial, Ableton Certified Trainer, Noah Pred, shows how to take your Ableton Live 9 groove creations to the next level polyrhythmically.

5 Tips to Get You Rocking with UA ENGL Amplifier Plugins

Looking to rock out when recording or mixing? You may well want to check out Universal Audio's ENGL Amp plug-ins. In this article Rich Tozzoli shares 5 essential tips for these awesome effects.

Using Native Instruments' Mouth Synth

We all have the most diverse musical instrument already: your voice. And NI's Mouth takes advantage of your voice by transforming it into melodic sounds you can only dream of. Here's how to use it!

Sound Design: Vocode Like Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Using Ableton Live and kHS ONE

Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was arguably one of the albums of the summer. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs explores how to emulate their vocoding style using Ableton Live and kHS ONE.

Using Max For Live’s LFO

Want to modulate your sounds or a particular control on a synth or plugin in Ableton Live 9? Max for Live's LFO is here for exactly that purpose and Gary Hiebner is here to show you how to it works!