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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!

Sample, Slice and Quantize Audio in Reason 7

Reason 7's audio editing capabilities put it on par with some of the more "traditional" audio-based DAWs on the market. In this tutorial, Hollin Jones explores the many ways you can manipulate audio.

Creating Signature Patches with Summing Track Stacks in Logic Pro X

For many useful advanced tasks in Logic Pro X we no longer need to delve into the Environment. Track Stacks are a prime example of how to create sophisticated patches in just a few steps.

Combining Synth Types In Logic Pro X

The new Track Stacks in Logic Pro now gives us instant access to easily create a layered sounds, synths and textures. In this tutorial, Mo Volans explores how to combine different tasty synth types.

Creating a Dubstep-style Wobble Bass in FL Studio 11

Used by high-profile artists and musicians (like BT), FL Studio 11 is taking the music world by storm. In this tutorial, Gary Hiebner shows how to create dub step wobble basses with ease.

Quick and Easy Sampler Instruments in Logic Pro X

Did you know that, thanks to Logic Pro X inheriting the Musical Keyboard from GarageBand, you can now create sampler instruments faster than ever? Mike Watkinson demonstrates how.

6 Essential Tips for NI Battery 4

Battery 4 has seen a major overhaul with a new refined interface and loads of new features. Get the most out of this drum sampler powerhouse with Toby Pitman's essential tips.

Synth Basics: Parallel And Series Filter Modes Explained

When it comes to filtering your sound in your favourite synth, you may have come across two mode: parallel and series. Mo Volans seeks to demystify these, and importantly show how they differ.

Logic Pro X MIDI FX Tutorial: Low CPU, High Creativity

Getting unique sounds and effects out of Logic Pro X doesn't have to mean taxing your Mac's CPU. G. W. Childs shows how to make use of the new MIDI FX plug-ins to get creating wherever you are.

Making Fat Bass Patches In NI's Monark

Native Instruments' introduced a lot of new virtual kit with Komplete 9, one of these new toys is the Monark synth: a virtual analog offering that models what one can only assume is the classic Moog.

Mastering Max for Live's Mono Sequencer

Live 9 is arguably the most exciting environment in which to create musical content. And the new Max for Live Mono Sequencer makes it even better for musicians as Noah Pred discovers.