Synths & Sound Design

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Take Effects in Reaper

Every DAW allows you to apply effect processing per track... but Reaper has another option: Take Effects. These apply effect chains to different items and Gary Hiebner shows how it is done.

Working with EQ in Cubase 7

There's a ton of options when you need an EQ in Cubase 7. Hollin Jones filters out the new from the old, and reveals some often unknown tricks for working with EQ in Steinberg's popular DAW.

Curing Muddiness in Convolution IR’s Using Logic Pro's Match EQ

Logic Pro's Space Designer is an excellent convolution reverb. However, using IR's can add muddiness to your sound. Jay Asher shares a clever technique to help you achieve better and clearer mixes.

6 Power Tips for Ableton Push

Having had the luxury to cosy up with his Push, Noah Pred shares some insights on how to squeeze the most out of Ableton's premium hardware instrument and controller.

Make An Arp Patch with Predator

Rob Papen's Predator is more than a synth. For some, it's on their essential studio gear list, which is no surprise as it's incredibly versatile and sounds great. G. W. tours the Arp capabilities.

Creating Synth Layers in Cubase 7

If you listen to professionally produced songs featuring synths, you may be fooled into thinking the synth is a single preset. Matt Loel T Hepworth dispels the illusion by layering them up in Cubase.

PreSonus Studio One: Building and Saving Effect Chains

PreSonus Studio One V2 comes with an impressive selection of bundled effects. But, at some point you'll want to build your own effects chains. Gary Hiebner shows you how.

Logic Pro X: FREE Script for Incredible New Scripter MIDI FX Plug-In

An unsung hero in Logic Pro X is the Scripter MIDI FX Plug-in. Using JavaScript you can create your own MIDI FX. Peter Schwartz (Mr Environment to his friends) has created a special one to download.

Live 9: Creating Bass Using Your Voice

Want to create bass sounds? Tired of using presets or just want something completely unique? Launch Ableton Live and open your mouth! G. W. Childs shows how to use your voice outside the box.

Drawing Pad Sounds With iZotope Iris

Drawing sounds? When it comes to creating evolving pads and sound beds you could be forgiven for thinking the only option is to program parameters or adjust controls. iZotope Iris begs to differ!

Logic Pro X Retro Synth: Free Tutorial

Curious to know more about Logic Pro X's new Retro Synth? Gary Hiebner puts this vintage synth capable of analog, sync, table and FM synthesis to the test. (Includes audio examples).

Logic Pro X Tutorial: Getting Creative with Drummer

Most of us don't have a pro drummer inside our studios waiting to help us out... enter Logic Pro X's new artificial intelligence drummer. It follows the groove of your song, and actually sounds great!

Logic Pro X Tutorial: Introducing MIDI FX: The Arpeggiator

Arpeggiating in Logic 9 used to be tricky. Logic Pro X changes that with easy to use yet incredibly powerful new MIDI FX plug-ins! Steve H show how to use the new Arpeggiator and download free patches

Logic Pro X Tutorial: Flex Pitch

One of the marquee features in Logic Pro X is Flex Pitch. David Earl (aka. SFLogicNinja) dives in to showcase just how effective the pitch manipulation is and how it works.

Building ‘SuperMod’ CV Systems In Reason 7

Creating interesting sonic textures in Reason just got a whole lot cooler! Mo Volans shows how to create super modulated instruments with a lot of crazy modulation routings involved.