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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.

Create Your Own Impulse Responses in Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9's new Convolution Reverb is infinitely expandable with your own custom impulse responses. Gary Hiebner shows how to make spaces using the included IR Measurement Tool.

Creating Full Range ‘Super Pads’

Pads can be the basis for a track, though more often than not they are used for atmospheres or break downs. Mo Volans shows how to make them super, whatever the purpose, in Logic or any DAW of choice.

Spice Up Your Beats with iZotope Trash 2

Who wants hotter, fatter and spicier beats? iZotope's Trash 2 is an ideal companion in such a quest. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs gets gnarly with his beats using Trash 2's side chain feature.

Guitar Tips: EQ Filtering

You've recorded your guitar and now it's time to process and refine the recorded sound. But where to start? Rich Tozzoli discusses using EQ, one of the most powerful ways to filter your sound.

Creative Distortion with Cubase 7 Plug-Ins

Mangling, crunching, smashing or gently warming up sounds has never been easier thanks to Cubase 7’s suite of plug-ins. Hollin Jones digs in the dirt, sonically speaking.

The Joy of Convolution Reverb and Impulse Responses in Ableton Live 9

Love Ableton Live, but miss a built-in convolution reverb? In Live 9 you can find both a convolution reverb and use impulse responses to create your own spaces and effects. Gary Hiebner sounds it out.

Creating Horror Choirs in Reason

Let's play sonic word association... "Choir." Did you imagine angelic sounds, or similar? G. W. Childs turns this idea on its head by introducing a 'horror' element using Reason.

Adding Life to Loops in Logic Pro

Loops are great. But loops can also become mind-numbingly repetitive, too. Darren Burgos, however, has a solution to adding distinct, musical variations using a MIDI controller and Logic Pro.

Do You Write Music, or Does Music Write You?

What came first, the music or the mood? G. W. Childs shares muses over the effect music has on our emotional states and questions whether the music we listen to it is responsible, or not.