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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.

Melodyne Integration in PreSonus Studio One

Melodyne has long been used by musicians and producers looking to pitch correct audio like we're used to doing with MIDI events. Gary Hiebner explores Melodyne's integration in PreSonus Studio One.

Harmonic Sound Design with Ableton Live's Vocoder

Understanding how Ableton's vocoder works will allow you to create, not only robotic voices, but so much more harmonic content. If you're into sound design this is a must-read article!

Get Your Audio Grooving in Ableton Live

A captivating groove can transform a simple head-nodding track into a real hip-shaking anthem. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs shows how Ableton Live can apply some groove goodness to audio.

Make Your Own Sci-Fi Voice Transmissions in Reason

G. W. Childs draws on experience creating interplanetary sound effects for Star Wars video games for this tutorial on how to make authentic Sci-Fi style radio transmissions in Reason.

Found Sounds Workshop: Creating Intense Battle Beats

When composing for game, film or other music, it's important to make our sounds stand out from the crowd. Josh Aker (Infinity Blade I & II composer) shows how to create your own BIG & awesome sounds.