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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.

Creating Quick Bread and Butter Sounds in Reason

Designing sounds is like using building blocks. By creating 3 simple patches G. W. Childs shows how, in no time at all, you can use Reason to take you into different sonic dimensions.

Game Audio: Creating a Realistic Rate of Fire for Automatic Weapons Using Logic

From Halo to Call of Duty, shooters are a popular genre of video game. David Earl takes to the battlefield and uses Logic Pro to create realistic automatic gun effects.

Creating Stutter and Glitch Effects using Sampler Loops in Reaktor

David Earl shows how to create glitch and stutter effects by navigating within sampler loops in Reaktor using a single math module! The results are both complex and fascinating!

Creating Drum Kits from Household Items in Ableton Live 9

Struggling to find inspiring sounds? Get out of your studio and explore your home. You may be surprised just how fun sampling household objects can be for creating your own drum kits in Live.

Reason 7: What is the Audiomatic Retro Transformer?

What does 'Audiomatic Retro Transformer' suggest to you? Something harkening back to old skool technology? Analog warmth? Lo-fi? G. W. turns back the clock in this look at Reason 7's new device.