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Creating a Solo Violin EXS24 Instrument for Logic Pro

Mike Watkinson, ADE, shows how to quickly and effortlessly create a solo violin sampled instrument in Logic Pro - something strangely lacking in the included content for Apple's flagship DAW.

Creating Partials in Native Instruments' Reaktor

David Earl shows how to use Reaktor to convert logarithmic pitch to frequency, create a harmonic series and control it all using one knob! A little essential theory followed by all the practical steps

Automating Bit Crusher Effects In Logic Pro

Have you tried adding an edge to your tracks with distortion? It's easy to go over the top... Mo Volans shows how to get an aggressive sound while keeping your mix balanced using Logic Pro.

Remixing Vocal Stems in Logic Pro

So, you want to remix a track? Darren Burgos invites you into his studio of tricks in this article as he reinvigorates vocal stems using Logic Pro. He's also kindly included the Logic project, too!

Ableton Live Sound Design: Demonic Voices

Warning! This tutorial is not for the faint of heart. Still reading? Prepare to release your inner evil using Ableton Live's effects to transform your voice into something from an evil place.

Create A Filtered Delay Effect With The Eventide H3000 Factory Native

Jump straight in to this tutorial by Toby Pitman on using Eventide's H3000 to create lush filtered delay effects on guitars and other sounds.

Bitcrushing Automation in Ableton

Is lo-fi the new hi-fi? Whatever your opinion there's something about downgraded, bit-reduced sounds that can really help your tracks stand out. Gary Hiebner explores bit crushing in Ableton Live.

Using iZotope Stutter Edit on Lead Sounds

Learn how to St-st-sttt-utter your lead synths using iZotope's unsurprisingly popular plug-in, Stutter Edit. G. W. Childs takes you through from start to finish.

Getting To Know Cubase 6.5’s New Synths

Become a Cubase Master as Mo Volans takes you on a tour of the ins and outs of all the new synths introduced in the latest 6.5 version of Steinberg's flagship DAW.

Creating Signature Patches Layers in Logic Pro 9

There's more than enough sounds, instruments and patches in Logic Pro that'll keep you busy for a lifetime. Tempting as it is to pick a common preset, stand out from the crowd and get layering.

Morphing Sounds in Logic Pro's Sculpture

Do you know how to get the best out of Sculpture's Morph section in Logic Pro? In this tutorial Darren Burgos runs through all the essentials to get you up and running.

Flip Dem Sounds in Logic Pro

Reversing / flipping / twisting sounds can bring much joy when making beats or designing sound effects. Darren Burgos demonstrates how to do all this and more in Logic Pro.

Creating Dynamic Sounds Using Multi-Band FX in Ableton Live

Dust off and shake up your sounds with this excellent tutorial by Noah Pred. Discover how to add some dynamism using multi-band FX in Ableton Live.

Creating Transformer Like Sound Effects Using Skanner

Whether you like the films or not, the sound design in Transformers is pretty impressive! G. W. Childs IV gets granular in his quest to emulate the Transformer effects using NI's Skanner XT.

Ableton's Frequency Shifter Device. What is it and How Do I Use it?

Simple can be super, as Ableton's Frequency Shifter Device proves. In fact, it's often overlooked for sound design purposes... when in fact, it could be exactly what you need. Rory Dow demonstrates.