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Making A Distorted Synth Bass With Logic Pro's ES2

If you tuned in and downloaded the FREE ES2 patches by Mo Volans back in July 2012 you'll have come across a lovely distorted synth bass. Discover how to program this patch from scratch in Logic Pro!

MPV Free Stuff: Synths for Logic Pro

There's only one thing better than a free lunch... MPV Free Stuff!! This time we've got a delicious & edgy collection of Logic synth settings for you. Simply log in (or sign-up for free) to download!

Building a Pad Sound in Cubase's Padshop Pro

Padshop is Steinberg’s new instrument in VST and AU formats that uses granular synthesis to build pad sounds. Follow along with Hollin Jones in this step-by-step synth workshop.

How to: Talking Bass in NI Massive

Talking basses have become commonly used in modern music, from Dubstep to pop. Native Instruments synth guru, Rishabh Rajan takes you step-by-step through the process of creating these using Massive.

Gate Techniques in Logic Pro

We've all heard it: rhythmic stutters on a Trance pad or a chopped-up pumping synth line. Wouldn't it be great to know how to make this effect? Darren Burgos demonstrates 3 ways to get gating in Logic

MPV and McDSP Songcraft Remix Contest Reaction Video

[Video] The MPV & McDSP Remix Contest 1: Producing Lauren Balthrop was more popular than we ever imagined. Watch Al, Ben and Mike chat about (and listen to) the many quality remixes.

MPV Free Stuff: Download Logic Pro's ES2 Patches Electricity

Mo Volans has produced 10 Logic Pro ES2 patches that contain a raw electric edge. You’ll find pads, leads and basses in there covering a wide range of genres. log-in, sign-up (for free) and enjoy!

Vowel EQ Shifting in Logic Pro

Talking basses aren't new, but they're seeing a revival in musical styles, from Dubstep to pop. Gary Hiebner demonstrates how to get that vowel, formant, talking bass style synth using Logic Pro's ES2

Get Dirty with the ESM in Logic Pro

Get down and dirty with GW Childs as he explores the simpler side of synth programming of Logic Pro's ES M. Starting with a clean, pure bass he shows how to add some grime!

Creating Dark Electronica Bass Sounds In Reason

Get your mood on with this step-by-step on creating bass sounds that spring to life … in a dark and brooding way. Mo Volans shows how in Propellerhead Reason.

NI Battery 3: Quickly Create Custom Convolution Reverbs

Check out how to quickly and imaginatively create your own custom convolution reverbs in Native Instruments' Battery with Ruari Galbraith!

NI Producer Effects: Vocal Processing

Native Instruments' Producer Effects are one of the best kept, and most versatile, secrets in Guitar Rig. Mo Volans explores how to apply them on vocals.

NEWS: Boxed Ear presents Mighty M5 Kontakt Sample Pack

As soon as I heard the audio examples for this new sample pack library for Kontakt I was hooked! And of course, wanted to explore it some more. Read on to find out more about this 1.5GB soundset.

Using iZotope Iris on Drum Loops

With Iris, iZotope has given digital musicians something exciting to explore! It's one of those synths that truly deserves to be termed as "innovative". Toby Pitman puts it to work on drum loops.

Bitcrushing Fun with Degrade in Max For Live

Adding some distortion to your sounds can be done directly in Ableton using Redux. Rishabh Rajan explores an alternate method using Max for Live's Degrade~ object with unique results!