Synths & Sound Design

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Pro Tools Velvet Explored

Take a look inside Avid's Instrument Expansion pack for Pro Tools 10 and you'll find some succulent software instruments to get your teeth into. Mike Watkinson uncovers the luxurious Velvet.

Using Noise Layers To Enhance Sounds In Reason

Reason now has more processors and cool devices than you can shake a stick at but sometimes it's good to go back to basics and use some more traditional methods to enhance your sounds.

The Art Of Sound-A-Likes And Re-Records

Toby Pitman reveals the process behind creating sound-a-likes and re-records of popular songs for TV, DVD, stage and '¦ a huge event we can't talk about...

Creating Pitch Modulation Effects in Logic Pro

Learn how to get some crazy pitch modulation effects going in Logic Pro with this step-by-step tutorial by Gary Hiebner. Traditionally used on guitars, who can apply them any type of sound you wish!

Creating Quick Riser FX In Massive

Are you a Native Instruments Massive user? Need some good transitional FX sounds? Got 2 minutes to spare? Follow this sound design tip by Toby Pitman...

Super Sizing your Sampled Synths in Ableton Live

Want to breathe more life into your sampled synths in Ableton Live? Do they lack that certain something? G. W. Childs takes you on a super journey where big is better!

Sound Design Using NI FM8

What's that? FM8 is one of the synths in Native Instruments' Komplete you've not played with yet?!? Drop what you're doing and follow this step-by-step sound design tut with the FM8 by David Earl...

Get Creative With Containers in NI Guitar Rig 5

Toby Pitman explores NI Guitar Rig 5's new container modules. You can use them in all sorts of rack-based ways which, as he discovers, makes them versatile for studio and performance musicians.

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!