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3 Ableton Live Vocoder Tips

Vocoders can do so much more than create Sci-Fi inspired robotic vocal effects. G. W. Childs digs into Ableton Live's Vocoder and shares 3 vital tips.

iBook: MPVHub Expert Guides: Music Studio Essentials

Every musician needs a studio! Mike Watkinson walks you through all the project studio essentials from monitoring to recording with mics in this enhanced iBook guide w/ 40 minutes of video tutorials!

Sound Like Skrillex in Ableton Live, Part 2 (Resampling and Editing)

Turn on the radio (do people still use these?) and you'll likely, at some point, hear some Skrillex-inspired tunes. Gary Hiebner shows how to recreate his musical style in Ableton Live. (Part 2)

Melodyne: Formant Tool Sound Design

Melodyne as a film production sound design tool? If you've never explored the more esoteric uses of Melodyne then read on as Celemony expert, David Andris, guides you through some formant tools tips.

Reason’s Pulverizer Spotlight: Tremor

G. W. Childs knows how to uncover sonic gems in almost any awesome synth. Reason's Pulveriser is one such instrument. Explore how to use Pulveriser's Tremor to unlock its potential.

Using Modifiers With Traktor's 12 In Guitar Rig Pro

Delving into the Producer Effects in NI's Guitar Rig Pro can be a joy for any serious music producer. Mo Volans breathes new life into sounds using Producer Effects in conjunction with Trakor's 12.

Smashing Your Beats With Reason 6's Scream 4

So, you've got the hang of designing sounds for and programming your beats? Next up is processing and mixing them. Mo Volans takes a step-by-step approach for destroying them with Reason's Scream 4.

Using Ringshifter For Pitch Effects in Logic Pro

Check out this excellent tip on how to use Logic Pro's Ringshifter plug-in to create a variety of guitar effects like the Boss Octaver and the Octafuzz. Toby Pitman gets creative.

5 Tips For iZotope Stutter Edit

There's no doubt that iZotope's Stutter Edit is the go-to plug-in for glitch effects, both in the studio and when playing live. Here are 5 tips by Mo Volans to make Stutter Edit positively purr!

Evil Leads Creation in Propellerhead Reason 6

If you're feeling like a goody-two shoes today then skip this article. Seriously, don't click to read more… unless, that is, you're ready for GW Childs to seduce you with evil leads in Reason 6.

Creating Robotic Voice Effects with Melodyne

Melodyne is best known for its pitch correction tools and makes editing out of tune vocal performances simple! However, it can be used with creative results in mind too, as Gary Hiebner discovers.

Sound Like Skrillex in Ableton Live, Part 1

Turn on the internet or radio (do people still use these?) and you'll likely, at some point, hear some Skrillex-inspired tunes. Gary Hiebner shows how to recreate his musical style in Ableton Live.

Vocoding for Better Pads in Reason

Vocoders. You've got to love them! They seemingly never go out of fashion, and they have so much to offer across a wide range of genres. G.W. Childs creates better pads in Reason using the BV512.

Reverse Engineering a Patch in Animoog for iPad

Different people approach learning synthesis in different ways. In this article, Rishabh Rajan shows how reverse engineering a patch in Animoog for iPad can improve your synth programming skills.

Using Guitar Effects on Synth Bass in Reason

Guitar effects aren't only for guitarists! Hollin Jones takes some of the best guitar effects that Reason has to offer and applies them to a synth bass. Read and listen to the results...