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Choosing Your First Synthesizer

With so many synths out there it can be daunting knowing where to begin looking. But it needn't be! Here are some excellent tips on choosing your first synth from someone with quite the collection...

Here's How To Perform & Record FX with Teenage Engineering's PO-32 Tonic Synth

PO-32 Tonic from Teenage Engineering puts a wealth of cool FX at your fingertips. Here's a hands-on example of how to program, tweak and record them in real time.

Sound Design Techniques For Demo Reels & Promo Videos

Designing sound for specific kinds of video projects requires its own unique approach. Here's how you should approach it, and some pitfalls to watch out for.

DivKid Explores Different Eurorack Patch Noise Types

Noise is sometimes less well understood than oscillators, but it's just as important when making synth patches. Here's a quick guide to the different noise types and how to use them.

Dealing With GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

We all lust after shiny new gear from time to time, but is it always a good idea? Shane Berry has some advice on when to leap, and when to only look.

Shaping Sounds With The Coupler Filter in Arturia's Moog Modular V

Get into the details of how the Moog Modular V from Arturia generates and shapes its sounds with this short video.

Sound Design: Depeche Mode Where's The Revolution

Ever wondered how synth maestros Depeche Mode build their signature sound? Here's a look at how you can do it for yourself.

How To Use Noise For FX In Your Dance Music Productions

Sometimes paid less attention than other parts of a synth, the noise section is actually a powerful tool when designing sounds. Multiplier explains why.

Synthesis Essentials: All About Oscillators

You might be a champion synth tweaker, but do you know what the different types of oscillators on your instrument actually do? Our guide will explain all...

What Every Modern Music Producer Can Learn From Making a Sandwich

When it comes to recording, mixing, and mastering, or any aspect of music production, you've probably not considered it being similar to making a sandwich. Perhaps the two are actually closely linked?

Create the Weeknd’s Electric Piano in I Feel It Coming ft. Daft Punk in Ableton Live

If you love the sound of this track, G.W Childs is here to show you how to recreate it in your own studio using Ableton Live and some creative vocoding.

4 Famous Classic Analog Synths Every Producer Should Know About

You have probably seen the software versions, but how much do you know about the legendary hardware synths that inspired generations of music makers?

Understanding Oscillators Will Help You Make Better Pads For EDM. Here's How...

Oscillators are at the heart of many kinds of synthesized sound. In this video you'll see how they can be tweaked to make better pads, or indeed many other types of patch.

Getting to Know the volca FM Arpeggiator

What better way to liven up your performances than with some patterns and movement? Here's how the volca FM's arpeggiator works, plus a few insider tricks...

Watch The Fundamentals Of The 0-Coast Eurorack Synth In 6 Minutes

Some synths have a bigger learning curve than others, but with an expert to guide you through, life can be much easier! Rishabh Rajan is here to help.