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What Makes Pioneer DJ Mixers Sound Good?

Pioneer DJ mixers, like the DJM-2000NXS, are well respected amongst DJs and FOH engineers. Why? They sound great. But what makes them sound so good? Sara Simms investigates...

Mixing Snare Drums By Blending Multiple Microphones

Before you reach for your EQ and compression plugins to shape the sound of your snare drum consider adjusting the character by using multiple microphones and mixing those. It's a powerful way.

How To Use Korg Kronos To Sample, Record & Edit Audio

The Korg Kronos Synthesizer workstation has a number of tricks up its sleeve. One of these is being able to sample audio using it and even send it through the internal effects engine.

How to Make a Beat on Elektron Analog RYTM & Overbridge in 6 Minutes

In this 6-minute video tutorial Thavius Beck shows how to use Elektron's excellent Overbridge and Analog RYTM to make a beat.

An Introductory Guide To Starting A Eurorack Synthesizer System

So You Want To Start A Eurorack Synth System? Scott Riesterer is here with things to consider to help you stay sane in your journey into modular synths without getting lost in a tangle of wires.

How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit

Want an easy DIY music project that'll result in a nifty MIDI sustain pedal? You're in the right place. Joshua Casper shows how to easily create your own MIDI sustain pedal circuit.

5 steps To Turn Your Favorite Sampler into a Monster Synthesizer

After reading this you'll never think of your sampler and synthesizer as separate beasts ever again. Here's 5 steps to turning your sampler (hardware or software) into a powerful synthesizer.

Musician & Producer Techniques: How To Boost Creativity and Focus

Making music is more accessible than ever due to the low cost of gear. But it's not without its pitfalls. The difficulty is in learning how to use the equipment and be creative and focused with it.

Pro Tools 12: Catching Up To HD

In days gone by there was a large difference between Pro Tools standard vs Pro Tools HD. Joe Albano explores the features Avid's current powerhouse DAW standard edition can brag about.

Excellent Tutorial on Moog Model 15 921A & 921B Oscillator Section

Moog released the Model 15 app earlier this year to great acclaim. Rightly so. This modular synthesizer app is possibly the best and most accurate analog synth emulation app for iPad/iOS.

Quick Tips for Arranging & Mixing Electric & Acoustic Guitar Tracks

Here are a selection of 8 suggestions of tips to try when arranging and mixing guitar parts, both acoustic and electric. Some you might know, and others are less obvious.

Top 5 DJ Mixers You Will Actually See In Clubs

Despite there being so many DJ mixers available to suit all budgets, there are just a handful of mixers you'll find at clubs. Here are the top 5 most common ones you'll actually encounter in the wild.

7 of the Best Pre Amps for Recording Engineers & Producers

The key to getting a good recording is not only dependent on the microphone you use. The preamp can have a major impact too. Here's seven of the best mic pre's for recording musicians and engineers.

ROLI Seaboard Rise and Equator: Three Programming Tips

If you've taken the plunge into the brave new world of the ROLI Seaboard keyboard (but not a keyboard) instrument along with the impressive Equator software, then this tutorial is for you.

Here’s How To Layer Sounds on The Korg Kronos Synthesizer

In this video tutorial by Matt Vanacoro, we learn how to combine programs to create impressive layered sounds on Korg’s flagship synthesizer, The Kronos.