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Analog vs Digital: The Psychology & Science Behind the Most Contentious Debate in Audio, Part 1

It's a question that will probably never go away: Is analog or digital better for musicians and producers? Shane Berry looks at the science and psychology behind this contentious debate.

Strategies for Using a Hardware Mixer with MIDI Hardware and a DAW

If you've got MIDI hardware and are enjoying the "analog" feel, mixing in your DAW might feel like rain on your parade, which is why incorporating a hardware mixer into your setup could set you free.

How to Revitalise Your DJ Mixes Using External Analog Effects

If you want to stand out from the crowd and help your DJ mixes sound and feel deeper then it can be worth adding external analog effects to your set. And it's a lot easier than you might think...

Audio Compressor Plugin Comparisons: Do You Really Need More Than One?

Do you really need lots of software compressors? Jay Asher provides audio examples along with his years of experience to investigate whether hardware emulating compressors are really all that unique.

10 Things Every Producer Should Consider When Setting Up Their First Studio

Setting up a new music studio can be a daunting prospect but help is at hand. Whether it's a full-blown recording space or a mixing and mastering studio you need, Hollin Jones offers 10 timeless tips.

How to Build a Wireless Visual Metronome that Synchronizes with your DAW

Learn how to build your own wireless, visual metronome that flashes along (multi-coloured) to your music in a DAW with MIDI out. Liam Lacey uses Processing, Spark Core and a bit of DIY magic.

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Correctly setting up studio monitors is crucial to ensure your audio productions aren't awash with problems. In this enlightening read, Joe Albano discusses 7 things which can be avoided.

The World of Alternative MIDI Controllers

From Keytars, to MIDI guitars, wind controlled to V-Drums, there's a world of unusual MIDI controllers out there, that go beyond your usual buttons and keys. Joe Albano explores notable alternatives.

Recording Electric Bass: 10 Quick Tips & Techniques For Capturing The Low End

Recording electric bass can be more straightforward than drums or guitar, but there are still potential issues that can trip you up. Here's 10 tips & techniques to help you capture the low end.

Turning a Vintage Toy Piano into a MIDI Controller Using Arduino

Could you turn a wooden toy piano into a MIDI controller? Could you do it in 24 hours? Liam Lacey did it at MIDI Hack 2015 in Berlin and won a prize too. Now you can make your own as Liam shares all.

7 Essential Tips for New DJs

Despite DJing being easier than ever, there are challenges which digital DJs face on the road to success. Sara Simms shares 7 tips new DJs should heed to help them on their journey.

Why You Should Consider Small Monitors For Your Project Studio, Part 2

In part two (the final part) of this mini-series, Shane Berry looks at Hi-Fi vs. nearfield monitors and the pros and cons of adding a subwoofer to your project studio speaker setup.

Why You Should Consider Small Monitors For Your Project Studio, Part 1

It's a myth that you need BIG speakers (or monitors) for your studio. In this two-part mini-series, Shane Berry explores the reasons you should go small, and the benefits this could bring you.

Logic Pro X: Using External Hardware Processors

In his new advanced course on using external MIDI in Logic Pro X, Booker Edwards shows how to go multi-timbral and use vintage audio processing hardware and get them all in sync in Logic Pro X.

Making the Ultimate Guitar Rig: Fusing Analog and Digital Worlds

Interested in getting the perfect setup for your guitar? There's no need to stick to either a pure analog or pure digital rig when you can have the best of both worlds. Andy Bowen explains more.