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8 Essential Tips for New Music Producers

Thanks to the tools available and their affordable price tags, there's never been a better time to produce music. Sara Simms shares 8 tips for new & veteran producers to get the music flowing.

How to Mic Up Synths (Like Guitarists Do)

When you're sitting in session after session watching guitarists mic up their amps you pick up a few tricks! Now imagine applying those micing techniques to your synths... G.W. shows you how.

Electricity in Your Home Studio: Safety, Sound, and Troubleshooting

Whether building or converting a room into a music studio it's critical to consider the safety and sonic aspects of electricity. Here's how to prevent hums, buzzes and electric shocks!

4 Essential Tips for NI Maschine 2.3

Along with the new effects and instruments in Komplete Select that come bundles with the Maschine 2.3 update are tons of tips and tricks you can employ in your productions. Here's 4 awesome ones!

Re-Creating Vintage Instruments: What Makes Modeling Better than Sampled?

If you're looking to re-create an acoustic instrument or vintage synth/drum machine in software, sample-based instruments will only take you so far. Joe Albano explores modelling instruments in depth.

Transform Korg volca keys into a Pad & String Machine

Your Korg volca keys can easily make short techno stabs and blippy synth sounds, but it can do more too. G. W. Childs demonstrates how to create pads and strings using this powerful hardware synth.

Understanding Compressed Audio File Formats

The state of the audio nation is at a crossroads. With internet bandwidth increasing, we don't need to data compress audio files as much as before. Joe Albano explores quality vs. size.

3 Universal Audio Channel Strips to Love and Cherish (When Mixing)

When it comes to mixing, rather than choosing one plug-in at a time, why not go for a channel strip which includes multiple plug-ins! Matt Vanacoro shares his 3 favorite UAD channel strips to date.

Mixing Tips: How to Improve Your DI Acoustic Guitar Recordings

Sometimes recording acoustic guitars and finding that sweet spot can be tricky. Joe Albano explains how to improve the quality of your recordings depending on the pickups used in the mix.

Taking 3 Universal Audio Stomp Box Plug-Ins on Vacation

With some choice hardware and plug-ins, even when you're out of the studio you can get some truly excellent sounding guitars. Rich Tozzoli uses his UA Apollo and 3 stomp boxes in UAD v8 to good effect

How to Create a DJ Podcast, Part 1

Nobody will promote your DJ mixes for you. If you want to reach out to a wider audience and engage with your fans creating a DJ podcast is an effective solution. Sara Simms shares the knowledge.

Creating Dub, Trap & Glitch Stutter Effects with Korg volca beats

Are you into creating dub, trap or long echoes in your beats, or are you after some glitchy effects for your drum patterns? G. W. Childs shows how in this Korg volca beats tutorial video.

Creative Sequencing Techniques: Using Push & Ableton Live to Control Elektron Analog Rytm

Ableton Live, Ableton Push, Analog Elektron Rytm. All three are capable and great by themselves. But, what happens when you sync them all together? Timo Preece gets inspired in this tutorial.

Studio Acoustics, Part 5: Soundproofing

In the final part of our series on studio acoustics Joe Albano digs deep into soundproofing from both a recording and mixing perspective. Essential reading for all small and home studio owners.

How to Browse your Komplete Library with Komplete Kontrol

If you use Native Instruments' Komplete you may wonder whether how useful the Komplete Kontrol hardware could be. Matt Vanacoro shows workflows using the keyboard which make browsing sounds a breeze.