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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.

Music Controllers: To Map or Not To Map?

Are you distracted by too many choices when it comes to mapping your MIDI controller to your DAW? Exerting too much effort on non-musical tasks? Timo Preece explores auto and manual mapping in-depth.

Studio Acoustics, Part 4: Reflections II: Flutter Echoes & Ambience

Part 4 of this informative series on the science of studio acoustics sees Joe Albano continue to explore reflections, and in particular flutter echoes and ambience and how to solve this problem.

Using Hardware Synths in a Virtual Environment

It's official, using hardware synths is über cool. But at some stage you're going to want to hook them up, sync them, record them, mix them in your software-based DAW. Matt Vanacoro shows how.

Studio Acoustics Part 3: Reflections I: Phase Interference & Comb-Filtering

In part 3 of our series of the science of studio acoustics, Joe Albano delves into issues related to mid- and high-frequency reflections.