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Microphones, Part 2: A Guide to Condenser Mics

In part 2 of this guide to microphones, Matt Loel T Hepworth examines the ins and outs of condenser microphones and how and what they are best suited for when recording.

Integrating External Instruments With Racks in Your Ableton Live Rig

There's more portable music hardware available than ever before. If you own a Korg Volca or TR-8, likelihood is you'll want to hook it up to Ableton Live. Noah Pred shows how using racks.

Microphones, Part 1: A Guide to Dynamic Mics

In part 1/2 in this guide to microphones, Matt Loel T Hepworth examines the ins and outs of dynamic microphones and what recording tasks they are best suited for.

Create Tape Style Warmth in Your Music with Steinberg Vintage Open Deck

The more we mix digitally, the more we seem to wish for the warm, analogue sound of tape. Hollin Jones shows how the Vintage Open Deck plug-in can bring the two worlds together.

Preparing a Custom Live Music Performance Setup

Cables? Laptop? Check. So, you may have the gear, but have you planned the actual performance itself? Ableton Certified Trainer, Timo Preece, shares his brainstorming techniques to help your next gig.

Top 10 Mixing Tips For PreSonus Studio One

Make the most out of your mixes in PreSonus Studio One with these 10 top tips from musician, trainer and producer, Matt Vanacoro.

Music Production Tip: Breaking Down Difficult Melodies

G. W. Childs shares a useful tip for how to break down tricky melodies (maybe your own or from a song you've heard) using your DAW to help you learn how to play it more easily.

Staying Ahead of Your CPU Using Flatten in Ableton Live

We all love using big, resource hungry synth and effects plug-ins... but they come with a cost. Or do they? G.W Childs shares a quick tip to keep your Live sessions running smooth no matter what.

Using Multiple Guitar Amp Plug-Ins For Bigger Sounds

What’s better than a single guitar amp plug-in? Why two, of course! In this excellent tutorial, Rich Tozzoli breaks down how best to use multiple guitar amp plug-ins to achieve unlimited sounds.

Sync Korg Volca Synths with Ableton, Logic and Reason

The Korg Volca family of synths replicate the quirkiness of the analog world while allowing you to interface with modern music software. Here's how to sync the Volcas to Ableton, Logic & Reason.

How Sound Affects You: Drumming for Health Part 2

In part 2 of this series on drumming, Lynda Arnold continues her exploration of using rhythm for better health. From group drumming to lessons learned from experts, this is a fascinating read.

Scratching for DJs: Clover Tears & the 'Joe Cooley'

Chirp, chirp, swirl, swirl... No, we haven't lost the plot. We're practicing the scratching techniques DJ Sara Simms shows below. Keen to improve your scratching techniques? Read this now.

6 Lesser-Known Plug-Ins on the UAD-2 Platform

There's a continuing number of high-quality plug-ins available for the UAD-2 platform. So much so that it can be difficult to discover the plug-in best suited for your needs. Jay Asher reveals 6 gems.

Making Melodies with Ableton Push

Ableton Push was one of our top 10 MIDI Controllers of 2013, and with good reason! And, it's more than another step-sequencing rhythm controller. Matt Vanacoro explores the melodic side of Push here.

5 Essential Tips for Aspiring DJs

So you want to be a DJ? Here's 5 excellent tips from producer, DJ and Ableton Live trainer, Noah Pred.