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Using Guitar Pedals With Your DAW

Got a bunch of guitar pedals laying around? Need some inspiration for getting new and exciting sounds? Why not try your pedals on other stuff instead of your guitar! Toby Pitman shows you how.

FREE Live Pack: Elektron Legacy Drums LITE

Elektron's Machinedrum is about to be superseded by Analog Rytm, but fret not. Noah Pred sampled the original and painstakingly made a Drum Rack out of them. Live 9 users download these FREE here.

Creating a 3D Mix with Two Speakers

We often think that more than two speakers or monitors are required in order to create a 3-dimensional music mix. In fact, you can do so with a humble two-speaker system. Paul Wickliffe explains how.

Beginner's Guide to Recording Electric Guitar: Traditional Methods

Want to record your electric guitar? There's a number of ways to approach this and Sara Simms (DJ and guitarist!) takes you through all the factors that'll affect how good your recording will be.

Using Ableton Push and Drum Racks to Control External Hardware

Working with external hardware instruments is something we covered recently in Noah Pred's illuminating walkthrough article. Now, Timo explores how Ableton Push can be used to control outboard gear.

Creating An Analog Front-End For DAW Recording

Most of us have an in-the-box software-based solution for recording, editing and mixing. And that's great. But, if you're missing that analog warmth, here's how you can add that to your DAW setup.

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.