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How To Create Interesting Ambient Textures with Melodyne

Melodyne has to be one of the most advanced software applications in regards to time stretching and pitch shifting capabilities. I find that you can take a simple melody or synth line you have created

Programming Drums 1: Recording Fills in your Rock Patterns

With current drum plug-ins, sample-based MIDI instruments and virtual studios, it's very, very easy to emulate having a real drummer. This is especially cool when you're the lone guy with a laptop. Re

Spicing up your Delay Based Effects

Delay is one of the most useful spatial effects at our disposal but often the effect can sound a little generic in nature. To add an extra edge to your delays you can combine different processes and e

A Guide to Buss Processing in Any DAW

If you are not familiar with buss processing it is simply a technique that involves processing an entire group (or buss) of instruments at once. This could be two guitars, fifteen drum parts or an ent

Sibelius Tutorial: Exporting your Score to Audio

When you have finished a piece in Sibelius, chances are high that you will want to create a recording of some sorts of it, either for yourself or for others to listen to. In this tutorial I will show

Convolution Vs Algorithmic Reverbs: The Lowdown

It's highly likely that everyone reading this uses reverb in their mixes and it's also almost certain that you all have a studio quality reverb processor bundled with your favorite DAW software. Altho

Javascript meet mp3 : New ways to distribute and market music online

Musicians have documented their compositions on sheet music for possibly thousands of years. In the age that we live in, I feel that the format best suited to modern sheet music is JavaScript. Honestl

When to use normalization

There are some basic processes that remain firmly in the "jargon category" to some beginners. Although Normalization is available as a feature in just about every DAW (and Audio Editing software) some

Hype up your Hip-Hop Hi-Hats in Reason

In some of the recent Hip-Hop tracks I've heard, specifically Waka Flocka Flame, I've been seriously impressed with the hi-hat programming that has been taking place. Instead of regular 8 beats, and 1

Writing & Producing the Perfect Love Song

It's almost that most 'loving' time of the year, and as musicians, we are uniquely poised to make the most of Valentine's day! Why? Because nothing woos the heart of a man, woman, or small animal like

First Steps for creating easy workflows in any DAW

Have you just purchased a new DAW software package like Logic Pro, Reason, etc? Have you had a DAW package for a while, and feel like your workflow could be a little quicker? In this quick tip, I'm go

A Basic Guide to Arpeggiators

When putting together melody laden projects arpeggiators can be an indispensable tool. Before you get stuck into your first arpeggiated patterns it's worth becoming familiar with the basic modes and t

My top 5 Cubase plug-ins

If you are new to Cubase and are just getting the hang of production you may be slightly overwhelmed by the myriad of plug-ins you are presented with. Cubase now bundles an impressive array of process

Using a Compressor to improve your mix

The Compressor: a wonderful device that makes our music "POP", sound full and bring up that detail, open up that track from behind the door. The compressor is one of the most talked about, most used,

Synths as effects processors with Reason's Thor

When it comes to processing your sounds there are literally endless lists of plug-ins to choose from. With all this choice it's quite likely that you've overlooked one key device in your collection, t