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Mixing Concepts: What Is Dynamics & Why You Should Care

If you use a compressor plug-in you're already manipulating the dynamics of a sound or the mix. In this enlightening long-read tutorial, Joe Albano explains exactly what dynamics is and more.

How to Build a Simple DIY USB MIDI Controller Using Teensy

Teensy is similar to Arduino, but perhaps better suited to making a USB MIDI controller. Liam Lacey shows how to make your own DIY MIDI controller using Teensy with 8 retro arcade push buttons.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Mixing Drums & Percussion

A good drum mix can make the difference between a good track and successful track. In this tutorial, Joe Albano shares four timeless tips to help you achieve a better drums and percussion mix.

Logic Pro X Marker Tips & Tricks Video Tutorial

Markers can help organise your project in Logic Pro X. There’s lot of ways they can help when you’re producing. This video tutorial shows you how.

Cubase: Start To Finish, Part 3: Recording and Working with Audio

You will almost certainly be using audio as well as MIDI tracks in your Cubase projects. Here’s how to get it right first time. 

Using Reason 9's Convert Audio To MIDI Feature

One big new feature in Propellerhead Reason 9 is the convert Audio to MIDI feature. In this tutorial, GW Childs demonstrates some interesting ways to make it part of your production workflow.

5 Essential Key Commands for Speedy Workflow in Logic Pro X's Score Editor

We all know key commands and keyboard shortcuts make navigating and working in Logic Pro X quicker. So, here's some essential key commands to help you make light work of the Score Editor.

8 Helpful Settings to Improve Ableton Live’s Performance

As powerful as Ableton Live is both in the studio & on the stage, there are times you'll want to squeeze more performance out without running into any hiccups. Here's 8 settings to help do just that.

Exploring Logic Pro X’s Vintage Opto Modeled Compressor

In this video tutorial, audio expert Joe Albano, explores the Vintage Opto emulation mode in Logic Pro X’s Compressor, including explaining the original Teletronix LA-2A with tips. Well worth a watch!

4 Tips For Mixing With Gate & Expander Plug-Ins

With all the attention lavished on both the technical and creative uses for compression in the studio, we sometimes forget about the other kind of dynamics processor—the Gate/Expander. Here's 4 tips.

Ableton Live Beginner Guide: Your First 5 Steps

If you're new to Ableton Live or are considering buying it as your first DAW, then this article is for you and will get you making tracks in no time flat! Matt Vanacoro is on-hand to help.

Understanding Plug-In Delay Compensation

Latency. The bane of every recording musician and producer. But it doesn't have to be a battle when adding plug-ins like delay and reverb that add latency thanks to as plug-in delay compensation.

Choosing the Right Virtual Piano

What factors do you think about when choosing between the wide variety of virtual pianos out there? Matt Vanacoro recommends taking into account these 4 factors to help choose the right piano for you.

Getting Started With Logic Pro X’s Smart Controls

Logic X's Smart Controls provide a tremendous customizable interface that mean you no longer need to have multiple plug-ins open to control them. But they do a whole lot more as Joe Albano explains.

How To Make Ableton Live's Browser More Efficient & Effective

If you thought you knew the best ways to use Ableton Live's browser, you might be missing something. You can find out here in this useful tutorial on Ableton's browser by GW Childs.