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Music Theory Tips: Learning Modes for Improvisation and Production

If you're feeling stuck in the major, minor and pentatonic scales box when composing or playing, consider investigating modes. Matt Vanacoro explains how modes can transform your music.

How to Create Big Layered Leads for EDM Productions

Want to make big, fat layered lead synth sounds? Sara Simms takes you through the process using Sylenth in the DAW of your choice. Perfect for beginners and more intermediate producers and musicians.

4 Useful Console 2.0 Tips for Universal Audio Apollo

Ever wonder just what tricks Universal Audio's Console 2.0 is capable of? Matt Vanacoro is on-hand to share his four favorite workflow tips for UA Apollo users.

Exploring Pro Tools Distortion Effects

Become a master of distortion, and better still, the distortion effects plug-ins you'll find in the box with Avid's Pro Tools! Joe Albano gives you a tour of these with audio examples to boot.

Music Making Decisions: Hardware Vs Software

Music making is full of decisions. And choosing the equipment you employ to make music is no exception. G.W. Childs examines the recent trend towards hardware versus software-based solutions.

Understanding Master Effects in Propellerhead Reason

Reason's Master section provides a convenient and powerful rack for working with a wide range of effects when mixing down your tracks. Hollin Jones takes you through the main sections.

Music Production Tips: Breaking Through Creative Blocks

If you're suffering from writer's block there's good and bad advice around on the net. So, we asked 5 successful producers and artists what they do when facing a creative drought. Essential reading.

Make Beautiful Pads in Ableton Live Using Analog

If you own Ableton Live don't rummage around 3rd-party plug-ins for beautiful sounding pads. Instead, look inside... Inside Ableton, that is! Using Analog, GW Childs shows how big your pads can be.

10 Logic Pro X Key Commands That Will Rock Your Workflow

You might be a Logic Pro X expert, or you might be a novice. It doesn't matter. These key commands from Jay Asher (there's actually more than 10) can improve your workflow. So check them out now.

Cutting to The Root: How to Write Better Lyrics By Being Genuine with Yourself

If you're interested in exploring ways to become a better, fresher, more original song or lyric writer then listen up. G. W. Childs recommends taking a genuine, no BS path. Read on if you dare.

Compression Trick That Boosts Loudness Without Destroying Your Music

The loudness wars are upon us! Rory Furr shares 4 steps to using serial compression to boost your mixes without causing clipping or major distortion. In short get louder and keep your dynamics intact.

10 Ways to Unlock the Power of Chord Pads in Cubase

Not yet an accomplished keyboard player? Cubase’s Chord Pads can come to your rescue… Hollin Jones is on hand to show you this powerful feature in Steinberg's flagship DAW.

8 Essential Tips for New Music Producers

Thanks to the tools available and their affordable price tags, there's never been a better time to produce music. Sara Simms shares 8 tips for new & veteran producers to get the music flowing.

5 Creative Ways to Process Synth Pad Sounds in EDM Music

Don't think of pads as fillers in your tracks. With some creative techniques in any DAW you can transform pads from drones into highly interesting and evolving musical parts.

Filter Sweep Patterns on Drums using Reason’s Synthetic Rig

Fancy learning how to create unique filter processed drums using Reason’s Synthetic Rig? The Filter Pattern rack is incredibly usable as Mo Volans shows in this video tutorial.