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5 Common Beliefs About Song Copyrights, Some True, Some False

Confused about copyright in the music industry? Unsure how similar your song can sound to an existing one before you're infringing upon copyright? Jay Asher explores 5 common beliefs here.

How to Build a Wireless Visual Metronome that Synchronizes with your DAW

Learn how to build your own wireless, visual metronome that flashes along (multi-coloured) to your music in a DAW with MIDI out. Liam Lacey uses Processing, Spark Core and a bit of DIY magic.

Music Theory Tips: Using the Major Modes in Contemporary Styles

Following on from his article on how modes are constructed, Matt Vanacoro explains how you can utilize the major modes in your improvisation and melodic compositions. Music theory made easy.

2 Ways to Solve Recording Mistakes in Logic Pro X: Overdubbing and Auto-Punch

Nobody is perfect, even you! So, when you next make a mistake when recording audio in Logic Pro X, don't give yourself a hard time. Instead these tips on overdubbing and auto-punch by Matt Vanacoro.

Music Production Techniques, Part 6: Compression

Dynamics are a hugely important part of the mixing process. If you've just started mixing your own projects or have not had any formal training, dynamics processing seem mysterious. Time to demystify!

Creating Warm, Retro Sounds in Propellerhead Reason

Not every track needs an ultra-clean feel. Sometimes you want things to sound older and warmer despite having been generated in a computer. Luckily Reason provides ways to add character to your tracks

10 Tips for Creating Great Cover Songs

Whether you perform live or produce in a studio, it's likely that you've covered a song or track before. That's a good thing! In this article G.W. Childs offers 10 tips to make your covers better.

FM Synthesis Sound Design Tips for Ableton Live Operator

With a little knowledge of FM synthesis you can create sounds you may not have imagined possible. Noah Pred shows how to make huge bass tones, textured pads, rises and more in Ableton Live's Operator.

Editing and Customizing Kits in NI Battery 4

NI’s Battery is an incredibly powerful sample-based drum machine but it’s easier to get to grips with than you might imagine. We show you how to edit one of the many preset kits and make it your own.

Recording Electric Bass: 10 Quick Tips & Techniques For Capturing The Low End

Recording electric bass can be more straightforward than drums or guitar, but there are still potential issues that can trip you up. Here's 10 tips & techniques to help you capture the low end.

Music Production Techniques, Part 5: Expanders, Exciters And Enhancers

Part 5 of this series on music production techniques explores the less celebrated, but still crucial, mixing tools available: expanders, exciters and enhancers. These can make a good mix, great!

EQ Tips: Understanding FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Controls

When enhancing your mixes you’ll want access to a truly professional EQ. FabFilter’s Pro-Q 2 is a go-to for many producers and engineers, and in this video you’ll learn what all the controls do.

Turning a Vintage Toy Piano into a MIDI Controller Using Arduino

Could you turn a wooden toy piano into a MIDI controller? Could you do it in 24 hours? Liam Lacey did it at MIDI Hack 2015 in Berlin and won a prize too. Now you can make your own as Liam shares all.

5 Tips For Working With Heavyocity’s AEON Collection

Heavyocity's AEON has loops and sounds that are ready to roll into your productions. However, should you want to give them a further twist there's plenty of scope using the filters and effects.

Build a Patch with SimSynth in FL Studio 12

SimSynth is a simple but powerful synthesizer that can get you down to the building blocks of how sound is generated. Using it can help you understand patch building for simple and complex synths.