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Make Your Own DIY 3D Gesture and Tracking USB MIDI Controller

With DIY gear so readily available, building your own controllers can be fun, rewarding and really creative. Here, Liam Lacey shows you how to make your own 3D gesture-sensing USB MIDI controller.

DIY: Build Your Own 3W+3W Wireless Bluetooth Amp & Speaker System

Building your own wireless Bluetooth speaker is easier than you might think, and a great way to learn about electronics. Grab a soldering iron and come this way!

DIY Motion Sensing Device Controller for Ableton Live Using Arduino & Max

Do self-built motion sensors for Ableton Live sound wildly futuristic? Well the future is now! Here's a step-by-step guide on how to build your own.

Creating An Analog Arduino Controller for Ableton Live

Before you retreat, this tutorial requires NO soldering or coding skills! With an Arduino Uno, Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and select tools you can make your own analog controller for Ableton Live!

Music Studio Construction: Amping Up the Storage

If you're interested in taking your home or project studio to the next level here's how to get the most from your hard drive storage to create a fast, reliable and seamless setup.

Why You DON'T Need The Latest, Most Expensive Gear To Make Good Music

Shhh. Don't tell the companies in the music industry who make new hardware and software to feed the appetite amongst musicians and producers. Could it be that older, cheaper gear is just as effective?

DIY: How To Repair & Build XLR Cables

If your studio XLR cables is damaged and in need of repair, or your fancy building your own XLR to 1/4" TS plug, you've come to the right place. Joshua Casper shows you how in this useful tutorial.

Music Studio Essentials: Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables

Musicians and producers will probably have heard the term “Balanced” & “Unbalanced” used in reference to cables. Most likely those cables were XLR cables. But, do you know what the difference is?

How To Build DIY DI Recording Boxes & Re-Amp With DIYRE

In this article + video Joshua Casper shows how easy it is to build a DIY direct input recording box and passive re-amplifier using DIY Recording Equipment's FE2 and L2A for under $100.

How To Build a DIY MIDI Controller for Ableton Live with the Makey Makey

So you're fascinated with the idea of DIY MIDI controllers or devices that can interface with Ableton Live or any DAW... but don't know where or how to start? Makey Makey does the hard work for you.

Music Studio Construction: Making A Quiet Room

Home or project studios are certainly convenient, but not always well-designed spaces. If you're interested in taking your home studio to the next level here's how to make the room nice and quiet.

How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit

Want an easy DIY music project that'll result in a nifty MIDI sustain pedal? You're in the right place. Joshua Casper shows how to easily create your own MIDI sustain pedal circuit.

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.

5 Things to Consider When Building Your Own Digital Hardware Synthesiser

Liam Lacey, winner of the Element14 Open Source Music Tech Design Challenge, for his hardware polyphonic digital synthesizer shares 5 pieces of advice for every aspiring DIY hardware synth maker.

How To Build A Condenser Microphone For Less Than $8

If we told you that you could build your own omnidirectional condenser microphone for less than $8 in under 3 minutes you might not believe me. But you can! And Joshua Casper shows you how.