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8 Tips to Consider When Arranging Electronic Music

So there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to arranging music, there are helpful pieces of advice that stand the test of time. Sara Simms shares 8 electronic music arrangement tips & video examples.

10 More Useful Items to Have in Your Gig Bag

How well prepared do you feel for your next gig? Sure, you've practiced, memorised the lyrics, got the stems and hardware all synced... but there's other things to consider as G.W. Childs explains.

11 Synth Mixing & Programming Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

Don't commit cardinal sin after cardinal sin when it comes to mixing / programming your hardware or software synthesizer. The following 11 tips are what every self-respecting producer should know.

7 Ways To Avoid Messing Up Your Next DJ Set

All eyes are on you when you’re spinning tunes, so don’t have a nightmare! Simply follow these rules and your next DJing gig will go just fine…

Getting to Grips with Traktor Kontrol D2 and Stems

It's time to get to grips with the new DJ remix format from Native Instruments: Stems. Using a Kontrol D2 and the new 4-tracks-in-one audio file format, Sara Simms shows it works in the real world.

Remixing Tips in Ableton Live: Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of our remixing tips for Ableton Live users, Certified Ableton Trainer, Noah Pred, explores some essential strategies and tips to help get the most out of your remix.

Korg volca Multi VCO Tip: Creating 3 Bass Patterns With One volca bass

If you think Korg's volca bass is just, well, a bass... you'd be mistaken. It's a 3-synth-in-one beast and enables you to program three sub-patterns. G.W. Childs shows you how in this tutorial.

Better DJing: 6 Seminal Techno Records Every DJ Should Listen To

A good DJ can become a great one if they invest in learning about the foundations of the music they love. Here's six of my favourite techno records that helped to define and shape the genre.

6 Ways to Completely & Permanently Ruin Your Band

If your music band feels like a weight on your shoulders then these size tips will be guaranteed to bring about a break up. Inversely, if you want your band to succeed DO NOT follow the advice below.

How to Sync Beatport Pro with Traktor

The recent new app for DJs, Beatport Pro brings a host of new, convenient features for DJs, including syncing with Beatport and syncing with Native Instruments' Traktor! Sara Simms shows you how.

How the Internet of Things Could Impact Music Composition, Production & Performance

How can one of "The Internet of Things" be applied to more than home automation appliances? Liam Lacey imagines a world where IOT is relevant to music recording, production & live performance.

Analog vs Digital: The Psychology & Science Behind the Most Contentious Debate in Audio, Part 2

In part 2, Shane Berry continues his exploration into the science and psychology of the current conundrum for music producers: Which is better: analog or digital?

How to Revitalise Your DJ Mixes Using External Analog Effects

If you want to stand out from the crowd and help your DJ mixes sound and feel deeper then it can be worth adding external analog effects to your set. And it's a lot easier than you might think...

Performing One Shot Samples & Vocal Stabs in Logic Pro

Making your own playable instrument from single samples need not be a chore. Darren Burgos shows how to make chopped up vocal stabs ideal for Trap, Hip Hop and House in a few clicks in Logic Pro X.

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.