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Logic Pro X Compressor: A New Model and a Makeover

Logic Pro X's Dynamics Compressor plug-in got more than a visual makeover in version 10.1. We'd go as far to say it's been born again. Joe Albano covers the new model and other new things.

How to Sync Vocals with SONAR

If you want to make two or more vocal parts tighter easily, then you'll want to check out Cakewalk SONAR's new Vocal Sync tool. Gary Hiebner shows you how this excellent feature works.

Logic Pro X: Track or Region Based Automation?

Logic Pro X 10.1 has a new button for selecting track-based or region-based automation. But which one should you be using and why? Darren Burgos tells you the way it is and shares tips along the way.

Creative Sequencing Techniques: Using Push & Ableton Live to Control Elektron Analog Rytm

Ableton Live, Ableton Push, Analog Elektron Rytm. All three are capable and great by themselves. But, what happens when you sync them all together? Timo Preece gets inspired in this tutorial.

Studio Acoustics, Part 5: Soundproofing

In the final part of our series on studio acoustics Joe Albano digs deep into soundproofing from both a recording and mixing perspective. Essential reading for all small and home studio owners.

Studio Acoustics, Part 4: Reflections II: Flutter Echoes & Ambience

Part 4 of this informative series on the science of studio acoustics sees Joe Albano continue to explore reflections, and in particular flutter echoes and ambience and how to solve this problem.

Preparing for a Mix: Adjusting Musical Hit Points for a Slide Bass Part

There’s plenty of useful tips and tricks for getting the timing of your productions just right in Eyal Amir's new Cubase video course. Here's one video showing how to musically adjust hit points.

Using Hardware Synths in a Virtual Environment

It's official, using hardware synths is über cool. But at some stage you're going to want to hook them up, sync them, record them, mix them in your software-based DAW. Matt Vanacoro shows how.

Studio Acoustics Part 3: Reflections I: Phase Interference & Comb-Filtering

In part 3 of our series of the science of studio acoustics, Joe Albano delves into issues related to mid- and high-frequency reflections.

5 Ways Apple’s New Force Touch Trackpad Could Be Used for Electronic Music Production

Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad features force sensors so you can click anywhere and receive haptic feedback wherever your finger is on the surface. So how could this be useful for music making?

Dance Music Legend, Olav Basoski, Shows Bass Production Workflow in Ableton Live

Learn from the pros: Olav Basoski, veteran legend of the dance music scene, shows how he produced the iconic bass line in his hit remix, "Duende". Check out the video.

Not Just For Guitarists - Alternative Uses for Distortion to Spice Up Any Mix

Don't imagine for a second that distortion effects belong only in the domain of our guitar wielding friends. Distortion is for everyone! Artists from EDM to Country are embracing it and so can you!

Mastering Tips: The Benefits of Mid Side Processing

You have be aware of mid-side as a stereo mic recording technique, but it is also a mastering process. Joe Albano explores M-S processing can open up new possibilities when mastering a stereo file.

How Reverb Can Benefit Your Mastering Chain

Have you thought about using reverb when mastering? Yes, I said reverb! To add some final sheen to your masterpiece, a bit of reverb can go a long way as Mo Volans shows in this video.

Mastering Your Music In The Box

There are plenty of times when you'll want to master your own music (or other musician's) in your home studio. But don't you need lots of expensive hardware? Maybe not. You can master in the box too.