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Is The Future of Cakewalk by BandLab As Bright As First Promised?

Earlier this year we bid a fond farewell to SONAR. It looked to have truly kicked the bucket, that is until BandLab took over the reins and injected life back into the DAW. But how is it doing now?

Dirty Up Your Sounds With Native Instruments’ Freak, Dirt and Bite

These three FX plugins, part of the Komplete 12 package or available separately, can add a new dimension of dirt to your tracks. Here’s how you could do it.

Mixing While Recording or Producing: When To Do It & When Not To

Mixing isn't just something you do at the end of a production, but how much of it should you be doing as you go along? Hollin Jones has some wise words of advice...

Monitor Calibration: Process & Use

Correctly calibrating your monitors using software like Sonarworks' Reference 4 can help your mixes by providing more accurate sonic reproduction. Joe Albano shows you how it's done.

How To Import Stems From Any DAW Into Logic Pro X

Harness the power of Logic Pro X's mixer and automation tools by bringing in stems from any DAW for mixing using these simple steps.

5 Tips For Mixing In Software

Mixing in the box, using software only, can provide a lot more scope and flexibility when it comes to making your tracks shine. Here's five quick tips to help you mix better without hardware.

5 Ways To Make Your Dub Tracks Really Kick

Make your bass shake and your drums cut through - here are 5 ways to ensure your dub tracks can do the business.

5 Ways To Record A Clean Signal Every Time

Here are some top tips for making sure any sound you record results in the best quality capture, from gating and understanding gain structure to using great preamps.

Mixing & Mastering Essentials: When, Why And How To Use Dithering

We've all heard of dithering but not everyone knows how important it can be to getting a clean, distortion-free mix and master. Joe Albano tells you how, why and when to use it.

Take Control Of Your Tracks With NI Komplete's Mix Plugins

Native Instruments' Komplete comes with a bunch of excellent mix plugins including EQs, compressors and more. Olav Basoski demonstrates how to shape a fat house beat with Solid EQ.

Why Some Compressors Don’t Need Lots Of Controls

Compression is a staple of the production process, but why do compressors offer such a variety of controls? Joe Albano explains why sometimes less is more.

Pop Music Production Tips: How To Layer Guitars For A Huge Sound

Guitar production for pop music is a unique challenge - how to get a rich sound without overpowering the track? Gregg Fine is here to explain just how it works.

Using The FabFilter Pro Q2 To Improve Your Mixes

Using a surgical EQ to shape and sculpt your sounds is a core part of getting a good mix. Here, Rich Tozzoli explains how he uses FabFilter's Pro Q2 to do just that.

Connecting Compressors In Parallel For Better Dynamic Control

Serial compression is a great technique for controlling the dynamics of any sound in your mix. Here, Alex Solano demonstrates the process in action.

Advanced Delay Techniques In Propellerhead Reason

Delay is a powerful effect to use in any production and capable of much more than simple echo. Here are 8 advanced ways to use delay in Reason.