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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.

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!

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Correctly setting up studio monitors is crucial to ensure your audio productions aren't awash with problems. In this enlightening read, Joe Albano discusses 7 things which can be avoided.

Why You Should Consider Small Monitors For Your Project Studio, Part 2

In part two (the final part) of this mini-series, Shane Berry looks at Hi-Fi vs. nearfield monitors and the pros and cons of adding a subwoofer to your project studio speaker setup.

Why You Should Consider Small Monitors For Your Project Studio, Part 1

It's a myth that you need BIG speakers (or monitors) for your studio. In this two-part mini-series, Shane Berry explores the reasons you should go small, and the benefits this could bring you.

Music Production Tutorial: Back to Basics - Bit Depth, Sample Rate, and Headroom

All modern music makers need to understand audio concepts like bit depth, sample rate and headroom so they can push your production setup to the max. Matt Vanacoro explores the basics and some.

Music Theory Basics: Sus 4 and Add 2 Chords

It's time for another music theory helper. In this short tutorial-article, Jay Asher takes a beginner's look at how the popular Suspended 4 and Add 2 chords can be used in your productions.

Building EDM Chord Progressions in Logic Pro

Darren Burgos reveals how to easily program electronic-style chord progressions in Logic Pro X which you can then trigger with single keys. Great for producers and performers.

How Sound Affects You: Healing Tinnitus with Sound Therapy

Many musicians and DJs suffer from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. For some it can be a mild condition and for others, sadly, more debilitating. Lynda Arnold proposes sound therapy as a way to help.

Music Theory Tips: Learning Modes for Improvisation and Production

If you're feeling stuck in the major, minor and pentatonic scales box when composing or playing, consider investigating modes. Matt Vanacoro explains how modes can transform your music.

Music Production Tips: Breaking Through Creative Blocks

If you're suffering from writer's block there's good and bad advice around on the net. So, we asked 5 successful producers and artists what they do when facing a creative drought. Essential reading.

Cutting to The Root: How to Write Better Lyrics By Being Genuine with Yourself

If you're interested in exploring ways to become a better, fresher, more original song or lyric writer then listen up. G. W. Childs recommends taking a genuine, no BS path. Read on if you dare.

10 Ways to Unlock the Power of Chord Pads in Cubase

Not yet an accomplished keyboard player? Cubase’s Chord Pads can come to your rescue… Hollin Jones is on hand to show you this powerful feature in Steinberg's flagship DAW.

5 Creative Ways to Process Synth Pad Sounds in EDM Music

Don't think of pads as fillers in your tracks. With some creative techniques in any DAW you can transform pads from drones into highly interesting and evolving musical parts.

Understanding Compressed Audio File Formats

The state of the audio nation is at a crossroads. With internet bandwidth increasing, we don't need to data compress audio files as much as before. Joe Albano explores quality vs. size.