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10 Life Hacks To Make You A More Productive Musician

Struggling to be productive? Here are 10 ways you can change your approach to your everyday life that will make you better able to focus on making music.

Better Beats With Propellerhead Reason's Drum Sequencer

Reason's new drum sequencer is great at helping you quickly building patterns. But it also makes creating entire performances a breeze. Here's why it is the go-to Rack Exension for beat makers.

Getting The Most Out Of Bitwig Studio's Built-In Effects

Matt Vanacoro set himself the challenge of using only Bitwig's bundled instruments and effects to produce a track. How did he get on? Read on to find out...

Real World Producer's Guide: Switching from Mac to Windows

It's a topic that arouses emotions in many people, but the fact remains that there isn't one perfect system for everyone. Matt Hepworth shares how he switched from a Mac to a Windows system.

How To Record With An Analog Front End

Using an analog stage when recording digitally is common practice and can be a good way to give a warmer and more authentic sound to your recordings. Joe Albano explains how it works.

Mixing Live Multitrack Recordings? Read This!

Expert producer Joe Albano shares his years of experience mixing live multitrack recordings. Here's what he has learned about the best way to approach every kind of sound source.

Elektron Octatrack MkII's Sampling Tools Explained

Cut straight to the heart of how to set up and sample in Elektron's powerful Octatrack MkII. Thavius Beck shows you how in this short video.

Music Production Tricks: Making Keyboards & Guitars Sound Glorious In Your Mix

When keyboards and guitars slug it out in a mix, which one will win? As G.W Childs explains, it's not always simple. Here's how to decide when to push one or the other.

How To Make Your Productions Sound Analog Using Logic Pro X's Plugins

Working in the digital domain doesn't mean your productions can't get that rich analog sound. Joe Albano reveals which of Logic Pro's plugins to turn to for a vintage vibe.

How To Clean Up Audio Recordings In Cubase

There are dedicated plug-ins you can buy to clean up audio files, but Cubase has some great tools already built in. Here are some techniques for using them to their fullest.

The Advantages Of A Pro Recording Studio Over Your Home Studio

Home studios are great but there are many things a pro studio offers that are simply impossible to do in a smaller space. Rich Tozzoli shares his reasons for going pro...

Field Recording & Found Sounds In Berlin With Timo Preece

Field recordings and found sounds can be invaluable sources for getting unique results from sound design. Timo Preece shows how sound exciters help him capture the sound of Berlin.

3 Ways To Get Live Looping Without Pedals Like Elise Trouw

Elise Trouw is an internet sensation. Not just for being a wonderfully talented multi-musician and performer, but for using live looping without a pedal or button in sight. Here's how she does it.

Isolating the Mic: Avoiding Leakage & Excess Room Tone in Microphone Recordings

Studio recording can be a minefield of sound leakage, ambient distractions and other unwanted interference. Here, Joe Albano shares his top tips for getting great isolation during audio capture.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Editing Audio

Modern DAWs allow us unprecedented freedom to edit audio, but there are plenty of potential pitfalls. Here's Joe Albano with five pro tips for avoiding those dreaded editing mistakes.