Here are a few techniques for aiding mix decisions in poor acoustic environments. It goes without saying your ears have the final say, but a little technological help goes a long way.
Producing an album is no easy task. With that in mind, here's nine patterns and pitfalls it's better not to follow during the process. These would make good new year resolutions for every producer.
Bring together the best of both worlds: the cool volca beats hardware drum machine and the DAW that needs no introduction, Ableton Live, for a medley of creative ways to create original beats.
Interested in learning tips for orchestration and scoring, for both MIDI & "real-world"? This excerpt from Thomas Goss' book on 100 Orchestration Tips that accompanies his Ask.Audio videos is for you.
If you're a sound designer who loves the idea of capturing sounds from unusual objects and abandoned spaces then you'll really enjoy this video course from Timo Preece where he captures Berlin!
If you're attempting to master music as a novice or as an experienced producer, this article details seven mistakes you should avoid... and how to approach the mastering process for better results.
The Roland AIRA TR-8 and TB-3 demand to be played, tweaked and performed with. In this tutorial for beginner users, Sara Simms shows how to create an Acid House beat and bassline using these machines.
When you next rent a recording studio it pays to ask a few questions first so that you can concentrate on the music side of things when you get there and leave the other stuff to the studio.
One of the keys to a successful recording session is an optimized monitor mix for the recording musician. With the right balance you could transform an OK tracking session into something special.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by Reaktor's plethora of scripting & programming options, then Blocks might be your saviour. Matt Vanacoro presents a quick and easy guide to getting started with Blocks.
In Part 4 (the final part) of our remixing tips for Ableton Live series, Noah Pred investigates using the Grove Pool and the extremely useful new features in Live 9.5's Simpler.
In this music theory tutorial, Jay Asher teaches us how using non-root notes from your chords for the bass part can add complexity and evoke different emotional responses from the listener.
With hardware getting more popular than ever, we show you how to program beats the old fashioned way in Reason.
The compressor is perhaps the most used of the dynamics (and other categories of) plug-in types when mixing and producing music for corrective & creative processing. Here's 6 mistakes to avoid.
FL Studio's XY controller plugin enables you to take control of multiple on-screen parameters at a time... and then you can map this to an external MIDI controller too. Gary Hiebner shows how.