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10 Tips for Producing Dutch House

So you want to produce Dutch-style House music? Here's some tips from DJ and producer Sara Simms to get your big room sounds jumping.

Programming a Keyboard: The First 5 Steps

A new, or old, synth workstation keyboard can be a little daunting to get your head around... Here's some useful tips on how to program a music keyboard in 5 simple steps.

Mixing In Logic Pro X: Why Presets & Patches Are Not Necessarily Your Friends

Can you imagine a DAW or a virtual synth without patches or presets? Strange question... but, in this article Jay Asher argues against Logic Pro X's Library when it comes to mixing.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Arranging Your Next Track

Stepping back and taking a break from your music project during the arrangement process can be priceless. Here's 5 other common mistakes to avoid when arranging your next song or piece of music.

How To Create Complex EDM Sequences By Combining Arpeggiators in Omnisphere 2

In this video tutorial on Ask.Audio Academy, Bill Burgess shows how to create complex, grooving sequences using dual arpeggiators all inside Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere 2.

5 Common Computer Problems Music Producers Can Solve Without Calling The Tech Guy

A computer that behaves badly when you’re trying to make music can be a real pain. Here are five things you can solve without calling in the PC doctors (or the Mac doctors!)...

Experimenting With Musical Ideas Using PreSonus Studio One’s Arranger And Scratch Pad

Studio One v3 continues to entice studio musicians and producers into its fold. Innovative features like the Arranger and Scratch Pad are two prime reasons for this. Gary Hiebner looks at both, here.

Remixing Tips in Ableton Live: Part 3

Part 3 of our remixing tips for Ableton Live users series sees Ableton Certified Trainer, Noah Pred, exploring slicing to MIDI and converting to MIDI to help your remixes stand proud with the best.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Programming Drums

When programming drum patterns, especially if you're trying to emulate a live drum performance, there are some things you just shouldn't do. Here's five tips from Joe Albano to make your drums shine.

Watch Video Overview of Roland’s SH-101 Plug-Out

Take a tour of the excellent re-make (in software form) of Roland SH-101... as a plug-out. Rishabh Rajan shows all in this video form the Academy.

8 Ways to Get the DJ Gigs You Want

You have the tracks, you have the skills, now all you need are the right bookings. In a world of thousands of talented DJs, how do you get the gigs you want? Sara Simms is on hand to help.

10 Annoying Habits Performing Musicians Should Avoid

Musicians. We're an odd lot! Creative, musical... and often misunderstood. There's times when we can put our foot in it playing live, so here's 10 things to avoid from veteran performer, Hollin Jones.

3 Synth Secrets Every Logic Pro X User Should Know

If getting the most out of Logic Pro X’s excellent built-in synths is the name of the game, then these 3 synth secrets (as video tips) from Mo Volans should be in your playlist.

9 Ways to Create a Sound Design Landscape that will Stand Out from the Crowd

Do your sound design landscapes lack a little depth, feel less real than they could? G.W. Childs, sound designer and trainer is on-hand to help your sonic landscapes stand out from the crowd.

Watch Olav Basoski Deconstruct a House Music Track in Ableton Live

In this short video tutorial, dance music legend Olav Basoski deconstructs the arrangement of a typical house music track in Ableton Live. The knowledge here can be applied to any DAW.