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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.

Staying Creative: 8 Things I Learned From Ableton’s Loop Conference 2015

Timo Preece, Ableton certified trainer and writer for Ask.Audio, experienced the recent Loop event at Ableton HQ in Berlin. Aimed at the creative musician, this event left quite an in impression!

10 Tried & Tested Tips To Starting a Successful Music Label

Whether you're just thinking of starting a record label or have been struggling to a while, these 10 tips from Ukranian-based label manager, producer & artist, Histibe can help inspire.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Recording Electric Guitar

So you want to record electric guitars? Or perhaps you've been doing so for many years already. Here's 6 mishaps, pitfalls and errors to avoid to help you get better results.

Quantizing in Logic Pro X: How to Get Better Results Using Q-Range

Ever wonder what the mysterious Q-Range settings actually do and how they work when quantising parts in Logic Pro X? Prepare to be educated! Darren Burgos unveils this lesser-known feature here.

Can We Trust Robots to Master Our Music?

Many aspects of music production can be automated which can make our workflow much easier. But for the art & science of mastering, can advanced artificial intelligence replace the human engineer?

How to Use Melodyne in SONAR

When tasked with correcting pitch and timing of audio like vocals, guitar, etc., many producers reach for Celemony's Melodyne. In this tutorial Gary Hiebner shows how to make use of it within Sonar.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Mixing With Reverb

Applying reverb to the mix can help it sound incredible, or if badly done, muddy and mushy. Here's five important mistakes to avoid when mixing with reverb you really need to avoid.

How to Make a Deorro-Style Lead Sound in Sylenth

Whether you're inspired by Deorro or you just fancy delving into some sound design using Sylenth, this tutorial by Sara Simm is designed to get you close to the distintive lead sound from Flashlight.

What Every Modern Producer Can Learn From Mozart

Often, when society encounters the work of an amazing artist or producer, the word talent gets whipped out quicker than the Amen break at a drum ‘n bass festival. But what is talent really? 

Exploring Synth Patch Creation with Omnisphere 2

Omnisphere 2 is like universe of sound design and creation in a plug-in. But rather than simply going by the presets, Lynda Arnold is here to help you begin to program your own patches from scratch.

Creating Super Sequenced Lead Patterns in Sugar Bytes Obscurium

Looking for unique ways to come up with new musical ideas? Sugar Bytes' Obsucrium is one plugin you shouldn't pass by. Toby Pitman demonstrates how easy it is to make arpeggiated lead lines with it.