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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.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Mixing with EQ

Shaping the tone and sound of an instrument can be achieved using EQ plugins. But, there are potential pitfalls waiting round every mixing corner. Here's 6 EQing mistakes to avoid during mix down.

Creative Recording Tips: Tracking & Comping Different Ideas Using Takes in GarageBand

GarageBand is more powerful than many producers give it credit for. Maybe because it’s free with every Mac? Here’s how to record different takes in one session and then comp them for perfect results.

Getting to Grips with Pro Tools AudioSuite-Only Plug-Ins

If you've been avoiding the AudioSuite menu in favor of using real-time AAX plugins in Pro Tools, it might be worth investigating them again. Joe Albano shows the extra processing features on offer.

8 Tips to Consider When Arranging Electronic Music

So there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to arranging music, there are helpful pieces of advice that stand the test of time. Sara Simms shares 8 electronic music arrangement tips & video examples.

Creating the Ultimate Filter Effect Rack in Ableton Live Using Waves Metafilter

Ableton Live user? Stop with the Autofilter. Waves' Metafilter is an excellent, more powerful alternative with built-in delay line and a 16 step sequencer. Noah Pred shows how to make the most of it.

Creating Custom Sound Design Patches in Logic Pro X Alchemy Using EXS24

Logic Pro X 10.2's Alchemy is a super synth. It's deep, powerful and yet easy to get started with. In this tutorial, Logic Pro genius, shows a cool way to use EXS24 instruments inside Alchemy!

FL Studio: Automation Clips vs Channel Editing vs Per Note Editing

FL Studio is known for being an open and flexible DAW. In this tutorial Gary Hiebner explores the different ways to apply automation using automation clips, channel automation & per note automation.

9 Advanced Production Tips for Cubase

Getting your tracks to sound great and perfecting workflow in Cubase can be easier than you think if you follow these expert tips…

11 Synth Mixing & Programming Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

Don't commit cardinal sin after cardinal sin when it comes to mixing / programming your hardware or software synthesizer. The following 11 tips are what every self-respecting producer should know.