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Understanding The Architecture Of Sample-Based Virtual Instruments

The many different sample-based instruments out there can use an array of terms to refer to the same concepts. Here, Joe Albano simplifies the whole thing for you.

The Magic Behind Smart Tempo In Logic Pro Explained

The tempo manipulation features in modern DAWs would have seemed fantastical not so long ago. Joe Albano explains how they work, and why you should be using them.

Pro Tips For Recording Electric Guitar And Bass

Capturing a great take is the starting point for any well-produced track. Here, Joe Albano shares some of his studio secrets for getting the perfect guitar and bass sound at source.

How To Use External MIDI Instruments With Cubase

Cubase made its name as a MIDI sequencer for external hardware and that's still a popular way to use it. Matt Hepworth walks you through the building blocks of the setup.

The Secrets Of Recording DI Electric Guitars In Logic Pro

Get a quick guide to everything you need to know to capture DI electric guitar in Logic Pro and use Amp Designer to find a great tone. This video shows you how.

How To Tame Difficult Vocal Recordings

Even vocals that have been performed well can sometimes struggle to sit in a mix. Joe Albano shows you some of his pro tips for coping in these situations.

FL Studio's Patcher - What It Is And How It Can Help You

The Patcher in FL Studio may not be so well know, but it's an incredibly powerful way to build instrument and FX chains. Here, Rishabh Rajan explains why you should be using it.

Orchestration Tips: "Sauce Making" With Sample Libraries

What's the secret to making great-sounding orchestral parts? As Jay Asher explains, it's all in the sauce. Read on to find out the recipe...

This Graph Shows Tracks That Have Used Samples, And Tracks That Have Been Sampled, In Last 100 Years

Creating your own samples is a great way to make new, unique and inspiring tracks. Here are four ways you can do it - which one will you choose?

Recording Input Types Explained In Under 2 Minutes

Do you know the difference between mic, line and instrument inputs? Joe Albano explains in this short video.

Why You Should Separate Mixing Into Discrete Phases In Ableton Live

Understanding the different skills required at different stages of the production process will make your life easier. Here's why.

Understanding The Leslie Effect

The Leslie speaker effect can be heard on countless hit records. But how does it work, and why do we like hearing it so much? Joe Albano explains all.

Music Production Essentials: Mysteries Of The Patchbay

Patchbays are not always well understood but they're a core part of many recording studios. Joe Albano explains everything you ever wanted to know about them.

5 Reasons You Need An iPad Pro For Music - And 5 Reasons To Try Cheaper Alternatives

Apple's latest iPad Pro models are the most powerful it's ever made, and have a new design. Should musicians and producers take the plunge, or look elsewhere?

Pro Tools : Playlists For Beginners

Playlists are one of Pro Tools' most useful features, but not everyone knows about them. Matt Vanacoro explains why you should be using them for recording and editing.