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Building Dynamic Instrument Racks In Ableton Live 10

Combining Instrument Rack Chain Selections with automation, modulation devices, follow actions and more in Live can open new realms of creative possibility.

Multiband Compression: What It Is & Why It’s Useful

Multiband compression can be one of the lesser-understood types of processing but used correctly, it's one of the most powerful ways to control a mix. Joe Albano explains how and when to use it.

Native vs Powered Processing For Music Producers: Stacking Them Up

In this head to head shootout, Matt Vanacoro pits his native plugs against DSP-powered models to see how the sound quality and CPU requirements compare.

Expanding Your Audio Interface (Without Buying A New One!)

If you have ever wondered what those extra ports on your audio interface are for, look no further for an explanation. Joe Albano reveals how you could get more I/O without lifting a finger.

Here's How The New Interface In Cubase Pro 10 Could Revolutionise Your Production Workflow

A new browser, permanently floating windows, Hi-DPI, 4K and Retina support are just some of the improvements Steinberg has made to Cubase 10. Here, learn how they can help you.

4 Tips For Tweaking Electronic Drums To Sound Real

Using electronic drums doesn't mean they have to sound robotic. Here are 4 top tips to help you add a human feel to your sampled or synthesized beats.

A Beginner's Guide To Audio & Music Studio Connections

If you've ever been confused by the terminology around studio connections - TRS, S/PDIF, MegaOhms and more - then worry not. Joe Albano is here to make everything clear.

Take Control Of Your Samples With Repitch Mode in Bitwig Studio 2

Modulate playback speed, use key tracking to control pitch, loop, reverse and much more. Bitwig Studio 2's Sampler is deconstructed in this video from certified pro, Thavius Beck.

5 Quick Tips For Making Better Remixes

Remixing is a great way to experiment, get creative and even make some money. Here are five quick tips to help you find inspiration and make better remixes today.

5 Unusual Tips For Capturing Better Vocals

Here are 5 things you can try to make sure you get a great vocal take, and also to make your vocals more interesting, from how you stand to recording before you press record...

Best Of 2018: FX And Music Accessories

It's not all about instruments - the FX and accessories you choose for your studio can transform it and help make your tracks sound even better. Here are the best released in 2018.

Best of 2018: Kontakt Instruments

Kontakt-based instruments just keep getting better, and 2018 saw some of the most ambitious and great-sounding releases ever. Here are the boldest and best Kontakt instruments of the year.

Best Of 2018: Software Synthesizers

2018 saw a raft of updates and new releases, from emulations of vintage gear to new and totally unique soft synthesizers. There's never been a better time to make music with virtual synths.

Best Of 2018: iOS Apps For Musicians

2018 has been a great year for new, expanded and upgraded music-making apps on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Here are some of the best, from beat makers to full DAWs.

Best of 2018: MIDI Controllers

This year saw updates and new releases covering everything from keyboards and Eurorack modules to chord assistants and MIDI guitars. Here's our roundup of the best MIDI controllers of 2018.