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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.

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.