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Using Hardware Synths in a Virtual Environment

It's official, using hardware synths is über cool. But at some stage you're going to want to hook them up, sync them, record them, mix them in your software-based DAW. Matt Vanacoro shows how.

Studio Acoustics Part 3: Reflections I: Phase Interference & Comb-Filtering

In part 3 of our series of the science of studio acoustics, Joe Albano delves into issues related to mid- and high-frequency reflections.

5 Ways Apple’s New Force Touch Trackpad Could Be Used for Electronic Music Production

Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad features force sensors so you can click anywhere and receive haptic feedback wherever your finger is on the surface. So how could this be useful for music making?

Create a Massive Arp Bassline in Sawer

Making big, flowing arp synth lines need not make you sweat. Image Line's Sawer does the job, nice & easy... and best of all the demo of Sawer is included with the FL Studio installer. So get arping!

Programming a Glitch-Hop Beat With Ableton Push

Got Push? Got Ableton Live? Got a glitch-hop beat in your head that needs to come out? Don't want to touch that mouse or trackpad? Perfect! Read this!! If only Push could control web browsers too...

Studio Acoustics Part 2: Standing Waves

This mini-series sees Joe Albano demystifing the science of studio acoustics. In Part 2 we look at low-frequency standing waves which can get in the way of getting a well balanced mix.

Studio Acoustics Part 1: An Overview of Room Issues

In this new mini-series, Joe Albano demystifies the science of studio acoustics. Part 1 deals with common room issues and applies to all of us who have home or pro recording and mixing studio spaces.

Making Your Own Shadow: Tips to Establish Your Own Visual and Musical Persona

Creating an identity, persona, shadow (whatever you wish to call it) is as integral to your musical expression as it is to your audience's perception and enjoyment of you. GW Childs explores it here.

Five Tips for Dealing with Large Sampled Instruments

It's a fact. Sample libraries are getting better and more realistic and expressive, but that means they're also getting bigger too. Here's some tips on how to manage big libraries from Hollin Jones.

Programming Drums: 8 Tips for Better Beats

Beats: we all create them—some better than others… Sound Designer, G. W. Childs is here to share 8 tips to help you create better beats for your tracks, whatever DAW you use.

To Buy, Or Not To Buy: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing Music Gear

So you might be considering picking up some bargains in a seasonal sale, or just want to burn a hole in your pocket… but do you really need new music gear? G.W. Childs plays devil's advocate.

5 Confidence Building Techniques for Live Musicians

It's completely natural for musicians to feel nervous or shy about performing live. So, here's 5 tips to help build your confidence for your next live performance.

Audio & Music Production Concepts: Understanding Phase

You've probably been warned of "phase" when recording with multiple microphones, or discovered phase issues when mixing down. But what is it actually and how can you make use of it when producing?

Will Human Drummers Become Extinct for Live Performance?

Technology is empowering musicians like never before. There are fewer barriers between going from studio to stage for a one-man band. But should we be dispensing with real drummers so easily?

Music Production Tips: Using Different Meters

It's common practice to play with the BPM to achieve a different pace in our songs. But how often would you alter the time signature, and should we be exploring new meters when composing?