Hardware Focus

Integrating Hardware With Ableton Live

Hardware is fun, but how can we get it to play nicely with our DAW? In this Hardware Focus, we look at getting started with integrating hardware into your computer-based setup.

Programming FM Synthesis With The Roland TR-8S

Roland’s surprise firmware update has added FM synthesis to its already powerful drum machine. Let’s see how to make the most of it.

Roland TB-303: Not a Real Bass Guitar

In the latest instalment of Hardware Focus, we take a look at a cult classic: the Roland TB-303. A…

Modular Synthesis

Different Flavours of Modular Synthesizers

In the last article, we covered what modular synthesizers are and how they work. In this article, let’s dig…

What exactly is a Modular Synth?

In part 1 of our new monthly modular series, LeoMakes starts from…

Introduction to Modular Synthesis

Ever felt overwhelmed by patches, cables, beeps and squeaks? Been wondering what the difference is between a VCO and a…

Tutorials

Filter Fills

In this tutorial, we program a chord stab and look at how to use advanced filter modulation to create dynamic effects in a breakdown.

Tuned Metallic Delays

In this tutorial, we look at how to add metallic delays to a break, and then tune them to match the key of the track.

Reamping In And Out Of The Box

In this tutorial, we look at how to use the technique of reamping to add size and weight to dry sounds—both inside and outside your DAW.

Beat Dissected

Armando-Style Acid House

In this new Beat Dissected, we program a vintage acid house beat inspired by Armando’s classic ‘151’.

Drunk Drummer-Style Grooves

In this latest Beat Dissected, we program a hip-hop beat with a drunk drummer feel inspired by J Dilla and more contemporary users of the technique like Flying Lotus and Kaytranada.

Truncate-Style Melodic Percussion

In the latest Beat Dissected, we program a techno beat featuring melodic percussion inspired by Truncate’s ‘The Bell’.

Synth Secrets

8-Bit Video Game Samples

In this Synth Secrets we’ll be creating a variety of 8-bit video game loops and textures using the Kingston Chip Synthesizer in the Korg Gadget 2 app.

Mall Grab-Style Layered Pluck Lead

In this Synth Secrets, we create a Mall Grab-inspired layered pluck lead that emulates his fast-paced, rave-ready style.

Bonobo-Style Haunting Ambience with PaulStretch

We use Xenakios’ PaulXStretch sampler to employ an audio stretching technique commonly used by Bonobo to achieve haunting textures and ambiences.

Deconstructed

Joe Smooth – Promised Land

For this month’s Deconstructed, we take apart the arrangement of a deep house vocal classic, Joe Smooth’s ‘Promised Land’.

Marie Davidson – Lara

Deconstructed is an ongoing series where we take apart the arrangement of a song to see what makes it work. This time, we’re going deep with ‘Lara’, an album cut from Montreal producer Marie Davidson.

Reese – Just Want Another Chance

Deconstructed is an ongoing series where we take apart the arrangement of a song to see what makes it work. This time, we’re looking at Kevin Saunderson’s Detroit techno classic, ‘Just Want Another Chance’.

Passing Notes

Orchestral Techniques from Jeff Mills’ Amazon (Blue Potential Version)

In this new Passing Notes we use Spitfire Audio’s new Originals orchestral instrument plug-ins to recreate two sections from the Detroit Producers’ collaboration with a live orchestra.

Parallel Chords

In this new Passing Notes we focus on the technique of parallel chords, which are one of the tried and tested means for catchy progressions in dance music.

Kerri Chandler Chords: The Ultimate Guide – Part 2

In the second part of this two-part Passing Notes series, we break down advanced chord tricks used by one of the true pioneers of house.

The Breakdown

Red Rack’em – ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’

“The original bass part was played in by hand after two days’ sleep deprivation, only to be reprogrammed later on…

Midland – ‘Final Credits’

The Breakdown is a regular series in which we analyse the production and composition of key tracks. Dave Clews…

Floating Points – ‘King Bromeliad’

Dave Clews breaks down one of Sam Shepherd’s most celebrated releases.…

Video Tutorials

Kollektiv Turmstrasse – ‘Sorry I’m Late’ Brass Synth

We take a look at Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s ubiquitous Ibiza anthem ‘Sorry I’m Late’ and recreate the track’s…

‘Your Love’ Synths Deconstructed

Marc Adamo walks us through the process of recreating the synth parts in Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle’s house…

Darius Syrossian & Hector Couto – ‘We Both Loco’ Bass Synth

Released on Hot Creations last month, Darius Syrossian and Hector Couto’s ‘We Both Loco’ is a killer slice of…

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The Next Level

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Learning To Listen

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