Hardware Focus

How To Solve Hardware MIDI and Audio Latency Issues In Ableton Live

Latency can turn your hardware heaven into a confusing and frustrating hell – especially with Ableton Live. We look at some strategies to get your MIDI and audio all synced up.

Hardware Wars: The Gear Behind The Sounds Of Star Wars

For this May the Fourth, we put the spotlight on the synthesizers and other gear that played a part in the sounds of Star Wars.

Syncing Drum Machines And Sequencers To Your DAW

Getting drum machines and hardware sequencers to play nice with your DAW isn’t hard but you have to know the proper settings. In this Hardware Focus, we find out what’s up with sync.

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

Using A Hardware Synthesizer As An External Effects Unit With Your DAW

Take advantage of all that hardware synths have to offer by using one as an external effects processor. We show you how with IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro and Ableton Live.

Creative Vocal Pitch Processing

Pitch can be a powerful tool for creating tension in a breakdown. We use Zplane’s ElastiquePitch 2 to transform a vocal sample into a riser.

Creating 808-Style Basslines For Jungle, Trap And Footwork

08s have come a long way since the release of the drum machine. See how to use the 808-derived basses in Capsule Onyx to create multi-layered basslines for three bass music genres.

Beat Dissected

Programming A Nu-Disco Beat

In this new Beat Dissected we program a Nu Disco groove in the style of Purple Disco Machine and Never Dull.

Lone Inspired Percussion Driven Drums

In this installment of Beat Dissected we program a percussion-driven house beat and use stereo width techniques to add character to the drums.

Bossa Nova Vibes

In this latest Beat Dissected, we put together a Brazilian bossa n ova-inspired beat with acoustic and percussive textures.

Synth Secrets

Ambient Sound Design With A Moog Grandmother

Restricting yourself to one synth can be a great way to improve your synthesis chops. We use a Moog Grandmother and Ableton Live to build up an ambient song piece by piece.

Lo-Fi Synth Lead

We show you how to make a gritty lo-fi analogue synth lead in the style of Mac DeMarco.

Pacific State-Style Pads

The pads in 808 State’s genre-defining ‘Pacific State’ are no doubt at the top of the list of the most iconic sounds in dance music. In this Synth Secrets, we replicate the Mancunian quartet’s synthesis secrets.

Deconstructed

Breaking Down Special Request’s Remix of ‘Delicate Limbs’ By Virgil Abloh

We put Paul Woolford’s jungle remix of ‘Delicate Limbs’ under the microscope and see what makes it hit so hard.

Prodigy – Out Of Space

In this Deconstructed we examine how the arrangement of The Prodigy’s ‘Out Of Space’ helped elevate it from warehouse slammer to chart-topper.

Drexciya – Black Sea

This time in Deconstructed, we dive deep into Drexciya’s ‘Black Sea’ to discover the intricacies of the arrangement in this classic slab of Detroit techno.

Passing Notes

Add Drama To Beats With Yasuke Inspired Cinematic Percussion

In this latest Passing Notes we take inspiration from the Yasuke soundtrack and explore ways to incorporate traditional percussive elements into modern productions.

Choosing The Right Key For Bass Weight

In this installment of Passing Notes we look at how you can use simple key selection to give your low end a boost.

Daft Punk Basslines: The Ultimate Guide – Part 2

In part two of this installment of Passing Notes, we break down three more Daft Punk basslines while noting composition and arrangement tricks that the iconic duo applied regularly in their productions.

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

Making a Beat With Patterning 2 An iOS Drum Machine From Olympia Noise Co.

In our latest video tutorial on YouTube, we show you how to use Patterning 2, a drum machine app made…

How To Set Up & Make A Beat With The Korg SQ-64 & Volca Sample

In our latest YouTube video, we show you how to program a beat using the Korg SQ-64 – Korg’s…

Sampling with MPE in Sampler

In our latest video on YouTube, we asked Kédu Carlö to show us how they use the MPE feature…

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