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

Making An Electro Track With Nothing But A Snare Sample

Flex your sound design muscles by restricting yourself to one sample for every element in a song.

Using A Vocal Sample To Make Supporting Chords And Bass

We show you how to create useful MIDI note information based solely on an audio sample.

Mixing Deep House

In this new installment of our mixing series we mix a deep house-style beat using Waves plug-ins in Ableton Live.

Beat Dissected

Bossa Nova Vibes

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

‘80s Electronic Soul

In this Beat Dissected, we use Oblivion Sound Lab’s Hex Drum to create a beat like Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking ‘Sexual Healing’.

90s Boom Bap Hip Hop

Boom bap is not dead! In this Beat Dissected we show you how to program a boom bap beat and adjust the swing settings to get just the right amount of the desired head nod!

Synth Secrets

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.

Modulating Risers with Additive Synthesis and Pitch Delay in Arturia Pigments 3

In this installment of Synth Secrets, we use the third and latest version of Arturia’s Pigments synth to build a pre-drop riser full of movement, automation, textures and effects.

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

Beat Dissected: Rolling Techno

In our latest YouTube Beat Dissected video. we’re going to show you how to create a rolling techno beat…

Vocal Processing in Ableton Live 11

In our latest video on YouTube, we asked Kédu Carlö to show us some vocal processing techniques in Ableton…

How to Make Eight Common Bassline Styles

In our latest YouTube video, we breakdown how to make eight common dance music basslines.…

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The Next Level

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Learning To Listen

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