Hardware Focus

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.

Advanced MIDI Routing

MIDI routing can get cumbersome and complex. We untangle the cords and look at solutions for managing a studio full of MIDI gear.

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

Tuning Drums To Improve Your Mix

In this tutorial, we explore how to use tuning to improve drum mixes and add weight to the low end.

Mixing Microhouse

In the first-ever installment of our Mixing Demystified series, we mix a microhouse beat using Waves plugins in Ableton Live.

Understanding Ableton Live 11’s New Spectral Effects

We get to grips with Live 11’s two new spectral effects and use them to process a breakbeat.

Beat Dissected

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!

Basic Channel-Style Dub Techno

In this installment of Beat Dissected we program a dub techno beat in the style of Basic Channel, the duo that pioneered the genre.

Interplanetary Criminal-Style Garage

In this new Beat Dissected we program a UK garage beat inspired by Interplanetary Criminal’s ‘Supreme Level’, a true UKG classic in the making.

Synth 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.

‘80s Post-Disco Funk Synth

We go back to the ‘80s and synthesize some polysynth licks inspired by post-disco heat from Larry Levan and the New York underground.

Dub Techno Synth Chords

This Synth Secrets sees us synthesizing some dub techno chords. Tape echo at the ready.

Deconstructed

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.

Catz ‘n Dogz & Gerd Janson – Modern Romance

Deconstructed is a series where we break down the arrangement of a song. This time, we’re laser focussed on Catz ’n Dogz and Gerd Janson’s melodic house track, ‘Modern Romance’.

Jessie Ware – Ooh La La (Honey Dijon Remix)

In this month’s Deconstructed, we explore how Honey Dijon turned Jessie Ware’s pop song ‘Ooh La La’ into…

Passing Notes

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.

Daft Punk Basslines: The Ultimate Guide

In part one of this new two-part Passing Notes series, we break down the French duo’s bassline composition techniques to draw lessons from some of their greatest hits.

Using Unconventional Scales

In this installment of Passing Notes, we break down a universal workflow for analyzing unconventional scales and incorporating them into 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

How to make IDM and Slice Breaks with Output’s Arcade

After a few years away from the platform, Attack is returning to publishing content on YouTube. Our new video runs…

Bicep Style Breakbeats

After a few years away from the platform, Attack is returning to publishing content on YouTube. To begin with, we…

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…

Help

Do It Yourself?

We scour our mailbox for the most deserving recipient of the Attack readership’s collective advice in the first experiment…

The Next Level

We scour our mailbox for the most deserving recipient of the Attack readership’s collective advice in the first experiment…

Learning To Listen

We scour our mailbox for the most deserving recipient of the Attack readership’s collective advice in the first experiment…

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