A Look At Synth Modulations For Beginners

Using the modulation matrix in Wavetable in Ableton Live to help bring a track alive.

Sequencing a Chord Progression With WaveDNA’s Liquid Music

In this tutorial, we show you how to sketch out compelling chords without any music theory knowledge.

10 Common Modulation Routings Using Ableton’s Wavetable

Learn how to set up 10 of the most common modulation routings in Ableton Wavetable.

Hardware Focus

How FM Synthesis Actually Works With The OP-1 & OP-1 Field

In a recent article, we posed the question “Does Hardware Still Shape Genres”? To continue on the theme, it’s…

Turning Hardware Synthesizer Feedback Into Transitions And Risers

In this Synth Secrets, we don our lab coats and do some experiments with two IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pros, using internal feedback to generate transition effects.

Exploring Analogue Subtractive Synthesis With The Moog Mother-32

Confused about subtractive synthesis? We use the Moog Mother-32 to explain oscillators, filters, and envelopes, plus take things to the next level with the patchbay.

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…

Beat Dissected

Make A Beat In The Style Of KiNK’s ‘Perth’

Build a beat inspired by Bulgarian producer KiNK’s dancefloor-filling track ‘Perth’.…

Underground Resistance ‘The Final Frontier’

In this instalment of Beat Dissected, we’re going to be building a hard-hitting techno beat inspired by Underground…

Building A Tech House Beat Inspired By Classmatic’s ‘Catuca’

This time in Beat Dissected we’re writing a tech house beat inspired by Brazilian DJ and producer Classmatic’s…

Synth Secrets

How To Synthesize A Bassline Inspired By Camo & Krooked With U-He’s Zebra

This time on Synth Secrets we’ll be walking you through how to create a bassline inspired by Camo &amp…

Rebuilding The Strings & Bass Parts From ‘Eutow’ By Autechre

Using Synthmaster, we recreate the synth parts in a mid 90s classic – ‘Eutow’.…

This Is Why You Need Vector Synthesis in Your Life

Here’s how to create a simple but enigmatic sweeping chord sound using KV331’s SynthMaster 2 that you simply can’t get without vector synthesis


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

Dance Music Melody & Composition Techniques – Volume 1

In this new Passing Notes we look at different approaches to writing various types of melodies. 

Creating Choirs In The Style Of Forest Swords Or Kelly Lee Owens

In this new Passing Notes, we craft a lush vocal bass, pad and layered stab with Spitfire Audio’s brand…

5 Tips To Improve Your Synth Basslines

In this new Passing Notes we look at look at techniques you can apply to transform your synth bass lines from basic loops into one of the catchiest aspects of your track.

The Breakdown

What Is The Recipe For An Effective Breakdown?

In this article we look at some tricks for producing one of the key sections in any dance music genre – 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…

Video Tutorials

Arturia MiniFreak & MiniFreak V Full Run Down

If you are looking to buy a MiniFreak or MiniFreak V by Arturia we take you through both to help…

Dance Music Composition Techniques – Free Download Included

What are some composition techniques for dance music? In this video, we show you a few options.…

5Ways To Use Leapwing Audio Al Schmitt

In our latest YouTube 5Ways video, we walk through and review Leapwing Audio Al Schmitt. This signature plugin gives you…


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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