Hardware Focus

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…

Roland SH-101

In the latest instalment of Hardware Focus, we take a look at a cult classic: the Roland SH-101.…

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

Vintage-Style Analogue Warmth And Saturation

In this tutorial, we explore how to bring vintage hardware-style analogue warmth and saturation to your productions with plugins.

Creating Dub Delays With Standard Plugins

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to create dub-style dirty tape delays using standard plugins.

10 Snare Rolls For The Drop

In this tutorial, we take a look at 10 different ways to create tension with snare rolls.

Beat Dissected

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’.

DJ Seinfeld

In this latest Beat Dissected, we demonstrate how to program an electro breakbeat inspired by DJ Seinfeld’s “Sakura.”

Synth Secrets

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.

Don Diablo Style Detuned Lead Synth

In this Synth Secrets, we create a Don Diablo-inspired detuned lead synth that emulates his uplifting and dance-inducing style.

Deconstructed

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’.

Alexander Robotnick – Problèmes d’Amour

We examine the arrangement of Alexander Robotnick’s pioneering ‘Problèmes d’Amour’.

Linus Quick – ‘Room 2 Move’ (ROBPM Rmx)

We deconstruct the ROBPM remix of Linus Quick’s ‘Room 2 Breathe’.

Passing Notes

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.

Kerri Chandler Chords: The Ultimate Guide

We break down Kerri Chandler’s top chord tricks by analyzing some of his classic tunes.

Breaking Down the Strings and Arpeggios of Black Water by Octave One

In our latest Passing Notes feature, we take a better look at the theory and arrangement behind Black Water by…

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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Learning To Listen

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