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…


How To Get Big ‘80s Drums

Got big hair and big shoulder pads but small drums? We show you how to take your ‘80s percussion from wimpy Hall And Oates to stomping New Order.

How To Bring Your Mix Alive With Bus Processing

We show you how to take your mix from dull to sparkle with bus processing plugins from the Arturia FX Collection 2.

How to Use Ableton Live to Make a Music Video Using Videosync

In this tutorial, we show you how to make a music video in Ableton Live 11 using Videosync.…

Beat Dissected

‘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!

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.

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.


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.

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’.

Passing Notes

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.

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.

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 Eight Common Bassline Styles

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

Beat Dissected: Radiohead Style Low-End Layering

In our latest YouTube Beat Dissected video, we show you how to program a Radiohead-style beat to celebrate 20…

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…


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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