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

Dirtying Up A Mix With Lo-Fi Texture And Vibe

We use Baby Audio’s Super VHS to add a faded lo-fi vibe to a house track.

Balancing a Vocal House Mix With AI-Assisted Compression and EQ

Artificial intelligence can help balance a track by working across mix groups. We use Sonible’s smart:EQ3 and smart:Comp to take a vocal house song over the finish line.

The Ultimate Reverb Guide

Know what the different kinds of reverb mean? If you can’t tell a hall from a chamber, this is the guide for you.

Beat Dissected

Programming Drum ‘n’ Bass In 5/4 Time Signature

In this Beat Dissected, we break down the superb groove of Machinedrum’s “Only One,” focusing on tricks for making a 5/4 beat sound more natural. 

6/4 In The Style Of Thavius Beck

In this Beat Dissected, we make a beat heavily inspired by the 6/4 track “Coordinated Will” an Attack favourite…

Programming A Nu-Disco Beat

In this new Beat Dissected we program a Nu Disco groove in the style of Purple Disco Machine and Never Dull.

Synth Secrets

3 Quick Ways To Program Basslines On An UNO Synth Pro

We use the onboard sequencer on the desktop model of IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth Pro to quickly whip up three house and techno basslines.

Drum ‘n’ Bass Foghorn Bass With Wavetable

In this Synth Secrets, we show you how to craft a bass sound that will both devastate dance floors and guide ships through a foggy harbour.

Ambient Sound Design With A Moog Grandmother

Restricting yourself to one synth can be a great way to improve your synthesis chops. We use a Moog Grandmother and Ableton Live to build up an ambient song piece by piece.

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

Applying String Articulations To Synthesizers

In this new Passing Notes we break down five orchestral string techniques and look at how they can be used for inspiration while composing electronic music.

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.

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

Making a Beat With Patterning 2 An iOS Drum Machine From Olympia Noise Co.

In our latest video tutorial on YouTube, we show you how to use Patterning 2, a drum machine app made…

How To Set Up & Make A Beat With The Korg SQ-64 & Volca Sample

In our latest YouTube video, we show you how to program a beat using the Korg SQ-64 – Korg’s…

Sampling with MPE in Sampler

In our latest video on YouTube, we asked Kédu Carlö to show us how they use the MPE feature…

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The Next Level

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Learning To Listen

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