Tutorials

Tearing Acid Techno Bassline With SynthMaster2

We use KV331 Audio’s SynthMaster 2 to create an unorthodox acid bassline complete with effects – and all within the single plugin.

Making Six Sounds With One Preset Using Forbidden Planet By EastWest

EastWest is known for their huge library of sample-based instruments, but Forbidden Planet is their first adventure into the realm of hybrid morphing synths. In this tutorial we push one preset (out of the available 600!) to the limit.

Mixing Techno Drums With Excite Audio’s Lifeline Console

How can you get TR-909 samples sounding punchy and powerful? Console-style processing is an excellent way to add character and thump at the mixing stage.

Hardware Focus

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.

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.

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

Percussion-Based Beat Dissected Inspired By Bonobo

Downtempo, leftfield, organica, electronica, fairy-light house? Whatever you want to call it we show you how to make percussion…

Make UK Drill In The Style Of Dutchavelli Or M24

Using Deft Lines and Young Phantom by Native Instruments, we show you how to make a drill beat including Note…

Halftime Drops In The Style Of Nikki Nair

In this new Beat Dissected we program a swung halftime-style drop that can work well after faster beats. 

Synth Secrets

Undulating Modular Bass In The Style Of Blawan’s 993 Using Wavetable

In our latest Synth Secrets we tackle the sounds of an undisputed heavyweight, Blawan, and make a synth patch heavily…

How To Make Your Own Kick Drums Using Thorn

In this Synth Secrets, we’re going to use Thorn by DS Audio Alliance to make a kick drum from…

Programming a ‘90s-Style Drum and Bass Lead With Roland’s XV-5080

Roland’s sample player modules were the secret weapons of the biggest drum and bass producers in the ‘90s. We use the XV-5080 plugin to craft a multi-layered synth lead.

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

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.

Cinematic String-Synth Hybrid Chords With Spitfire Audio Polaris

In this new Passing Notes we run wide chord voicings through Spitfire Audio’s new hybrid instrument to compose cinematic pad textures and melodies.

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

5Ways To Use Continuo 2 By Karanyi Sounds

In our second addition to our new “5Ways” YouTube series, we show you how to create a variety of sounds…

5Ways To Use Polyscape By Karanyi Sounds

In our brand new “5Ways” YouTube series, we show you five quick, effective and intuitive ways to use Karanyi Sounds…

Tips & Tricks Using The Korg SQ 64 Hooked Up To The Korg SV2

In the final tutorial of our Korg trilogy, we show you a few tips and tricks using the Korg SQ…

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The Next Level

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Learning To Listen

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