Tutorials

Nils Frahm-Style Polyrhythmic Arpeggios

In this tutorial we use K-Devices’ Max for Live device Hexo to generate stacked arp parts that contain multiple time signatures and constantly evolving movement

Making An Electro Track With Nothing But A Snare Sample

Flex your sound design muscles by restricting yourself to one sample for every element in a song.

How Gain Staging In Your DAW Can Help Keep Your Mix Clean And Punchy

In this gain staging walkthrough, we show you step by step, how to improve your mixes, keeping them clean and…

Five Key Production Thoughts with Hybrasil

Inspired by the city where he now lives, Berlin, Hybrasil’s latest album is a rolling thunderous techno odyssey. We…

Using A Vocal Sample To Make Supporting Chords And Bass

We show you how to create useful MIDI note information based solely on an audio sample.

Mixing Deep House

In this new installment of our mixing series we mix a deep house-style beat using Waves plug-ins in Ableton Live.

Dirty FM Bass

We continue our exploration of FM synthesis techniques with a variation on a dirty, LFO-modulated bass sound.…

Reese Bass Redux

We go back to basics with the iconic Reese bass sound, demonstrating some simple techniques before moving on to a…

Getting Freaky With Live 11’s New Inspired By Nature Devices

We let nature inspire our creativity by delving deep into Live 11’s new Max For Live Inspired By Nature devices.

Using Spectral Processing To Add Instrument-Specific Effects To Stems

Spectral processing can open up possibilities when working with stems, from adding effects like delay, to targeting specific instruments for dynamics processing, and more. In this tutorial, we show you how.

FM Electric Piano

Moving forward with our examination of FM synthesis, we show how to create a classic electric piano patch in NI…

Complex Arps

Arpeggiators aren’t just for simple chord parts. Bruce Aisher explores some more advanced uses.…

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.

Quantisation & Velocity Editing Basics

Quantisation and velocity editing allow us to correct inconsistencies in our beat programming, but when should we use it? Bruce…

Creative Distortion

Distortion is one of the fundamental signal processing tools we have at our disposal. Mix expert Bruce Aisher explains how…

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.…

Dub-Style Drum Processing For Character And Groove

In this tutorial, we use Surreal Machines’ Dub Machines plugins to turn a dry beat into delay-soaked dub madness.

Drum Synthesis in Logic ES2

Synthesising your own sounds from scratch is the surefire route to unique drum hits. Bruce Aisher explains how it’s…

How To EQ A Mix

EQ is one of the three fundamental tools used to shape the mix. Bruce Aisher explains how to use it…

Mixing Breakbeats

In this new installment of our mixing series, we mix a ’90s-style breakbeat using Waves plugins in Ableton Live.

Organizing Plugins In Ableton Live And Other DAWs

In this tutorial, we look at different ways to organize your plugin collection based on your personality type.

Vocal Chopping & Pitching

We outline some of the most effective techniques for integrating sampled vocals with your track.…

Mix Bus Compression

If you’re not careful, compressing the mix bus can be a fast route to a dull, lifeless track. Bruce…

The Right EQ For The Job

There are so many different types of EQ, how do you know which one is right? In this tutorial, we break down some common types of EQ and highlight when to use them.

Tuning Drums To Improve Your Mix

In this tutorial, we explore how to use tuning to improve drum mixes and add weight to the low end.

Layering Claps and Snares

If you can’t find the perfect snare or clap sample, make your own. Layering samples allows you to create…

Mixing Microhouse

In the first-ever installment of our Mixing Demystified series, we mix a microhouse beat using Waves plugins in Ableton Live.

Understanding Ableton Live 11’s New Spectral Effects

We get to grips with Live 11’s two new spectral effects and use them to process a breakbeat.

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