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.

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…

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.

Using A Hardware Synthesizer As An External Effects Unit With Your DAW

Take advantage of all that hardware synths have to offer by using one as an external effects processor. We show you how with IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro and 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…

Creative Vocal Pitch Processing

Pitch can be a powerful tool for creating tension in a breakdown. We use Zplane’s ElastiquePitch 2 to transform a vocal sample into a riser.

Creating 808-Style Basslines For Jungle, Trap And Footwork

08s have come a long way since the release of the drum machine. See how to use the 808-derived basses in Capsule Onyx to create multi-layered basslines for three bass music genres.

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.…

Dirty Disco Filtered Electric Piano

Get inspired by disco and funk and bake your own dirty, rezzy filtered Rhodes electric piano.

Creating Natural Space In A Mix With Dynamic EQ

Dynamic EQ combines the best of equalization and compression into one handy tool. We look at different ways of using it in a techno production.

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…

Creating A 3D Mix With Width And Depth

In this tutorial, we look at how to make track elements pop without losing mono compatibility.

Adding Atmosphere With Delay And Reverb

Delay and reverb aren’t just for imparting a sense of space. In this tutorial, we use them creatively to add atmosphere to a mix.

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…

How To Make An Endless Riser

Harness the power of the Shepard tone to blow people’s minds with a riser that never peaks.

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

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…

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.

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.

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 Deep House

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

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.

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