Tutorials

In The Red: Mixer-Distorted ‘90s Techno Drums

In this tutorial, we explore using a channel strip plugin to recreate mixer distortion.

Dynamic Modulation With LFOs

In this tutorial we program a dub techno beat and look at multiple ways to use LFOs to add layers of modulation.

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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…

Jack Your Tracks With Swing

In this tutorial, we look at many different ways to add swing to a beat, using a main room-style track as an example.

5 Mixing Rules You Should Be Breaking

In this tutorial, we look at five rule-breaking ways to inject your productions with unexpected creativity.

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…

Lush Vocals with Waves CLA EchoSphere

In this short tutorial we use Waves’ new slap delay and plate reverb hybrid plug-in to give life to a dry acapella sample.

Squarepusher-Style IDM Beats With Output Arcade

In this tutorial, we program an IDM beat by using Output’s notorious sampler to slice up drum breaks and modular loops.

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.…

Compressing Reverbs For Clarity

In this quick tutorial, we demonstrate how to use compression to get a big reverb without the wash.

Mono-Safe Stereo Width

In this tutorial, we look at three techniques that will ensure that your wide mixes still sound good when collapsed to mono.

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…

Filter Fills

In this tutorial, we program a chord stab and look at how to use advanced filter modulation to create dynamic effects in a breakdown.

Tuned Metallic Delays

In this tutorial, we look at how to add metallic delays to a break, and then tune them to match the key of the track.

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…

Reamping In And Out Of The Box

In this tutorial, we look at how to use the technique of reamping to add size and weight to dry sounds—both inside and outside your DAW.

Vintage-Style Analogue Warmth And Saturation

In this tutorial, we explore how to bring vintage hardware-style analogue warmth and saturation to your productions with plugins.

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…

Creating Dub Delays With Standard Plugins

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to create dub-style dirty tape delays using standard plugins.

10 Snare Rolls For The Drop

In this tutorial, we take a look at 10 different ways to create tension with snare rolls.

Layering Claps and Snares

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

Sculpting Warehouse-Style Rolling Techno Basslines

In this tutorial, we show you how to produce and process a layered rolling techno bassline, with a focus on useful low-end mixing tricks.

4 Ways To Break Out Of The Loop

We show you some strategies for breaking out of the dreaded loop of despair and turning your idea into a full song.

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