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Can Denise Audio’s ‘Perfect Room’ Give Us ‘Perfect Space’ Reverb?

Room-style reverb can bring a sense of intimacy to a track. We use Denise’s Perfect Room to vibe up a chill downtempo song.

Does Plugin Order Matter?

Is the order of plugins in a chain important? The short answer is yes. The long answer is a little more complicated.

The Ultimate Delay Guide

Delay may not be as complicated as some other kinds of effects but there’s still a number of things to keep straight. We take the guesswork out of choosing the right

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…

Six Tips for Mixing and Producing with Waves Plugins

In this tutorial we look at some of our go-to Waves plugins and their applications across a full beat. 

Limiting For Streaming With AI And Sonible smart:limit

We use AI and limiting to help bring a house track up to Spotify’s target loudness level with Sonible smart:limit.

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…

Dirty FM Bass

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

Learn How To Produce Disco Using Toontrack

Have you ever wondered how to create a disco track? Learn how from this tutorial on producing disco music using…

Lo-fi House Using The New Retro Fi Plugin From Waves

We use Waves’ new lo-fi chain plug-in, Retro Fi, to add warm analogue-style textures and character to a house beat.

Reese Bass Redux

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

FM Electric Piano

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

Rethinking Compression: 3 Techniques You Should Be Using

There’s more to compression than just clamping down on dynamics. We show you three ways to expand your compression toolkit.

Adding Quality And Clarity To Your Mix with Oeksound’s Soothe2

We put Soothe2 to the test on the stems and mix bus of a deep house track.

Complex Arps

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

Quantisation & Velocity Editing Basics

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

How to Improve The Sound Of Your Home Studio

It’s important to learn how to sound treat a home studio. In this piece, we’re going to look…

Creating House Piano Chords with Toontrack’s EZKeys

Nothing screams classic house music more than house piano chords. In this tutorial, we show you how to make classic…

Creative Distortion

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

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…

Using Bi-Polar Distortion On a Bassline With Rift by Minimal Audio

In this article, we are using a bass hit one shot in Ableton Live and applying modulating filters plus bi…

Balancing A Disco Track

We use compression, EQ, modulation and spatial widening to balance a disco mix and create focus.

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…

Vocal Chopping & Pitching

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

Minimal Techno Sound Design Using Soundtoys

If you want to sharpen your sound design skills, we’d recommend looking at the excellent suite of plugins from…

Adding Compression And Colour With Mathew Lane’s TiCo

We take a deep dive into the combination compressor and saturator and use it to add shine and presence to a house track.

Mix Bus Compression

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

Layering Claps and Snares

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

Adding Rhythmic Delay And Reverb To A Static Melody

Rhythmic effects can inject energy into synth lines. We use Baby Audio’s Spaced Out delay and reverb plugin to bring groove to a tightly quantized chord stab line.

Getting Drum Machine Samples From Raw To Production-Ready

There’s a difference between raw drum machine samples and production-ready ones. We show you how to get your percussion samples in shape.

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