Tutorials

10 Snare Rolls For The Drop

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

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.

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…

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.

Synthesizing A Clap With White Noise

We show you how to create your own bespoke clap using white noise and analogue synthesis.

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…

Ageing Your Synths With VHS-Style Effects

We show you how to recreate the sound of an old VHS tape using standard effects plugins.

Sell Your Music: Choosing The Right Music Distribution Service For You

If you’re looking to release your music, it’s important to consider how music distribution services can benefit you…

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.…

Advanced Parallel Buss Processing

Parallel processing is a handy mixing technique for adding interest and character without overwhelming the mix.

5 Ways To Add Flanging To Techno Drums

We show you had to add flanging to techno drums.

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…

Creative Tape Stop Effects

We show you how tape stop effects can bring movement and interest to your beats, pads, and breakdowns.

The Rights and Wrongs of Sampling

How to clear a sample? Do I need to clear a sample? What about one-shots? In this article we breakdown the most common sampling queries.

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…

Processing Berghain Kicks With Multiband Distortion

We show you how to apply multiband distortion to Berghain-style kicks.

Choosing The Right Compressor Type

We show you how to choose the correct compressor for the job.

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 A Daft Punk-Style Talk Box Effect With Waves OVox Vocal ReSynthesis

Waves’ new OVox Vocal ReSynthesis plugin is a powerful vocal processor that can do everything from robotic vocoder effects to…

Burying the Mix in Burial Style Reverb

There are numerous approaches to reverb from echo chambers to mechanical devices through to analogue circuits and on, of course…

Layering Claps and Snares

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

Understanding Diva’s Different Oscillators, Filters and Envelopes

Diva is fairly complex in its modular architecture. In this tutorial we show you how to get the most out…

Organised Chaos: Distortion as a Mix Tool

For many of us, distortion conjures up sonic images of guitar heroes from Tony Iommie to Dimebag Darrell. But what…

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