Tutorials

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Programming and Layering Sliced Drum Breaks for Use in Techno

In this tutorial we’re going to explore how we can slice separate drum breaks, program, process and layer them…

How to make an Acid House bassline

We show you how to make an Acid House bassline squeal using AudioRealism’s ABL2 – a Roland TB-303 clone…

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…

Drones From Drums

In our latest tutorial we look at how to make a drone using a simple kick drum one shot. Sound…

Acoustics 101: Improve the sound of your studio (and mixes) Part 2.

A few simple tweaks to your studio can make mixing easier and your productions stronger. In part 2 of our…

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…

Acoustics 101: Improve the sound of your studio (and mixes)

A few simple tweaks to your studio can make mixing easier and your productions stronger. In part one of a…

Energising Synth Hats from Mini V

Looking to add a bit of energy into your hi-hats? Instead of using a sample to program the hats…

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…

Adding Reverb to a Techno Kick

In just a few steps, we show you how to create a booming techno kick with plenty of sidechain reverb…

Mastering with Eventide’s Elevate

In this tutorial, we take you through how to improve your home masters with the help of Eventide’s Elevate…

Layering Claps and Snares

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

Echo Flavours: Exploring MTurboReverb

Reverb makes a major contribution to the aesthetics of a track. We explore some of the flavours on offer in…

Working With Samples: The Secrets of Dance Music Production

This tutorial is a shortened excerpt from our book, The Secrets of Dance Music Production, which is available to buy…

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