Tutorials

The Right EQ For The Job

There are so many different types of EQ, how do you know which one is right? In this tutorial, we break down some common types of EQ and highlight when to use them.

Tuning Drums To Improve Your Mix

In this tutorial, we explore how to use tuning to improve drum mixes and add weight to the low end.

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…

Mixing Microhouse

In the first-ever installment of our Mixing Demystified series, we mix a microhouse beat using Waves plugins in Ableton Live.

Understanding Ableton Live 11’s New Spectral Effects

We get to grips with Live 11’s two new spectral effects and use them to process a breakbeat.

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…

Dynamic Modulation With LFOs – Part Two

In this second installment of our LFO-focused tutorials, we complete the house beat from part one with a modulating pad and randomized vocal effects.

Secretos de la Producción de Música Dance: Sonido Capturado y Lo-Fi

Este seminario es un pequeño ejemplo de nuestro nuevo libro “Secretos de la Producción de Música Dance…

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.…

Acid House Processing With Waves Vocal Bender

We use Waves’ new vocal processing plugin Vocal Bender to tweak out an acid house track.

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

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

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…

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.

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.

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…

5 Mixing Rules You Should Be Breaking

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

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.

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…

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.

Compressing Reverbs For Clarity

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

Layering Claps and Snares

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

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.

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.

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