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The Secrets of Dance Music Production: Lo-Fi Sound

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

Breaking Writer’s Block: Creative Ways To Start New Tracks

Most producers know the frustration of a creative dry spell. Jonny Strinati walks through ten techniques to help break the…

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…

Slave To The Rhythm: 11 Essential Drum Techniques

Jonny Strinati walks through 11 essential drum techniques, from programming hi-hat patterns to compressing kicks.…

Getting Dirty With Korg’s Volca Sample

Korg’s Volca Sample is one of the most affordable hardware samplers ever produced. Here’s how you can push…

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.…

Essential Transition FX: Technique Masterclass

From simple noise sweeps to more complex combinations of synths and effects, we show how to create some of the…

Low-End Theory: Exploring Eight Common Bassline Styles

Bruce Aisher explores eight of the archetypal forms of dance music bassline, from old-school classics to contemporary techniques.…

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…

The Psychoacoustics Of Drums

There’s a lot more to drum grooves than you may realise. Bruce Aisher investigates the psychoacoustics of rhythm programming…

How To Mix Dance Music: Five Case Studies

With examples from Inner City, Daft Punk, Andrés, Skrillex and MK, Bruce Aisher examines five contrasting approaches and demonstrates…

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…

What Does Analogue Gear Do To Sounds?

Bruce Aisher explores the effects of analogue recording methods, explaining why they might be beneficial to your production process.…

The Essential Guide To Levels

Whether you produce entirely in the box or use a wealth of outboard gear, understanding levels is a must. From…

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…

Grime Synth Basics

As grime undergoes a major resurgence, we demonstrate how to create some of the genre’s staple synth sounds from…

An Introduction To FM Synthesis

Often dismissed as overly complex, FM synthesis isn’t necessarily as difficult to get to grips with as its reputation…

Layering Claps and Snares

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

Ten Tips For Better Drums

Bruce Aisher runs through ten essential tips for getting the most from your drums.…

Improve Your Creative Process On A Budget

Bruce Aisher breaks down some of the most cost-effective ways to improve your creative process, from optimising your monitoring…

How Compression Works In A Mix

Bruce Aisher takes a look at some of the different ways in which compressors can be used across the elements…

Cold Pads

Pads come in all shapes and sizes. Here we explore the chillier end of the sonic spectrum – perfect for those…

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