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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…

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…

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…

Balancing A Disco Track

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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.…

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.

Five Ways To Work With Seq & Arp Presets

In this tutorial we look at five techniques that can add a more personal touch to Seq and Arp-style synth presets.

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…

What Is Spectral Processing?

Spectral processing is a popular music production technology and is currently all the rage but what is it exactly? We use Sonible’s smart:EQ 3 to help explain.

Ambient Sound Design With Moog Grandmother And Ableton Live

The Moog Grandmother is surprisingly flexible for a two-oscillator monosynth. We use a Dark Series edition Grandmother to create a Boards Of Canada-style ambient track in Ableton Live.

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…

Dirtying Up A Mix With Lo-Fi Texture And Vibe

We use Baby Audio’s Super VHS to add a faded lo-fi vibe to a house track.

Balancing a Vocal House Mix With AI-Assisted Compression and EQ

Artificial intelligence can help balance a track by working across mix groups. We use Sonible’s smart:EQ3 and smart:Comp to take a vocal house song over the finish line.

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…

The Ultimate Reverb Guide

Know what the different kinds of reverb mean? If you can’t tell a hall from a chamber, this is the guide for you.

Using A Hardware Synthesizer As An External Effects Unit With Your DAW

Take advantage of all that hardware synths have to offer by using one as an external effects processor. We show you how with IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro and Ableton Live.

Layering Claps and Snares

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

Creative Vocal Pitch Processing

Pitch can be a powerful tool for creating tension in a breakdown. We use Zplane’s ElastiquePitch 2 to transform a vocal sample into a riser.

Creating 808-Style Basslines For Jungle, Trap And Footwork

08s have come a long way since the release of the drum machine. See how to use the 808-derived basses in Capsule Onyx to create multi-layered basslines for three bass music genres.

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