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How to Improve The Sound Of Your Home Studio

It’s important to learn how to sound treat a home studio. In this piece, we’re going to look…

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…

Mix Bus Compression

If you’re not careful, compressing the mix bus can be a fast route to a dull, lifeless track. Bruce…

Layering Claps and Snares

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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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