Mixing Techno Drums With Excite Audio’s Lifeline Console

How can you get TR-909 samples sounding punchy and powerful? Console-style processing is an excellent way to add character and thump at the mixing stage.

Twisting Up A Synth Drone With Antares’ Auto-Tune Pro

We all know what Antares’ Auto-Tune Pro can do to vocals but what about synths? We turn a boring drone into a unique melody with the vocal processor.

Creative Distortion

Distortion is one of the fundamental signal processing tools we have at our disposal. Mix expert Bruce Aisher explains how…

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…

Panning Effects for Breakdowns With Sound Particles’ Energy Panner

In this tutorial we test out Sound Particles’ dynamic panning plug-ins, which have recently developed a reputation in Hollywood for creating realistic soundscapes.

Making Techno With Lunacy Cube

In this article, we show you how we used Lunacy Cube to make the musical parts in a techno tune…

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…

Vocal Chopping & Pitching

We outline some of the most effective techniques for integrating sampled vocals with your track.…

Make A Techno Bassline Using Generate

In this tutorial, we’re working with Newfangled Audio’s lovely Generate plugin to process a techno bassline.…

Stuttered IDM Hi-Hats With Audiomodern Playbeat 3

In this tutorial we use the full power of Playbeat 3’s randomization to program IDM-style dynamic hi-hat and percussion patterns.

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…

Building Up A Massive Ambient Pad With Lunacy Audio CUBE

Layering synths and cinematic strings is a sure-fire way to add size to a pad patch. In this article…

Spatial Sound Design with Baby Audio’s Crystalline

In this tutorial, we use Baby Audio’s new algorithmic reverb plugin to create drones, hi-hats, reversed melodies and tempo-synced room ambience!

Generating Powerful And Rhythmic Basslines With Audiomodern Playbeat 3

In this article we use Audiomodern’s advanced sequencer to create limitless basslines!

Layering Vinyl Drum Breaks With Oeksound Soothe2

In this article we apply soothe2 to vinyl drum breaks in order to reduce harsh resonant frequencies before layering the breaks with punchier drum samples. This makes the process of layering much easier and helps to achieve a better mix overall!

Getting Vocals Release Ready With Leapwing UltraVox

You’ve recorded vocals but where do you go from there? We show you how to add dynamics, saturation, and polish to a vocal group with one plugin.

Dynamic 2-Step Beats With Audiomodern Playbeat 3

In this article we use Playbeat 3’s randomization and Auto-Remix features to program a swung beat with constant variation. 

Organising Samples With AI And Waves Cosmos

Get your unwieldy sample folder under control with Waves’ Cosmos, a free AI-powered sample organizer. We walk you through the process.

Frequency Sidechaining With Oeksound soothe2

article, we apply the lesser discussed Sidechain feature of Soothe 2 to a breakbeat mix. We’ll use it to make the vocals and kick pop out over the harmonic elements and subby low end. This might just be the sidechaining secret weapon we’ve been waiting for!

Can Denise Audio’s ‘Perfect Room’ Give Us ‘Perfect Space’ Reverb?

Room-style reverb can bring a sense of intimacy to a track. We use Denise’s Perfect Room to vibe up a chill downtempo song.

Does Plugin Order Matter?

Is the order of plugins in a chain important? The short answer is yes. The long answer is a little more complicated.

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