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4 Free Max for Live Synths to Spark Your Creativity

1. ck.acid<p>If you're looking for a quick and dirty acid line, ck.acid does the trick by combining a basic sequencer with a monophonic oscillator and …

The ultimate guide to compression: our best tips and step-by-step guides

Compress to impress<p>Compression will always be the subject of heated debate in regard to appropriate usage (don't mention the Loudness War...), but …

U-He RePro-1 Alpha Released! (Free Download)

via Bedroom Producers Blog:U-He has released the freeware alpha version of RePro-1, their forthcoming emulation of the Sequential Circuits Pro One …

Free Music Making Software, Ultimate Collection

<b>On this page we compile our roundups of the best free music making software available for music producers, recording musicians and DJ’s, complete</b> …

Beat Mapping in Logic Pro X

Among the many, many new features and fixes in the recent Logic 10.2.1 update (now at 12.2.2), there was a small one slipped in quietly—an …

NUSofting Sinnah free synthesizer plugin released

NUSofting has announced the release of Sinnah, a new freeware virtual analog synthesizer plugin for Windows and Mac.<p>Sinnah is a VA synth, but instead …

Now you can plug a guitar or stompbox into your Eurorack

At last, the world of modular meets the world of stompboxes. It’s a no brainer: after all, a modular rack already has a lot in common with a crowded …

Mastering Mistake To Avoid: Don't Get Mixed Up With Mixing Mastering

Conventional wisdom suggests that, when a mix is done and it comes time for mastering, it’s always a good idea to bring in a different engineer—a …

6 Killer Sound Design Tips

<b>From stretching time to outfoxing the poor human brain, sound design requires a diverse skillset. Rob Boffard enters the sonic frontier…</b> <br>Sound design …

Music Theory: 4 Jazz Techniques for Electronic Composers

1. Mode of Operation<p>An important tool in the toolbox of any jazz musician is the mastery of modes. Having a diverse musical vocabulary helps the …

How To Integrate External Music Hardware In Ableton Live

Audio Basics<p>First thing you’ll need to do is connect your hardware to your audio interface so you can pipe sound from your new gear into Live. Open …

Producing Drums: 4 Tips to Make it Sound Real

1. Your Mix is Leaking<p>While the title of this section can sound a bit unsanitary, tweaking the mixer and applying ‘leakage’ is a must for realistic …

5 Alright Bands That Are One Tiny Change Away From Greatness

There are very few music acts in this world that you could honestly say have been consistently great for their entire career. Yes, they may have had …

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Inside the Fifth Beatle’s Secret Recording Studio

Elton John, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and more recorded songs and albums at George Martin’s recording studio on Montserrat, which today …

Pocket Operator Synths

What's the one thing holding back your music-making potential? Is it the expense? Not everyone can afford to splash out on a full-sized keyboard or …

Logic Pro X 10.2.2 Is On The Streets

Logic Pro X 10.2.2 is available for download now.Logic Pro X 10.2.2New feature:“Logic now offers a new preference pane (<i>Control Surfaces > MIDI</i> …

Review: Erica Synths Acidbox II

Erica Synths is a young company based in Latvia comprised of musicians and engineers that collaborate on hardware products very much focused towards …

9 ways to get more out of your Korg Minilogue

<b>With the Minilogue, Korg have certainly hit the sub-£500 synth market running, giving more expensive analogues a serious run for their money - the</b> …

Finding a music manager

Without the vision and business acumen of a good manager, some of the brightest musical stars could arguably have failed to succeed. Great managers …

Review: M6 Pro In-Ear Monitors

When a pair of earphones claims to be designed for “stage, gym and street”, they are setting the bar pretty high. Those are three fairly different …

The Most Powerful Recording Tool (That You Already Own)

What if I told you there was a recording tool so powerful that it could help you get the best sounding tracks, no matter where you record or what …

8 ways to improve your mastering skills

<b>Mastering might have a reputation as something of a dark art, but with today's amazing plugin effects putting pro-quality mastering EQ, dynamics and</b> …

[First Look] Here It Is, Moog's Badass New Synth

Say hello to Mother-32, a semi-modular synth with a sequencer that integrates with Eurorack synth modules.<p>The iconic Moog synthesizer began its life as a monolithic modular synth used by the likes of The Beatles and Wendy Carlos (<i>A Clockwork Orange</i>'s soundtrack). So it’s rather fitting that the …

Watch 12-Bit Ribbon 2 Synthesizer, CV/Gate, MIDI Controller In Action

A cursory first glance might have you believing Eowaves’ Ribbon 2 is a ribbon controller (the name might also have you leaving in that direction). …

Jimmy Page Shares FANTASTIC News After 46 Years

A Rock And Roll Kinda Happy Ending<p>Rock and rollers are, by nature, rule breakers; in fact, some of the most iconic moments in rock and roll history …

Best New MIDI Controllers of 2016

Here are some of the newest and best MIDI controllers of 2016. Most of them were presented at NAMM Winter Show (January 21-24, California). These …

The Power Of Recording Drums With One Microphone - Recording Revolution

<b>Just because many people use a lot of microphones to record a drum kit doesn’t mean it’s the only (or best) way to do it.</b><p>In fact, a strong case can …

5 Essential Tips for Composing Melodies for EDM

<b>Learn about the art and techniques of making electronic dance music with artists and producers in our Electronic Dance Music Masters series here in</b> …

The Logic Pros: How to move MIDI and audio tracks between sessions with ease

In this week’s episode of <i>The Logic Pros</i>, we are diving into the media browser. More specifically, ways in which we can move ideas and tracks between sessions. While saving presets is a very handy feature, is doesn’t help as much when we want to move entire channel strips, along with the associated …

Sequence all your MIDI hardware and software from an iPad with Modstep

<b>While some continue to consider the iPad to be something of a sideshow as far as music making goes, others are realising that it has the potential to</b> …