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New Year's Eve 2015 Countdowns, Playlists, Tips + Tricks

New Year’s Eve can be a blessing and a curse for DJs. Endless gig opportunities (thanks to the fact that nearly everyone on the planet is at a party) …

How to improve your mix with a second kick drum

<b>It's always essential that the tuning of your kick drum matches the track, but what do you do when your track changes key? Should the kick move, too,</b> …

How to create pitchshifted vocal effects in Ableton Live

<b>A popular trick in many deeper forms of contemporary dance music, such as post-dubstep and deep house, is to layer vocals with pitchshifted versions</b> …

How to create custom sweeps and FX using noise

<b>Filtered noise effects are easy and fun to create, so here we'll look at designing a basic rising sweep from scratch. You can use a white noise</b> …

How to use noise to spice up your mix

<b>If a mix element lacks treble detail at source, excessive EQ boosting will only create an unnatural sound. Multiband distortion can add top-end</b> …

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Protect Your Ears Without Distorting The Music With New Downbeats High Fidelity Earplugs

<b>Good sound and hearing are two of the most important things in a music lover’s life.</b> I love loud bass music; Bassnectar, Datsik, Excision, Destroid, …

Examine A Brief History Of Electronic Music [Infographic]

I never really did that well in history in school. I was never very interested in Stonewall Jackson or Mao Zedong, or for that matter the French …

The top 10 dance party promoters in Toronto

Dance party promoters in Toronto are the unsung heroes of the electronic scene. The DJs and producers get the glory, but they need people to organize …

How to make minimal percussion out of a tom sample

<b>Typically, 4/4 styles of dance music draw on a familiar lexicon of drum sounds, but to get the minimal feel it helps to throw in some abstract</b> …

How to DJ 101: Why You Must Understand Phrasing

Even though most of our audience is made up of advanced or intermediate DJs, we get a lot of aspiring talent on the site every month who are hungry …

How to trim the fat from your kick drums

<b>A solid-sounding low-end is essential in any dance music mix, and this is particularly true for minimal styles because there's less going on in the</b> …

How to use hardware inserts in your DAW

<b>Whether you have a few older processors sitting around or are just looking to expand your studio, hardware can be a great way to add some variation</b> …

How to create stacked chords in Sylenth1

<b>Compared to the current generation of deep, complex virtual instruments, LennarDigital's Sylenth1 is a relatively basic soft synth.</b><p>Its simple …

How to create a track using live rendering

<b>Hardware synths promote creativity - not only by their hands-on layout and features, but also via the audio rendering habits you must cultivate in</b> …

12 counter-intuitive but effective mixing tips

<b>You may have read tutorials on mixing before, but this one promises to be different.</b><p>We've put together a dozen tricks and techniques that fly in the …

10 steps to mastering LFOs

Time and motion<p>The basics of LFO usage are simple enough: choose a waveshape, set an oscillation rate, assign it to a target parameter and set the …

Start Producing with Ableton: 5 Ableton Online Courses

Today we’re going to look at 5 great online Ableton courses that will help get you started with Ableton and take your production to the next level. …

The top 10 bars for up and coming DJs in Toronto

The top bars for up and coming DJs in Toronto are the places to be if you think you got what it takes to become a choice selector, or if you're a fan …

10 steps to producing perfect glitch

Bring the noise<p>Modern-day “circuit benders” customise the circuits of toys, synths and guitar effects for unpredictable results. We can do something …

How to program realistic drum parts: basic beat

<b>Before you can hope to get your sample-based drum kit parts sounding like the real thing, you need to master the basics of beat construction, and in</b> …

How to program realistic drum parts - humanising and variation

<b>In this tutorial, we'll show you how you get from a basic programmed MIDI drum pattern to something that sounds like it's being performed by a real</b> …

How to program realistic drum parts: fills

<b>Unless you want your faux-acoustic drum grooves to come across as unremittingly relentless, you need to know how to throw fills into them.</b><p>Whether …

How to program realistic drum parts: rudiments

<b>Rudiments are fundamental rhythmic patterns comprising specific sequences of left/right stick/pedal hits, and essentially forming a library of</b> …

8 ways to use parallel processing more effectively

<b>For as long as records have been made, producers have looked for creative ways to make their tracks sound as good as they possibly can. Drum parts</b> …

10 steps to more effective transitions

There are many ways to get from A to B<p>Placing a crash cymbal on beat 1, muting track elements and inserting crazy drum fills are just three ways to …

11 seriously useful sampling tips

<b>Back in the '60s and '70s, when the first digital recordings were made, they were named after they way they worked - 'sampling' an analogue input</b> …

9 ways to get more out of your audio interface

<b>It's tempting simply to plug your audio interface into your computer, make the relevant input and output connections and then just leave it to do its</b> …

10 steps to hotter hi-hats

Hat tricks<p>The sequencing of closed and open hi-hat sounds forms a metallic pattern that drives a rhythm along. Synthesised 'electronic' hi-hats are …