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6 ways to customise distortion with EQ

<b>If you think you need more saturation and distortion plugins, try this technique first: a seemingly infinite range of distortion colours can be</b> …

Music Production

How to sync your Eurorack modular to Ableton Live

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Escape look-alike Ableton Live colors with these free themes

You stare at its interface for hours on end. Why not give your eyes something different to look at? Now Ableton Live 10, too, gets access to custom …

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Watch Ski Oakenfull Breakdown "Feel Good Inc." by the Gorillaz

In Point Blank's latest video, Ski Oakenfull breaks down the Gorrilaz classic "Feel Good Inc."<p>The video was recorded at last month's Sonar +D, the …

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Don’t know how to use Ableton Live? These videos can teach you

Just because everyone you talk to may know Ableton Live in and out doesn’t mean you do. Ableton have quietly posted an official series of videos that …

Music Production

Learn From The Pros: Production Tips With Ant LaRock

INTRO Electronic music production has become a highly accessible art form since I began in the mid 1990’s. Your average laptop has the power and …

Music Production

Recreating MGMT's "Oracular Spectacular" Synths with Software Instruments

MGMT are a musical duo whose 2007 debut album, <i>Oracular Spectacular</i>, made them an instant indie sensation. The duo consists of Andrew VanWyngarden and …

How to program an old-school hip-hop beat in your DAW

<b>For many, hip-hop’s heyday was the so-called golden era of the late 80s to early 90s. The likes of Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Eric B</b> …

5 Creative Reverb Techniques

Reverb is a fundamental part of every mix, and one of the most widely used audio effects. Treating your music with reverb is necessary to create the …

Technique of the Week: Using Reverb Swells

<b>In our brand new feature, Technique of the Week, we’ll be looking at a new way of enhancing your production skills. Firstly, we’ll hand over to Alex</b> …

Music Production

Laying It Down - The Essential Guide to Recording

<b>If you capture the perfect sound at source you will have a much better ingredient with which to produce perfect music. Here’s MusicTech’s Essential</b> …

Creating swing grooves with Ableton Live's Arpeggiator

Creative Extensions opens up new doors for sound design in Live 10

<b>Ableton has released Creative Extensions, a new set of tools that aim to expand the sound design capabilities in Live…</b> <br>Made up of eight tools, this …

The Making Of Mura Masa’s “What If I Go?”

U.K. DJ and producer ​Mura Masa dropped his self-titled debut album last year, marking the culmination of several years of growing buzz and …

Slicing Samples with Beats and Tones in Ableton Live

<b>Slicing a sample can involve anything from simply chopping a beat, to creating wild swarms of randomised noise. Martin Delaney tries both!</b> <br>Slicing …

How to use Ableton Live 10's Wavetable synth

<b>The biggest new addition to Live’s arsenal of devices in version 10 is a powerful but intuitive two-oscillator wavetable synth capable of generating</b> …

How to edit multiple MIDI clips in one view in Ableton Live 10

<b>Other DAWs may have had comparable functionality for years, but Live 10’s new-found ability to edit multiple MIDI clips in a shared piano roll is a</b> …

How to use Ableton Live 10's new automation features

<b>Although - bar a couple of minor improvements - the core mechanics behind the automation of plugins and mixer parameters in Live 10 are the same as</b> …

Free new tools for Live 10 unlock 3D spatial audio, VR, AR

Envelop began life by opening a space for exploring 3D sound. But today, the nonprofit, directed by artist Christopher Willits, is also releasing a …

Get started

Get started making music<p>In these lessons, you'll learn the basics of music making. No prior experience or equipment is required; you'll do everything …

Music Production

More From Your Loops: Extracting Melody to make MIDI in Ableton Live

<b>Have you ever loaded up a bass loop where the melody is great, but the patch isn’t doing it justice? Joshua Casper shows you how to easily extract</b> …

How to start making music

<b>Starting with music theory</b><p>Jon Sine gives an easy to understand introduction into music production, using chords and harmonies without having prior …

Generate endless musical ideas with Live’s MIDI devices

We’ve all been there: opening a new Live Set, pondering the blank slate of an empty Session View window, wondering how to begin. With practically …

6 Ways To Avoid A Terrible Mix

<b>Having trouble with your mixes? Are they dull and lifeless and not sounding as good as your favourite artists’ tracks? If the answer to either of</b> …

Using Push as a Creative Tool with Ableton Live

<b>It’s five years since Ableton released Live 9 and Push – which gives Martin Delaney a perfectly good excuse to round up a selection of our favourite</b> …

The Essential Guide to Plug-in Effects

Plug-in effects are your best friends for all manner of music-production tasks – from composing to mastering. In our latest Essential Guide …

12 Composing Tips

<b>Struggling to channel all those ideas into a proper track? The pros and MusicTech readers are here to help with their composing tips…</b><br>Photo Credit: C …

‘The Middle’: Watch How a Pop Hit Is Made

Dig just past the shiny surface of today’s mainstream pop music, and you might find yourself asking questions like, “Why does it take seven people to write a song that sounds like it came from a computer?”<p>In the case of the current smash hit “The Middle” by Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris — which has …

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 …

Ableton Drum Buss for Noise Reduction

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