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With so many amazing plugins at our disposal these days, finding enough time to learn how to use all these new tools can be a real challenge, let alone discovering their…


Today we will give you several guidelines on how to be creative with your send FX chains.


Continuing on our previous article on sound design for "Deep House", we explore in this article how to create a typical one-key chord sound of the “soft-keys” variant.


In this new installment of our patch design series, we are going to show you how to create that classic "organic" bass sound often heard in contemporary house tracks.


We will explore Spire's internal sequencer and see how to create a tweak-able percussion sequence/loop typical of "Future House".


Dig in and read here for a guide to creating "Tropical House" style leads & synth patches.


Loops can be a great starting point for our creative process. In this article, we'll give you a few tips on how to get some more “juice” out of your loops.

Just Starting Out? Start Here

Making music on a computer is easier than ever before; however, if you’re just getting started, it can seem like an uphill battle.

Improving Your Mix & Your Master

Learn the elements to creating a perfect mix--and the easy mistakes most producers make by accident.

5 Mistakes Every Beginner Makes…

There are many common pitfalls every producer makes, learn from others' mistakes & ensure you don't too!

Setting Up A Simple Home Studio

Turn your bedroom into a pro studio with this guide from our friends at Lifehacker about the best practices to setting up a home studio.

A Hundred Ways to Improve Your Productions highlights 100+ essential tips that provide the perfect jumping off point for any new producer.

How to Make a Future House Bass Patch in Spire

In this tutorial series, we will show you how to create a Future-House style bass from scratch with Reveal Sound's Spire virtual synthesizer.

Building a Patch with SimSynth in FL Studio 12

SimSynth is one of Image-Line and FL Studio's most powerful soft-synths---emulating the warm, vintage sounds of the MiniMoog with Oberheim-style filters.

Top Tricks for Layering Synths

See how layering your synth sounds can lead to a rich & full sound.

Utilizing vocal samples and loops in modern house productions

Getting the vocals for our track to sound good is our obvious first priority. The intention is to make them sound good “at the source”, meaning it is very important to…

Thickening Up A Thin Mixdown

You've probably asked yourself why your tracks don't sound like (your favorite producer)?  Many producers struggle endlessly to achieve a truly full and thick mix that .  And after all, this sound…

Next-Level Filtering Effects with Guitar Rig

Filters are undeniably important in modern music production and performance. Whether they’re used on a DJ mixer to cut the highs out of a track as it’s mixed in, or on…

5 Dubstep Production Essentials

So you wanna produce dubstep--don't we all?  Tackling this popular genre can sometimes be harder than it seems.

Understanding Headroom to Get the Most Out of Your Mix

One of the most common misconceptions that I see new music producers make involves getting their tracks ready for mastering, specifically when it comes to how loud their mixes are and…

Multiband Compression Basics

Compression is one of the most commonly used (and misunderstood) audio processing techniques in modern recording.

Using Parallel Compression for Punchier Drums

So you're looking to beef up your drums eh? Of course you are! And while there are many methods & simple EQ and compression go a long way, overdoing it can…

What Is A Digital Clock & Why Should You Know It

If you’re confused by the terms: ‘digital clocking’, ‘word clock’ or ‘jitter’, we are here to help.

Tweaking Synth Presets To Perfection

Most professional producers will remind you about the need to complete your tracks & one popular approach is to focus on songwriting first, followed by further mixing & FX thereafter.

Inside Mixing & Mastering Techniques with Pharrell’s hit “Happy”

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams is a true feat of production mastering minimalism. After all, it’s composed of only a few featured sounds: programmed drums, bass, keys, handclaps, and William’s lead vocals.

Creating Kick Drums Using Massive

With the emphasis on low end in modern electronic music, producers are always looking for new ways to create heavy kick and bass elements to build a solid foundation for their…

5 Creative Ways To Process Your Synth Pads

Not only are they a go-to tool to break up the monotony from your repeated lead & bass melodies, but pads can serve as rich, stereo melodic elements that fill your…

Prepping Your Music For Live Performance In Ableton Live

Building a live performance setup can be a complicated and daunting task. There is a lot to consider because there is only so much you can do at a time.

How To Make A Simple Sub Bass

Everybody wants to have soul-shaking, booming bass that makes their listeners’ hair stand on end. It turns out the method to achieve this sound is shockingly simple.

Three Delay Tricks for Techno

Although delay is one of the most common effects, it's still one of the most effective. Techno is a genre that calls for both subtle and staggering delay effects.

The Five Basics of Mixing Vocals

Mixing vocals may be the most important part of mixing a track. Listeners will always appreciate when they hear a great lead vocal shining through in the mix. Here's five tips…

How to Sync Traktor and Ableton Live

Using the two programs together can be especially attractive for producers who create their own music. Here's a guide on how to sync the two.

How to Mix Your Drums for a Bigger Sound

Once drums have been programmed, there's a little behind the scenes work that needs to be done to create massive drums. Here're a few tricks of the trade for mixing your…

ITB Mix Secrets: Part One

This article series will unfold in several stages, with each phase covering one particular aspect of the ITB mixing process.

ITB Mix Secrets: Part Two

Most raw sounds occupy an unnecessarily wide range of the overall frequency spectrum, thereby stealing precious headroom and presenting possible frequency buildup problems in the mix.

ITB Mix Secrets: Part Three

It is often the case that some of the sounds in a mix (especially raw synthesizer sounds) happen to occupy too much stereo space, especially if they have some kind of…

Harmony for Dummies: Adding Chords, Melodies & Basslines

Music theory is an imperative practice that will help you to apply your creative juices to the technical side music production. It will also make a major difference as a DJ…

New Year’s Eve 2015 Countdown: Playlists, Tips + Tricks

New Years Eve is by far the most important (and often highest paid) night of the year for DJs. Stakes are high as promoters / guests have invested their most precious…

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Proper studio monitor setup is critical to ensuring your productions sound top notch. While many producers often focus on which brand or model of monitor is best, it's important to remember…

Creative Effects: Noise Gate Shuttering

The Noise Gate is a classic tool in music production, yet numerous music producers don’t realize the power and potential that lies within this simple function.

Three No-Fail Ways to Live Record your Live DJ Set This Weekend

Recording live sets is a must for any aspiring DJ. A well recorded set can be applied not only towards marketing efforts, but also for self improvement. It can be tricky…

Analogue Warmth and the Sound of Tubes, Tapes & Transformers

Digital Recording is far from being a new technology, yet the argument still exists as to what gives a better sound; Analogue or Digital equipment.

Sound Design: Sub Bass Layering

Getting a well rounded, wholesome bass sound in a new song is much more difficult than you’d think. And let's face it, a great bass beat is essential to a killer…

Deep House: 5 Production Essentials

At first, deep house might seem like a simple style to produce, however, there's much more to it than you'd expect. To build a proper deep house track you'll need to…