2015 was a transformative year here at Ask.Audio. We changed from AskAudioMag.com to Ask.Audio. We've now, thanks to our sister site macProVideo, set up the largest audio & music production video learning library online at The Ask.Audio Academy... and we're continuing to grow thanks to your support and the efforts of our 20+ authors!
With so many interesting stories and product releases revealing themselves in 2015 we've decided to take a look at the 8 most popular articles in each category: New, Reviews, Tutorials & Interviews. Each of these is on their own page, so you can quickly and easily navigate between the categories that matter to you most.
Thanks again for your support during 2015. Hope you enjoy 2016 at Ask.Audio even more!
Here's the top 8 news stories published in 2015 (excluding our $33,000 Music Gear Contest & Black Friday Deals news posts).
Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are the hub for 99% of all modern musicians and producers. It's where our ideas, feelings and collaborations start to take form. So which is the most popular DAW?
If you were waiting to upgrade to OS X El Capitan due to problems with audio unit plugins and music hardware, Apple have an update round the corner that is going to fix it for us. Good news at last!
In this fascinating documentary film (debuted on World Plugin Day on October 8th) we get a sneak peek behind the scenes at Wave Audio and the vibe might be different to what you’d expect.
With the new Apple iPad Pro being announced less than 24 hours ago, we take a cursory look at how this bigger and more powerful iPad could change the way we make music forever.
Curious how you can hack existing instruments and an Arduino to create your own MIDI Synth Guitar? Gr4yhound has done just that and rocks it out in this impressive video demo.
Audio interfaces are one of the most important element in any recording or production studio. Here's five of the best for every budget that made waves in 2015 which we reviewed.
The Christmas & Winter Holidays are fast upon us. Whether you’re thinking of a gift for a music making friend/relative or for yourself, here's 15 music gifts bound to improve the festive cheer.
The cat was out of the bag with these synths due to the recent leak, but in early October 2015, Roland officially announced that some of their historic synths were now reborn in limited-edition compact sound modules.
Here's the top 8 reviews published in 2015. #s 8 & 9 were close enough that we considered them to be tied... so both are included.
MIDI Controllers. Every self-respecting music producer and musician uses MIDI—sometimes unknowingly. But with so many music controllers out there which one is best for your needs? Let's find out.
MIDI Sequencers. The more 'veteran' music producer or musician among us probably has at least one. But with hardware sequencers becoming more popular and accessible, which one is best for your needs?
Push 2 is the new incarnation of Ableton's Live controller and instrument. There's improvements all round and Noah Pred dives in to discover what's changed and how it'll improve your Live workflow.
If you want to gear up your music studio setup, or your skills, but are on a budget this list is here to help. From audio interfaces to DAWs, MIDI controllers to synths to mics: all under $100!
Output's REV and Signal, were both huge hits for modern music producers. In this world-first review, we got hands on with Exhale—that's a unique take on vocal production and manipulation.
Who doesn't want a Moog synthesizer? Exactly! We all want one... Rishabh Rajan got his hands on the new Moog Mother 32 which captures the imagination even more than we expected and is eurorack ready.
The original BeatStep from Arturia has been a big hit for those wanting to sequence synths and software. So, how does the BeatStep Pro compare with its multiple CV outs and standalone capability?
The new Novation Circuit has caused a stir since its 1st October release. We decided to spend more days with it, going deeper than most, so you can discover what this groove box is really capable of.
Microphone Parts say they've analysed the best vintage microphones and found a way to provide circuits and capsules that deliver the same tone at a fraction of the price. We check out the T-47 here.
Our list articles sometimes span a few pages to help split our high-quality tips and tutorials into more manageable chunks for everyone. So many excellent tips to learn in these tutorials... our authors provide priceless experience and knowledge. And the articles are free! Enjoy.
Correctly setting up studio monitors is crucial to ensure your audio productions aren't awash with problems. In this enlightening read, Joe Albano discusses 7 things which can be avoided.
Recording vocals is arguably easier than recording a drum kit, but there are still common mistakes to avoid when laying down vocal tracks or recording vocal talent. Here's six things to bear in mind.
So you're ready to record, mix and master that song/album/soundtrack? Joe Albano is here to ensure you don't succumb to any common pitfalls during the process. These tips should help...
Don't commit cardinal sin after cardinal sin when it comes to mixing / programming your hardware or software synthesizer. The following 11 tips are what every self-respecting producer should know.
Applying reverb to the mix can help it sound incredible, or if badly done, muddy and mushy. Here's five important mistakes to avoid when mixing with reverb you really need to avoid.
Often, when society encounters the work of an amazing artist or producer, the word talent gets whipped out quicker than the Amen break at a drum ‘n bass festival. But what is talent really?
It's a question that will probably never go away: Is analog or digital better for musicians and producers? Shane Berry looks at the science and psychology behind this contentious debate.
In this excellent video tutorial on displacement, from the full music theory rhythm explored course, Jordan Rudess shows how it works and how to use both accents and chords to good effect.
Talking to the Pros about their workflows, setup and/or creative muse is inspiring. We hope you feel as inspired reading these interviews from some of the most influential producers and artists in the business.
DJ and producer, Sasha, (Alexander Paul Coe) has remixed tracks for Madonna, Hot Chip & Chemical Brothers, and produced countless others. He talks music technology, producing and the creative process.
Listen to Berlin based techno duo Pan-Pot’s premiere of “Operator” from their upcoming EP and album exclusive to Ask.Audio. Plus they explain the story and tech behind the track.
Listen to an exclusive track from the album, PolyRhythmic, by Kate Simko and Tevo. There's old-school vintage drum machines, analog synths & plenty of Chicago inside & Kate explains the tech process.
In this video from Native Instruments, Jean-Michel Jarre talks about the evolution of electronic music technology and how it shaped his recent album. If you only watch one video today, watch this.
During his visit to BPM 2015, Ask.Audio’s Liam O’Mullane aka The Sound Tutor caught up with highly acclaimed d&b producer Icicle to find out more about the tech behind his current live show rig.
Co-Writer & Co-Publisher of a Grammy Award Nominated Recording, DJ & producer, Ryan Farish chats with us about his epic new chillout album, Spectrum, his production tech, and his creative process.
Noisecontrollers has been turning heads and ears for 10 years. And his new album All Night Long has received critical acclaim for its use of complex sound design. We chat with him about this and more.
Prolific remixer of some of the biggest names in music, David Morales, talks about the tech he uses when producing, remixing and playing live.
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