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A Basic Guide to Arpeggiators
When putting together melody laden projects arpeggiators can be an indispensable tool. Before you get stuck into your first arpeggiated patterns it's worth becoming familiar with the basic modes and t
Feb. 7, 2011
My top 5 Cubase plug-ins
If you are new to Cubase and are just getting the hang of production you may be slightly overwhelmed by the myriad of plug-ins you are presented with. Cubase now bundles an impressive array of process
Feb. 4, 2011
Using a Compressor to improve your mix
The Compressor: a wonderful device that makes our music "POP", sound full and bring up that detail, open up that track from behind the door. The compressor is one of the most talked about, most used,
Feb. 3, 2011
Synths as effects processors with Reason's Thor
When it comes to processing your sounds there are literally endless lists of plug-ins to choose from. With all this choice it's quite likely that you've overlooked one key device in your collection, t
Jan. 24, 2011
Physical Control of Synthesis with Max for Live
The technologies that have powered electronic music have come a long way. Since the first Moog synthesizers appeared on the scene, musicians have been wanting to plug instruments together to make th
Jan. 20, 2011
5 Amazing New Products from NAMM 2011
Unless you've been away from any human contact (including email and web access) for the past couple of weeks you'll likely have heard about NAMM! NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, i
Jan. 19, 2011
Quick Tip : Subtractive vs additive equalization
When enhancing your sounds with EQ there is a fine line between a light sweetening and an over-colored, or over-hyped end result. Most of the time any negative results are due to too much additive equ
Jan. 14, 2011
Why you should have the latest drivers
To many updating and installing drivers is something of a chore. However, keeping up to date can actually improve your creative sessions by ensuring that your system is running in peak condition. Let'
Jan. 9, 2011
Quick Tip : Super quick, virtual double tracking in Cubase 5
Ask the majority of sound engineers or producers and they'll tell you there is no substitute for real double tracking. Saying that not all of us have the time (or the vocalist!) to create authentic do
Dec. 21, 2010
Quick Tip : The importance of high pass filters
Whenever you need to remove low frequency from a sound, you may reach for your newest equalizer plug-in. This is fine but a simple high pass filter will often suffice. This approach can save time and
Dec. 16, 2010
The Never Ending Quest for the Perfect Mix
Chances are that if you're reading this blog post, or you are surfing around macProVideo.com, you want to improve your audio mixing skills. After all, it is the "Minds Ear" which creates the mental im
Dec. 7, 2010
Mastering Plug-in and Channel Strip Settings in Logic 9
Logic 9 comes bundled with masses of loops, instruments and effects. Best of all, the instruments and effects can be highly customized! Once you've made changes to the settings of any plug-in, it's cu
Dec. 5, 2010
Quick Tip: 3 ways to improve your guitar sounds in Logic's Amp Designer
There are a lot of guitar simulation plug-ins available for digital musicians these days. Included with Logic 9 is Amp Designer and Pedal Board - a welcome departure from the older Guitar Amp Pro plug
Nov. 28, 2010
Halloween Sound Design Part 2: Creating Monster FX in Logic
I have a confession to make... I'm addicted to creating weird (and sometimes wonderful) sound effects in Logic. There's something undeniably satisfying about stretching, flexing, effecting, warping, a
Oct. 29, 2010
Big things are really small: Auto Modulation in Max for Ableton Live
Auto Modulation in Max for Ableton Live One of the wonderful things about max for live is the fact that you can modulate any parameter in Ableton Live that is automatable. For example, using a si
Oct. 24, 2010
Hack into Sound With Max Msp. and Ableton
Sound Hacking in Max4live Spectral analysis is one of the more advanced ways to exert more control over your audio material. Electronic Musicians have been using this technique to refine the timbral q
Oct. 12, 2010
5 Workflow Tips for Sibelius
Sibelius without doubt is one of the best applications for notating music out there (if you ask me it's the best), but its wealth of features come at a price. Actually I don't mean that it is hard to
Oct. 8, 2010
Electro-Acoustic Jam Session Max Msp.
Tonight I am in the studio with local legend Mike Anderson, master storyteller, composer of children's music, and dulcimer player. We will be recording directly to a Tascam CD-Recorder through a Ma .
Oct. 6, 2010
How-To: Remove Background Noise in Soundtrack Pro
Cleaning up noisy audio recordings Nobody likes a noisy recording. You know, whether it be a recording of guitars, drums or most of all spoken word... the hiss or hum of background noise, traffic, com
Sep. 30, 2010
How-to: The Arpeggiator in Trilian
Put away your Upright basses, your fretless 5 strings and your Electronic-synth hardware Bass modules... Trilian is here! With over 34GB of some of the most delicious low end sounds ever created, T
Apr. 12, 2010
7 FREE VST Plugins for Cubase or any VST-Host
Cubase 5 from Steinberg comes bundled with some great instrument and effect plugins. From Loop Mashers to reverb units, filters, compressors... But, I'm a firm believer that you can never have too m
Apr. 2, 2010
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