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How To Guides

A section for hints, tips and advice articles.

  • REASON 6 TUTORIALS

    Posted on October 14, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Reason 6We recently came across a few excellent little Reason 6 articles and tutorials that we thought you might find interesting and useful, including:

    • Reason 6 Review
    • How To Create a Hip Hop Combinator
    • Recording Audio
    • Remote Overides in Reason & The New Mixing Console
    • Transitioning to Audio & Daft Punk arpeggiations "Tron Legacy" style
    • Alligator: Tones into Grooves & 10 free Reason 6 patches!
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    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with propellerhead, reason 6, review, tutorial

  • HOW TO CHOOSE A GUITAR AMP

    Posted on August 12, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Ed MitchellThis article is taken from issue 7 of our brochure...

    MEET THE WRITER

    Ed Mitchell

    Experienced guitarist, Ed, spent 17 years in music retail before jumping ship for a career in music journalism. He contributes regularly to various guitar mags including Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar World. Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Guitars, How To Guides, Magazine, Product News and was tagged with amp, amplifier, guitar, roland

  • CREATING YOUR OWN SYNTH SOUNDS

    Posted on August 12, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Access Virus SnowThis article is taken from issue 7 of our brochure...Get under the bonnet of your synth and stop relying on those presets with my top tips…

    MEET THE WRITER

    Joe Stachowiak, Online Editor

    Our online editor & social media guru, Joe, has been performing on the Bournemouth Drum & Bass circuit on and off for the last 6 years and is now taking a break from live gigs to build up his home studio and delve further into his synth programming.

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    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Keyboards & Synths, Magazine, Product News and was tagged with synth, synthesiser, synthesizer

  • HOW TO MIC UP DRUMS

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Paul 'Stick' AnnisThis article is taken from Issue 7 of our brochure...Drum maestro and YouTube star Paul 'Stick' Annisexplains how to get the best recording out of your kit…

    MEET THE WRITER

    A drummer for over 20 years, 'Stick' (aka Paul Annis) has established himself on the session circuit and as a lively YouTube contributor. He still does plenty of live and studio drumming and runs Maplewood Studio in Kent. Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Drums, How To Guides, Magazine, Product News and was tagged with drum, mic, microphone

  • LOGIC PRO ADVANCED TUTORIALS

    Posted on July 1, 2011 by Dave Gale

    Logic Pro LogoINTRODUCTION

    Introducing to you the final installment of my Logic Pro mini-tutorial series, taking a look at some of the advanced features within this powerful DAW.

    You may also be interested to check out these other articles in this series:

    LOGIC PRO BEGINNER TUTORIALS
    LOGIC PRO INTERMEDIATE TUTORIALS

    CONTENTS

    1. Introduction and Contents
    2. Recording Audio
    3. Comping
    4. Pitch Correction
    5. Automation
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    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with daw, logic, pro, software, tutorials

  • WHAT IS THE BEST DAW?

    Posted on June 24, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    DAWsINTRODUCTION

    With so many DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) on the market, a very commonly asked question is, which is the best? However, whilst most people would just like to receive a straight-forward answer, the cold, hard truth is that there really isn't one that is considered 'the best'! It is much like asking, what is the best song ever written? Or who is the best guitarist ever? Whilst you will hear similar names being thrown around, not everyone will agree because everyone has their own opinion.Deciding which DAW is best for you can often be the most difficult decision you will face when it comes to starting out on your music production journey. However, it’s a difficult decision for a good reason! The DAW that you choose will most likely become the heart of your studio… it will dictate how you work, what you can do and what other software you can incorporate into your set-up. It’s a decision that is worth getting right first time, as swapping your DAW platform will not only cost you money, but it will set you back as you will need to relearn the layout and functions of a brand new program all over again!
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    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with avid, cubase, daw, logic, pro tools, propellerhead, reason, record, software, Steinberg

  • LOGIC USERS, ARE YOU UTILISING 64 BITS?

    Posted on May 18, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Logic Pro 9 IconThis little piece was written by our resident Logic expert, so I can't really take the credit! But when he e-mailed it to me the other day, I thought it just had to have a place on our website! So here it is... Using a Mac with Snow Leopard and Logic 9.1 or higher installed? Please read on...... Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with daw, logic, pro, software

  • LOGIC PRO INTERMEDIATE TUTORIALS

    Posted on May 16, 2011 by Dave Gale

    Logic Pro 9 LogoINTRODUCTION

    Once you've got to grips with the basics of Logic Pro and have had some fun with creating a few sounds (check out our Logic Pro Beginners Tutorials if you are still not at this stage), you are probably going to want to do something a little more advanced. If this is the case then you have come to the right place! Be aware that these tutorials are not for seasoned Logic users... they are simply here to help the amateur around this powerful piece of software.

    Also, if you require some more advanced tutorials (on topics such as comping, automation, pitch shifting, etc), then check out out Logic Pro Advanced Tutorials.

    CONTENTS

    1. Introduction and Contents
    2. Recording MIDI
    3. Piano Roll Editor
    4. Quantization
    5. Looping & Cycling
    Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with daw, logic, pro, software

  • LOGIC PRO BEGINNER TUTORIALS

    Posted on May 16, 2011 by Dave Gale

    Logic Pro IconINTRODUCTION

    Mac... check! Logic... check! Monitors/headphones... check! Audio/MIDI interface... check! MIDI controller keyboard... check!

    So, you're all set-up to start using Logic Pro, but you're not feeling too confident about jumping in at the deep end? Have a read of our simple beginner tutorials and you'll be up and running in no time...

    And if you are feeling more adventorous, check out our Logic Pro Intermediate Tutorials and Logic Pro Advanced Tutorials for information on recording MIDI, the piano roll editor, quantization and looping and cycling.

    CONTENTS

    1. Introduction and Contents
    2. Basic Walkthrough
    3. Troubleshooting/The Sound of Silence
    4. Sonic Possibilities
    5. DIY Virtual Instruments
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    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with daw, pro, tutorials

  • ABLETON MINI TUTORIALS

    Posted on May 13, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Ableton Live LogoINTRODUCTION

    If you're new to Ableton Live and are itching to get up an running, then this quick start guide will walk you through the basics, from installing the software to getting started with making beats! Please note that this guide is designed for the beginner, so if you're ready to roll and learn what Ableton Live is all about, then read on and become enlightened!

    CONTENTS

    1. Introduction and Contents
    2. Installation
    3. Authorisation
    4. Configuring Your Audio Interface
    5. Using the Built-In Tutorials
    6. Loading Loops & Samples
    7. Warping & Looping
    8. Using Instruments & Presets
    9. Making a Basic Beat
    10. Configuring a MIDI Controller
    11. Using Instrument & Effect Racks
    12. Setting-up Group & Return Channels
    13. Automation
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    This post was posted in Computer Music, How To Guides, Product News and was tagged with ableton, daw, Live, software

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