A Reason To Link

April 6th, 2017

Choosing a DAW can be difficult – from Pro Tools to Reaper, each has its own pros and cons. Although you can try demo versions – and Reaper is actually free – it can take quite a bit of time to get to know a program well enough to really leverage its potential…

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Capture That Hot Take

February 28th, 2017

It’s the last day of this year’s RPM challenge, and many participants are putting the final polish on their submissions. This year, I’ve returned to Reason after a long absence, and was pleased to discover its new compositing functionality…

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Mixing Versus Arrangement

November 28th, 2016

One of the great things about mixing in a DAW is that you can basically add as many tracks as your system can handle; but if you don’t arrange your music carefully, the end result can be a muddy mess that no amount of mixing can fix…

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Build Your Own Music Production PC

July 25th, 2016

Although computing is becoming increasingly mobile, and you can now make music on your laptop, tablet or phone, it’s still recommended to have a desktop computer at the core of your home studio. In fact, building your own can be a very cost effective route to take…

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The Return of Reason

June 28th, 2016

As an introduction to the world of digital audio production, Propellerhead’s Reason is definitely high on the recommended list. But with its ninth incarnation, there’s plenty there for seasoned pros too…

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Recording Vocals In A Home Studio

February 10th, 2016

It’s that time of year again when musicians’ thoughts turn to the RPM Challenge, and the task of recording an entire album in the month of February. If you’re laying down some vocal tracks, here are some tips to work with…

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Quick Mixing And Mastering Tips

November 12th, 2015

It’s possible to create great recordings without hiring a professional studio – if you have the right techniques (and know what to listen for) you can produce high quality output with relatively basic equipment. Here are a few quick mixing and mastering tips to keep you on the straight and narrow…

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How To Manage Your Samples

January 15th, 2015

Most major Digital Audio Workstation programs (Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools etc) come with a sizeable sample library which can take up many Gigabytes of valuable storage space. At some point, it might make sense to move some of these off your main computer…

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Preparing For The Challenge

January 28th, 2014

This weekend marks the end of January and therefore the beginning of yet another RPM Challenge month. Can you write, record and produce a full album in 28 days?

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Logic Pro X – The Update Arrives

July 18th, 2013

It’s been quite a long wait – four years since the last update to Logic 9 – but Apple’s immensely popular DAW is finally here in its latest version ten iteration. So what exactly have we been waiting for?

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