Learn which of Ableton Live 10’s distortion types is best for you

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Ever wondered which of Ableton Live‘s Audio Effects is best for adding distortion, grit and presence? Thanks to a variety of different distortion effects, Live can be used to sculpt all sorts of instruments. Saturator, Dynamic Tube, Amp, Cabinet Overdrive, Pedal, Glue Compressor, Auto Filter, Redux and Vinyl Distortion all get the tutorial treatment from […]

Review: Apple Logic Pro X 10.5 Update

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Price £199 (free update for existing users) Contact Apple Major updates to the DAW old guard of Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Cubase are always exciting – if only to see how applications whose roots stretch back to the 1990s can be refreshed and refit for the modern age. In the case of Logic Pro […]

Turn unused track ideas into inspiring new instruments

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In this Weekend Workshop, we’ll demonstrate a handy and surprisingly fun technique in which we load entire tracks into a sampler and turn them into wild, almost random ‘instruments’ which we can then play and program to create new track ideas. The great thing about this process is that it requires very little thought. It’s […]

Point Blank Tutorial: Techno Production Tips with GNTN

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At last year’s ADE, Point Blank joined techno duo GNTN for an exclusive masterclass packed with tips for producing techno. Specifically, the duo demonstrates creative ways you can slice audio to MIDI in Ableton Live and make your own shakers, hi-hats and FX using organic sounds, vocal samples and more. The German DJ/production outfit has […]

How to collaborate with VST Connect in Cubase

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Steinberg’s VST Connect has been around in some form since 2012, debuting as a plug-in in Cubase 7. But with musicians, producers and indeed everyone else locked down in their respective homes due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s never seemed as relevant as it does right now. VST Connect allows you to record a musician […]

Learn how Logic Pro X’s Flex Pitch can detect and alter the pitch of your audio

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We’ve looked at Logic Pro X‘s Flex Time to correct our timing issues – or warp them out of control – but we’re yet to explore Flex Pitch. As our Logic Pro expert Jono Buchanan says in this week’s video, it’s often problems with micro-tuning that arise from audio recordings rather than whole-note errors in […]