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Professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher reveals 20 unofficial songwriting rules that can make your songs more engaging and memorable.
GarageBand is free and comes with every Mac. Learn how to lay down tracks with its built-in loops or record your own music with real instruments.
Learn how to write, record, and mix songs—before the inspiration fades—with Reason.
Professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher explains the best practices for collaborating when songwriting, from planning the song's eventual promotion to keeping the co-write moving forward.
Learn how to use REAKTOR as a synth, a drum machine, a sampler, a sound generator, and a multi-effects processor.
Get up and running with ABSYNTH 5, a powerful synthesizer that allows for almost unlimited combinations of oscillators, modulations controls, and filters.
Learn how to get and protect copyrights for your songs, and understand the critical language, concepts, and business aspects of music copyright.
Get up and running with the essential features in Cubase Pro 8, the venerable DAW that produces cutting-edge sounds.
Get up and running with FM8 and its main sound-making components, including the Browser, Master, Effects, Arpeggiator, and Easy/Morph windows, in this quick FM8 training course.
Get a brief overview of the features, signal routing, and effects offered in KONTAKT 5.
Want to know how to become a songwriter? Cliff Goldmacher shows what it takes to make it in the music business as a professional songwriter.
Take your ideas and turn them into epic recordings and live performances—fast—with Bitwig Studio, the next-gen DAW designed specifically for electronic music.
Learn how to create unique sounds for guitar, bass, drums, synths, and even vocals, with the GUITAR RIG effects processor from Native Instruments.
Learn how to create drum sounds, beats, and effects with these tutorials for Native Instruments BATTERY 4.
Discover the power of MASSIVE, Native Instrument's popular and flexible soft synth for creating colossal-sounding basslines, leads, pads, and more.
Get started in the business of songwriting. Learn about all of the major organizations, rights, and procedures that songwriters have to deal with in the music business.
Learn how to write your songs in Logic Pro. Get your demo ideas down quickly and polish them into songs worth presenting to your band mates, producer, publisher, or label.
Learn how to write, record, and mix a song in GarageBand in 9 simple steps.
Learn how to notate music in Finale, the industry recognized music notation software, and create professional lead sheets, tablature, or orchestral scores.
Learn how to write a song in Pro Tools, one of the programs professional musicians turn to to record their song ideas quickly and then polish them into demos worth presenting to partners, producers, and record labels.
Discover the top 10 new features in GarageBand for Mac OS X 10.9, and how they can lead to better recordings.
Shows musicians how to create professional-looking scores, beginning with the basics of note entry and playback, with Sibelius, the popular music notation software.
Shows how to notate musical scores that range from simple lead sheets and guitar tablature parts to detailed scores, bring them to life with instruments, and share them with an audience.
Covers the ins and outs of creating, arranging, and publishing musical scores in Sibelius 6.
Music composer and DEVO founder Mark Mothersbaugh reveals what drives his projects, from music for film and television, to compelling drawings and work in Photoshop.