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A weekly series with Tape Op magazine founder and Jackpot! Recording Studio owner Larry Crane. Every Friday, get a new technique for tailoring effects, gaining sonic control, and opening new creative doors in your recordings.
Learn how to record, edit, mix, and master audio and MIDI in Pro Tools 12.
Professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher explains the best practices for attending a music conference such as SXSW, ASCAP EXPO, or Midem.
Get started with Studio One 3, the fast and agile DAW with powerful editing tools and a rich library of sounds.
Learn how to use the sound libraries and powerful sound manipulation tools in Spectrasonics Omnisphere.
Get prepared to work on real-world projects with FL Studio. Learn how to create, mix, and arrange songs with this powerful digital audio workstation.
Learn how to write songs on the road and be a productive songwriter even when you're away from the studio.
Learn how to use the powerful UAD-2 and Apollo software/hardware combo from Universal Audio to mix down songs and emulate classic analog sounds.
Preview the new features in Logic Pro 10.1 and 10.2, including Alchemy and Gobbler integration, new EDM and hip-hop drummers, the Drum Machine Designer, an enhanced Mixer, and improved MIDI editing and sequencing features, and learn how to integrate them into your production workflow as quickly as possible.
Connect your studio to the cloud with Splice. Learn to back up and manage projects, promote new releases, and find new sounds and inspiration.
Shows nonaudio professionals how to set up Audacity, a free audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and start recording live audio.
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.
GRAMMY-winning producer Ryan Hewitt explains his techniques for mixing radio-ready drum sounds with any DAW or console.
Learn the basics of recording, editing, mixing, and exporting great-sounding mixes with Pro Tools 12.
Discover the powerful tool set offered in the audio post-production application Audition CC.
Watch the pros at work in a real drum recording session at a top LA studio, EastWest. GRAMMY-winning engineer Ryan Hewitt records with A-list drummer Josh Freese.
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.
GRAMMY-winning recording engineer Ryan Hewitt explains his techniques for capturing drum sounds. "Drum Doctor" Ross Garfield consults with Ryan on a real-world studio setup for a session with A-list drummer Josh Freese.
Get up and running with ABSYNTH 5, a powerful synthesizer that allows for almost unlimited combinations of oscillators, modulations controls, and filters.
Music producer Bobby Owsinski interviews producer and industry critic/advocate Michael Beinhorn about his career, influences, and inspirations.
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.
Music producer Bobby Owsinski interviews Richard Gibbs about his musical journey: from touring and session musician to Oingo Boingo member, to film composer.
Bobby Owsinski interviews legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, the man behind GRAMMY-winning records by Ray Charles, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, and more.
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 correct vocal pitch problems with Auto-Tune 8. Make subtle adjustments in minutes, or use Auto-Tune to add creative effects.
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.
JK "saintjoe" Swopes—educator behind MaschineTutorials.com—shows how to get started creating your own beats, hooks, and harmonies with Maschine.
Get up and running with Reason 8. Learn how to record, edit, mix, and master audio tracks with this professional-level music production software.
Take a look at the best new features in Reason 8, from the redesigned interface to the Softube Amps.
Learn how to capture your musical ideas quickly and turn them into great songs with Ableton Live.
Learn the Logic Pro mixing and mastering techniques that every producer and engineer should know, from preparing a project to compression, automation, and mastering.
Daniel Mintseris, keyboard player and programmer for St. Vincent, shares his onstage setup, his tips for working with Ableton Live, and insights from his long musical career.
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.
Get a sneak peak at our upcoming course with Daniel Mintseris, keyboard player and programmer for St. Vincent, as he shows his onstage setup, and shares tips for working with Ableton Live and insights from his career.
Learn how to write, record, and mix a song in GarageBand in 9 simple steps.
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.
Turn your laptop into a live-performance instrument, and learn to play backing tracks, process vocals, and loop sounds with MainStage.
The fundamentals of delay and modulation effects and how to apply these effects, technically and creatively, to improve the sound of a mix.
Explains one of the most essential ingredients in audio mixing, reverb—the time it takes for sound to bounce, echo, and decay during a live performance or recording.
Larry Crane, critically acclaimed record producer and founder of Tape Op magazine, describes his self-taught, largely trial-and-error path to success in the music industry.
Shows how to properly apply equalization (EQ) to improve the sound of a mix.
Shows how to improve the sound of a mix using compressors, limiters, gates, de-essers, and other dynamic processors.
Learn about the jobs, equipment, DAWs, and training you need to get started down an audio learning path.