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Get up and running with REAPER, the up-and-coming DAW for Windows and OS X. Learn how to record audio and MIDI, edit tracks, and mix and master your project.
Become a master audio mixer. Get a master class in audio mixing from one of the music industry's most admired teachers, Bobby Owsinski. Tune in for a new tip every Thursday.
Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live.
Learn the basics of Reason 9, the professional-grade DAW, from setup and recording to mixing and mastering.
Get inspired by master recording engineer Sylvia Massy. Sylvia shares the secrets behind some of her most infamous recording experiments, from piano demolitions to potato filters, and her new favorite tools.
Discover the powerful tool set offered in the audio post-production application Audition CC.
Learn how to put together a modular synthesis system and program a wide variety of sounds with commonly available modules.
Learn how to pitch correct and alter the sonic characteristics of vocals and other audio using Melodyne 4, the leading pitch correction software that can also run as a plugin in most DAWs.
Collaborate with other musicians using Ableton Link. Learn how to use Link to synchronize multiple computers and iOS devices to play in time with Ableton Live.
Compose melodies and basslines, arrange music, mix and master your tracks, and perform live—away from the computer—with the colorful, intuitive Ableton Push and Push 2 controllers.
Interested in a career in music? Learn everything you need to know about working with digital audio, including the digital signal path, compression, DAWs, MIDI, and mixing.
Learn how to use the vast library of KOMPLETE sounds for songwriting and music production in MASCHINE.
Get started with Studio One 3, the fast and agile DAW with powerful editing tools and a rich library of sounds.
Learn how to record, edit, mix, and master music with Auria Pro, the first professional-level DAW for the iPad.
Preview the new features in Logic Pro 10.1–10.2.1, including Alchemy and Gobbler integration, flex pitching, the Drum Machine Designer, an enhanced Mixer, and improved MIDI editing and sequencing features. Learn how to integrate the latest Logic features into your production workflow as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get a brief overview of the features, signal routing, and effects offered in KONTAKT 5.
Bobby Owsinski interviews legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, the man behind GRAMMY-winning records by Ray Charles, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, and more.
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.
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