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Making A Fat Lead Using Propellerhead Reason’s Europa Synth
Reason 10 comes with the mighty Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer. While it has some awesome presets, making your own can be even better. Here’s how to create a really fat lead.
Nov. 27, 2017
Recreate This Cool Chip Tune Style Lead Sound In Your Own Virtual Synth - Video
The principles for quickly creating a computer chiptune style lead sound can be applied to any synthesizer. This short video explains how to do it for yourself.
Jul. 9, 2017
Using Your Voice Instead Of A Synth As Lead Instrument In Ableton Live
Why turn to a synth when a voice can do just as well, and sounds great? Here's how to achieve great results with a voice instead of a synth in Ableton Live.
G.W. Childs IV
Mar. 7, 2017
AfroDJMac Releases 80's VHS Synths Ableton Live Pack
If you’re looking for warm, analog synth sounds delivered in the convenience of an Ableton Live pack then this new collection of 80s VHS Synths from AfroDJMac is sure to appeal.
Jul. 14, 2016
Boxed Ear Release TQS Red Zone Fever Sound Bank for Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Synth
If you've got a Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 mono synthesizer, then this expertly crafted sound bank from Boxed Ear is going to appeal with its super basses, warped leads, alien textures & deep pads.
Mar. 9, 2016
Building a Lead Synth Patch in Cubase Retrologue 2
Retrologue 2 is the latest version of Steinberg’s virtual analogue synthesizer. Hollin Jones shows you how to build your own lead synth patch from scratch.
Jan. 12, 2016
How to Make a Deorro-Style Lead Sound in Sylenth
Whether you're inspired by Deorro or you just fancy delving into some sound design using Sylenth, this tutorial by Sara Simm is designed to get you close to the distintive lead sound from Flashlight.
Oct. 26, 2015
Novation Circuit In-Depth Video Review
The new Novation Circuit has caused a stir since its 1st October release. We decided to spend more days with it, going deeper than most, so you can discover what this groove box is really capable of.
Oct. 5, 2015
Review: Yamaha Reface CP
The Yamaha Reface CP features a vintage keyboard sound engine with six detailed vintage keyboard types. Matt Vanacoro puts all six to the test in this video review.
Sep. 7, 2015
Musikmesse News: Nord Lead A1R Now Desktop/Rack-Mountable Synth
So you want a Nord Lead A1, but you'd prefer it without the keyboard. Wouldn't it be great if you could get a rack-mountable/desktop version for your studio? Well, now you can!
Mar. 10, 2014
Review: Native Instruments Monark
If you're looking for a synth with attitude for seriously cool bass and lead sounds you should check out Native Instruments' Monark. G. W. Childs gives it a thorough exploration in this review.
G.W. Childs IV
Jul. 27, 2013
Review: Z3TA+2: Galaxy of Sound
Cakewalk are known for creating excellent tools for PC musicians. Now the Z3TA+2 synth is available for Mac! Once you've finished rejoicing, read the review by Noah Pred & download the 30 day trial!
Apr. 5, 2013
Review: Sugar Bytes’ Cyclops
Got a hankering for creating dubstep synth sounds? Then you really need to check out Cyclops by Sugar Bytes! Gary Hiebner couldn't resist taking this instruments for a spin and tests it to the limit.
Feb. 8, 2013
8 Awesome Free Audio Plug-in Synths for Mac Musicians
It’s that time of year - your wallet rinsed by the holiday season, and nothing inspirational under the tree. So, find yourself a bargain or two, and maybe reinvigorate your inner composer...
Jan. 1, 2013
Review: kHs ONE (And a Special Offer for MPVHub Readers)
Some software synths rely on endless LFOs and complex filters, but don’t get close to creating a wonderful sound... not so for Kilohearts’ ONE! G. W. Childs discovers more.
G.W. Childs IV
Dec. 13, 2012
Sound Design: Lady Gaga 'The Edge of Glory' Bass Synth
Lady Gaga has taken the pop world by storm over the past few years. Learn how to re-create (in Logic or your DAW or synth of choice) the bass synth from her hit single "Edge of Glory".
Jul. 19, 2011
Sound Design: the Black Eyed Peas' Dirty Bit Synths, Part 2
In Part 2 of this Quick Tutorial, we'll be looking at how to reproduce another synth sound from a recent pop hit...
Jun. 22, 2011
Sound Design : Create A Nero Style Synth Lead in Omnisphere
The last single from breakthrough UK Dubstep/Drum and Bass act Nero was a slice of pop epicness! In this tutorial I'm going I'm going to show you how to recreate a patch in Omnisphere similar to the l
Apr. 13, 2011
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