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Future Audio Workshop Releases CircleÂ²
The unique Circle from Future Audio Workshop was a hugely popular software synth, and now CircleÂ² (or Circle 2) is here with a focus on usability, flow and experimentation.
Apr. 5, 2015
Review: Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Synths
If you're after some insanely fun to use, great sounding, portable synths with excellent onboard effects that can sync together or to your DAW and are affordable, read this review now!
Mar. 12, 2015
Use FL Studio's Harmor as a Drum Loop Device or Remix Tool
Did you know Image Line's Harmor synth can easily map segments of an audio file to different keys? Learn how to use Harmor as a remix tool or drum loop device in this excellent tutorial.
G.W. Childs IV
Mar. 31, 2014
Making the Most of Modulation in Omnisphere
It's no surprise that one of the most impressive software synths ever, Omnisphere, is from Spectrasonics. David Earl delves into its modulation areas and shares some timely tips.
Mar. 29, 2014
Synth Basics: Parallel And Series Filter Modes Explained
When it comes to filtering your sound in your favourite synth, you may have come across two mode: parallel and series. Mo Volans seeks to demystify these, and importantly show how they differ.
Sep. 6, 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
If you haven't come across d16 (virtual instruments developer) before now, then be prepared to sample something very tasty indeed! Hollin Jones takes the LuSH-101 for a subtractive synthesis spin!
Jan. 29, 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
Building a Basic FM Synth in FM8
Don't be put off by the term, "Frequency Modulation Synthesis"! FM synthesis is extremely powerful and Native Instruments' FM8 makes using it a lot, lot easier.
Oct. 12, 2012
Review: PPG WaveGenerator by PPG, Wolfgang Palm
When the father of digital synthesis created PPG WaveGenerator for iPad, Rory Dow (being a self-respecting synthesist) stood up and put it through its paces.
Sep. 12, 2012
Massive's Performer And Stepper LFOs
NI's Massive is, for fear of stating the obvious, a HUGE synth! In this article, Mo Volans explores how to get the best out of its unique Performer and Stepper LFOs.
Mar. 5, 2012
Build A Simple Synth In Reaktor, Part 2
Many programs exist for creating your own instruments, from Logic Pro to MAX/MSP. Few, however, are as musically immediate and satisfying as NI's Reaktor. Toby Pitman gets synth building!
Feb. 9, 2012
Build A Simple Synth In Reaktor, Part 1
Many programs exist for creating your own instruments, from Logic's Environment to MAX/MSP. Few, however, are as musically immediate and satisfying as NI's Reaktor. Toby Pitman gets synth building!
Feb. 2, 2012
The Building Blocks of Logic's ES2 Synth
Programming your own synth sounds in Logic's ES2 doesn't have to be scary! Using the presets under 'Tutorial Settings' can help speed up the process. It can also be very fun. Read on to learn more.
G.W. Childs IV
Aug. 31, 2011
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: Black Eyed Peas Dirty Bit Synth in Logic Pro, Part 1
In Part 1 of this Quick Tutorial, we'll be looking at how to reproduce a synth sound from a recent pop hit, The Black Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)"...
Jun. 17, 2011
Sound Design: Making an Old School Snare in Logic
Recently I wrote a tutorial on how to quickly make an electro kick drum in Logic Pro. If you recall, the exercise merely utilized a few iterations of Logic's Klopfgeist with a bit of effect.
G.W. Childs IV
Jun. 9, 2011
Reason Tutorial: Programming analog style synth bass patches in Reason
If you're serious about creating great, original music then programming your own sounds is a must. So step away from the presets and start to create your own unique patches using Reason. The question
Jan. 11, 2011
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