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How Techno Provided The Soundtrack of Change in Berlin

When the Berlin Wall fell over 30 years ago, young people from East and West came together to celebrate their newfound freedom. Techno provided the soundtrack to this time of unlimited possibilities and was to change the image of the city forever. The first thing that comes to most people's minds these days when they think of Berlin is (or at...

How To Solve Hardware MIDI and Audio Latency Issues In Ableton Live

Latency can turn your hardware heaven into a confusing and frustrating hell - especially with Ableton Live. We look at some strategies to get your MIDI and audio all synced up. “Any signal in a computer-based environment is going to have a certain amount of latency.” So says Ableton on their website. In other words, latency is a fact of DAW life...

Add Drama To Beats With Yasuke Inspired Cinematic Percussion

In this latest Passing Notes we take inspiration from the Yasuke soundtrack by Flying Lotus and explore ways to incorporate traditional percussive elements into modern productions. Yasuke is a new anime about a Black samurai in medieval Japan and its soundtrack was produced and composed by none other than Steven Ellison a.k.a. Flying Lotus. Released...

The World’s First House Music Inspired Gourmet Burger Restaurant Has Opened

The world's first house music inspired gourmet burger restaurant, iBeefaBurger, has opened in Ibiza. Despite various Covid setbacks, iBeefaBurger has now opened. The close-knit global house music community has backed iBeefaburger, with leading artists such as Skream and Eats Everything voicing their support. Diners can enjoy vegetarian...

Pete Bones & The Stones of Convention

Pete Bones’ new album ‘Wild Moose Chase’ is a seven-track, heavy-duty, dark-disco spectacular. Ahead of its release on the 24th June we put Pete through our quickfire Q&A.  Why music? Because music is the answer. You see what I did there.... If you weren't making music what would you be doing? I presume you mean...

How To Get Big ‘80s Drums

Got big hair and big shoulder pads but small drums? We show you how to take your ‘80s percussion from wimpy Hall And Oates to stomping New Order. In the ‘80s, everything was big. From heavy metal guitar riffs to coked-out record label pool parties, it was the era of ludicrous excess. That went double for drums. You’ve surely heard it before:...

Arturia FX Collection 2

Arturia beefs up its effects package, adding seven plugins including three brand-new bus processors. How does it stack up against rather intense competition? Arturia are famous for many things. Their V collection (now on its eighth iteration) wrote the rulebook for how to emulate vintage instruments. Pigments 3, on the other hand, is entirely...

How Not To Do A DJ Handover!

Attack writer Harold Heath can’t stop thinking about this Craig Richards Boiler Room set... DJ sets, most of them, are not worth watching, they’re for dancing to. There are however exceptions, and this is one of them. Specifically, from about 45 minutes in, this Boiler Room video of DJs Lee Foss and Craig Richards is worth your time. Why? It’s...

How To Bring Your Mix Alive With Bus Processing

We show you how to take your mix from dull to sparkle with bus processing plugins from the new and improved Arturia FX Collection 2. When mix engineers talk about the final five percent, they mean that extra polish and sparkle that elevates a mix from good to great. There are many ways to achieve this but one of the easiest is with bus processing....

Better Days, Better Nights

The effects of the pandemic and the corresponding inadequate government support have put UK nightclubs and dance music culture under threat like never before. Now more than ever we can’t forget just how important that culture actually is.  Consistently undervalued, benign government neglect is very familiar to DJ culture and nightclubs....

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