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Use compressor sidechain filtering to add mix glue without track pumping

You’ve made a drum groove that you love and now you want to add a bit of “mix glue” to make your part feel cohesive. However, when you reach for the compressor to reduce peaks on the group, the kick seems to be triggering the compressor more than any other drum, making everything a bit “pumpy”. That’s when it’s time to get to grips with compressor sidechain...

Creative saturation with the free GSat+ plug-in

If you’ve ever spent time designing drum hits, you might be familiar with this problem. In isolation, your drums have the perfect balance of punch and sheen, but in the context of your track, they’re dull and disappear into the mix in the context of the track. We hate to see it. READ MORE: Learn how to apply sidechain compression in Cubase to get...

Behringer hits “breakthrough” with its Yamaha CS-80 analogue synth clone

Behringer has shared that its reached a “breakthrough” with its upcoming DS-80 analogue synth – its clone of the legendary Yamaha CS-80. READ MORE: The best synths to buy in 2021: 16 best polysynths The German brand announced back in July 2020 that it had begun work cloning the iconic late-70s synth. The project is far from straightforward, according...

Learn how to apply sidechain compression in Cubase to get your music pumping

Sidechain compression is a ubiquitous technique in modern dance music production. It allows you to choose one instrument that will affect the amount of compression on another instrument in your project. The go-to technique is having your bass or pad get compressed every time your kick drum hits, creating a rhythmic movement and freeing up some low-end...

Behringer shares progress of new LmDrum drum machine inspired by the LinnDrum

Behringer has teased a new sampler drum machine, the LmDrum, which is seemingly modelled on a stalwart 80s instrument, the LinnDrum. READ MORE: Behringer Brains is a Eurorack multi-engine oscillator with 20 synth engines The prolific brand shared images of the LmDrum on its Facebook page, explaining that the sampler drum machine has passed all...

Laidback techno producer Monolink on folk inspiration, favourite synths and monitoring

Producer and sensational live act Monolink welcomes us to his Berlin studio, crammed with high-end gear, acoustic instruments and the latest and greatest synths. READ MORE: Show Off Your Studio: Demuja’s psychedelic acid house workshop The setup reflects his sound, which combines ambient melodic techno with dreamy guitar-led folk. And Monolink...

Modal Electronics updates Cobalt8 virtual analogue synths with six FM and AM algorithms

Modal Electronics has rolled out a firmware update for its Cobalt virtual analogue synths, adding six new algorithms as well as workflow improvements suggested by its users. READ MORE: The Big Review: Modal Electronics Cobalt8 Firmware update v1.1 – for the Cobalt8, Cobalt8M and Cobalt8X – adds six FM and AM oscillation models based on FM and...

Design your own drums with Ableton Live’s Drum Synths

It can be far too easy to dive into your samples folder when looking for that next drum part. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but you might find it more enjoyable and intriguing to design your own drum sounds. Using Ableton Live’s various Drum Synth devices, you can easily do just that. In this Ableton Live Tutorial, Liam O’Mullane shows you...

Call Tyler, The Creator’s hotline and hear a snippet of his new music

Rapper and producer Tyler, The Creator is giving fans the opportunity to listen to a preview of his upcoming single by calling his hotline. READ MORE: How to sound like Doja Cat The new single, rumoured to be titled <em>Momma Talk (Call Me If You Get Lost)</em>, can be heard by dialling the number Tyler shared on his Twitter account...

Get a hit of music-making nostalgia with the Atari VCS console-PC hybrid

Atari has announced the availability of the Atari VCS console-PC hybrid system, capable of running retro games and PC applications. READ MORE: Vintage Rewind: Atari ST Computer The machine comes three years after its announcement and is available in two retro-style designs, inspired by the 1977 Atari 2600: Onyx or Black Walnut. The latter design...

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