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Music & Audio Learning Guides

What better way to learn new music and audio skills than with a series of carefully crafted learning guides? Each guide is a curated selection of free tutorials designed to help you master a new skill, from arranging for strings to songwriting and composing.

With so much jargon to master in this field, you'll appreciate the guide to music and audio terms. It's perfect for beginners, and even seasoned audio pros will discover some new terms. There are dozens more guides designed to help you master all aspects of music and audio, so why not dip in and see what you can learn?

  1. Subtractive Synth Basics

    7 Posts
    You can make pretty much any sound you want using subtractive synthesis (or virtual analog), including effects, pads and strings, leads, and bass. In this series, we'll show you how. 
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  2. Creating a Realistic Bass

    3 Posts
    Sculpture is a unique instrument to Logic in that it is something called a 'component modeling synth'. Where Logic's other synths are the more standard FM and additive synth types, Sculpture tries to make a virtual model of an actual acoustic instrument which mimics that instrument's physical properties. In this series we'll look at how this unusual synth operates, and how we can manipulate its parameters to create a realistic electric bass sound.
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  3. Producing Guitar: From Recording to the Finished Product

    20 Posts
    The guitar is a versatile and expressive instrument that contributes rhythm, melody and flavor to many music genres. Capturing and enhancing that flavor takes good taste, real talent, and effective techniques.

    You'll need a range of skills: the ability to mic amps and acoustic guitars, add the right combination of effects and EQ, tame the beast using appropriate compression, and more. There's a lot to learn! Here's a range of tutorials from basic to advanced that explain it all.
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  4. Mastering Processes

    2 Posts
    The topic of mastering is always popular. In this two-tutorial series I’m covering two mastering processes which are generally considered special treatments: MS processing and multiband processing.
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  5. Producing Vocals: From Mic Placement to Mixing

    22 Posts
    Lead vocals, background vocals, samples, vocoders. Each type of vocal track, and each genre, require different techniques, microphones and gear. You want them to sound professional, on pitch, and full of life.

    Vocals can carry both the meaning and emotions of a song, so you want to get them right. This can include choosing the right mic and mic placement, working with vocalists and choirs, capturing the right mood, the use of samplers and vocoders, and getting the mix right. There's a lot to learn! Here is a range of tutorials from basic to advanced that explain it all.
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  6. Manipulating MIDI: Setup, Sequencing and Secrets

    32 Posts
    MIDI is a relatively old technology in the electronic music industry. It came into being in the early 80s as a way for electronic instruments - including synths, drum machines and sequencers - to talk to one another. Over the years it has evolved, and is at its most powerful when creating music using computer software.

    So how is MIDI different to audio? Where do I start? How do I connect MIDI devices to your computer? What are control codes? How do I make MIDI music sound more realistic? Here is a range of tutorials from basic to advanced that explain it all.
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