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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. Getting Into Game Audio (Premium)

    5 Posts
    Every so often, I’ll get the question, “How can I break into the game industry?” This question usually comes from a young and aspiring musician or audio designer. This series will will try to answer that question. I’ll share with you my path into the game industry, and offer you some of the wisdom, experience, and knowledge I’ve acquired in that time.
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  2. Side Chain Compression in Ableton Live 8

    2 Posts
    Up to Ableton Live version 6, the software didn’t include a compressor device with side chain input. Ableton Live 7 onwards introduced the new side chain enabled native compressor. The resulting effect is also called "ducking" and in this two-part tutorial we are going to explore it’s uses and demonstrate how his method can assist and enhance your mixing experience.
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  3. How to Work Out Songs by Ear

    3 Posts
    Pretty much everyone, no matter what their theoretical knowledge or level of experience, can work out music by ear. This series aims to clear up the mythology and get you started on the road to playing almost anything you hear.
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  4. Getting to Know Altered Chords

    7 Posts
    This series of harmony theory tuts will not only show you how to create more interesting chords, but also explains how and why. You'll learn about altered chords, and how you can use them to add harmonic interest to your music.
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  5. Additive Synthesis in Propellerhead Reason

    2 Posts
    Additive synthesis is one of the less common forms of synthesis in use today, but it can be used to create some great sounds. This series will show you how you can create an additive synthesizer using a combinator in Reason. Furthermore, it will improve your understanding of some of the fundamental principles of sound and synthesis in general.
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