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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. Creating a Pop Song

    4 Posts
    Have you ever wondered what defines a pop song? Well I have, and decided to find out. I gathered data from 52 Number 1 hits, the most successful from each year spanning 1960 through to 2011 as determined on the Australian pop music charts and came up with some interesting recommendations as to what technical aspects this group of songs has in common.
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  2. Masterful Reverb: Everything You Need to Know

    13 Posts
    Reverb is an incredibly important effect that can add life to a track. How you use it is totally up to you. Reverb can be subtle or blatant, sound natural or add interesting flavors to the mix. Using it effectively takes skill and experience, and knowing the right techniques.

    Here is a broad collection of tutorials that aim to teach you those techniques, starting with great advice for the beginner, progressing to advanced techniques, and showing you how to produce some classic reverb effects. Work through them in order, or jump to the tut that most interests you. When you're finished, review what you've learned with the quiz.
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  3. Essential Listening

    11 Posts
    Sometimes a mix just does not turn out the way we want it to no matter how often we throw down the faders and start over. While we can talk about it for hours and hours, sometimes we need to just sit back and listen. This series is designed to help you listen to music as you've never heard it before. Enjoy!
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  4. Demystifying the Mod Matrix

    2 Posts
    Many advanced synths in Reason have a Mod Matrix – an essential component in creating great patches. In Part 1 we become familiar with the way the Mod Matrix works, and in Part 2 we cover some more advanced topics.
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