How To Make Hip Hop Beats

Fire in the booth As a genre, hip hop has become something altogether more sprawling and diverse than it was 20 years ago. Where the early pioneers favoured a simple setup involving little more than sampled sounds, turntables and microphones, nowadays producers have a wealth of instruments and technology with which they can create their beats…. Read More

How To Sound Like Hudson Mohawke

Electronic mastery from Scotland’s finest By cloudo (talk), CC BY-SA 3.0, There’s always something interesting about an unassuming musical genius. Someone who doesn’t feel the need to flaunt their talent, yet who almost secretly has been responsible for some of the most high profile music out there. Hudson Mohawke fits that bill perfectly. The Scottish… Read More

Differences Between Hardware And Software

Musical horses for courses If technology has done one thing for us, it’s to bring previously unattainable potential to the masses. Now, armed with just a laptop and an audio interface, you can produce music on a scale that was simply not possible in years gone by. At least not without some serious budget. Actually,… Read More

A Look At Komplete’s Newest Recording Software

A custom built piano, orchestration and delays – 7 features of Komplete 11 to get excited about Since the announcement of Komplete 11, producers and home studio enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the September 1st release date, anxious to get their hands on the new recording software bundle from renowned brand Native Instruments. Although information on… Read More

Best Samplers For Beginners

A sample of some great gear… If you’ve decided to try your hand at producing your own beats and recording your own music using samplers, you’ve undoubtedly been faced with the difficult decision of exactly where to start. There are thousands of different samplers and controllers out there to choose from, but choosing the right… Read More

Komplete 10 Review

Updated 9/11/16 Literally every sound you’ll ever need While thinking of things to include in this article, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a fellow gear-nerd. We were discussing various brands of guitar amplifier, including a high-end American brand favoured by Carlos Santana. Said brand had recently released its updated flagship series,… Read More

Mogwai’s Barry Burns On Using Komplete

Keyboard player discusses the need for Komplete control (Photo used under Creative Commons – http://flickr.com/people/wonker/) Mogwai, the Scottish instrumentalists, seem to have been around forever. The veteran band has put out eight standard albums, three compilations, 12 extended players, two remix albums and three film scores in 23 productive years together. Each charts the sonic journey of a… Read More

Five Great Pro DJ Controllers

Updated 14/07/2016 Digital technology has changed DJing at all levels – here are five great pro DJ controllers   Is there anything that digital technology can’t do? It has revolutionised just about every aspect of the modern world, and music is no exception. The DJ world has been turned upside down by modern, computer tech… Read More

What’s New In Maschine 2.0?

Native’s production workstation has been updated – so, what’s new in Maschine 2.0? The Native Instruments catalogue is stuffed with an embarrassment of riches these days. Undoubtedly, Maschine is one of its premium ranges, and one whose updates and developments are scrutinised in great detail. The hybrid hardware/ software production workstation has established itself as… Read More

Traktor Kontrol S4 MKII Review

The flagship DJ controller in Native’s range is updated, but is it better? We find out in our Traktor Kontrol S4 MKII review The updates to Native Instruments’ all-in-one DJ controller models (the S2 and S4) were big news upon launch. These two controllers are very highly thought of, and provide the closest control over… Read More