Machine Love: tobias.
A master of sound shows us how he tinkers.
Words / Jordan RothleinUnderstanding panning
Left, right and everywhere in between: RA's Jono Buchanan explains how to find space for your sounds.
Words / Jono BuchananA guide to drum programming
Want to improve your beats? RA's Jono Buchanan shows you how.
Words / Jono BuchananMachine Love: Mouse on Mars
The veteran German duo open the doors to their studio.
Words / Jordan RothleinSubharchord: A child of the golden age
A proto-synthesizer was developed in East Germany in the early 1960s that was far ahead of its time—but only a handful were ever produced. RA's Ryan Keeling meets some of the people who are intent on preserving its legacy.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine Love: Ikonika
RA's Ryan Keeling heads out to West London to talk production with the key Hyperdub artist.
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Beyond the laptop
RA travelled to this year's Ether festival in London to spend time with a group of artists—Mount Kimbie, Apparat, Bass Clef, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble—who warp the perception of live dance music.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine love: Barker & Baumecker
RA's Jordan Rothlein visits the Berlin-based duo, whose open-minded approach in the studio has resulted in one of the best albums of 2012.
Words / Jordan RothleinUnderstanding filtering
For our next music tech tutorial, RA's Jono Buchanan offers a straight-forward guide to the world of filters.
Words / Jono BuchananMachine love: Marc Houle
The Items & Things boss counts down five of his favourite synths.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine love: Ulrich Schnauss
We step into the German producer's studio to chat Voyetra 8s, Hartmann Neurons and other synth arcana.
Words / Ben OliverBest in gear: Studio monitors under €500
We take a look at some of the budget options for one of the most important (and overlooked) parts of a studio.
Words / Mark StraussCreative delay
RA's Jono Buchanan helps you to squeeze the most out of the staple studio effect.
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Machine love: Legowelt
RA's Ryan Keeling journeys to The Hague to meet one of electronic music's most fascinating and prolific figures.
Words / Ryan KeelingThe esoteric art of great sound
Sound systems are intrinsic to the dance music experience, yet few of us really know much about them. RA's Stephen Titmus attempts to demystify things with help from Funktion-One and Martin Audio.
Words / Stephen TitmusUnderstanding compression
RA's Jono Buchanan simplifies one of the most misunderstood of production processes.
Words / Jono BuchananUnderstanding reverb
RA's Jono Buchanan takes a detailed look at the science and applications of the staple effect.
Words / Jono BuchananBest in gear: Keyboard MIDI controllers over €200
In the market for a MIDI keyboard and have some money to spend? Step right up.
Words / Mark StraussNAMM 2012
RA's Mark Strauss reports back from one of the most important (and exciting) events on the music technology calendar.
Words / Mark StraussUnderstanding chords
RA's Jono Buchanan scores a perfect beginner's guide.
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Audio and MIDI: Editing techniques
Audio or MIDI? That is the question. Jono Buchanan looks into the importance of understanding the inherent strengths and weaknesses of both, and the many ways to extend the relationship between them.
Words / Jono BuchananThe story of the Oramics Machine
One of electronic music's great "what if" stories, Daphne Oram created a graphical system for creating music well before modern sequencers. RA's Benji Lehmann explains.
Words / Benji LehmannWhy should I use VU meters?
Simon Francis of Wired Masters, the mastering facility behind labels like Planet E and Cadenza, discusses why it is his mission to encourage more producers to embrace the analogue VU meter.
Words / Simon FrancisElectronic music production: A beginner's diary
They say anyone can make music these days, so we asked RA's Hannah Briley to enroll in an online course at Point Blank and document the trials and tribulations of her 12-week crash course in Logic.
Words / Hannah BrileyMachine love: Brendon Moeller
The prolific DJ/producer reveals some of the secrets to his success.
Words / Daniel PetryMachine love: Studio Barnhus
Inside the Stockholm studio of Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács and Petter.
Words / Todd L. BurnsMax for Live: An introduction
Want to take Live to the next level? RA's Mark Strauss outlines the infinite possibilities connected to Ableton and Cycling '74's Max for Live.
Words / Mark StraussSubtractive synths explained
Everything you wanted to know (and more) about the most widespread synthesis method in music technology.
Words / Jono BuchananMachine love: Motor City Drum Ensemble
RA's Ryan Keeling takes a peek into the hardware-laden studio of Danilo Plessow.
Words / Ryan KeelingCircuit bending, modding and the analog future
With music technology cheaper than ever, many producers are transforming old gear into new and unpredictable instruments. RA's Jack O'Shaughnessy investigates.
Words / Jack O'ShaughnessyMachine love: D-Bridge
RA journeys to the revered drum & bass producer's studio to talk synths, samples and sensimilla.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine love: Tommy Four Seven
Logic and field recorder: We discover the way in which the UK producer has made limited tools work to his advantage.
Words / Ryan KeelingBest in gear: Keyboard MIDI controllers under €200
Overwhelmed by the mass of budget keyboard controllers on the market? RA's Mark Strauss offers a guiding light.
Words / Mark StraussMachine love: Siriusmo
In advance of his appearance at this year's Bloc festival, we visit the messy studio of Berlin's purveyor of fuzzy electro.
Words / Eike KühlMachine love: Roman Flügel
How the chameleon got his colours: RA's Ryan Keeling discovers the gear and the thinking behind the Frankfurt producer's multifarious sound.
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Machine love: 2000 and One
The Dutch techno don still loves his old machines; he's just found the right software to replace them. RA's Aron Friedman reports back from Amsterdam.
Words / Aron FriedmanMachine love: Mike Huckaby
RA learns how an insatiable quest for knowledge (and a whole heap of mistakes) have made Mike Huckaby one of Detroit's most knowledgeable and respected producers.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine love: Pangaea
Small set-up, massive music. RA discovers how just a modest amount of gear has propelled the Hessle Audio co-founder to a position among UK bass music's foremost names.
Words / Ryan KeelingRecording vocals for beginners
Recording high quality vocals can be a daunting process for a beginner, which is why we've decided to offer a guide to infusing your productions with the human voice. RA's Jono Buchanan gives you the know how.
Words / Jono BuchananMachine love: Glimpse
RA talks to London-based producer, Chris Spero, AKA Glimpse, about his quest for grit and the machines that get him there.
Words / Ryan KeelingPole: Master masterer
As the AKG Scholarship Of Sound lands in Berlin, RA sits down with the veteran mastering engineer to demystify the perplexing process.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine love: Oneohtrix Point Never
The Brooklyn-based synth head is just as lo-fi as you might think, but not nearly as nostalgic. In advance of his live performance at Decibel in September, RA's Mike Powell finds out what machines make him tick.
Words / Mike PowellLow end theory: EQing kicks and bass
Ever wondered why your favourite producers' kicks and basslines sound so gratifying? RA's Jono Buchanan boldly crosses the low frequency minefield to tell you why.
Words / Jono BuchananMachine love: KiNK
Classic Chicago house by way of Sofia. RA discovers the surprising method behind the sound and style of Bulgarian producer, KiNK.
Words / Ryan KeelingMachine love: Jamie Jones
RA sticks its head around the door of Jamie Jones' East London studio to find out which machines the Crosstown Rebels man is loving.
Words / Ryan KeelingBest in gear: Analog synths over €1000
Now that we've tackled the budget options, it's time to push the boat out: RA's Francis Preve profiles some of the most versatile and pricey analog synths around.
Words / Francis PreveMachine love: Benjamin Brunn
Plenty of artists use as many instruments as they can. Benjamin Brunn has made his career on mastering just a few. RA's Chris Burkhalter investigates the very deep machine love the producer has for his Clavia Nord Modular.
Words / Chris BurkhalterBest in gear: Analog synths under €1000
Want to dip your toes into the world of analog, but don't know quite where to start? RA's Francis Preve makes things easy, detailing some of the best synths currently on the market.
Words / Francis PreveMachine love: Dennis Ferrer
RA talks to New York house master Dennis Ferrer about the machines that line his studio walls, and what it took to get them there.
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Machine love: Dinky
A self-described gear geek, we catch up with the Chilean-born producer to talk shop upon the release of her new album for Wagon Repair.
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