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1O TIPS to move beyond the DAW loop

DAWs are great at helping us loop ideas together, but it’s all-too-easy to stay stuck in loop land. Try these ideas to help expand your loops into sonic masterpieces…

1 Looping! There’s nothing wrong with it!

Telling you to loop might seem the oddest of ways to help you move beyond the loop, but what we’re saying is: don’t be scared of looping. To move beyond it, you have to embrace it. DAWs like Logic and Cubase, and especially Live, have looped bars and clips at their hearts. They use the loop as the very first easy way to make a tune. And many of the ingredients you load into them are loops of beats and riffs. Repetitive beats, melodies and basslines are our musical heartbeats at the heart of music technology. So embrace the loop, understand the loop; then use it and abuse it.

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Making music is an expensive pursuit. From monitors to microphones, DAWs and plug-ins: before you know it, just getting your creative space in order has made a serious dent in your bank account. But it really doesn’t have to be this way. In Andy Jones’ in-depth cover feature this month, he dives head-first into this ocean of free software, highlighting the best of the best and detailing how to use it effectively to build a track – for free! Elsewhere this issue, we’ve got the first in a new A-Z series, detailing some of the oft-used, key terms that you’ll likely hear and need to understand in the music-making world. Alongside all this, we’ve got our usual range of reviews, tutorials, tips and a complete guide to the vast high-tech world of controllers. We’ve also, very excitingly, teamed up with the best studio in the world with this issue’s free Abbey Road calendar. We hope you enjoy the issue.