Video Tutorials

Access the Samplecraze video tutorials from as little as £1 a tutorial. Build your own course by selecting the parts you need.

Multi-buy Discount! Spend £30 and get £5 off (when processed in a single order) - use coupon code SCDISCOUNT1 at the checkout!

Automating Plugin Parameters screen shows cubase's automation lanes and their targets

Automation is a powerful feature of your DAW which records changes you make to mixer and plugin parameters.

The videos in this category demonstrate the processes in detail not only for mixer tasks but also for plugin parameter control. What makes this such a powerful process is that all of this can be done in real-time.

Ripping and using Timing Information from a Drum Beat screen shows cubase's quantise editor

Constructing drum beats and laying down grooves can be daunting for those without drumming abilities.

In this category I show you how to create unique drum beats and groove templates using the above techniques as well as how to polish the results using dynamics processing and other effects.

EDM Kick Drum Processing using Valves/Tubes screen shows the ssl bus compressor plugin

Compression and Limiting are processes that control the dynamic range (loudness) of audio.

The videos in this category cover downward and upward compression as well as expansion. Additionally we detail different compressor designs such as Opto, VCA, FET, Vari-Gain and some esoteric configurations to round things off!

Extracting Drum Sounds from a Beat using Drumagog screen shows drumagog plugin

Creating custom drum sounds is the main aim of all beat producers and sound designers.

The sound design tutorials in this category show you exciting ways of creating brand new drum sounds. Additionally, I guide you through how to use effects and dynamics to make your creations even more interesting and dynamic.

de-esser a screen showing fabfilter's pro ds plugin

From de-essing to gating, tape saturation to expansion, harmonizer to normalisation and much much more! All of these processes are explained in detail with ‘before’ and ‘after’ audio examples. A thorough grounding in both theory and application make this category useful AND fun!

Using Modulation to shape a Delay Effect's Filters screen shows fabfilter's timeless delay plug

The most common effects used in a studio are covered in detail. Reverb, delay, chorus, flanger and phaser are the ‘go to’ essentials for most producers. Here, I show you professional techniques for using them, and with the right knowledge it’s easier than you might think.

Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Piano sound screen shows fabfilter's q3 dynamic eq plugin

The best explanation I can think of to describe equalisation is that it is a glorified ‘tone control’. An equaliser simply boosts or cuts a specified frequency within audio.

From multi-band to dynamic, linear phase to minimum phase, Active, Passive, Graphic, Parametric, Fixed and Peaking Eqs – each and every process is explained with before and after audio examples.

Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak screen shows soundtoys filterfreak plugin

We tend to use equalisation for tonal balance and to generally improve the signal’s frequency response. However, when it comes to dramatic changes to a signal we might opt for a dedicated Filter unit.

In this category I run you through some of the techniques I, and other professional producers and sound designers, use to add life and dynamic motion to a mix by using filters with extensive modulation.

Gain Staging using True Peak Meters screen shows an image of a lufs meter

In today’s world of digital maximums (ceiling) in your DAW managing all gains, from channels to groups, auxiliaries to mixbus, has become a critical process.

This category covers every aspect of gain staging, from the metering standards to summing, from cleaning channels to managing the Pan Law and so much more.

Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum screen shows boz digital's sasquatch drum editing plugin

If there is one area that confuses both beat makers and producers alike it is the management of the Low End in the mix.

The video tutorials in this category cover some of the traditional techniques used to manage the low end and are explained in detail using before and after audio examples. However, I have also made sure to include some novel approaches to treating this problem area.

MixBus - House Pre Mastering screen shows the tdr slick eq plugin

This category of video tutorials aims to help you in understanding how to best manage the master bus of your DAW project and to confidently master your demos.

Learn the requirements for Mastering music, the processes it entails and how to achieve the perfect master by managing the MixBus correctly and creatively.

Tuning and Pitching Rock Lead Vocals screen shows the waves real tune plugin

In this category I show you how to use compressors in series to manage the dynamic range of the vocals, how to layer vocals and create harmonies both in your DAW and using stock plugins, show you how to use 3 stage compression for adding focus to a vocal take, how to tune and pitch vocals, how to use Bump Automation, how to successfully eq any vocal using my 4 Step Technique, how to duck, how to side-chain against the mix and so much more.