Mo Volans
Mo Volans has been releasing tracks for well over a decade with many of the world's top electronic labels. Having worked with a long list of high profile artists, he has enjoyed top ten success on numerous of occasions. Mo records under the names MoHawk, Twisted Air, and Openair and also writes music for TV and film. 
Mo is also a prolific writer and journalist writing for publications such as Music Tech, Remix mag and EQ.
Tutorials
  • Music & Audio
    How to Set Up Sidechain Routing in Logic, Cubase & ReasonSidechain
    This tutorial contains three screencasts showing you how to set up sidechain routing in Logic 9, Cubase 5 and Reason 4. In these tutorials I use a kick drum to trigger the sidechain and use a piano loop for the processed sound but obviously you can apply this technique to any two sounds you wish. I have also included the project files from each DAW so you can load them up yourselves.Read More…
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    How to Create BreakdownsMusic and audio
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    When it comes to creating a breakdown in your project there are literally endless possibilities, so there really is no definitive method here. My first screencast tutorial demonstrates one way that this hurdle can be approached and hopefully demonstrates some useful techniques using automation, effects and editing.Read More…
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    How to Use M/S Processing in MasteringThumb
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    Mastering is always a hot topic. Most of us love to use the latest technique to make our masters bigger, badder and usually louder. Unfortunately, not all mastering techniques get as much airtime as others, and M/S processing is one of these lesser known subjects. It's likely that a lot of budding producers who do their own mastering won't be aware of M/S processing and its benefits. If you're not taking advantage of what this technique has to offer you could be missing out, so let's take a look at how it works and its practical applications.Read More…
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    How to Boost Your Audio's Stereo ImageThumb
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    There's no doubt that wide stereo sounds are pleasing to the ear. It can bring a mix to life or make individual elements shine. It's certainly a subject I get asked about a lot and something that many producers seem eager to be able to master. Here's a rundown of the different methods we can use to boost the stereo image of both our whole mix or individual instruments. Of course some of these are more sensible options than others when it comes to producing a coherent, intelligible mix. It's worth taking a minute before you turn your new stereo enhancer plug-in up to 11.Read More…
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    Mastering Your Sampler's Synthesis EngineThumb
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    You may not realize it, but the software or hardware sampler you own is likely to contain a powerful synthesis engine under the hood. If you haven’t explored it fully you may be missing out on a valuable resource in your studio.Read More…
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    Understanding Ableton Live 8's New Groove EngineThumb
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    Ableton has introduced a huge list of new features into the latest version of Live. Amongst some of the highlights are new instruments, new warp algorithms and even several new effects plug-ins. All these features are impressive (and some of them definitely deserve their own tutorials), but one of the most important updates for many users is the introduction of a brand new groove engine, so let’s get stuck in and see how it works.Read More…
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    Using Rewire to Expand Your Audio ToolsetThumb
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    As producing completely 'in the box' fast becomes the norm, it's essential we maximize the potential of our computer set up. Of course, improving our computer hardware and investing in new sample libraries is one way to do this—but another is to seamlessly wire together our applications using Rewire. Rewire is often underestimated and in many cases goes unused. Using Rewire correctly can actually expand your sound palette, avoid unnecessary rendering and even add extra processing tools to your DAW. Let's take a look at how Rewire works, some of its history and a few situations we can use it in.Read More…
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    Producing and Mastering a DJ SetThumb
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    So you have your beat mixing down to a fine art and you have a great collection of tunes. You have recorded your latest live show or have put the finishing touches on a promotional set in the studio. The question is what do you do now? To turn the recording into a really listenable product it's a good idea to apply some basic mastering and ensure that it's in the right format. It's also important to be able to insert track markers if you intend to burn to CD. Here are a few tips to get you going.Read More…
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    Creating Rich Soundscapes with Organic & Electronic SoundsThumb
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    Creating lush, expansive back drops can be a key part of a successful chill-out track or a great breakdown. Producing something truly original in this area requires a bit of creativity. There's always the temptation to use an impressive pad sound from the latest super plug-in, but to really stand out from the crowd you need to dip your toes into the world of sound design.Read More…
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    How to Create a Wide Synth String PatchThumb
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    Following my recent tutorial on creating classic synth FX, I thought it may be helpful to some of you to see some other sounds constructed using the same basic format. This tutorial focuses on building a wide synth string sound, with some interesting modulation routing. First you will see the sound constructed step by step using the FAW 'Circle' soft synth and then the patch will be recreated using a number of instruments from popular DAWs. Obviously the recreations may not be exactly the same as the original patch but they should show that any synth can be used to create a good range of sounds.Read More…
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    How to Manage & Minimize Latency in Your Audio ProjectsThumb
    Whatever genre you are working in and whatever DAW you use to produce your music, it is likely you have suffered from latency issues at some point. Whether you are aware of it or not latency can be a real problem in the modern digital studio and can really effect your workflow. To help you tackle this tricky subject I’ll break it down into easy segments, starting with what latency actually is and following onto subjects such as optimizing your system and how to tackle latency throughout your workflow.Read More…
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    The Top 6 New Features of Cubase 5Thumb
    The new version of Cubase has landed with some pretty impressive new features that will be interesting to both new and seasoned users alike. Let's take a look at a few ground-breaking features the new version has to offer and see if these latest additions keep Cubase up there with the other big guns. Read More…