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.
  • Music & Audio
    Warping Tunes for Live Sets with Ableton LiveThumb
    Ableton is fast becoming the tool of choice for the digital DJ and has just about every tool you could ask for when putting together a live show or DJ set. One of the most important parts of getting things right on the night is syncing individual beats or entire tracks and if you want to get things 100% locked down the best strategy is to warp your files before the show. Warp markers are small flags that Ableton uses to cut audio into small portions, these portions can then be shifted back and forth as the tempo of your project is changed. This basically means that the audio takes on an elastic nature and can be played back at any tempo without suffering from the degradation and anomalies related to traditional time stretching.Read More…
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    Mixing Crashes & FX to Create Impact and AnticipationThumb
    Following my tutorials on creating a house drum track, making electronic basslines, and mixing pad sounds it now seems an appropriate stage to add some crash and effect samples to our sequence. Although there were some basic crashes already in the sequence, these have now been replaced to show the construction process in detail. These sorts of effects are great for adding impact when introducing a sequence or new part and reverse effects or rises are the perfect tool for creating anticipation. You will find these techniques especially useful when switching between sections in your project or moving in and out of breakdowns.Read More…
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    How to Create Sounds with the Jupiter 8V SynthThumb
    Although Arturia’s Jupiter 8V admittedly isn’t a free synth, it is arguably one of the best analogue emulations on the market. If you are thinking about investing in a soft synth you could do a lot worse than picking up a copy of the 8V. Not only does the synth faithfully emulate the original Jupiter 8’s signature sound but its interface is also a great representation of the hardware. Arturia have not stopped there though, they have added some clever extensions of the original synth’s abilities allowing you to create sounds that just weren’t possible on the original instrument.Read More…
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    How to Filter Your Audio 10 Different WaysThumb
    When it comes to electronic production, filtering is an essential process. Luckily for the beginners amongst you, it’s an area of production that’s pretty easy to grasp. With so many products on the market capable of excellent results, the hardest part of filtering your audio may be picking the right plug-in. A lot of you will have your favorite pieces of software in this area, so without trying compile a definitive collection of filter plug-ins, the following round up should give you an idea of the different methods and processors available to you when it comes to filtering your sounds.Read More…
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    How to Create Sequenced Sound Manipulations with EffectrixThumb
    Tutorials on specific plug-ins aren’t that common here on AUDIOTUTS but this one is so special it demanded our attention. Effectrix is a new performance, step-based, multi-effects processor with a really innovative interface and a pretty impressive sound. For those of you who like the look of this plug-in and want to take it for a spin, download a fully functional demo from the Sugarbytes site, and if you would like to buy it you can find a 15% discount coupon in the play pack available for download at the end of this tutorial.Read More…
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    How to Create Twisted Grooves using Recycle and ReasonTwisted
    There are a huge number of tools available for slicing and dicing loops but one of the original (and still one of the best) is Propellerheads Recycle. When the resulting .Rex files are manipulated in Reason’s Dr. Rex player great results are possible. Whether you are pretty new to these packages or you just want to get away from using library loops, using these tools to create your own mangles loops can be a great way to inject some originality into your composition.Read More…
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    How to Create Crisp, Controlled Effects with Dynamic Effect BussesSpacedesigner
    There are times during the production process when you may want to use really intense delay and reverb effects with extra long tails. Using these sorts of effects on vocals, synths and even drums can create real atmosphere and depth but you may find that your signal can become swamped, resulting in a loss of clarity. Luckily, there is a technique you can use that will help you retain the definition in your mix whilst using these special effects.Read More…
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    How to Process Vocals for an Amazing Professional SoundMic
    Persuading a problematic vocal recording to play nicely with the rest of your mix can seem like a futile task. Well-recorded vocals and poorly-recorded vocals both need to be correctly prepared, and the processes we're going through today will help you turn your untreated vocal take into a polished and commercial sound.Read More…
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    How to Choose the Right Distortion for Your SongDistortion
    With so many ways of creating distortion effects at our disposal, it's useful to know the jargon and keep up to date with the plug-ins that are available. Mo Volans helps you get your head round some of the various types of distortion and the best plug-ins for the job.Read More…
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    How to Create Complex Layered Bass Using Reason's CombinatorBass
    Reason’s virtual synthesizers have a really great sound, but to get the most out of them, you will often need to use more than one. For total integration and fast recall of multi-instrument set ups there's no better tool than the Combinator. Here’s one way you can use it when making a layered bass sound.Read More…
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    10 Ways to Improve Your Mix-down10improve
    With so many things to remember when performing your final mix-down, it can sometimes feel like you're spinning plates. Luckily, there are a few principles you can abide by to get the most out of your mix-down process. Follow these ten tips from Mo to help keep things in check....Read More…
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    Create a Parallel Compression Bus in Logic Pro 806 parallelcompress
    When it comes to processing a drum bus, parallel compression is a technique that produces great results on just about any DAW available. Of course, the technique required differs from one application to another. Mo Volans takes the Logical route....Read More…