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Welcome to the studio lounge of UJAM Instruments. A place to kick back, relax and explore some great articles and video content on all your favorite UJAM products including news, reviews, tutorials and behind the scenes stories to inspire and delight. The UJAM Instruments lounge features some of the finest talent in the music production industry sharing their stories, ideas and professional experience helping you to progress in your music creation journey and get the most out of your UJAM Instruments.
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Tutorial
The Ultimate Guide to Rhythm
Find the perfect rhythm for your track, learn to analyze any song and recreate your favorite beats, and build up a library of instantly usable rhythms
October 11th, 2020
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New Free Update Released: Virtual Drummer 2.1
Where to find the new free version 2.1, what to expect from this update and how to upgrade if you still own version 1.
October 8th, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Find a Melody Quickly
What makes a good melody, when you should copy (and when you shouldn’t), and methods that can defeat writer’s block for good
October 4th, 2020
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The Ultimate Guide to EDM Sound Design
How to break down your favorite sounds, bend them to your will, and create new ones that leave your audience begging for more.
September 27th, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Produce a Laid-Back Progressive House Track
How to produce atmospheric, grooving progressive house tracks that keep listeners fully engaged for 5, 6, 7 minutes and beyond.
September 20th, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Make Your Bass Sound Unique
Give your bass the attitude and energy your song needs to stand out in any genre, no matter the style with effects like Finisher VOODOO.
September 13th, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Give Metal Riffs Punch with Kicks
Turn up the heat on your guitar riffs with hard-hitting metal kicks, and never worry about a weak intro again
September 6th, 2020
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series
New Free Update Released: Beatmaker 2.1
Learn about Version 2.1 of Beatmaker including exclusive PreSonus Keyboard Highlighting as well as GUI resizing, DAW quantization, and minor bug fixes.
September 3rd, 2020
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Tutorial
Tips for Livestreaming DJ Sets and Production Breakdowns
How to start and run successful livestreams that bring you more fans, improve your production skills and go off without a hitch.
August 30th, 2020
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Music is Medicine
We acknowledge that in this challenging time for anyone everywhere on the planet, music is an essential source of strength and healing...
August 26th, 2020
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News
Create Your Own Version of “MONSTER” With Beatmaker HYPE
Create your own version of “MONSTER“ by Matthias Mayr to win the ujam Full Bundle. This competition ends on Sunday, September 6th 2020.
August 23rd, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Construct Hard-Hitting EDM Drops
Simplify the principles of sound design, buildups, and getting the perfect bass / percussion balance in your EDM drops.
August 23rd, 2020
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ujam Release Beatmaker HYPE
ujam Instruments launch HYPE, the latest addition to their Beatmaker line. HYPE is available now in VST, AU 2 and AAX formats also as a free, fully functional 30-day trial at ujam.com.
August 20th, 2020
How to Add Polished Vocals to Any Track
Tutorial
How to Add Polished Vocals to Any Track
Where to find vocal samples, the best go-to effects to add and how to get rid of harshness so the singer fits seamlessly into your mix.
August 9th, 2020
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Tutorial
The Ultimate Guide to Neo Soul
A quick but detailed guide to the niche genre inspiring today’s most popular artists, and how to add it to your own productions.
July 26th, 2020
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News
ujam Release Virtual Bassist DANDY
ujam launch DANDY, the latest addition to the acclaimed Virtual Bassist line. This meticulously crafted plug-in features a sampled bass with flat-wound strings for a classy, warm and restrained sound.
July 23rd, 2020
How to Become a Master of Hi Hats
Tutorial
How to Become a Master of Hi Hats
Create the perfect hi hat patterns and rolls in any genre, even without a huge collection of samples.
July 19th, 2020
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Tutorial
The Ultimate Guide to Using MIDI
What it really is, how to use it, and the dangers you must avoid. These are the MIDI fundamentals!
July 12th, 2020
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News
New Update Released: Virtual Bassist 2.1
Learn about Version 2.1 of Virtual Bassist including exclusive PreSonus chord and key track features as well as GUI resizing, parallel key selection and DAW quantization.
July 10th, 2020
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Tutorial
How To Build A Groove
Steps to take the ideas rattling around in your brain and build them into the perfect drum groove, in any genre you like.
June 27th, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Collaborate on Music Remotely
Find out how to work on shared project files from anywhere in the world with as little hassle as possible.
June 21st, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Compose Music for Games and Film
How to create music for visual media that captures the emotion on-screen, supports the action and resonates with viewers.
June 14th, 2020
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Tutorial
Shaping the Sound of Your Guitar
How to radically transform your signal through an effect chain that captures the sound already in your head. Enter Finisher VOODOO.
May 30th, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Create a Pop Riff
Learn how to find the right groove, the perfect notes and a rhythm that slaps, in any genre.
May 23rd, 2020
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News
ujam Release Finisher VOODOO
The latest multi-effect plug-in by ujam is now available and sells for $/€ 99, a bundle of all three FX plug-ins is available for $/€ 139.
May 21st, 2020
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In The Studio
Top 10 Tips for Songwriters
Learn how to write better songs, finish them faster, and tap into a wealth of musical ideas you never knew you had. These are our top 10 tips for songwriters!
May 16th, 2020
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News
Take Part in our 80s Song Challenge!
Create your own version of “This is The Night“ by Peter Gorges and be in the chance to win the ujam Full Bundle. This competition ends on Wednesday, May 27th 2020.
May 11th, 2020
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Tutorial
Play the Virtual Band
An in-depth tutorial on how to play the virtual band by synchronizing chords, licks, phrases, patterns or fills via MIDI.
May 10th, 2020
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News
Meet the Sound Design Avantgarde
In this interview, we asked UJAM founder Peter Gorges and MOK founder Taiho Yamada to share their thoughts on Finisher NEO and Waverazor. Both companies joined forces for an exclusive bundle offer! Only until Sunday, May 10th you can get the NEO Waverazor Bundle for $ 149.
May 7th, 2020
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Tutorial
How To Make Synthwave Drum Patterns With Beatmaker VICE
Fuse 1980s feel with modern days’ sound fidelity – a synthwave drum pattern tutorial for Beatmaker VICE.
May 1st, 2020
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In The Studio
The Ultimate Guide to Synthwave
How the sounds of 80s new wave and modern day EDM merge into a cyberpunk masterpiece that transcends any decade.
April 25th, 2020
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News
UJAM Releases Beatmaker VICE
UJAM releases Beatmaker VICE, the latest addition to their series of virtual electronic drum plug-ins available in VST, AU, AAX plug-in formats for macOS and Windows.
April 23rd, 2020
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Tutorial
Learn How to Create Bass Lines that Stick
An abbreviated guide to writing the perfect bass line for any song, genre, and instrument, even if you’ve never written one before.
April 9th, 2020
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In The Studio
Comprehensive Guide To Virtual Instruments
This guide helps you to hit the ground running in music production: learn what virtual instruments do, how they work and what you should expect.
April 4th, 2020
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Tutorial
How To Create a Chord Progression
The dark art of combining chords that sound great, fit your genre, and transport emotion. Learn more about chord progressions and how to expand them with Virtual Bassist 2.
March 28th, 2020
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News
UJAM Releases Virtual Bassist 2
UJAM announces Virtual Bassist 2.0, the latest upgrade to their series of professional bass guitar plug-ins with features like MIDI Drag and Drop of Phrases and a built-in Finisher.
March 26th, 2020
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In The Studio
The Origins of Drum and Bass
With this blog article, we’re trying to lift the curtain on a once-beloved genre that has seen a dramatic resurgence in the past decade in the music industry: Drum and Bass! Learn about the origins of Drum and Bass and what it’s about.
March 21st, 2020
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Tutorial
How to Build a Bassline Without a Bass?
Read this approach to designing a bassline from scratch, resulting in a pop-oriented, harmonic DnB track made with Beatmaker VOID and Finisher NEO. Learn more about sound design basics!
March 15th, 2020
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Finisher NEO Reviews and Tutorials
We are delighted to receive some outstanding reviews for Finisher NEO from some of the finest and most respected blogs and reviewers. They are using NEO in Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and Studio One.
March 11th, 2020
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News
UJAM Releases Beatmaker VOID
VOID features a collection of drum samples, ready-made patterns, mix presets and genre-specific effects including the custom Vortex algorithm.
February 20th, 2020
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Tutorial
The Ultimate Guide: How to Become a Bedroom Producer
Studio Tools and Software Recommendations which are easy to use and affordable
February 12th, 2020
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Tutorial
Walkthrough Finisher NEO
Discover our newest release Finisher NEO. The first professional audio effect from the UJAM Finisher series is immediately available in VST, AU, AAX plug-in formats for both macOS and Windows.
February 4th, 2020
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UJAM Releases Finisher NEO
UJAM has announced the release of Finisher NEO, the first audio effect from the UJAM Finisher series, available in VST, AU, AAX plug-in formats for macOS and Windows.
January 28th, 2020
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News
Jazzy hip hop essentials with a lo-fi twist
Forget loops and sample packs! Write the chillest beats for long meditative headphone sessions or smoke-filled after parties with these three style-savvy virtual instruments.
December 27th, 2019
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Tutorial
Beatmaker 2 Walkthrough Videos
Discover the major new features of Beatmaker 2 including MIDI drag and drop, multiple audio outputs and twice the styles, patterns and drum kits.
December 20th, 2019
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UJAM Releases Version 2 of Beatmaker Series
With the Beatmaker 2 update, UJAM adds significant improvements with the requested features, while keeping the fail-proof spirit of simplicity.
December 17th, 2019
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Inside Sound Minds
Finding Your Signature Sound
We explore the daunting and terrifying world of film composer John Massari. The cult classic “Killer Clowns from Outer Space” is considered to be his break-through, but the cherished American film composer feels at home in a wide range of genres.
December 16th, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Guitarist CARBON Film Composing Tutorial
Learn how to create maximum suspense with a single riff of CARBON: Daniel Ruczko constantly evolves our latest Virtual Guitarist’s sound design features in a Hollywood-style movie trailer.
December 12th, 2019
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In The Studio
The CARBON Chronicles Pt. 1
In the first episode our founder Peter Gorges provides some insight into how we decided to create CARBON and how it evolved over time.
November 25th, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Bassist 2 Walkthrough Videos
Ever wondered how to lay down studio quality bass tracks with ease? Daniel Ruczko takes an in-depth look into all three Virtual Bassist 2 plug-ins from ujam.
November 8th, 2019
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News
The Toughest Element
It's official! The new Virtual Guitarist by ujam instruments has a name: CARBON. With its organic distortion, the new plug-in goes far beyond emulating the riffs and sound of a great guitar player.
October 31st, 2019
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Tutorial
Guest Blog Article: 3 Step Process To Get A Great Bass Balance In Your Mix
In this guest blog article by Mastering The Mix owner and operator Tom Frampton, you’ll learn how to get a great bass balance in your mix without expensive studio equipment.
October 23rd, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Guitarist Walkthroughs
Daniel Ruczko takes you through our series of virtual instruments designed to enable anyone to get great sounding guitar accompaniments. Updated blog post includes Virtual Guitarist CARBON.
October 6th, 2019
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News
Virtual Drummer 2 Available as Rack Extensions
UJAM today expanded their virtual instruments series with the new Virtual Drummer Rack Extensions. Available immediately at Reason Studios, these new instruments allow producers to create drum tracks with UJAM's trademark simplicity and fail-proof musicality.
September 12th, 2019
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In The Studio
How to Save a Composer's Job
Get to know Steve, who suddenly wakes up in the middle of the night, drenched with sweat. He forgot something! What could it be?
August 28th, 2019
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Inside Sound Minds
Riding the Waves of Water and Sound
Take a sneak peek into the world of modern sound design together with the surfing producer Martin Seyer and learn how he composes his music
August 9th, 2019
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News
The "We Heard You Update"
ujam Instruments releases the Virtual Drummer 2 series. Discover what's inside of the new Virtual Drummer HEAVY, PHAT and SOLID.
July 4th, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Guitarist IRON
Taking a closer look at Virtual Guitarist IRON, the true rocking workhorse
July 1st, 2019
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News
Free Beatmaker
Together with Novation, we have prepared a special gift. Members of the Sound Collective have the chance to get Beatmaker EDEN for free (regular price $49) from 6th of June until 1st of August.
June 18th, 2019
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News
All You Need to Write Your Next Summer Hit
Want to write a hit acoustic pop song fast? Looking for backing on your next ballad? We proudly present: The Hitmaker Bundle
June 7th, 2019
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News
It's Going to Get Loud
Get ready to bring your ear plugs and knock out your listeners with this power trio of virtual instruments.
June 5th, 2019
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Featured
Pushing the Virtual Bassists to Their Limits
To showcase the power of our newly released Virtual Bassists as Rack Extensions, we've teamed up with ReasonTalk to host a Song Competition.
May 24th, 2019
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Tutorial
Beatmaker DOPE Walkthrough
A deep dive Into DOPE, your Beatmaker for massive pumping trap, grime and bass music tracks
April 11th, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Drummer SOLID Walkthrough
A deep dive Into SOLID, your personal gold-standard session drummer.
April 11th, 2019
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Tutorial
Beatmaker EDEN Walkthrough
A deep dive into EDEN, your dance music and EDM specialist
April 11th, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Drummer PHAT Walkthrough
A deep dive Into PHAT, your rock and indie specialist
April 11th, 2019
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Tutorial
Virtual Drummer HEAVY Walkthrough
A deep dive Into HEAVY, your rock and indie specialist
April 11th, 2019
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Tutorial
Beatmaker HUSTLE Walkthrough
A deep dive Into HUSTLE, your Beatmaker for massive pumping trap, grime and bass music tracks
March 14th, 2019
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Tutorial
Build Your Next Summer Anthem with Beatmaker EDEN
Learn how to use Beatmaker EDEN's built-in styles and phrases to create a pumping EDM anthem
February 4th, 2019
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Inside Sound Minds
I Cannot do Anything but Epic
An interview with film and game composer Boris Salchow, whose works include Sunset Overdrive and Resistance 2
February 1st, 2019
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Tutorial
How to Add Yummy and Organic Bass Lines
Watch how Daniel Ruczko came up with the song "Unconditionally" while using the new Virtual Bassist MELLOW
December 5th, 2018
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In The Studio
About the making of the Virtual Bassist
Peter Gorges talks about the making of the Virtual Bassist
December 5th, 2018
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In The Studio
The Virtual Guitarist Idea
Meet Peter Gorges-Co-Inventor of Virtual Guitarist
November 29th, 2018
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Tutorial
Spice up Your Production with Beatmaker HUSTLE
Learn how to cook massive pumping Trap, Grime, and Bass Music tracks
November 22nd, 2018
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In The Studio
Making of Beatmaker DOPE
Daniel Ruczko, the sound designer behind Beatmaker DOPE, takes you behind the scenes of creating a DOPE experience
November 21st, 2018
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Tutorial
Introduction of Virtual Bassist ROYAL
Julian Rodgers from Pro Tools Expert gives you an introduction to Virtual Bassist ROYAL
November 20th, 2018
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Inside Sound Minds
Skip the Sheet Music
Meet film composer Sujin Nam. Her credits include well-known titles like The Interview, Spider-Man 2 and Mad Men.
November 19th, 2018
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Tutorial
Create a Beautiful Pop Ballad with MELLOW
Watch the making of "Silence", a beautiful, haunting ballad and the first of a series of songs created with Virtual Musicians by ujam
November 16th, 2018
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In The Studio
Simon Kujus
Meet Simon Kujus - DJ, audio engineer and human support interface at UJAM
November 6th, 2018
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Inside Sound Minds
Talking film music with Heitor Pereira
Meet Heitor Pereira, who discovered composing film music in a unique way
October 19th, 2018
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Featured
Mind Awake feat. Kayohes
The sounddesigner of Beatmaker DOPE, Daniel Ruczko, jumped into his studio and produced this absolute banger of a song
October 18th, 2018
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News
New Product Line by UJAM Instruments
Makers of Virtual Guitarist release Virtual Bassist. The three titles Royal, Rowdy and Mellow are now available for pre-order.
October 17th, 2018
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Featured
Dive Deeper Into Beatmaker Plugins
A selection of tutorials and reviews on Beatmaker DOPE and HUSTLE
July 30th, 2018
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Tutorial
Beatmaker DOPE Tutorial by Daniel Ruczko
We're proud to share the first official tutorial of Beatmaker DOPE! Your fast-track ticket to the underground world of slick Hip Hop beat production
July 27th, 2018
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Tutorial
Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE In Studio One
Russ Hughes for Studio One Expert with a brief introduction of ujam Instruments Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE being used in PreSonus Audio Studio One
July 11th, 2018
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In The Studio
The Man Behind Virtual Guitarist
Where does Virtual Guitarist's musicality and realism come from? Meet the man who has been Virtual Guitarist's musical director and content producer
June 27th, 2018
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News
UJAM Releases New Plug-in Series: Beatmaker
The German virtual instrument pioneers announce the release of their new Beatmaker product line
June 27th, 2018
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Tutorial
Create a Progressive Rock Ballad
Martin Seyer shows you how to create a progressive rock ballad with Virtual Guitarist IRON and Virtual Drummer HEAVY
January 23rd, 2018
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News
Drum Roll, Please...!
We proudly present you the all-new Virtual Drummer line of music production plug-ins. Authentic pro drum performances-in a snap!
November 23rd, 2017
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Tutorial
"Down By The Lake" - A Musical Walk-Through
Making of the song "Down by the Lake", a classic finger-picked pop ballad
October 31st, 2017
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Tutorial
Authentic Guitar Performances Within Minutes
Learn how you can produce stunning guitar tracks without playing guitar
October 20th, 2017
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Tutorial
Create a Progressive Heavy Metal Riff
Learn how to start your heavy metal production with Virtual Guitarist IRON
October 19th, 2017
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Tutorial
Realism – Using Bass Notes, Variance and String Damping
Learn how to make realistic melodies using Virtual Guitarist SILK
October 19th, 2017
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Tutorial
Creating a Disco Funk Riff
Learn how to create a crispy funk riff with Virtual Guitarist SPARKLE
October 19th, 2017