Index of Beatportal Tutorials

From 2007-2009, I was the technology editor for Beatport News (then called Beatportal).

During that time, I wrote a comprehensive set of tutorials on subtractive synthesis - the underlying technology behind 99.9% of analog synths - as well as sampling, effects, tips for getting the most out of Reason's Thor, and a smattering of production master classes with techniques from some of the top EDM producers.

Since starting this blog, I've been asked to create an index of the Beatportal tutorials, so here ya go.

Subtractive and analog synthesis

- Introduction to Synthesizer Programming, Part 1
- Introduction to Synthesizer Programming, Part 2
- Some call it analog: How subtractive synthesizers work
- Oscillators: Essential Waveforms
- Oscillators: Mixing and Blending
- Filters: The Wow Factor
- Filters: Going Deeper
- Understanding Envelopes, Part 1
- Understanding Envelopes, Part 2
- Essential LFO facts
- Grasping MIDI Controllers

Introduction to sampling

- Sampling Essentials – Part 1
- Sampling Essentials – Part 2

Tutorials on Reason’s Thor synthesizer

- Stealing Thor’s Thunder – Part 1: Oscillators
- Stealing Thor’s Thunder – Part 2: Filters
- Stealing Thor’s Thunder – Part 3: Modulation

Introduction to effects

- Tutorial: How to use compression
- Tutorial: How to use a delay
- Tutorial: How to use reverb
- Tutorial: How to use a noise gate
- Tutorial: How to use modulation effects

Production Master Classes

- Production Master Class: Intros and Outros
- Production Master Class: Kick and bass
- Production Master Class: Hi-hats and top-loops
- Production Master Class: Automation
- Production Master Class: The Whoosh

On a related note, here's a link to my Tech Glossary for Resident Advisor


  1. Just wanted to thank you for putting all the tutorials together into one list. Thanks!

  2. Links not working :( Beatportal is no more.

    1. Nice catch! I had to do a little digging, but I found all of the pieces and updated the links to reflect the new Beatport News content management system. Hope you dig 'em :)