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How to Extract a Drum Groove in Ableton

September 29, 2012

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In Ableton you have the ability to take the groove of any audio or MIDI clip and apply it to the groove of your own clips.  This is useful in many situations.  If you stumble on an old breakbeat and really like it, you can drop it into the groove pool and extract it. Here’s […]

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Ableton Tutorial – How to Route Impulse Pads to Audio Tracks

June 13, 2012

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In our last discussion we covered the fundamentals of working with Impulse – Ableton’s unique drum sampler.  Today we’ll expand upon that and show you how to route the samples within Impulse to multiple tracks. This is ideal when you have drum samples that need some individual effects processing like Equalization or Compression.  Typically, you […]

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Ableton Tutorial – Learning Impulse Fundamentals

June 12, 2012

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Understanding the nuances of Ableton (or any DAW) takes time and effort but is well worth the reward.  In today’s article we look at Ableton’s Impulse drum machine and dive into exploring its features.

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How to use the Choke feature in Ableton’s Drum Rack

June 4, 2012

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There are many things you can do to give a sequenced drum groove more of a realistic feel.  Among them, is the ability to ‘choke’ your hi-hat samples so they emulate how a real drummer switches between an open hat and a closed hat. Choking is the use of triggering one sample to cutoff another […]

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How to create a Dutch House Synth in Ableton

May 31, 2012

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In today’s article we’ll take a look at how to create a quirky Dutch House synth for your next club banger!  We’ll be working out of Ableton’s Operator, which is a powerful soft synth capable of producing many quality sounds. Have a listen to the sound we’ll recreate: dutch_house_finale

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How to use Automation to Create Space for your Kick Drum

May 24, 2012

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Creating a harmonious kick-to-bass relationship is often the hardest thing to get right in a mix.  This has a lot to do with both parts commonly sharing a lot of the same frequencies.  Without some TLC, the typical end result is either a bass that drowns out your kick, or extreme spikes in volume where […]

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How to Create an Electro Bass in NI Massive

May 4, 2012

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Today we’ll jump right into creating a tasty Electro bass for your next banger.  We’ll use Native Instruments Massive, but essentially you can create this sound with many different FM synth engines.

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How to Share an Ableton Live Session

May 1, 2012

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With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, we now have access to more resources than ever before.  The Internet has provided a medium for connecting the world, and in doing so, it has changed so many things about the way we create and produce music.

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Bass Ducking in Ableton Live

April 23, 2012

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Side-chaining techniques have been around for decades.  Despite their long-standing hold among music professionals, they’re still misused and misunderstood by inexperienced producers and engineers alike.

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How to make a Fat Dubstep Synth in Ableton

April 21, 2012

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Ableton Live is a DAW capable of some amazing things.  Among that long list, is the ability to create multi-layered instruments using the Instrument Rack.  This allows you to stack multiple virtual synths on one track. Layering several sounds to create one large sound is a popular practice in modern music production.  Being able to […]

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