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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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How to Automate a Wobble Synth in Garageband

September 26, 2012

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Garageband is more capable than most people think it is.  Although simple, it’s still capable of producing quality sounds when in the right hands.  In today’s demonstration we’ll look at how to automate a wobble synth to give it more character and rhythm. Techniques like this are used in top notch dubstep samples produced by […]

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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 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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How To Create A Dubstep Bassline Pt. 2

March 28, 2012

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Learning how to create a Dubstep track can seem a bit like dissecting an alien if you haven’t done it before.  The good news is that you can get some pretty cool results with the right knowledge and a decent catalog of grimy sounds. Part 2 of this walkthrough will explore another method to creating […]

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How to Create a Sweeping Pad in Massive

March 18, 2012

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Sweeping synthesizers can be seen in all forms of electronic music. They can also be used for many different purposes.  Most of the time you will find them in transitional elements of a song (breakdowns and build-ups). One way to create a sweeping synth is to route an LFO to a filter cut-off.  Today we […]

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How To Tune Vocals In Logic Pro

February 7, 2012

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Pitch correction technology has become prevalent over the last few years thanks to heavyweights like Autotune and Melodyne.  Their impact on mainstream music is undeniable.  In this demonstration we’ll dive into Logic’s Pitch Correction processor and show you how to get quality results in any situation. Take a listen to this example we polished off […]

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How To ReWire Ableton Live Into Logic Pro

February 3, 2012

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Logic Pro and Ableton Live are heavy-hitters in the elite circle of Digital Audio Workstations.  Both programs have come a long way and both are very well rounded.  I’m primarily a Logic Pro user, but I will say that Ableton Live is the most complete DAW I’ve used.  If you own both of these programs […]

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How to Use an Arpeggiator in your DAW

January 31, 2012

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This tutorial takes you through a step-by-step process on how to create your own arpeggio synthesizers in Logic Pro.  We cover sound selection, routing your arpeggiator in Logic’s Environment window, arpeggiator settings and much more. Take a listen to the arpeggio we are going to create: arpeggio_with_effects Arpeggiated synthesizers have slowly gained steam throughout the […]

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