Novation had enormous success with the original Launchpad thanks in large part to viral Youtube performances from artists like M4SONIC and Madeon. However the Launchpad started to show it's age with the release of AKAI APC40 MK2 and Ableton Push. Novation released the true successor to the original launchpad, the Launchpad Pro with RGB velocity sensitive pads, note mode, and several new mode buttons for extra control. Is it worth the upgrade? Mad Zach puts the Launchpad Pro to the test.
Believe it or not your percussion samples may be completely out of tune! Even atonal sounds like kicks and percussion samples can be out of key and pitching these samples is often overlooked. Paying attention to the pitch of your sounds, even percussion, will make your productions and more importantly your music, sound better. So to prove that your kicks can be melodic as well as rhythmic, we are going to create a melodic kicks rack.
One of the challenges with producing electronic music is maintaining a human feel in the music. If producers aren't careful, loops and patterns can easily sound robotic and stale, leaving listeners bored. Today Multiplier shares a simple trick to help humanize drums and add some variation in Ableton using the Velocity effect.
Sometimes there’s just not enough sounds available in a basic Ableton drum rack to allow for the full versatility a live performer might want. In today’s article, guest contributor and soundpack designer (from the DJTT newsletter!) Apoth shares the secrets behind nested drum racks, or what he likes to call Drumception!
Anyone that’s ever bought a sample pack from Loopmasters knows that they include lots of drum samples. The problem is that most sample packs don’t include ready to play drum racks or kits, which means producers spend a lot of time just creating drum kits rather then actually playing and recording. What if there was a way to create a drum rack that’s loaded with all the drum samples and that lets producers easily audition all the drum samples? Today Multiplier is going to show you how to do just that!
In today's electronic music landscape the word remix comes up almost as much as original production. Whether it's a trending bootleg on Soundcloud or an official remix by an unknown artist for one of your favorite headlining acts, remixes are a great way for new and seasoned producers alike to get their name out there hone their skills or just have a lot of fun. Mad Zach has put together a cool and informative video tutorial covering 3 different techniques and strategies that he uses when working with stems to create a remix. In today's feature Mad Zach has put together a cool and informative video tutorial covering 3 different techniques and strategies that he uses when working with stems to create a remix.
It's mid-way through January, meaning that NAMM is right around the corner. NAMM is one of the largest conventions in the musical instrument industry and is packed with gear announcements for DJs and producers. Lots of companies make product announcements and unveil their best working prototypes of things to come - so it's time to get excited! In this article, we look at some gear that we know will be at NAMM 2015 and also make some predictions on what surprises we might see.
As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.