There’s a brand new update to Ableton Live released today, version 9.2. The update tackles latency and warping, and adds new features like Max for Live 7 and an instrument Tuner. There’s a new 64 pad mode for Push users, and even a Mad Zach soundpack included to demo the mode. Read on for details!
The Akai Advance 49 controller with VIP software puts all your VSTi plug-in sounds at your fingertips, at the same time in the same place. Imagine browsing many thousands of presets—every single one from your collection, including Native Instruments Komplete—narrowing them down to the perfect sound and then loading them onto a controller that’s pre-mapped for your controls. Then you load up to 8 sounds from different plug-ins to play together in one monster patch. The Advance 49 could revolutionize your music production workflow.
Ever wonder how artists like Flume and Flosstradamus are able to bend vocals and pitch them up/down like an instrument? It's actually quite simple and is an extremely popular technique used in lots of trap, future bass, and new R&B tracks. Today Multiplier is going to show you how to create a vocal instrument that can be played with a midi controller in Ableton Live.
One of the advantages of using Ableton for live performance is the wide range of effects and the ability to combine these effects into custom "audio effect racks". Building your own audio effect racks allows you to make your own effects combos that are tailored to your performance. Today, Alex Lee, shares one his own custom effect racks, "noisy transition" that's perfect for transitions.
If you've ever seen artists like ill.Gates, Shawn Wasabi, or Mad Zach perform live, you know that soundpacks are one of the best ways to really give a unique performance. The challenge is seamlessly switching between different sound packs on the fly. Today Mad Zach shares an awesome trick for quickly switching to a new sound pack, without interrupting the music, during a live performance.
There's a massive community of producers who use the Native Instruments Maschine software/hardware combo to craft beats and perform live. Today we want to highlight one awesome tool created by the crew over at PadBangers that allows you to use Maschine like a traditional drum machine (inspired by workflows on the Roland TR-8 and DSI Tempest).
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.
If you produce electronic music in 2015, chances are you will need to apply sidechain compression to some of your instrument tracks. It's the technique that makes the bass get out of the way of the kick drum in a mix and when used to the extreme, creates a rhythmic pulsing and pumping to the music that has moved dancefloors since at least '97. Three affordable short-cut plug-ins to sidechain compression make the process easy. Ride the waves of their results after the jump.