About a month ago we featured the first tutorial from mixing engineer Hannes Bieger on how to clean up the high end of a mix. Today we've got a follow up piece in which he shares his techniques on basic drum compression. This is critical for almost every production, and often it's way too easy to apply way too much compression. Learn how to do it right (by setting your attack and release correctly) and why punchy drums matter in this tutorial.
At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
For many producers and live performers, being able to have a few basic DJ tools at your disposal while still playing from inside of your DAW during a gig is critical. So how do you keep all of your effects in line and ready to use at a moment's notice? Gary Harper shares a quick guide to setting up a DJ effects rack in Ableton in today's tutorial.
Many moons ago there was The Bridge - a joint effort by Serato and Ableton to link the two pieces of software. When The Bridge came out five years ago there wasn't a lot of reaction from the DJ world. The software wasn't revolutionary, but it was a useful tool that has since been forgotten (or put on the back burner) by both companies. However, Andrew Robertson has developed an Ableton Live device (based on research at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London) called the BeatSeeker to serve as a simpler bridge between Ableton and other music-making software.
At this point, many of you have probably heard about the Stems concept from Native Instruments, which allows you to play songs with four parts and isolate each part from one another - for example, removing the drums. While these files are available for purchase on many online stores, until now you needed to use NI hardware and software to isolate the parts and use their power. Today Ean shares how anyone can isolate a Stem file's individual elements using a simple, free process for Mac and PC, allowing you to create custom instrumentals that will play in any DJ software or hardware.
Digital and analogue drum machines have become staples in dance music with tremendous staying power over the decades. However, many of these classic sounds (including 909 and 808) are very raw and contain less than ideal "sonic gremlins" that hide in your mix. Today professional mixing engineer Hannes Bieger - who specializes in house and techno music - is going to show you how to clean up the high-end in your dance tracks by isolating and removing nasty frequencies.
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.
As DJs, we collect lots of music, a significant part of which is downloaded as promo material on Soundcloud, music blogs, Toneden, Drip.FM, Bandcamp or any number of other sources. But seemingly one out of every ten songs downloaded has confusing or incorrect metadata that makes it difficult for DJs to quickly read, find, or sort by. This article is for producers and DJs putting out music: take five minutes right now to learn how to properly label your tracks.