The Roland AIRA TR-8 is an incredibly powerful standalone performance and production tool - but what would happen if you super-charged it with a bit of creative MIDI mapping and sound manipulation in Ableton Live? In part one of a new series, Ean shares his technique for taking the tom-tom channel on the TR-8, adding resonance to create a synthesizer-like sound, and then adding more effects on top. It makes for an expressive and fun performance tool - watch the full video inside.
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!
In today's Ableton tutorial, Brian Funk aka Afro DJ Mac is going to share a cool trick that will add delay on just certain words of a vocal performance. Most listeners will be focusing on the vocals more than any other aspect of the song. Therefore, it is important to make vocals as exciting and expressive as possible. If there is an important word, phrase, or note you wish to emphasize, a little splash of delay will cause that portion of the vocal to stand out. There are two ways to achieve this effect; one is quite simple and involves using a return track, the other offers a bit more control and will be done with a custom Ableton Live Audio Effect Rack. Whether you are performing live or working in the studio, these techniques will allow you to add delay to certain words and phrases, on the fly, and add a new dimension of excitement to your vocal tracks.
When preparing your set for a live performance, there are a lot of exciting options that both Ableton and your MIDI controller provide you—and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Today we show you five great tips and tricks for using the Midi Fighter Twister and Ableton to perform live.
Mad Zach invites us into his Berlin studio and shows how he’s been using the Midi Fighter Twister in a production workflow with Ableton Live. Beyond the Twister just being a formidable companion for in-studio work, Zach also shows off how its sequencer can be used in a live performance setting. Watch to the end of the video for a spectacular performance using Twister, Ableton, and four Moogerfoogers.
This past weekend, the DJ TechTools crew headed to Montreal for the 15th edition of the city's MUTEK Festival. As part of the event, we got to sit down with Richie Hawtin in the Ableton Lounge to chat with him about his creative process. Check out the video interview after the jump, and take a rare peek inside Hawtin's studio and live setups.
If you’re a DJ who is looking to make the transition to producing your own tracks, today’s tutorial is a simple way to get you started. Rather than diving head first into creating an original track, we’re going to show you how to make a DJ intro edit using Ableton Live.
Like so much dance music in the world today, Chicago’s footwork style owes a big debt to house. Sure, it may not sound anything like the deep-and-soulful vibes of classic Marshall Jefferson or Frankie Knuckles tracks, but the hyper-paced sound (and its attendant culture) shares a similar lineage with so many house subgenres, having worked its way through multiple scenes within a scene, providing the soundtrack for dance crews to battle it out on the floor, and becoming a worldwide phenomenon in the process. Here’s what you need to know about what it is and how to make it.