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.
Production Gear is more powerful and accessible than ever, but it’s not the gear itself that makes great music. It’s ideas, taste, and practice combined with a solid kit that makes the messy process of creating a song much easier and more fun. So what trusted tools do the pro's rely on everyday to craft some of this biggest songs in the biz? Good question. We’ve gone ahead and compiled an extensive list of studio staples so you feel like you're right there in the studio checking out the setup of each producer on our list!
Things have been a little quiet in Berlin but today the silence is broken. Ableton has just announced a public beta for Live 9.2, the next major update to Live 9 since November 2013. There are some exciting new features that Live and more specifically Push users have been waiting for: use all 64 pads for drum racks, improved aftertouch implementation, and using the touch strip for modulation. Keep reading for more details and a Push performance from Mad Zach.
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.
The Colorado-based twin-brother duo Two Fresh (aka Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls) got on the fast track to dance music stardom pretty darn quickly. They began messing around with music in their late teens, and by the age of 21 had been picked up by Sound Tribe Sector 9’s 1320 label and were touring the festival circuit. We caught up with these hip-hop-loving bassheads to talk about early starts, studio gear, and what it's like to be in a band with your sibling.