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.
Producers know very well that feeling when one hears a song and thinks, “I could make a killer remix!” After downloading the stems and before they can begin working on a killer remix, they have to spend a significant amount of time un-warping tracks, leveling out the mix, etc. By the end of the preparation journey, much of that […]
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!
Spotted over on Dubfire's Facebook account was a shout out to a brand new concept for a vacation retreat for aspiring producers, called helloLIVE. The concept is fairly simple and impressive: book a session with helloLIVE and you get an all-inclusive (flights excluded) week of Ableton fundamental training, surfing lessons, and island living on Fuerteventura, a Spanish island off the coast of Morocco. Watch the introduction video below and then read our exclusive interview with one of the founders, Ableton Certified Trainer Cristiano Nicolini.
A common theme in recent years in the production world are producers who who want to not only make incredible music, but also strive to find a way to create their productions in real time, live performances. One of our favorites is Rheyne, who we've featured on the site many times before and who even wrote a fantastic roundup review of iOS production tools.
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.
In dance music, it's all about how a song hits in the club, so often DJ's will play their creations in progress during a set or give early versions to friends. Early on, new tracks don't have the polish or mastering you expect from a finished track. In order for the demo to stand a chance, it needs to hit hard and sound nearly complete. So, to make your demo’s rock - you need a good mastering chain in your DAW, and in today's article a serious engineer will show us how.
Recently we've been soliciting community members to help us build amazing playable performance sound packs designed especially for the Midi Fighters. One of our favorite YouTube performers Tim Murray agreed to build a wild pack in Ableton Live that worked for the combination of a Twister and 3D together. Watch the resulting performance video he shot to show it off below, and read on to find out how to download the soundpack for free.