Look out Ableton, Traktor might take your job soon. As teased in yesterday's video, Native Instruments new stems format is set to drop very soon, and many have been asking if DJs will embrace the format. We suspect that a surprisingly different group of people will embracing this style of mixing: live performers. Will Ableton Live see an unexpected competitor to its platform? We think it's a strong possibility.
Many live producers and performance artists rely on looping as a way to build a sonic landscape and craft unique shows that vary every time. Beatboxers, finger drummers, and musicians of all types have taken advantage of a loop-based performance. New DJTT contributor Underbelly shares how anyone can use Ableton Live to create a loop workflow that is just as good as any hardware solution.
Akai is has been a friend of producers and finger drummers since the release of their Music Production Centers (MPCs) in the eighties. Fast forward a couple of decades and the company gives the world a new, USB MIDI controller that changed the way artists perform. The MPD gave performers like Justice and The Glitch Mob a new way to […]
One of the most important aspects of producing is finding the right sample whether that be layering a kick or looking for a vocal shot to use as an instrument. Sample packs can be cheap or insanely expensive and a lot of the time a producer will only use handful of samples out of an entire pack that contains hundreds. Splice is looking to fix these problems with their new subscription service Splice Sounds.
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.
For todays artist gear setup, we're going to switch things up. Rather then look at what DJs/producers take with them on the road, we're going to check out the gear they use in the studio. Starting with DJ, producer, and remixer, Yousef. As a producer Yousef has releases with Desolat, Objektivity Records, and Defected and he's remixed artists such as Carl Cox, Moby, and Blakkat. Youssef gives the DJTT community a peak inside his studio and talks about his analog synths, studio montiors, and why Cubase is his DAW choice.
Today we have an extra special artist gear setup for the DJTT community featuring technical jedi, James Zabiela. It’s been a few years since DJTT first spoke with James Zabiela about what’s in his bag. He packs an incredible amount in his bag and for anyone that’s ever seen him perform he takes full advantage of […]
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.