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.
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.
Reverb is one of the most essential effects in your audio production toolbox. It adds space, air and life to the otherwise room-less tones of electronic music. But it's easy to overlook the vastness of tone that lies beyond “hall” and “cathedral.” Today we go deep into the studio with Mad Zach to learn three creative sound design techniques for working with reverb.
There’s a brand new update to Ableton Live released today, version 9.2. The update tackles latency and warping, and adds new features like Max for Live 7 and an instrument Tuner. There’s a new 64 pad mode for Push users, and even a Mad Zach soundpack included to demo the mode. Read on for details!
If you've ever seen artists like ill.Gates, Shawn Wasabi, or Mad Zach perform live, you know that soundpacks are one of the best ways to really give a unique performance. The challenge is seamlessly switching between different sound packs on the fly. Today Mad Zach shares an awesome trick for quickly switching to a new sound pack, without interrupting the music, during a live performance.
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.
Several years ago, our own Mad Zach kicked off the sound pack trend here on DJ TechTools, and it's been growing a steady following ever since. Sound packs are a plug and play modern DJ/producer tool that allows you to play great music with nothing but two hands and a 16 button grid. In today's article we will tell you what they are, who makes them and how to get these amazingly fun DJ tools.
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.