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APC40 Python Scripts Review

APC40 Python Scripts Review

When I first got my APC40, I was amazed by the out of the box functionality.  I had done my research, and knew that it was what I wanted.  It offers a lot of flexibility in the studio and for live performance.  I still had this feeling like there must be more though.  I started experimenting with it, and noticed I couldn't use a midi translator with it, and I was frustrated ...

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Future Bass Pads and Talking Bass with Xfer Serum

This is the first in a series of live streams I plan on doing. The focus will be on sound design, and in this episode, I create some future pads and talking bass techniques using Xfer Records' Serum. I hope you learn something. Follow me on social media to get updates about when I'll be streaming next.

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5 Ways to Create Gated Patterns in Ableton 9

Gate Effect with Sidechaining Using the gate effect in Ableton Live, you can create interesting gated patterns to the beat by turning on sidechain, and selecting a rhythmic pattern to receive audio signal from. (note: If you select a midi drum rack, you can also select any one of the drums individually) Then all you have to do is play with the threshold, attack, decay and release to get the sound just right.   Add ...

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Ableton Tutorial - Rhythmic Gated Patterns

In this tutorial I share a technique for turning any texture, pad, or soundscape into a tight rhythmic stuttering pattern. It's accomplished using sidechain options of the gate effect in Ableton Live. This type of effect is something you hear in a lot of psy dub, psy trance, and psybient music. You hear it used in many songs by artists like Shpongle, Ott, Bluetech, Phutureprimitive, and many more.

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Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.) Interview

DJ Story: Great Music! Are you using Ableton? Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yep. All Ableton. Synthesizing, sampling and resampling. A minimalist approach. DJ Story: Any plugins? Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Oh yah. FM8, Sylenth, Massive, and many more. DJ Story: What did you use for the bass? Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): I don't remember. Either Sylenth or UltraBass MX I think. DJ Story: What about that ...

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How to Make a Trap Beat

How to Make a Trap Beat in Ableton Live

In this Ableton Tutorial, I will show how to make a trap beat from scratch using Ableton Live and Serum. You will see the entire process of 808 kick sound…

Making a Dubstep Beat

How to Make Dubstep Beats in Ableton

In this Ableton Live Tutorial, I will make a basic dubstep beat. Hope you guys enjoy watching my beat creation process. Let me know if you have questions or comments.  

Making a Dub Beat in Ableton

How to Make a Dub Beat in Ableton Live

The One Drop is a standard dub reggae beat that’s not to be confused with dubstep or dub techno. How to make a dub beat in Ableton Live 9. Hope…

Making Beats in Ableton

How to Make Your Own Beats in Ableton

In this tutorial, I show how to make your own beats in Ableton Live 9, and I discuss some tips, tricks and techniques I use in my music production. There…

Serum Sound Design - Psydub Squelches

Squishy & Squelchy Psydub Sounds in Serum

A few techniques I use for creating squishy, squelchy psydub bass fx in Serum. You hear a lot of these type of sounds in psydub, psystep and psytrance.

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Keith McMillen QuNexus Review

The Keith McMillen QuNexus is a powerful and versatile midi controller. Each key has pitch bend, pressure sensitivity, velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. You can really use it to make your…