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Psytrance Sound Design Using Ableton

by DJ Story This tutorial is for learning some basic sound design theory to get you started making custom psytrance sounds from scratch.  I can't stress enough how important it is to just dive in and start getting your hands dirty.  The more you get familiar with how the different wave forms sound at different qualities, octaves and frequencies the sooner you'll be able to whip up the sound in your head without ...

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432 Hz Vs. 440 Hz and the Universal Harmonics

The reason for changing frequency from 432 to 440 Hz middle A in 1936 by J Goebbels is debatable. Some say it was to accommodate the piano, so the tuning would stay more consistent across the entire keyboard. Others say that it was a Nazi conspiracy in conjunction with Satan. Either way, there is still plenty of evidence that 432 Hz tuning is much more harmonious with numbers found ...

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Creative Resampling in Ableton

by DJ Story Resampling opens up a lot of creative potential when producing music in Ableton. I find it especially handy when I want to add a bit of randomness to a composition, because you can record the random variations in and edit them down into what actually sounds good to your ear. Let's say for example you have a BeatRepeat, LiveCut, or other glitch effect on the track with randomized ...

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Sell Music from Soundcloud Using Soundrain

There's a really easy new way to sell music that integrates with Soundcloud.  It's called Soundrain, and it uses a technology called Minno to sell the music right out of your Soundcloud account.  It connects with your soundcloud account and allows you to enable or disable track sales for each song already uploaded to soundcloud.  It's the quickest and easiest way I've ever seen to start selling music.  When someone clicks the ...

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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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Seed of Sound...

I am very excited to announce the release of my new album, Seed of Sound. It’s something that’s been in the works for a good long while, and it’s a bit of a culmination of countless music making hours. I made it a mix of everything

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Using Filters to Mix Music...

By Arthur Andersson Although it’s possible to create a decent mix without any filters at all, they are sometimes very useful. In addition they can be used to change the fundamental character of a sound, rather than just boosting or cutting certain regions to make small adjustments. But how do filters really work? Most mixers […]

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Not by Happenstance – Harmonic Res...

Is there hope for healthy harmonious harmonic oscillation happening happily not by happenstance? All of matter (and therefore energy) can be expressed in either waves or particles. However, when speaking in terms of waves, we can plot the motion, potential/kinetic energy, direction, magnitude and get an idea of how this energy in motion will interact […]

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Ableton Live Instant Mappings for Korg m...

I’ve spent many hours discovering how to instant map my Korg microKONTROL to Ableton Live using the UserConfiguration.txt file, MidiPipe(optional), and the Librarian software that comes with the microKONTROL. I have successfully mapped the

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Ableton Tutorial: Dual Filter Effect Rac...

In this Ableton tutorial video, I share how to create a filter effect rack using Ableton’s built-in devices that rolls off both the high and low frequencies at the same time.  Free download below.  Enjoy! Free Effect Rack Download: DJ Story’s Dual Filter Effect.adg

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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, and Massive.

DJ Story: What did you use for the bass?

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Sylenth or UltraBass MX

DJ Story: What about that vocal stutter? Great production. I love the use of panning.

Mirror Me (Zenon Rec.): Yeah. It’s a combo. ;p It’s a vocal sample on top of a grained version of the vocal sample delaying, pitching and slowing down the delay as it goes.

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