Bringing the Unseen to the Scene

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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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Creative Resampling in Ableton

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 settings. ...

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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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Ableton Live Instant Mappings for Korg microKONTROL

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 first 3 scenes of my microKONTROL to control various parameters in Live without having to Map them manually in midi map mode. The reason I made this tutorial is because I wish I could have had access ...

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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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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…

Developing Your Own Sound

Having a certain, recognizable sound comes down to having consistent characteristics. This meaning, having key elements and styles that you repeat in your work between various projects. Here are just…

How to Make Psy Squelches with Sylenth1

In this tutorial I demo one technique for making psy squelches using sylenth1. This method works well for anyone looking to make anything in the experimental, psybient, psychill, psydub, psybass…

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Audio Interface Review

My review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Audio Interface. Package includes USB cable and activation code for Novation Bass Station, Live Lite, Focusrite Bundle Loopmasters Sample Pack and more. Seems…

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone Review

Here’s my unboxing/review of the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone. In this video, you can also get an idea what the microphone sounds like as I plug it up, and…