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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
How to route your sounds and devices from Propellerhead Reason to Ableton Live using the built-in rewire feature. There are 2 methods covered in this video for bringing sound from Reason into Live. The technique you use is up to you and your music production style.
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…