Bringing the Unseen to the Scene

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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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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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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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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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Ayla Nereo's Hollow Bone Remixes

Alya Nereo's Hollow Bone Remixes compilation is now out on Jumpsuit Records. It features remixes by E O (a.k.a. Eric Oberthaler), Kyrstyn Pixton, Random Rab, Makhana, Mbanza, Antandra, Scott Nice, Ryan Herr Music, SriKaloGY, AtYyA, Kalya Scintilla, D.V.S*, The Human Experience - David Block, Lemurr, saQi, Queued Time Music aka Walking ॐ Om / DJ Osmosis, Living Light and ill-ēsha. The compilation is an amazing journey through world music influences, bass music and ...

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Velocity Crossfaded Arpeggio in Ableton Live

Ableton Live: Morphing Arpeggio Tutorial

Here’s my latest Ableton Live tutorial where I explain some interesting ways to create morphing arpeggio effects using instrument racks, effect racks, velocity sensitivity, and a little creativity. As an example I made an arp that fades from

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

Pure Data Example

TouchOSC, Pure Data, & Ableton Live

I just got this great midi controller application for my ipod touch called TouchOSC. It’s a $5 app with a lot of bang for the buck. It was a bit of a learning curve to get started, although I did manage to create my own custom controller layout using the

D:ream

D:ream Remix

DJ Story here. Check out this remix I worked on with Paul Gotel for the band D:ream. It made it into itunes store. You can only hear about 30 seconds though without paying. It’s for their single titled “All Things to All Men.” I like the song a lot.

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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