Tutorial: Build A Dynamic EQ Inside Ableton Live [Free Download]
Oct04

Tutorial: Build A Dynamic EQ Inside Ableton Live [Free Download]

Tutorial on how to make a Dynamic EQ with Ableton Live Devices and Max for Live! This lengthy and advanced tutorial could save you time and money, and help your productions sound great!! Dynamic EQs are like regular EQs on steroids. Usually most Dynamic EQs are quite expensive but there are one or two passable freebies floating around. However, what if I told you that we can build one right inside of Ableton Live using only Live’s...

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Review: Sonic Faction Hypermorph For Ableton Live / Max
Oct04

Review: Sonic Faction Hypermorph For Ableton Live / Max

With a unique workflow and slick design, could Sonic Faction’s Hypermorph Max For Live instrument be just what you’ve been waiting for? Sonic Faction, known for some incredible Ableton Live packs, have really outdone themselves with Hypermorph. I was blown away with how great everything coming out of this device sounded, how easy it was to customize or make completely new patches, and just the overall aesthetic of the GUI,...

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DIY: Make an Analog Arduino Controller for Ableton Live
May31

DIY: Make an Analog Arduino Controller for Ableton Live

In this tutorial I will show you how to hook up analog Potentiometers to an Arduino Uno to control Ableton Live Parameters via a USB and Max for Live! Before you retreat, this tutorial requires NO soldering or coding skills! With an Arduino Uno, Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and select tools you can make your own analog controller for Ableton Live! In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to get started using analog components via...

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Ableton Live Racks: From Basic To Beyond
May26

Ableton Live Racks: From Basic To Beyond

Ableton Live’s racks can be as simple or as complex as you wish them to be. Don’t be put off by perceived complexity though. I love racks. I use them in everything for everything. They can simplify things or make others completely and ridiculously intricate. We shouldn’t be afraid of them though. Let me show you some of my favorite things to do with racks. Starting from the simple and getting into the more complex. A/B...

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DIY: How To Repair & Build XLR Cables
May26

DIY: How To Repair & Build XLR Cables

This is a tutorial on how to build or repair XLR Cables. If your studio XLR cables is damaged and in need of repair, or your fancy building your own XLR to 1/4″ TS plug, you’ve come to the right place. Joshua Casper shows you how in this useful tutorial. Check out this tutorial on balanced vs. unbalanced cables. Read the Entire Tutorial on Ask.Audio Watch the...

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Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables
Feb10

Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables

Yes. You can have Unbalanced XLR cables. Let me tell you about both types of standard studio cables! Music Studio Essentials: Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables Musicians and producers will probably have heard the term “Balanced” & “Unbalanced” used in reference to cables. Most likely those cables were XLR cables. But, do you know what the difference is? The Anatomy of Balanced vs. Unbalanced Cords Before we can get...

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DIY – ReAmps & DI Boxes with DIYRE
Feb10

DIY – ReAmps & DI Boxes with DIYRE

How To Build DIY DI Recording Boxes & Re-Amp With DIYRE In this article + video [I] show how easy it is to build a DIY direct input recording box and passive re-amplifier using DIY Recording Equipment’s FE2 and L2A for under $100. In this article + video Joshua Casper shows how easy it is to build a DIY direct input recording box and passive re-amplifier using DIY Recording Equipment’s FE2 and L2A for under $100. I am...

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Ableton Live Performance Tip: Dummy Clips for Quantized FX
Nov25

Ableton Live Performance Tip: Dummy Clips for Quantized FX

Dummy clips, despite their name, can be intelligently used in Ableton Live. Let me show you how to use them to add variation to drum & synth loops by syncing them to tempo and quantize parameters. In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a set of dummy clips that, when triggered, will affect whatever audio is being routed to it and will shut off on beat when you want it to—synced to your project’s tempo and global quantize...

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Ableton Tutorial: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack
Nov25

Ableton Tutorial: Multiband Mid/Side Compressor Mastering Rack

A free Ableton Live rack that features a multiband mid/side compressor ideal for mastering. Here’s how to use it, build it… and you can download it for free! In this tutorial I will show you how to set up your own multiband mid/side compressor mastering racks. The one we will make will have full control over 3 frequency bands for the middle audio and 3 frequency bands for the side audio—though you can easily add more or...

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DIY Tutorial: Midi Controller via Makey Makey
Oct16

DIY Tutorial: Midi Controller via Makey Makey

How To Build a DIY MIDI Controller for Ableton Live with the Makey Makey So you’re fascinated with the idea of DIY MIDI controllers or devices that can interface with Ableton Live or any DAW… but don’t know where or how to start? Makey Makey does the hard work for you. I recently got my hands on the Makey Makey. When I first saw it in action someone was using bananas to trigger a MIDI synth. Impressive. What was more...

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Ableton Live Secrets: 5 Hidden Features in 10 Devices
Oct16

Ableton Live Secrets: 5 Hidden Features in 10 Devices

5 lesser known features in Ableton Live’S built-in devices that might surprise you. I have been using Ableton Live since v.4. That’s a long time for those that are keeping track. Since that version, there has been leaps and bounds in terms of improvements, tweaks and incredible overhauls. I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to the program. After all I have been successfully teaching its ins and outs to...

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Attend this Free Webinar to Win a Black Wavetable VCO Module
Oct03

Attend this Free Webinar to Win a Black Wavetable VCO Module

Erica Synths Begins on Tuesday October 4th, 2016 at 12:00 pm (PT) with *Erica Synths will raffle off a Black Wavetable VCO Module during this Live Lecture – Retail Value $350 USD! This FREE MasterClass By Girts & Kodec from Erica Synths will cover several key synthesis concepts including Advanceds Enveloping (HADSR & ASR) and Percussion Synthesis. We’ll also explore why vacuum tubes are ideal for analog sound...

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Fall MasterClass Series 2016 – Enroll Now for Free!
Sep18

Fall MasterClass Series 2016 – Enroll Now for Free!

Watch live, ask questions, get mentored – Enroll now, space is limited to 1024 students. Enroll Now -> Ask.Audio/MasterClass Ask.Audio’s Fall MasterClass Series is a collection of Live Lectures on unique Digital Audio Production topics. From Advanced Logic Pro X & Ableton audio editing, to Hardware Synth and Controls like Maschine & Push 2 – The Fall MasterClass Series has a lecture for you! My friends, this is...

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How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit
Sep10

How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit

Want an easy DIY music project that’ll result in a nifty MIDI sustain pedal? You’re in the right place.Let me show you how to easily create your own MIDI sustain pedal circuit. Just yesterday, I broke out the old Axiom 25. The trusty keyboard I have had for about 10 years. The one that has stood the test of time through tours, clubs and drinks being spilled on it! I was going to play some chords for a new tune I was...

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DIY: Build Your Own Condenser Microphone
Sep10

DIY: Build Your Own Condenser Microphone

If we told you that you could build your own omnidirectional condenser microphone for less than $8 in under 3 minutes you might not believe me. But you can! This Electret omnidirectional condenser microphone has a wide 30–15,000 Hz frequency response. You can build your own for less than $8 and in about 3 minutes. It will be a decent microphone. The same type used in many common electronics… and for the price and labor it really can’t...

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Review: Levels by 29Palms, Mixing & Mastering Just Got Easier?
Sep10

Review: Levels by 29Palms, Mixing & Mastering Just Got Easier?

Levels is designed to analyse what’s wrong with your mix and help you fix it in a very visually attractive way. Buy Levels Here: PluginBoutique/Levels As a mixing and mastering engineer I am constantly asked how I know where any issues are and how I know what needs to be cleaned, moved, boosted and so on. That is an extremely complex question, but Levels is bridging the gap via digital analysis. Levels aims to help guide...

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Ultimate Ableton Live Guide to Saving CPU
Sep03

Ultimate Ableton Live Guide to Saving CPU

If your Live session is making your computer grunt & groan under the workload, then this article [of mine] is for you. Here’s a multitude of ways to cut back on the CPU load in Ableton Live. Not all computers are equal. I know the trials and tribulations of using an inadequate CPU to produce music. Because of that, I have learned many tricks on cutting back on the CPU load over the years. My goal in this article is to share...

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Review: UVI Thorus Polyphase Modulation Effect (chorus)
Sep02

Review: UVI Thorus Polyphase Modulation Effect (chorus)

Come see what I think of UVI’s Thorus Chorus VST… Polyphase Modulation at it’s finest! Buy Thorus – PluginBoutique/Thorus Today UVI announced their latest audio effect plug-in, Thorus, a polyphase modulation effect. In this world-first review Joshua Casper discovers whether this truly is next evolution of chorus effects. I got to spend some time with UVI’s new Thorus VST before its official release and I am...

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Profiting from Piracy? Muzit’s Trace Rethinks Future of Illegal Downloading
Aug04

Profiting from Piracy? Muzit’s Trace Rethinks Future of Illegal Downloading

As more and more people pirate music the question seems to be less how to stop the torrents and more about how to profit from that activity. People pirate music, and everything else that is digital. According to Google’s transparency report in the last month alone there have been 64,275,455 DMCA takedown requests. That type of request is someone claiming a copyright violation somewhere on online. There is no quick way to know how many...

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Interview: Steve Duda – The future of Software Instruments & Effects
Jul31

Interview: Steve Duda – The future of Software Instruments & Effects

Steve Duda, the man behind Xfer Records’ Serum synth, Cthulhu and LFO tool, shares his take on the future of VSTs and VSTis. A fascinating read for all producers and computer musicians. Steve Duda is the genius behind one of the best, if not the best, sounding wavetable synths currently on the market—for which I have yet to see a negative, or even mediocre review. He and his company Xfer Records has been making quality VST &...

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Interview: Rob Papen on The future of Software Instruments & Effects
Jul31

Interview: Rob Papen on The future of Software Instruments & Effects

Rob Papen is known for his excellent sounding and well designed software synths and effects. In this interview we chat with him about the future of the VST / VSTi, and music software in general. If you have been involved in digital music creation and production, then you have undoubtedly heard of Rob Papen, or at the very least you have used one of his devices. That might be the world famous Predator or Albino VSTi or anything from...

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Pure Data – A Free Open Source Graphical Programming Language
Jul25

Pure Data – A Free Open Source Graphical Programming Language

Pure Data is Like Make for Live’s Cousin…. and is totally free, huge, versatile and awesome! Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create software graphically without having to learn how to code? Well, you can with Pure Data (Pd). And best of all… it’s free and open source! Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code. A while...

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Ableton Tutorial: Automatically De-Noise Audio Without 3rd-Party Plug-Ins
Jul20

Ableton Tutorial: Automatically De-Noise Audio Without 3rd-Party Plug-Ins

Ableton Live is a treasure trove for musicians, sound designers and audio editors. It turns out you can create a de-noise module without 3rd party plug-ins if you know how. I love RX by iZotope. I especially love the dialogue/vocal de-noise module. I just click the button, sample a bit of the background noise, and run the algorithm. Next thing you know the noise is gone and there is a minimal effect to the dialogue or vocal. The one...

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Tutorial: Your First Hardware Synth Circuit (555 OSC)
Jul11

Tutorial: Your First Hardware Synth Circuit (555 OSC)

Curious about building your own hardware synthesizer but aren’t sure where to begin? Here’s a great place to start… a simple DIY project with noisy results. Consider these the very first steps in hard synth prototyping and construction. We are going to make some noise via a basic circuit. We are also going to add a knob that we can turn to change the pitch of the sound. The final result isn’t breathtaking, but the...

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The How & Why of Punchy Drum Compression
Jul07

The How & Why of Punchy Drum Compression

Everyone wants punchy drums. This simple tutorial will show you how to get extra punch out of your kicks, or your kicks and snares for you breakbeaters, rockers, junglists, and dubstep badmen! Everyone knows that you need to use a compressor, but after dropping it on the channel, the punchiness is still elusive for some. Let me tell you the one big secret. The secret that will let your kicks punch people in the ears! It’s All About...

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Max for Live Devices: Learn Chords & Scales [Free]
Jun23

Max for Live Devices: Learn Chords & Scales [Free]

These Max for Live Devices are tools to help you learn or look-up music scales and chords without leaving Ableton Live. This is a walk-though of the Learn Chords & Learn Scales max devices that myself and J74 made in conjunction with Ask.Audio. Download the Devices – Ask.Audio/LearnChordsScales These Max for Live devices are aimed at helping users quickly find chords and scales right inside Live without having to leave the...

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Review: Terra by K Devices | Max for Live
Jun23

Review: Terra by K Devices | Max for Live

Terra is the latest Max for Live polyphonic synthesizer from K-Devices…I put it through its paces to see whether it’ll send Ableton based sound designers and producers into a frenzy. “TERRA is designed to be your deep and easy to use sonic weapon. Its straight but flexible structure will let you work in total confidence, setting things up to reach many different kinds of sounds!” – K-Devices I was amped, no pun intended,...

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