Ableton Tutorial: Reggae Sub & Palm Bass Rack
Apr25

Ableton Tutorial: Reggae Sub & Palm Bass Rack

Free Download of  this Bad A$$ Instrument Rack!! I have been on a bit of a reggae kick lately. I needed a reggae bass machine that is easy to set up and sounds natural… but, with that deep thick sub that the club kids love. The best way, I figured, was to build something myself. Below is what I have come up with after a couple of hours playing around. This instrument rack has two other instrument racks buried inside it. I used a...

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Ableton Tutorial: Multiple Outputs for Kontakt (made easy)
Apr15

Ableton Tutorial: Multiple Outputs for Kontakt (made easy)

Setting up Kontakt for multiple outputs. Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player is a beast. The instrument packs that are availible for it are beasts. Together they form Voltron… and then some. However,  being a beast takes its toll on a computer’s CPU. Luckily, Kontakt comes built with digital out puts to help ease the load. This means we can have multiple virtual instruments (VSTi) inside on instance of Kontakt, and...

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Windows 7 Disk Repair Loop Fix
Mar29

Windows 7 Disk Repair Loop Fix

Nothing Can Stop Me from Making Mediocre Music!! First is the background of the story. If you don’t like my brilliant and comedic style of prose and you only want the steps on how to fix this issue I suggest you skip ahead to the bullet points. Here in Brazil, especially in the poor neighborhood where my English School is, the energy grid is in shambles. So is water distribution & accessibility, the school system, any sense...

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Ableton Tutorial: Default Templates – Why / How / Mine
Jan06

Ableton Tutorial: Default Templates – Why / How / Mine

Save Time / Make a Default Template I was watching my friends from K Theory doing a Pyramind Elite Session on Pyratube’s youtube channel when I noticed Dylan talking about setting up templates and defaults in order to save time. Now, he prefers using Reason. I prefer using Ableton. So, I figured why not get a short video out to you guys about my default set up. I have briefly mentioned this before in this video about saving a...

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Ableton Tutorial: Basics: Exporting / Rendering a Track
Dec18

Ableton Tutorial: Basics: Exporting / Rendering a Track

Exporting the final product! This is a video response to a question from a member of the facebook community. I am actually a bit surprised I haven’t touched on this topic as it is essential. In fact, it’s what we are all trying to do. Exporting or rendering the final track is my favorite part of the process. It means I have completed something and who doesn’t like that feeling? This video tutorial covers a few things...

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Ableton Tutorial: Starting a Song: Dramatic & Romantic Sh!t
Dec16

Ableton Tutorial: Starting a Song: Dramatic & Romantic Sh!t

Let’s get this song started! This lengthy video tutorial is a walk through on making a “song starter” project. This is what I call my projects when I just use presets and simple midi arrangements to get things cooking.  Variation, fine tuning, custom patches and everything else comes, for me, after the “balls” of the track has been laid down and what I hear is already getting me excited. In this one, we...

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Ableton Tutorial: Frequency Splitting Compressor Rack v.2 – (walk-through)
Dec10

Ableton Tutorial: Frequency Splitting Compressor Rack v.2 – (walk-through)

New & Improved: Advanced Side Chaining Rack A long time ago, in a  galaxy far far away I made a tutorial on how to make a frequency splitting compressor rack. I believe that was done in Live 7 about 4 years ago. Still worth a looksy, but this is the updated version for Live 9 with some additional features and fantastic improvements; if I do say so myself. Essentially what this little badboy does is creates 2 band pass filters in...

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Ableton Tutorial: Quick Tip: Working with Non-Synced Remix Stems
Nov18

Ableton Tutorial: Quick Tip: Working with Non-Synced Remix Stems

Quick Tip Time! This is a really quick tip on dealing with remix stems. Having received many remix packs from many different producers I can tell you they are almost always different. Sometimes you just get short loops or hits. Sometimes it’s bounced groups or single instruments. Very rarely do I get the midi, which is what I want most. So, it’s best to have as many tools in your tools box in order to handle everything. I...

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Ableton Tutorial: Instrument Rack : Operator : Riser Box v.1
Nov12

Ableton Tutorial: Instrument Rack : Operator : Riser Box v.1

Operator is a Versatile Beast. Let me show you why! I enjoy making racks. I  have been on a bit of a roll recently too. This little bad ass riser box is no different. It is an instrument rack driven by Operator with support from native Live devices. As usual you can download my finished rack to use and compare to yours. Inside this bad boy you will find Operator in the core. Followed by an EQ 8 with the mid-side mode enabled with a...

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Ableton Tutorial: EQ Effects Rack: Bass Phat-i-fier
Nov04

Ableton Tutorial: EQ Effects Rack: Bass Phat-i-fier

Make that Bass Phat SON! I had the idea for this eq effects rack on the ride into my school today. I was like… Hmmm, how can i make more interesting bass sounds. Massive puts out some great sound, but your boat shouldn’t stop there. You should process that ish. You should process it real good! Not to much though, obviously. So, how much doctor Casper? You might be asking. Well, this rack is a good start. 8 macro knobs...

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Ableton Tutorial: Advanced – ish Warping – Time Signature
Oct30

Ableton Tutorial: Advanced – ish Warping – Time Signature

The 5/4 time signature is the new 4/4 Yesterday a member of the Facebook community asked for my help warping a track. He thought that it had a changing time signature because it wasn’t warping out correctly. I like a challenge and helping people so I asked him to send over the file. He did, and I got to work. In this video I walk you through my process when warping difficult tracks. The methods I use to get a handle one the...

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Ableton Tutorial: Custom FX Rack – 1 Knob Build Ups
Oct30

Ableton Tutorial: Custom FX Rack – 1 Knob Build Ups

Audio Effect Rack: 1 Main Knob for Build Ups! In this very exciting tutorial I will walk you through making a custom audio effect rack that can be used for build ups. There is a lot going on inside this bad boy, but everything is essentially consolidated down to one all important knob.   I have also added 3 other useful knobs as well, for fine tuning. Inside the main rack shell I set up a custom two band pass filtering system to...

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Mixing & Mastering Tutorial: Dithering Explained / Demonstrated
Oct12

Mixing & Mastering Tutorial: Dithering Explained / Demonstrated

The demystification of Dithering I usually only post my video tutorials on this blog, but sometimes I find some real gems and I would be remiss in my duties as an educator not to share them, this is one of those videos. I came across this video tutorial explaining dithering. I had read and listened to a lot about the subject, but I wish I had just found and watched this video first. Einstein said something like, “if you...

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Massive Tutorial: QMS 10 & 11: FX Hit & Riser
Oct10

Massive Tutorial: QMS 10 & 11: FX Hit & Riser

Quick Massive Sounds #10 & #11 #10 – FX – Impact / Explosion #11 – FX – 8 Bar Pitched Riser I picked up another set of Feaky Loops Massive Patches the other day at Loopmasters.com. It was the new Complextro & Dubstep Vol. 4. Sometimes it’s hit or miss with massive patches, but luckily this one was a winner. I have decided to show you how to make 2 of the patches inside massive and if you like how...

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Ableton Tutorial: Auto-Hide / Multiple Plug-in Windows
Sep23

Ableton Tutorial: Auto-Hide / Multiple Plug-in Windows

Preferences for Plug-in Windows Just the other day I was using my mastering rack on a track and I wanted to be able to see the stereo imaging display in the rack, which was on the master channel, while I adjusted some things on another channel. I wanted to see how the stereo field was being effected by the changes I was making to that particular audio channel. The problem was when I opened the plug-in window for the flux stereo...

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