Ableton: Building a Dubstep Kick with Operator
Mar23

Ableton: Building a Dubstep Kick with Operator

4 Part Video Tutorial Series on Building a Dubstep Kick Drum using Operator and Effects Native to Ableton Live! If you want to skip the tutorials, not recommended, and just download the final instrument rack look towards the bottom of the page above the videos. *you need Ableton’s Operator & Saturator. **If you want more kicks like this check this out. The Goal We set out on this journey attempting to make a fat dubstep kick...

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Massive Tutorial | Reggae / Garage Bass Patch
Mar07

Massive Tutorial | Reggae / Garage Bass Patch

This simple, yet versatile, patch can be used for Reggae and/or Garage / Deep House! Using only one oscillator we can create a simple bass patch that can be used in a number of bass driven genres… mainly reggae, garage, deep and dark bass house. You can download the patch below and skip the tutorial or just to compare final results! The Process We will only be using one oscillator. Inside the wave table selector click on Smooth...

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Mixing Tutorial: Balance a Kick & Bassline using EQ
Feb23

Mixing Tutorial: Balance a Kick & Bassline using EQ

Kicks & Bass.. They need to make love to each other, not be at odds. Future Music Magazine‘s new edition features information on mixing your kick drums with your basslines using EQ. Watch the video tutorial below. Bloated bottom-end never sounds good, yet it’s almost inevitable if you’re combining sounds rich in bass content. Find out how EQ can help. For more on creating and mixing kick drums, check out issue 286 of Future...

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Tutorial: Working with .MOGG files | Extracting
Jan27

Tutorial: Working with .MOGG files | Extracting

Extracting the Stems from an .mogg file for use in a DAW. I have been pointed to an enormous caché of .mogg files of classic tunes. What is that? Why should I care? Well, the short of it is that an .mogg file of, let’s say, King of Rock by Run DMC has all the original stem recordings ( multi tracked recordings ) encased inside it. Like a tasty little Cadbury Egg filled with pristine recordings of classic music! This tutorial is...

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Ableton Tutorial : Drums with Kill Paris
Jan09

Ableton Tutorial : Drums with Kill Paris

Kill Paris delivers all sorts of great information on his drum kit set up in Ableton Live! Kill Paris makes fantastic music. Seriously, fantastic. For him to take the time and share how he gets those OWSLA certified bangers is a very good look! You should check out all his videos past and present on his youtube channel! This tutorial he walks you through his drums template in Ableton Live and he does a good job explaining why it is...

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After Effects | GoPro | Remove Fish Eye | Motion Tracking
Oct16

After Effects | GoPro | Remove Fish Eye | Motion Tracking

How to Remove GoPro’s Fisheye in After Effects to Properly Motion Track Footage! I have been playing around with motion tracking and my new GoPro for a little bit now. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the fish eye effect in all GoPros was messing up the result. The thing is I kind of liked the fish eye effect. Luckily I found a very formative tutorial on how to remove the fish eye, export for motion tracking in...

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Mastering Tutorial: Pop Sheen via Convolution Reverb
Sep03

Mastering Tutorial: Pop Sheen via Convolution Reverb

Subtle, but Massive! This is a modification to my simple mastering rack. You should follow along with the tutorial, found here, and make the mastering rack before watching this video. But, as always, you can just download the full modified rack below. We are going to add two instances of the Convolution Reverb Pro Max device. One to the mid band and one to the high band filter chains. We will use ABLCR Presence LR from the 02 Ambiance...

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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 | Multiple Windows / Auto Hide. 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...

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Ableton Tutorial: Changing Preferences: Studio vs. Performance
Sep23

Ableton Tutorial: Changing Preferences: Studio vs. Performance

A quick guide the the sample rate preferences for performance. In this video tutorial I will walk you through a nifty little trick that I picked up from a producer on reddit. Which, by the way, is a great resource. I have my Ableton Live preferences set up for studio production. I have my in/out sample rate set to 48,000. This means that when I record something it records at that sample rate, which is pretty beastly. If my computer...

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Massive Tutorial: Quick Massive Sounds #9 – Thriller Lead
Sep16

Massive Tutorial: Quick Massive Sounds #9 – Thriller Lead

QMS #9 – Gliding Thriller Lead Quick Massive Sound #9 is here! A really nice lead synth that glides along it’s happy way! Using all 3 oscillators, the bit crusher, 3 different envelopes, the acid filter, reverb, sync delay and a tad of EQ we will make the club blow up with this Lead Synth. One really cool thing about this patch is that it has motion built into it. We will use a long attack envelope and apply it to the sync...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Ring Modulator [Free Device]
Sep12

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Ring Modulator [Free Device]

Ring Modulator – Audio Effect Device In this max for live video tutorial we will make a ring modulator (ring mod) audio effect device. It is surprisingly simple to be honest. That is because the max for live creators knew what they were doing. We will add a live.gain, a couple *~ objects, a live.dial (set to hertz units, 0 – 1000), and a cycle~. Seems easy enough doesn’t it? We will also slap on a scope~ to visually...

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