Over the past few weeks, I worked on a few videos. I realized that a lot of my videos I’ve done have shown my educational side but I wanted to show more of my musical side. In this series of videos I wanted to educate but show my musical growth as a bass player.
I’ve been playing for a little over a year due to a new drummer joining our church band. I’ve always wanted to learn bass so I took that opportunity to do so. I think over the years, since using Live I’ve become or melodic and though I love playing drums they don’t quench all of my thirst for music.
For my birthday a friend got me a Makey Makey. It allows you to send keystrokes, clicks and directional messages to your computer from anything that conducts electricity. So I thought, why not use it to make a poor man’s looper pedal in Live.
Last week, to my shock, Ableton released Live 9.2 Beta and you might think this is the stupidest thing but Live got a tuner. There are so many applications for this device and I’m glad it’s hear. Now when I perform w/ Live I can use my True-Bypass tuner rack and not have to worry about using a 3rd-party plugin.
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So I got this idea when hearing about this crazy movie that was coming out. What if I made 50 different types of Fade to Grey effects like the one that comes standard in the Ableton Live audio effects? So I started working on it and now it’s available. Get more info on the product page.
As a result of years of experience with Ableton Live and an intense two days of trial by fire, I am now an Ableton Certified Trainer. I’m so happy to be in the company of pioneers like Thavius Beck, Laura Escudé and others who I’ve looked up to and watched videos of when learning Ableton Live. An Ableton Certified Trainer is not something I take lightly because there are not a lot of us in the world. Continue reading →
A few months back I got Dub Machines by Surreal Machines. They are beautifully designed and amazing sounding Max for Live devices. Magnetic and Diffuse inspired by iconic analog delays. The most notable is the Roland Re-201 and Korg SE-300. If you have never heard of them here are video demonstrations of the physical units’ capabilities. Continue reading →
Ableton Push: Sampling w/ Max For Live’s PushMLR and 9.1+ Native Step Sequencer
Learn how to sample without even leaving Push. These two videos will explain all you need to know to do it. And don’t forget if you want to know more about Push, check out my 30 Days of Ableton Push series.
The Joy of Racks is a video series of 20 videos where I will teach you the ins and outs of Ableton Live racks; great for beginners and intermediates (experts you could learn a few things too). Here are some of the things you will learn.
The different types of racks you can create in Ableton Live
How to build racks that can help you streamline your production and live performance
Grow your creativity to build racks that represent you.
I will also include Instrument, MIDI, Audio and Drum racks for you to use in your projects; 31 in total. The videos are applicable for Live 8 and up but the downloadable racks are Live 9 only. Few will have Live Suite effect in them and I will have (Suite) in the title. I have tried make substitutes for Standard users where possible. In the event that it’s not possible for me to make a substitute, you can replace that functionality with your favorite VST.
The videos in this series are:
What Are Ableton Live Racks
Instrument Rack Basics
Drum Racks Basics
Types of Racks
Simple Slapback Rack (Audio Effect Rack)
HAAS A Matter Wit Chew (Audio Effect Rack)
Close to the Edge Rack (Audio Effect Rack)
Crazy Xyl Rack (Instrument Effect Rack)
Simple Drum Rack
Slice to New MIDI (Drum Rack)
Step Juan Rack (MIDI Effect Rack)
Velocity Raptor (MIDI Effect Rack)
Sustain Jane (MIDI Effect Rack)
My Favorite Martian (Instrument Rack)
VSTs (Instrument Rack)
Side Chain Frequencies (Video only)
About the author, Josh Spoon is a musician, Ableton Live ninja and educator. He is a writer for Dubspot, creator of 30 Days of Ableton Push and maintains a Youtube channel with well over a thousand subscribers. His articles and videos have been featured on the Ableton blog, Beatport blog and Create Digital Music, as well as tweeted about and posted on Facebook by tons of people all over the world.