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 Space Circus crew member gave us the challenge to remix, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” I’d only heard the beginning a few times since I don’t listen to the radio much.
So I decided not to mess with the vocals like I often do because they were so good and just focus on making a bass music/chiptune bed for the vocals to lay one.
If you enjoy, please share. I make music for others to listen, so thanks.
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
I got some footwork inspired tracks for you. Some fun, some dark all danceable. Check it out and if you want to download the whole thing. Have at it.
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.
I also just recently got a new Max for Live article published on Dubspot. There are some great utilities featured from Isotonic Studios, Subaqueous and PushMLR. Check it out, http://blog.dubspot.com/max-for-live-ableton-roundup-autotune-push-pack/
Learn ways to preserve the frequencies you want while ducking other frequencies with the Envelope Follower Max for Live device. Check out my article @ http://blog.dubspot.com/ableton-live-tutorial-sidechain-frequencies-with-max-for-live-envelope-follower/
I recently did a review of Izotope’s BreakTweaker on the Dubspot blog. I talk about it’s surprising awesome Synth engine and mangling capabilities. Get the whole story here: http://blog.dubspot.com/izotope-breaktweaker-future-beat-machine/
You can get it now!
Get The Joy of Racks HERE
or download 4 preview racks and a video tutorial first
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
- Audio Basics
- MIDI Basics
- Instrument Rack Basics
- Drum Racks Basics
- Types of Racks
- Signal Flow
- 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.
The Joy of Racks was developed out of the widely received article 4 Reasons To Build Your Own Ableton Live Racks! Dynamic Controller Integration and More and people's desire for more information on Ableton Live racks.
So this was my first year at NAMM Show and I spent a lot of time at the Bitwig booth the last two days and spoke with Dom was impress with what I saw. If you don’t know Bitwig was announced, years ago, so many that I don’t remember. Maybe it was 3 years ago. They were a few ex-Ableton employees that wanted to shake up the live loop based DAW world. Over the past year Bitwig has been releasing videos about there process and its features. Soon everyone will be able to see it for themselves.
When spending time at the booth I found out about some interesting features of Bitwig Studio. Below are some shots and video I took of Bitwig Studio. It looks really promising. If they can come out with very few bugs and keep the CPU usage low they will have a great product. Bitwig will be out March 26, 2013 for $499.
Bitwig NAMM 2014 Multi-Project Support
Bitwig Studio at NAMM 2014: Sound Packs
Triple Monitor Display
Detailed Controller Script API
New Ableton Live tutorial on how to get the most out of your automation using racks. Racks can speed up your production and give you pinpoint accuracy when automating.
For more tips check out my Dubspot article, 4 Reasons To Build Your Own Ableton Live Racks.