Growing up as black kid in an all white town in the 90s. I got to know a lot of alternative music and Scott Weiland's voice was something familiar to me, full of soul at times, angst and passion; let's not forget range.
2 YEARS AGO...
I HAD ONE OF THE EASIEST SONG WRITING SESSIONS EVER
with a guy by the name Joseph Minadeo. We met when my crew Space Circus had him perform. I started asking him about he got indie scoring gigs. He told me to come by and we can talk and hang out, maybe make some music. I didn't know we'd make an album.
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....
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.
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.
Over the summer, I took a drive up the 110 to Ableton’s office in Pasadena where I learned, presented and broke bread with great people. These people were Ableton Certified Trainer, Thomas Faulds, and Head of Ableton documentation, Dennis DeSantis. My peers who I learned a lot from are Jerry DiPhillippo, Serafin Sanchez, Lawrence Grey Berkowitz, and Dustin Ragland. The week of CTs before us had a lot of great dudes like Ben Hovey who I finally got to meet in person.
So you may ask, “What does it mean to be an Ableton Certified Trainer?”
Well, you can find Ableton’s definition here, but to me it means I have proven myself to be a person that is not only an egghead but an egghead that can share knowledge with others. It validates that I can get up in front of 300 people or 1 person, share the benefits of Ableton Live, troubleshoot problems as wells as coach and inspire other’s productions. It’s not that I know everything, but that I seek it out and am willing to continue learning. like the other Trainers and have been proven to share that knowledge in the best way we can.
I’ve had a few people say, “Oh you’re certified now, I want to do it.” To those people, I say “Be ready.” I didn’t just submit to become a Trainer without anything to warrant it. I built a following and content that displayed my capabilities and knowledge. I would advise anybody who wants to become an Ableton Certified Trainer to build on your skills and study the manual. You want to be on your game when the time comes.
“What do you want to do with this thing now?”
I want to continue to do what I do, write articles and produce YouTube videos on Live. Now that I have a nice added credential, I’d like to do some pro video series with one of the big tutorial distributors, as well as public workshops and teach at a school. My big goal is to tour; doing workshops all over the U.S. and the world during the day and doing gigs at night like many of the drummers I look up to, especially Chad Smith.
If you’d like to help me make use of the the new certification and have a reference for an opportunity or need help; whether it’s 1 on 1 lessons (in-person/internet), workshops, youth programs or gigs please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you to everyone who supported me in this push to get here. Especially Yeuda Ben-atar and Abid Hussain for their help and encouragement. It’s been a crazy year and I could not have done it without my wife, God, understanding friends I couldn’t hang out with while I was grinding, and all the people who follow me or buy my music and instructional materials. You are all special to me.
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.
I created 2 videos of my own, exploiting the far out side of Dub Machines' effects. Watch and see some of the sound design and texture possibilities. Sure you can use it to taste but I like taking thing to the extreme.
Downloads and Links
Also I created a Drum Rack of snippet of sounds made in the video for you to use. They are good for risers and atmospheric sounds as well as percussion hits. Enjoy!
If your are interested in other great Max for Live devices check out my latest Max for Live Roundup on the Dubspot blog.
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.
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 sidechain specific frequencies with the Envelope Follower Max for Live device.
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/
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.
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
[bandcamp album=1606542110 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=grande3] This year's flips of Christmas song were fun. Download it for whatever you think it's worth. If you have suggestion for songs to flip next year leave a comment.
Thanks to the over 1000 people who have subscribed to my Youtube Channel.
For my many thanks I'm making my whole catalog FREE for Oct 18th. Check out my music page to download.
Also 30 Days of Ableton Push Series (Download) is now available. When you download you get 3hrs of training and tips, all without buffering or ads.
Lastly get Beats to the Future tees for $15.
My plan this summer was to take a break. But I'm not good at that. So here is a summer update from my newsletter. Find out what I was up to this summer and stay up to date with all the details by reading here: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6e6de9ac643dd8c2c9d9e2a29&id=45001e4a9b
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If you haven't heard in my previous post, Man on Mars is a concept EP of one man's journey to Mars and back. This theme is driven by grooving low end and enchanting and sometimes haunting melodies. Just a little over 23 minutes, it's an album you can sit and drift away in your own version of the story or get caught up in the rhythms.
I know you will enjoy.
[bandcamp album=2643424712 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=c4311c size=grande3] My debut EP, of all original music, Man on Mars lands on May 1st.
Man on Mars is a concept album of an astronaut and his journey to Mars and back.
There will also be a Release Party at Grand Star Jazz Club on May 1st at 9pm. If you are in the Los Angeles Area, come out, other Space Circus residents will be performing and Special Guest like Captain Kirk and Repeated Measures. If you download the whole EP you may get a bonus track or two.
Get the album and name your own price May 1st.
Man on Mars download: http://joshspoon.bandcamp.com/album/man-on-mars-ep
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