Posts tagged Ableton Core I
Early Bird Pricing On All Courses Starting Fall 2016

Beat Drop is offering early bird pricing for students registering in courses starting in the Fall 2016 (September) Semester. Early bird pricing is valid for courses online and at our Calgary location. All DJ and producer certificate programs and courses are eligible.  Early bird pricing ends July 11th 2016 so act fast!

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How Tuning Drums Leads to Cleaner Mixes

Most producers don't include instruments in their songs that are playing out of key.  The reason being instruments playing out of key sound dissonant (or bad depending on your point of view) and can be unsettling to the listener.  However when it comes to drums, many skilled producers load up a sample, put it in their song and process it with EQ, distortion, and compression without giving a second thought to pitch.  This could be that many people assume drum sounds don't have a distinct pitch.  These people are wrong.

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Eight Simple Tricks You Can Use to Harness the Power of Clip View

Many producers don't fully understand the power of Clips in Ableton.  Most see them only as containers for MIDI or Audio information.  While this notion isn't wrong, clips can be used for so much more than production tupperware.  If you learn to harness the power of clips you can add a whole new set of creative tools to your musical palate.  Below are eight powerful techniques that take advantage of unique features of clips and will add interest, complexity and general gnarliness to your tunes:

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How Ableton's Hotswap Function Can Fix Your Mix

Have you ever been working on your mix and a certain element just won't fit?  Despite your best efforts, with gain staging, EQ, compression, phase-correction, or other effects, a certain sound falls out of the mix.  What's the best course of action when all else fails?  The answer is simple, change the element(s) that is/are causing the problem.  One cleaver function in Ableton makes changing a given sound for another almost painless, "Hotswap."

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Five things you can do to add The Human Touch to your productions in ABLETON

What are some of the things that separate a truly skilled musician from a sequenced MIDI pattern?  Many listeners would describe a programmed MIDI pattern as cold, sterile, robotic, or lacking emotion when compared to the performance of a human musician.  The flourishes, the groove, emotion and feeling a skilled player imparts on their performance can be difficult to recreate on a computer even for skilled producers.  A human player does not play perfectly in time or play notes with exactly the same velocity.  The human player's performance changes in time as the music progresses and allows the player to impart emotion and movement to the piece.  Thankfully, Ableton gives us a few tools that can add some spark and magic to our sequences MIDI patterns.

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Get Your Flange On

Flangers, phasers and choruses are from a family of effects called modulation effects.  These effects work by creating a series of frequency notches that are slowly swept across the frequency spectrum (hence modulation).  Because the notches result in frequency attenuation you don’t really ‘hear’ the notching but you hear the frequencies that are not affected by the notching.  

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Default Channel Strips

When I make songs I almost use all the same insert effects on every track. The settings will be different depending on the nature of the sounds but I tend to use the same key effects.  In order to save time while loading up the same effects I saved a default Channel Strip as an Effect Rack and mapped the macros of features I use regularly.  My default Channel Strip consists of a Utility, an EQ Eight, a Glue Compressor and a Limiter.

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Deactivate Don't Delete anD Dub Philosophy

Jamaica’s studio-spiked rhythm music called Dub changed modern recording and production more than most styles of music.  Dub was the first style of music that made the producer a technical engineer, composer and artist. While the lead vocals or other melodic elements took centre stage in a typical reggae mix, Dub stripped everything back leaving the drums and bass as focal points in the tune. Bass heavy rhythm tracks were accentuated with modulated stabs of guitars, vocals and organs in a wash of spring reverb and tape echo.

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Collapsing Tracks and Other Space-Time Saving Tricks

The name of the game for most digital music producers is workflow. Working quickly, efficiently and in a methodical way allows you to finish tunes that sound spontaneous, full of life and not overworked, but there are other considerations.  In today’s digital age the half-life of digital media is very brief.  The never-ending deluge of content means often your creations are buried in new content before your audience even has the opportunity to listen.  For better or worse, this means creating quality content on a regular basis is immensely important to artists today in order to keep on their audience’s radar.  There are numerous methods producers can use to be efficient and fast in the studio. Organization, separating your sound design and writing session and using keyboard shortcuts are some examples.

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Record the Arpeggiator

Arpeggiator is one of the MIDI Effects found in Live. Arpeggiator works by taking MIDI input from either a held chord or held note and plays the notes or note back in a rhythmic pattern of your choosing. Often a player will trigger a chord on their MIDI device and when Arpeggiator is enabled the chord will be output as individual notes playing at a set frequency (an arpeggio) rather than being heard in unison (a chord).

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