On Saturday, June 14, Beat Drop will be running our monthly Ableton Live Quick Start course. From 10 AM to 5 PM Sandro Petrillo will be be providing an in-depth look at Ableton's fundamentals. This is an excellent opportunity to get a head start on producing music with Ableton Live and is aimed at those who have never used the program before. By the end of the course you should have a solid idea of how the program functions and will have plenty of ways to bring your musical ideas to life.
Recently on the Ableton Blog we found a post containing a tutorial on how to create a 'Feedback Synth' using Ableton Live as a host. Analog junkies this one's for you! I know I know, we're using ableton, how can this satisfy the hunger of an analog loving enthusiast !?!?! Well, it's really quite interesting how this device works and with the routing you can really create and find many of the sounds created using modular synthesizers in more of an outboard scenario. One word of caution is to be VERY CAREFUL of your ears, any sort of 'feedback' related process can lead to devastatingly loud peaks in volume... and it can get there VERY quickly!
That being said, this can be a very fun and creative way of making a bunch of new sounds for your kit. Whether you use this as a live customizable tool, or simply jam out, record the audio and use the parts for future projects, we're sure you're going to have fun and learn something new!
If you'd like you can download the Ableton Project if you're having trouble following along or just want to grab it and edit to your preference. Head on over to the post - the link is listed within.
Dubfire aka Ali Shirazinia out of Washington US has been a representative of that Dub & Techno sound for years now. His live set has a truly fluid feel to it, he mentions a piece in the interview where he convinces fans to submit loops that he then adds to his set and layers amongst his original material... prettttty cool!
Ableton has recently compiled a feature on two amazing producers using their newest piece of kit, the Push. Machinedrum & Lando are both producers that are custom to shaping and creating their very own sound. One being a producer that works primarily 'in the box' while the other using a 90% hardware set-up. (M) & (L) work their magic in a complimentary but almost completely opposite way so it's really great to see how they can come together and collaborate on such an intuitive tool such as the push. Check out the two videos posted below:
1) An interview about their experiences &
2) (M) & (L) collaborating in a Berlin Studio on the Ableton Push.