One of the most popular features of the Ableton Push is its "scale" functionality that places all the right notes in a chosen key across the grid of buttons. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to play chords, melodies and progressions without any music theory experience. The new Kontrol S series of keyboards from NI also unlocks countless scales and modalities for beginners unfamiliar with note structures on a traditional keyboard. At first glance, this appears to be welcome progress - but when you take away all the "wrong notes", have you also stripped away the magic of possibility?
Today we’re going to look at 5 great online Ableton courses that will help get you started with Ableton and take your production to the next level. Why take a course? There’s lots of free video’s and Ableton tutorials online. Couldn’t you just learn everything you need to know about Ableton without spending any money? One of the challenges with using free resources is that you can waste a lot of time trying to find the right video or tutorial. Additionally it’s easy to jump around and learn things in the wrong order. It’s like learning Calculus without knowing basic addition/subtraction. The good news is most of the courses we’re going to look at have been designed with beginners in mind. So even if you have no experience with Ableton, these courses will guide you step by step to show you how everything works in Ableton. (*Note: Most of the courses would be applicable to Live 8 and Live 9)
Remember “Space Is The Place” with The Jonzun Crew? Released in 1983 on the magnificent label Tommy Boy, it was one of the most important electro tracks of the time. 31 years later, NASA has released a rocket ship full of Space sounds for you to use how ever you want. You can stack them up in your remix decks and shoot off a burner or two to get your crowds attention.
A great technique for all Ableton finger drummers to learn is how to quickly divide a loop or sample up into parts and lay them out on a playable drum rack. This slicing can be done in time with the tempo of the sample, or it can even be done based on warp markers that […]
Teased last week, Native Instruments has released a brand new line up of hardware for their Komplete Suite, the S-Series. These keyboards are designed to be an integrated solution for production, opening up a large amount of control similar to how the Maschine hardware works alongside its software companion. Watch our exclusive first look video that we shot when NI visited DJTT headquarters last week inside.
The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.
In the digital age, it’s simple for DJs, performers, and producers to access resources and information for improving, learning, sharing or making music. However, this vast world of information can become distracting and as a result, it's easy to be demotivated in our respective art forms. You may remember these DJ power utilities posted a while back - in that vein, here are five solid pieces of software that will enhance creativity and productivity in the studio, at home, and out gigging.
If you want to make your tracks more musical without knowing much about scales and harmony, then this tutorial is for you. This combination of tools and hacks will enable you to add chords, melodies, and basslines to your productions, in the right key and without much effort.