Spotted over on Dubfire's Facebook account was a shout out to a brand new concept for a vacation retreat for aspiring producers, called helloLIVE. The concept is fairly simple and impressive: book a session with helloLIVE and you get an all-inclusive (flights excluded) week of Ableton fundamental training, surfing lessons, and island living on Fuerteventura, a Spanish island off the coast of Morocco. Watch the introduction video below and then read our exclusive interview with one of the founders, Ableton Certified Trainer Cristiano Nicolini.
A common theme in recent years in the production world are producers who who want to not only make incredible music, but also strive to find a way to create their productions in real time, live performances. One of our favorites is Rheyne, who we've featured on the site many times before and who even wrote a fantastic roundup review of iOS production tools.
In today's Ableton tutorial, Brian Funk aka Afro DJ Mac is going to share a cool trick that will add delay on just certain words of a vocal performance. Most listeners will be focusing on the vocals more than any other aspect of the song. Therefore, it is important to make vocals as exciting and expressive as possible. If there is an important word, phrase, or note you wish to emphasize, a little splash of delay will cause that portion of the vocal to stand out. There are two ways to achieve this effect; one is quite simple and involves using a return track, the other offers a bit more control and will be done with a custom Ableton Live Audio Effect Rack. Whether you are performing live or working in the studio, these techniques will allow you to add delay to certain words and phrases, on the fly, and add a new dimension of excitement to your vocal tracks.
In dance music, it's all about how a song hits in the club, so often DJ's will play their creations in progress during a set or give early versions to friends. Early on, new tracks don't have the polish or mastering you expect from a finished track. In order for the demo to stand a chance, it needs to hit hard and sound nearly complete. So, to make your demo’s rock - you need a good mastering chain in your DAW, and in today's article a serious engineer will show us how.
Recently we've been soliciting community members to help us build amazing playable performance sound packs designed especially for the Midi Fighters. One of our favorite YouTube performers Tim Murray agreed to build a wild pack in Ableton Live that worked for the combination of a Twister and 3D together. Watch the resulting performance video he shot to show it off below, and read on to find out how to download the soundpack for free.
It's been a while since Mad Zach's last volume of soundpacks - so we're excited to announce that today the brand new Volume 4 is available in the DJTT store.
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)
The current generation of YouTube controllerism is heavily focused on dynamic full-song routines, usually coupled with great LED visuals on the controllers themselves. Multi-instrumentalist Tim Murray has been putting out routines this year that follow in the footsteps of Shawn Wasabi, Nev, and many others – and his latest video is a performance on the Midi Fighter […]