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Maschine + Live: MIDI Control

Maschine + Live: MIDI Control

So you’ve got your fancy Maschine hardware, and you made a beat, but you want to do some MIDI editing in Live. No problem! Here’s how you setup the Maschine 2 software and Live to work together in a MIDI-enriched world. (Note: this is different from dragging and dropping audio loops from Mashine 2 into...
Maschine + Live: Drag n Drop Beats

Maschine + Live: Drag n Drop Beats

    Maschine and Live go together so well, it’s almost like they were made for each other. Here’s how to get your nasty beats out of Maschine 2, and into Live clips for production magic. 1. Make a beat in the Maschine 2 software (you can do this in Standalone mode, or as a plugin)....
Groove Pool 1

Groove Pool 1

The problem with quantizing MIDI is that it often makes your rhythms sound robotic and machine-like.   For certain styles of music this is fine, but not always. In these cases, you can turn to the Groove Pool to help inject some funkiness into your beats. I’m not going to get into everything that makes...
Live Templates and Default Set

Live Templates and Default Set

Templates Templates are sets that already have data in them when loaded. This data can be anything from plug-ins (effects and instruments) to keyboard mappings. When loaded, they create an Untitled set that must be newly saved, so they’re impossible to overwrite. Understanding how to save a Live set as a template can be a...
Ableton Live Quantize

Ableton Live Quantize

    Quantizing is pretty standard procedure in every music DAW, but every program handles it a bit differently. Live has two ways of quantizing clips, and they’re related to each other, but understanding how to utilize them helps you use Live more effectively. To change your quantize settings (eighth, sixteenth, etc): 1. Access the Quantize...
The Power of 1.1.1

The Power of 1.1.1

Warping modern electronic music in Ableton Live is usually pretty easy because it’s all made on computers, so the tempo stays steady the entire time. But what about when a producer decides to get tricky, and starts the song off with some kind of non-tempo element? This is where Live’s “Set 1.1.1 Here” feature comes...
Velocity Ramp in Ableton Live

Velocity Ramp in Ableton Live

Not a lot of people seem to know about this cool little trick for creating velocity ramps in Live. “What’s a velocity ramp?” I’m glad you asked. A velocity ramp is when you start at one velocity level, and gradually increase the velocity level with each successive note. It’s quite easy to do in Live....
Tutorial: PT Playlists

Tutorial: PT Playlists

Playlists are one of the most powerful, but often overlooked aspects of Pro Tools. They are a major reason why I record vocals and live instruments in Pro Tools. If you don't know what they are or how to use them, then this is for you.
Akai MPD24 Overview

Akai MPD24 Overview

Watch my general overview of the MPD24 from Akai. It's not a new instrument, but I've been using it for years, and I swear by it, so I thought I'd throw a short movie up about it.
iPad Tutorial: TouchAble

iPad Tutorial: TouchAble

These video tutorials show how to setup and use TouchAble, the best control software for Ableton Live on the iPad.
Review: DCAM

Review: DCAM

No matter what kind of beats you're making, I strongly recommend DCAM.
iPad Tutorial: TouchOSC

iPad Tutorial: TouchOSC

Learn how to use TouchOSC on your iPad with these tutorial videos.