How To Make Heavy Kick Tracks With DS Kick In Ableton Live

With the bundled Max For Live device DS Kick in Ableton Live Suite, you can shape and sculpt the ultimate kick drum sound. Noah Pred shows you how it's done.  

The Ableton Live Suite actually includes a whole new range of powerful Max for Live devices. Originally a separate application, Max has been incorporated much more closely into the Live environment, allowing anyone with the requisite skills to create their own instruments and effects that integrate directly into the DAW for ultimate power and flexibility. In this video from the course Ableton Live 10 402: New Max Devices In Action, Noah Pred explores DS Kick, a kick drum synth that uses a modulated sine wave to generate sound.

Ableton Live 10 402: New Max Devices In Action

Taking a Drum Rack, Noah adds an instance of DS (drum synth) Kick, and then a second. He dives into the module's simple but powerful control section, explaining how synthesizing a kick rather than using a sample gives you more sonic control, especially over the pitch. He also shows you how to use the drive, envelope and other synth controls to shape and sculpt the sound, creating an excellent bass drum sound which is perfect for use in electronic tracks. Be sure to check out the full course using the links below, for a comprehensive guide to using the new Max For Live devices in Ableton Live, and how they can help you make great music.

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Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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