Sound Like Skrillex in Ableton Live, Part 1

Turn on the internet or radio (do people still use these?) and you'll likely, at some point, hear some Skrillex-inspired tunes. Gary Hiebner shows how to recreate his musical style in Ableton Live.  

If you haven't heard of Skrillex yet, then you must have been hiding in a cave for the last few months. This young Computer Musician/Producer has been causing some big waves in the EDM community, and the world. At a mere 24 years of age, he has already scooped up 3 Grammy awards. This is quite an achievement for a computer musician and the computer music world. We are finally getting realized. Skrillex may fall under the now well-recognized dubstep genre, but his sound is very unique.

With a very limited setup of a MacBook Pro, Ableton Live, some 3rd party plugins, and a M-Audio Trigger Finger MIDI controller, Skrillex pushes out some highly-refined productions. I am going to attempt to create a track similar to Skrillex's genre-bending tracks. I am going to use Ableton as my DAW and its native plugins to show how to achieve a sound similar to Skrillex. So let's dig into it'

Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he al... Read More


Yet again, Logic Pro gets no love. I don't get it. Is someone or something trying to tell me to change DAWs? It might be time for Ableton.
Gary Hiebner
Ableton and Logic are both great DAW's. I use them both still and find I can achieve different results with the different DAW's.

There are still Logic Pro tutorials coming out:

And there's more Logic Hub articles on the way...

So don't worry, there's still Logic Love!

If its a Skrillex for Logic article that you want, send out some comments requests here, and I can work on one.
First I want to thank you for responding, I've been using Logic for a year now and learned so much from you guys. I can't seem to get enough electronic music info. This skrillex thing would have been perfect for my collection. I've had my eye on Ableton for awhile now but don't want to buy it with Logic X on the horizon. Is Ableton more suited for electronic
than Logic? A How to make electronic music in Logic tutorial would be cool since that doesn't exist.

Gary Hiebner
Both DAW's are well suited for Electronic Music Production. They just have different features and ways about doing things.

There are some Logic Electronic Music tutorials. Check out the following:

Olaf's tutorials are great. He explains tips and tricks very clearly.

Nigel's Dubstep tutorials is also very good. He takes you through the steps on creating and arranging a typical Dubstep tracks. And through the tutorials gives some other handy Logic tips as well.
I have them both:) And yes they have been very helpful.
But I still think that they could be more in depth.

Thanks again
Hi CO4L,

Thanks of the feedback. We've got the largest Logic tutorial-video catalogue anywhere... but we're always looking to expand our offering!! Let us know what titles you'd like to watch in the "Suggested Training" forum here at

btw, you might also be interested in this funky home page for Logic Pro articles here on The Hub:

Rest assured we've plenty of Logic tips and tricks articles in the works for The Hub... and, in case you haven't already, you might enjoy the new Remix Essentials iBook based in Logic Pro (available on Apple's iBookstore).

Executive Editor, MPVHub
CO4L -

I switched from Logic to Ableton about 8 months ago. One of the best decisions of my life.

Logic is just full of bizarre idiosyncrasies. It's always felt very messy to me and filled with submenu upon submenu of - sometimes useful - but mostly useless crap that just gets in the way, stifling creativity. Ableton is the complete opposite - it's streamlined and helps you make music quickly.

Every time I open up Logic I feel like I'm going to work at a dead-end, soul-sucking corporate job, whereas Ableton is like relaxing at the beach with a margarita in your hand. One is stressful music making; the other, fun.

But regardless, Mac Pro Video has taught me both DAWs very well! More Ableton videos please!

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