Tadhg Leonard

Tadhg Leonard

I have been an audio enthusiast and DJ hobbyist since I was a young lad. I currently work as a researcher on The Gadget Show on Channel 5 in the UK where I specialize in all the audio and music tech related content on the show. Before that I have worked in the sound department on a number of feature films doing everything from location sound mixing to foley recording. My main passion, however, lies with electronic music performance and production through Ableton Live and a whole host of virtual synth plug ins.

Articles by Tadhg Leonard

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Programming a Glitch-Hop Beat With Ableton Push

Got Push? Got Ableton Live? Got a glitch-hop beat in your head that needs to come out? Don't want to touch that mouse or trackpad? Perfect! Read this!! If only Push could control web browsers too...

Review: Reloop NEON Drumpad

Reloop's NEON Drumpad features RGB, velocity-sensitive pads. Ideal for drumming in theory, and Tadhg Leonard finds out how well this performs in reality.

Scratching in Ableton Live Using Automated Volume Chops

So, you're already using Ableton Live when DJing or creating DJ mixes. But did you know with a little setup that Live can be used with a DJ controller to create vinyl scratching effects on the fly?

Review: Novation Launch Control XL

Can you imagine Novation's Launch Control... only bigger, with more rotary encoders, buttons, faders, etc.? Launch Control XL is here and Tadhg Leonard puts it to the test.

Using Third-Party Plug-ins for Live Performance with Ableton Push

It may not be common knowledge, but did you know that Ableton Push can give you deep control over your third-party plug-ins? Tadhg Leonard shows how.

Useful Tips for DJing with Ableton Push, Part 3

Continuing with his tips on DJing using Ableton Push, Tadhg Leonard looks at how to use Push to record and replay your FX automation data in the third part of this mini-series.

Useful Tips for DJing with Push, Part 2

Continuing with his tips on DJing using Ableton Push, Tadhg Leonard look at how to get looping and implement DJ FX in the second part of this mini-series.

Useful Tips for DJing with Ableton Push, Part 1

Ableton Push is an excellent controller/instrument for use in the studio. However, you can also use it when DJing as Tadhg Leonard demonstrates in part 1 of 3 in this mini series.

Review: Algoriddim djay 2.5 with Spotify Integration

Algoriddim's djay 2.5 has received an interesting update for any Spotify subscribers out there. And there's more that just full integration of this music streaming service as Tadhg Leonard discovers.

Get Creative with FX in Ableton Live using Novation Launchpad

Finding "happy accidents" in Ableton Live is useful for generating creative sounds. Tadhg Leonard explores how to use Novation Lanchpad with Live 9's FX to make vocal samples exciting. [Video]

Review: Korg Gadget

Despite the excellence of Audiobus, switching between apps on iOS to create music can be a drag. Wouldn't it be nice if there was one app with a good range of synths inside? Enter Korg Gadget.

Review: touchAble 2 Ableton Live iOS Controller

With the revamped TouchAble 2 on your iPad/iPhone device prove to be the perfect Ableton Live touch controller? Tadhg Leonard leaves no stone unturned in this extensive review.

Controlling DJ Paramaters with TouchAble’s XY Pad

Got an iPad? Got Ableton? Got TouchAble? (You really should have the later, too!) Tadhg Leonard shows you how TouchAble will fast become your app of choice for controlling Ableton Live from your iPad.

Serato DJ from the Point of View of a Twitch User

The roll out of Serato DJ for mixers other than Pioneer DDJ-SX has been slow and steady. In this article Tadhg Leonard explores its integration with the Novation Twitch.

Incorporating your iOS Synth into your Ableton Live Projects

With the multitude of synths available for iOS, making music on an iPad or iPhone has never been easier. But how do you incorporate these into your Ableton Live setup? Tadhg Leonard shows how.