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How to Build Bed Tracks Using Loops

Despite its name, bed tracks have nothing to do with sleep. They do, however, have everything to do with music production. Sara Simms explains how to start creating your own bed tracks using loops.

Preparing a Custom Live Music Performance Setup

Cables? Laptop? Check. So, you may have the gear, but have you planned the actual performance itself? Ableton Certified Trainer, Timo Preece, shares his brainstorming techniques to help your next gig.

Creative Beat Making with Max 4 Live’s Instant Haus in Ableton Live 9

If you want to make your grooves stand out from the crowd in Ableton Live 9, then the Instant Haus Max for Live device is a great tool to try out. Gary Hiebner shows how to work it into your tracks.

Music Production Tip: Breaking Down Difficult Melodies

G. W. Childs shares a useful tip for how to break down tricky melodies (maybe your own or from a song you've heard) using your DAW to help you learn how to play it more easily.

Staying Ahead of Your CPU Using Flatten in Ableton Live

We all love using big, resource hungry synth and effects plug-ins... but they come with a cost. Or do they? G.W Childs shares a quick tip to keep your Live sessions running smooth no matter what.

Sync Korg Volca Synths with Ableton, Logic and Reason

The Korg Volca family of synths replicate the quirkiness of the analog world while allowing you to interface with modern music software. Here's how to sync the Volcas to Ableton, Logic & Reason.

Simple Ways to Diversify Your Music Production Style

Simple ideas can be the most powerful. In this article Gary Hiebner suggests some obvious yet effective ways to diversify your compositions & music productions by implementing other genres & styles.

Exploring Max For Live’s Buffer Shuffler

Live 9 users who want to truly manipulate audio have never had it so good thanks to Max For Live's Buffer Shuffler. Gary Hiebner gets his shuffle on in his quest for unique, creative effects.

Making Melodies with Ableton Push

Ableton Push was one of our top 10 MIDI Controllers of 2013, and with good reason! And, it's more than another step-sequencing rhythm controller. Matt Vanacoro explores the melodic side of Push here.

Designing Menu and Button Sounds for Video Games in Ableton Live

Possibly the most fun any sound designer can have is in designing chirps, clicks and pops for video game menu interfaces. G. W. Childs scrolls through the ins and outs in this tutorial.

Harnessing Session Automation In Live 9

Session Automation is one of the big features in Ableton Live 9 and as Noah Pred demonstrates is something you should be using both in the studio and during live performance.

Building Macro Racks for DJ Sets in Ableton Live

So you're performing live using Ableton? You're not using Racks? Really? Gary Hiebner has a treat for you with this tutorial on building Macro Racks when DJing in Ableton.

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.

Creating Dynamic EDM Drum Patterns In Live 9

Electronic music is often accused of being stale / repetitive – but using a few tricks in Live 9's enhanced MIDI editor, it's easy to create dynamic drum loops & get them ready for use in your tracks.

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.