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MPV Free Stuff: Ableton Dub Hop Drum Rack

Everyone likes freebies. You know, free lunches, free tutorials, free samples… and what do Ableton users like the most? Easy: Free Drum Racks. Mo Volans conjures up a Dub Hop Drum Rack just for you!

Integrating Hardware Instruments and Effects in Ableton Live

Despite the flexibility of software, there's no denying that using hardware instruments and effects is still hugely popular. Rory Dow shows how to get the best of both worlds in Ableton Live.

Generative Music in Ableton Live, Part 1

Wouldn't it be great if you could add random elements to your compositions so no two listens would ever sound the same? You can! Gary Hiebner opens up the generative side of Ableton Live

Recording Beat Repeat Variations In Ableton Live

Overlook the Beat Repeat plug-in in Ableton Live and you may be ignoring one of the most ingenious randomizers available in any DAW. Mo Volans walks through the main functions in this article.

Automation Tips For Ableton Live

Automation can add life to an otherwise static arrangement. Fortunately automating parameters in most DAWs is intuitive and easy to do. Mo Volans outlines some essential automation tips in Live.

Humanizing Drums In Ableton Live

Programming electro (or acoustic) drums needn't result in robotic sounding, grooveless beats. Mo Volans adds a human touch to his rhythm section in Ableton Live.

Future-Proofing Your Audio Projects

Software versions are constantly changing so how you can be sure your current projects can be accessed in 10 years? Gary Hiebner looks to the future with these tips on archiving audio projects.

Ableton Live: Create Noise-Based Transitions

Practically every musical style relies upon transitions and build-ups to maintain listener attention, communicate emotion and ultimately tell a story. Gary Hiebner gets noisy in Ableton SImpler.

Quick Tips to Fatten up a Kick in Ableton Live

A thin, weak kick drum can single-handedly undermine the impact of a decent mix. GW Childs ditches his diet in a bid to fatten up his kick drum using Ableton's compressor and reverb plugins.

Stem Mastering in Ableton Live

It's a fact: More and more digital musicians are trying their hand at mastering their tracks. Gary Hiebner digs in and looks at one way to do this in Ableton Live using stems.

Ableton Live: Grain Delay for Quick Sound Design

Anyone interested in generating random beats or other elements in their music will have experimented with Ableton Live. They may not, however, have realized just how useful the Grain Delay is.

Monitoring In with MIDI in Ableton Live

Ableton Live has the DAW X factor! Using the Monitoring In feature it's possible to create a whole composition from a single MIDI clip. Gary Hiebner joins up the dots in this tutorial.

Drum Programming: Simple Latin Trick

What do you get when you combine Brazilian rhythms based on Samba & Bossa Nova, a traditional western drum kit & a professional drum programmer? Toby Pitman hits the spot in this essential tutorial.

Create Complex Tones from Basic Tones in Ableton

Abelton Live is so much more than a live performance tool. It's a serious studio DAW and one of the first ports of call for G.W. Childs when it comes to designing sounds and FX.

Mangling Loops In Ableton, Part 1: Using Creative FX

Ableton Live is arguably the most exciting audio application on earth to use as a beat mangling device. In this quick tutorial, Mo Volans gets scrunching and twisting with Ableton's built-in FX.