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Using the Hotswap Function in Ableton Live

With the such huge list of effects plug-ins in Ableton Live it can be a bit of a task keeping track of all the preset patches available. If you need to audition your own patches or just want to quick

How To Add Energy and Pace to Sequenced Patterns

When producing sequenced patterns for any style of music, one of the main challenges is introducing perceived pace and energy to your work. Luckily there are a few simple tricks we can use here...

Solving Hard Drive Hassles When Playing Live (with Live)

I'm at a gig, djing with Ableton Live. Half way through my set, I suddenly can't cue tracks. I push the button on my Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1, nothing. Oh boy. Good thing I know my clips wel

Ableton Live Drum Racks - A Guide to Making Phatter Beats

Percussion is the foundation of any good tune and Drum Racks (in Ableton Live) are the most powerful way to create phat beats. For years I experimented with various ways of making beats, but never get

Creating Quick & Rhythmical Gate Effects in Ableton Live

Gates are the perfect plug-in to remove noise and unwanted signal from our audio but if your gate plug-in supports side chaining you might be able to use it for a whole lot more. By feeding a percussi

A Guide to Buss Processing in Any DAW

If you are not familiar with buss processing it is simply a technique that involves processing an entire group (or buss) of instruments at once. This could be two guitars, fifteen drum parts or an ent

Creating Noise Sweeps with Ableton’s ‘Analog’ Synth

Whether you are creating a noise bed, an atmospheric back drop, a fill, a breakdown or a build, the humble noise based sweep can come in extremely handy. It's a staple of the synthesis world and it's

Making Beats in Live: Using the Drum Rack

Ableton Live represents one of the quickest beat creation tools available. It's ability to manipulate both loops and single hits is extremely impressive. If you prefer working with individual drum sa

Phatten up Vocals in Ableton Live

Not all of us have a Neumann condenser microphone to run home to when the world seems like a cold dark place, and our vocals sound too thin. In fact, some of us have very limited microphone access, pe

Create Ambient Background FX in Ableton Live

Need a quick, creepy, psychedelic ambient background? You can create something otherworldly from very worldly sound with very little effort in Ableton Live. GW shares his dark secrets in this article.

Writing & Producing the Perfect Love Song

It's almost that most 'loving' time of the year, and as musicians, we are uniquely poised to make the most of Valentine's day! Why? Because nothing woos the heart of a man, woman, or small animal like

First Steps for creating easy workflows in any DAW

Have you just purchased a new DAW software package like Logic Pro, Reason, etc? Have you had a DAW package for a while, and feel like your workflow could be a little quicker? In this quick tip, I'm go

Using Rewire with Logic Pro, Reason 5 and Ableton Live

Rewire is a really valuable tool that's now available to users of just about every DAW out there. It acts as a virtual pipeline sending audio, MIDI and even sync data between any number of application

Assigning external controllers in Ableton Live

It's no secret that Ableton Live is a fantastic piece of software for live performance and real time tweaking. In fact this is arguably it's key strength. One thing that Live is particularly adept at

How to use Ableton Live Part 2: Warping, Looping & Editing

Since Ableton Live 1.0 was unleashed, warping, looping and editing audio have become staples for digital musicians. Join Mo Volans as he continues this beginners guide to Ableton Live.