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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
When enhancing your sounds with EQ there is a fine line between a light sweetening and an over-colored, or over-hyped end result. Most of the time any negative results are due to too much additive equ