Are You Obsessed With Kick Drums?

How much do you care about your kick drums? Do you spend hours poring through samples or meticulously synthesising every drum hit? Or do you just have a bank of go to ‘favourite’ samples that you can quickly load up without worrying too much about finding ‘that perfect kick’? Whichever camp you fall into will determine how interested you might be in the Ultrakick, High Precision Kick Drum Synth from Daan Pothoven x Isotonik Studios.

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Create Drum Grooves with Live 10's New Echo Device

In this video for ADSR we take a look at how you can use the noise section of Live 10's new Echo device to create interesting drum patterns by modulating the noise amount using another new device in Live 10, the Shaper.

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Add Movement To Your Sound Design with Ableton Live 10's New MaxForLive Modulators

Learn how you can use the new MaxForLive modulation devices included with Ableton Live 10 Suite to add interesting movement to your sound design and keep your sounds interesting.

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Generate Unlimited Musical Ideas in Ableton Live

Do you ever get stuck when you're writing music and just can't come up with ideas? With this technique you can use some basic tools in Ableton Live to generate an unlimited number of musical ideas that you can then pick and choose the best bits from.

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The Many Uses of Ableton's Autopan

All the native Ableton FX and devices are extremely versatile, but one particularly versatile little fellow is the humble Autopan. The most basic use of Autopan is it's name-sake; automatically panning sounds between the speakers, but did you know that it can do a lot more than that?

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Improve Your Sampling Workflow with an iTunes Sample Library

Working with samples is part and parcel of any modern music production workflow but often we collect so many samples that digging through them to find the exact ones we need takes more time than actually making music; by the time you've found the sample you're looking for the initial inspiration that started your search has vanished.

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Create Unique Instruments from Found Sounds

Having unique sound design in your productions is a great way to set yourself apart but sound design can be a daunting subject. In this video we take a look at an easy technique you can use to create unique instrument sounds from found sound sources such as field recordings.

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A Simple Guide To Creating Your Own Drum Sounds

Drum synthesis sounds like a complicated subject but it actually boils down to adjusting 1 simple control. In this short and simple guide you'll learn how to easily make your own unique drum sounds in Ableton Live or whatever other DAW you might be using.

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Add Life To Your Production By Humanizing Your MIDI

Humanization is a great way to add life to your programmed MIDI by adding subtle, semi-random variations to your velocity and timing. In this video we take a look at a quick and easy process for humanizing your MIDI parts in Ableton Live to add natural feeling and groove to your music production.

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ANLG: The Making Of

SYNTHS, VOL. 1: ANLG, or just ANLG, is a collection of analog style Ableton Live presets inspired by artists such as Aphex Twin, Com Truise, Flying Lotus, Floating Points and Tycho. Since releasing the pack I've had a lot of interest and questions so I thought I'd write a blog post to answer some of those questions and explain some of the decisions I made when making the pack.

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Get The Power Of Ableton Live Suite For Free

Ableton Live Suite provides a wealth of instruments and FX to make awesome music but that all comes at a bit of price. If your wallet is feeling a little worried at the thought of forking out all that cash then fear not - there is another solution! All versions of Ableton Live, even the cheaper Lite and Intro versions, feature AU and VST support which means that you can easily expand Live's instruments and FX using the large amount of free plugins that exist.

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