MPC Note Repeats Tutorial with Impulse

Learn how to create classic MPC snare rolls with Impulse

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Looking to add a little more flavor to your live drum programming?

For years, owners of the legendary Akai MPC series have been able to create stuttering note repeats and drum rolls with the flick of switch. Today I am going to show you how to achieve these exact same results with a copy of Ableton Live’s Impulse Drum Machine and Beat Repeat.

Thanks to Daniel for this great tutorial idea!

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Ableton Treats: Creative Diversity — 5 Live Packs

Ableton are back one again with a sweet treat: Creative Diversity — 5 Live Packs containing 1.5GB of sounds from international Ableton artists.

Ableton are back once again with a sweet treat: Creative Diversity — 5 Live Packs containing 1.5GB of sounds from international Ableton artists.

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Top 5 Free VST Plugins For Ableton Live (Mac Edition)

Here are our favorite free plugins for Mac OS X.

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It’s been a long time coming Mac users, but here is a definitive guide to 5 free VST plugins for Mac OS X. They can be used in any music production program that support VST, but since this is a blog dedicated to Ableton Live, these are – of course – geared towards electronic music production.

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How To Create An Analog Drum Machine Collection In Ableton

Learn how to create a free collection of authentic analog Drum Machines using free samples found on the web and Ableton’s Drum Rack.

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In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can create your very own collection of classic, analog drum machines, all for free! We’ll be using the classic Roland TR-606 drum machine in this example. However, the techniques shown in this tutorial will work for any of the dozens of drum machine samples found at Music Machines: samples.

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How To Create A Phased Out Retro Synth Pad With Analog

Learn how to program a swooshing analog synth pad with just Ableton’s Analog Synthesizer and it’s humble Phaser plug-in.

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Synth pads are versatile. They can serve as the lush background for a full track, or (in a lot of Ambient music’s case) serve as the front-man on tracks. Either way, pads are fun to program and even funner to play. In this tutorial i’ll show you how to carve out a nice, phase-ey retro synth pad with Ableton’s Analog.

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How To Program A Bass Sound In Ableton’s Operator

In this tutorial, I show you how to take Ableton’s FM Synthesizer – Operator – and sculpt a simple bass sound that is worthy of matching Operator’s fatter cousin; Analog.

Operator may not be the first synth you would consider for bass in Ableton Live (usually that’s reserve for the much fatter “Analog”). However, with minimal tweaking, you can program your own, smooth bass sounds in a matter of minutes.

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How To Use Automation In Ableton Live’s Arrangement View

Automation is a very powerful aspect of Ableton Live, learn the basics of Automation in Ableton’s Arrangement View to add more interest to your composition and sound design.

Here is a quick video demonstrating some of the basics when it comes to using automation envelopes in Ableton Live’s Arrangement View.

How To Change The Feel Of A Beat With Triplets

In this video tutorial, I show you the basics of how triplets can affect 4/4 beat. Dabrye’s track “Hyped-Up Plus Tax” is used for our example.

In this video I will be using Dabrye’s song “Hyped-Up Plus Tax” as a reference point to showing how powerful changing even just a couple notes to triplets in a 4/4 beat can help change the entire feel of it.

I chopped the original melody by warping it, and matching it to the metronome. After that, it was a matter of figuring out the drum pattern of the beat.

How To Get That Crazy Electro House Bass Sound

Bigger is better when it comes to Electro House bass sounds. Learn to how to program one from scratch in Ableton Live with this tutorial.

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You know…the one that sounds like an elephant with auto-tune is charging after you.

Electro house bass sounds consist of stacks of synthesizers. They’re big and they will hit you right in the gut. Oh, and did I mention they’re really fun to program?

For this tutorial we’ll be using Ableton Live’s Instrument Rack (for stacking our synths), some creative automation and some sidechain compression.

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