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

There are other “Top 5 Free VST Plugin” lists out there, but this one is dedicated to electronic music production, more specifically, in Ableton Live. 1. Synth1 Modeled after the Nord Lead 2, this synthesizer is the best free soft synth around. A perfect free alternative for someone who can’t afford some of the extra synths for Ableton Live. Features: 2 Oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, sync, modulation envelope. 4 types of filters, distortion. 2 LFOs (synchronized with host). Arpeggiator

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How To Go Lo-Fi With Ableton Live (Part 2)

Compression and creative EQ will be the topics of part two on our series about getting Lo-Fi with Ableton Live. Let’s grab our garbled sounds and continue on, shall we? Creative Compression A compressor is simply an automatic volume control. Depending on the settings, putting a compressor onto a track can bring all sounds up to equal volume. Here is a quick example: Uncompressed Audio You can hear a small amount of tape hiss in the background. Now watch what

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How To Go Lo-Fi With Ableton Live (Part 1)

We could all use a little more lo-fi dirt in our Ableton productions, right? Sure, it all depends on what you’re going for. Some genres of electronic music work perfectly with their uber polished tracks. There are times you feel like you can see them sparkling from a mile away. However, imagine taking artists like – Flying Lotus, The RZA, or even Crystal Castles – and removing all of the dirt and grime. Their recordings wouldn’t have the same charm

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Learning Drum Synthesis With Ableton’s Operator

Creating drum sounds from scratch can not only be gratifying, but can help to teach the fundamentals of synthesis. With heavy emphasis on ADSR, waveform selection and filtering, here are 3 drum sounds you can re create with Ableton’s Operator Synth. The Kick Drum Programming The Sequence Before we start tweaking knobs on Operator, lets program a simple 1 bar kick pattern. Enter session view and double click the first open clip slot on a MIDI track. Locate the piano

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Arrangement Tips For Ableton Live

Arrangement is one of the most important (and often overlooked) aspects of creating music. It is literally the framework that holds a song together, and without a solid framework, the structure can easily give way. For this tutorial I am going to be referencing most basic forms of dance music. Songs that have a 4/4 beat, and are usually built around 1, 2 and 4 bar loops. By grasping the concepts discussed in this tutorial, arranging songs in Ableton Live

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How To DJ In Ableton Live – Setting Up And Preparing Songs

Here is Part 1 of a series on how to DJ in Ableton Live. This tutorial goes over setting up Ableton’s Cue settings, finding the key and BPM of songs, and how to warp songs. And here are the links to DJ friendly Audio Interface I promised in the video: TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio InterfaceNumark DJ I|O Here is a link to Part 2: How To DJ In Ableton Live Part 2: Clips, Effects And

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5 Essential DJ Effects In Ableton Live

Huge filter sweeps, stuttering beat hiccups and low end drops. Used tastefully, DJ effects can provide improvisational wonders for the dance floor. Ableton Live comes with plenty of effects devices. Here are 5 of my favorites that can turn a dull DJ set into a real time performance with different results every time. The Limiter Ableton’s Limiter is simple in design making it very easy to use. Why DJs Love It – Slap this on your master track to prevent

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Ableton Live’s Analog: A Synthesizer Tutorial

Ableton’s Analog synthesizer (introduced in version 7) is an attempt to recreate the vintage sounds of yesterday. Featuring 2 alias free oscillators, 4 Waveforms (sine, sawtooth, rectangle and white noise), two independent multi band filters, 2 syncable LFOs, and a range of other features, Analog easily stands up next to its hardware counterparts. The Basics Of Synthesis Every analog synthesizer generates its sounds from an oscillator, the most basic type being a sine wave. These are generated by an electronic

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How To Fatten Up Drum Loops In Ableton Live

Some stock drum breaks and loops can sound a little thin. Recordings in the 60’s and 70’s may not have that punch in the low end you’re looking for, especially in hip-hop music. In this tutorial we’re going to use Ableton to take a simple one bar drum break and layer a kick underneath to fatten it up. The Samples The Drum Loop For this tutorial I am going to grab a 90BPM 2 bar drum loop, and cut it

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