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Basic Chord And Scale Theory Through Ableton Live

Learn to sequence any Major or Minor chords/scales with Ableton’s piano roll in minutes. In this video tutorial, I show how to program and manipulate notes allowing you to instantly write better melodies and chord progressions. Here are the formulas mentioned in the video: Major Chord Formula: 1, 4, 7 (these numbers represent half-step increments) Minor Chord Formula: 1, 3, 7 (these numbers represent half-step increments) Major Scale Formula: W-W-H-W-W-W-H (W = Whole Step, H = Half Step) Minor Scale

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Top 5 Ableton Partner Instruments We Are Most Excited About

Ableton have officially released 25 “Partner Instruments” and they are the furthest thing from disappointment. Here’s the scoop from the official Ableton website: Exquisite instruments—custom-made for Live by our favorite sound partners. These instruments look and behave just like our own, and many are exclusive to Ableton Live. All work with Suite 8, Live 8 or Live Intro. Here are a few (out of the 25) we are personally excited about: 1. Puremagnetik Retro Synths (EUR 59/USD 79) The best

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A Detailed Guide To Dummy Clips In Ableton Live

It’s common knowledge that Ableton Live’s famed non-linear approach to the songwriting process has changed the way music is made. Endless musicians have used the free-form arrangement techniques of Ableton’s Session View to spark inspiration. Ableton’s dummy clips take this even a step further. On a basic level, dummy clips are just plain ol’ audio or MIDI clips. The big difference is that they are not meant to play or sequence audio – instead – their envelope settings are used

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6 Tips To Optimize The Performance Of Ableton Live

It’s not like the old days. Making music on a computer has it’s own set of problems we have to deal with. Laggy Audio, CPU spikes, the list could go on forever. Usually these are a result of not getting the maximum performance out of Ableton Live. Here are some tips: 1. Enable Multicore Support Go under Options>Preferences, locate the CPU tab and make sure your “Multicore/Multiprocessor” tab is selected. This allows Live to distribute the CPU load amongst multiple

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Working With Strings In Ableton Live

A typical string section in an orchestra can consist of five different sections (violins, second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses). To make things even more complicated, there are three ways to play them (plucked, bowed and struck). Let’s go over some of these terms and how they can affect your string productions. String Theory As mentioned before strings come in all shapes in sizes. A list of stringed musical instruments could fill up plenty of pages, so we’re going

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chipPad For iPad: Live Glitchy Multi-Touch Loop Performance Goodness

earsmackmusic.com has just released a new app for the iPad called the chipPad. Here are the details: 8 stereo tracks AIF/WAV support up to 128 steps per track saves sessions and loads them quickly half/double speed 4 mute groups loop mode reverse per track volume faders per track mute & solo performance-oriented microfades optional track info display master volume fader multi-touch portrait or landscape practically zero latency built-in help and sample sessions made for musicians who create their own music

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How To Program A Detuned Pad With Ableton’s Analog

For this tutorial, I will be recreating a synthesizer pad from the song “Eutow” by Autechre. I will be only using instruments and plug ins within Ableton Live. Not only will this be showcase the power of Analog, but I hope it serves to teach a few things when it comes to programming synth sounds. Think of it as a “Synth Recipe”. Here is the original Autechre version: And here is the recipe: Start with the default settings of Ableton’s

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Elysia Releases Free Filter Plugin

Everyone one loves free stuff. Especially free stuff that is of high quality. Elysia’s new Niveau filter delivers on both fronts. Here’s the scoop: Get the niveau filter section of our famous mpressor plugin – it’s free! Add punch to muffled snares, reduce the harshness from active pickups, create some wonderful Dub and LoFi sounds… there are so many ways to benefit from this little tool. It’s fast, efficient, and most important: it sounds great! This filter is a specialist

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Vocal Processing Tricks In Ableton Live

Ableton Live has plenty of great tools included with it. Some might even say it’s the Swiss Army Knife of DAWs. Vocal processing within Live is yet another great by-product of all the creative freedoms this program has afforded the user. Let’s run through a couple. The Stretch Effect Ableton’s Warp feature does wonders for keeping songs in time, but with “Texture” mode turned on, it can make your vocals sound heavily stretched, synthetic and drawn out. Step 1.) Take

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