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Mastering Compression (Robert Babicz’s Tips)

In this article we are going to have a look at the role of compression in the process of mastering. We will do so from the perspective of well-known and experienced mastering engineer Robert Babicz, and will discover why and how he uses it. In order to learn more about this and other aspects on …

Creating Disco and Funk style claps

Disco or funk claps are a distinctive sound of a group of people in a studio. Think of the intro to Car Wash by Rose Royce and you’ll know that it’s a great dance floor motivator, a human percussive sound which is very different to the tight drum machine claps of house. Here’s how to …

Create a 909 Dark Techno Pattern

Today we are going to be creating a very dark rhythm pattern with the standard drum rack 909 Core Kit. You will be able to just edit it step by step following the indications after loading the kit in a current version of Ableton Live, without the need to look for other specific samples.   …

What is a LFO and how to use it

Do you recognize this vibrato? This effect has been created by an LFO and in this article you will see how. We will explain what a LFO is and will give you examples of how to use it with different synthesizers so you can eventually make it work in any.    What is a LFO? …

Tuning your kick (Hannes Bieger’s tips)

We have heard many times that it is important to fine-tune the percussive elements in our compositions. This is especially important for the “kick or “bass drum” when we want to produce styles such as house or techno, or any other electronic genre in which these elements have a lot of relevance. We will explain …

Analog Lead synths with Ableton’s Operator

Analog lead-synth sounds have an organic evocative and expressive quality which makes them great for creating emotive riffs. Here’s how to make an analog-style flute-synth lead in Ableton’s Operator! Here’s the sound we are going to make. The sound of an analog synth There are several key components to the sound of an analogue synth …

MS20 style bass in Ableton’s Wavetable

The MS20 makes excellent raw and dirty sounds including a unique rich analogue bass patch. Ableton’s Wavetable may not seem like the immediately obvious synth to recreate this fat sound but it’s actually perfect for it. So lets make one now. This is the sound we will be making and for fun I’ve made a …

Top 5 mixing myths to avoid

Myth 1: Always cut EQ not boost The Myth: “boosting EQ adds noise” and  “boosts with digital EQs sound terrible” and also “boosting adds phase distortion”. Why it’s wrong: This was the top tip 20 years ago from internet experts, but cutting and boosting are functionally the same in terms of sound, phase, and noise.  …

Easy Ambient drones in Ableton Live

An ambient evolving drone is a unique sound which can become a whole track, it can be used as a “sound-bed” supporting minimalist rhythms , or it can simply be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. This is what we are going to be making. This sound is actually very simple, the source can …

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