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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 …

FREE M4L Synth Drums

If you are an Ableton Live user and you are looking for some vintage drum sounds that you can modify to your taste, you will be happy to see the free plugins we are showing you below.  They can be downloaded from the Max for Live library as very light .amxd files, and be immediately …

Create lush House pads in Ableton Live

Making Pads in Ableton for House House pads come in a lot of variations or flavours, here we show you how to cook up your own in Ableton so you always can create a unique pad, exactly suited to what’s needed in your tracks. Create lush pads from beginner to advanced with step by step …

Top 5 hidden Ableton Live secrets

Ableton Live has a lot of features and some of them are hidden or known to only a very few people. Here are five features you might not know about which will speed up your workflow and power-up your music creation.   The hidden rack hierarchy view To navigate complex racks there is a hidden …

Beginners Mixing Tips – Part I

If you have started mixing recently and you need new tips and ideas to improve how your music sounds and your workflow when mixing, this is the place for you to be!   Right or Wrong?   As in almost any discipline, one of the best ways to learn mixing music is to follow those …