Differences Between Hardware And Software

Musical horses for courses If technology has done one thing for us, it’s to bring previously unattainable potential to the masses. Now, armed with just a laptop and an audio interface, you can produce music on a scale that was simply not possible in years gone by. At least not without some serious budget. Actually,… Read More

Live-looping With Ableton & MIDI

Using Ableton’s Looper Device As A Performance Tool Many players now are exploring with the possibilities offered by looping. Even popstars like Ed Sheeran and KT Tunstall are using loops as the centre-piece of their sound. For guitar players particularly, looping tends to come in the shape of a dedicated foot pedal. But what’s interesting for… Read More

Great Tools For Live Electronic Music Performance

Live electronic music performance is no longer a case of just hitting ‘play’ – here are some great tools to help… Once upon a time, performing electronic music live was something of a task. Actually keeping a ‘live’ element was the main task, as was ensuring it wasn’t much more than Karaoke. The other problem… Read More

How Do Drum Racks Work In Ableton?

There are some powerful tools available in its arsenal, but how do Drum Racks work in Ableton? The tools now available in Ableton Live’s virtual ‘rack’ are pretty astonishing. From synths to effects, to, well, you name it- it’s all here and can be automated and controlled. The Drum Rack is a hugely flexible and… Read More

What Is Mastering?

It’s one of the most mysterious aspects of the music production process – so what is mastering? When producing a record, there are often several stages to the process. Firstly, there’s the ‘demo’ stage, where songs or tracks are sketched out, arranged and recorded to a high, but not ‘highest’ quality. Next, there is recording… Read More

What Is Panning?

Once a technique for sifting gold from river dirt, now a standard feature of mixers and DAWS – but what is panning? As a beginner, when you look at a mixing desk, either within your DAW or a hardware mixer, it can be rather intimidating. Aside from all of the controls, there’s the terminology to… Read More

Review: Four Great Ableton Controllers

The number of dedicated Ableton controllers is growing steadily – here are four of the best… It seems that there are more dedicated Ableton controllers than for any other DAW, these days. But, given its live performance credentials, it stands to reason that users would need ways to exploit it. With such a variety of… Read More

How Would You Use Envelopes in Ableton?

The clip envelopes in Ableton contain great power – here’s how to use them… Live’s unique interface is loaded with flexible tools. The session view allows for live construction of tracks unlike any other DAW, providing electronic musicians with the ability to jam and perform with their music. The clip envelopes are one of the… Read More

What Are Scenes In Ableton?

Mastering scenes in Ableton is the key to great live performances and improvised jams… When Ableton Live was launched, it was, as the name suggests, aimed at live performance of electronic music. The key to this was the session view. In this, each ‘channel’ had a series of clips slots, in which audio files could… Read More

What Are Warp Markers For In Ableton?

They may sound like intergalactic road signs, but Ableton’s Warp Markers are the key to bending and moulding audio at will, muhahahaha!!! Once upon a time, recording was done on magnetic tape. Though its unique, warm sound was very desirable, it presented a few problems when in use. Once recorded to tape, there really wasn’t… Read More