Getting Started With Ableton Push 2

One controller to rule them all Ableton is best known for its DAW (digital audio workstation) juggernaut Live. Now in its ninth iteration, Live has become the centrepiece of studios, stages and bedroom setups the world over. It differs from other DAWs in that it is as much geared towards performance as it is towards… Read More

7 Game Changing Instruments

Let’s Push Things Forward Music, like all forms of art, must evolve in order to survive. Fortunately for us, the creative manufacturing industry continues to develop amazing products that will push music into the 22nd century. In this blog we’re going to look at 7 instruments that changed the game. Fender Telecaster Where else could… Read More

Five Obstacles You’ll Face With Your DAW

Know the pitfalls before you hit them As musicians and producers, we love the chance to record. Now, with all the super shiny amazing tech which is available to us, we have the opportunity to build entire studio setups at a cost which won’t make your eyes water. For less than it costs to buy… Read More

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