In this parasitical training course you will learn how to create modern electronic dance floor music using Ableton Live. In this practical training course you will learn how to use tools you have already for electronic music production. Electronic music got it’s secrets and we need to learn more and use other people experience in order to be more flexible and make music we like. In this course I will not show you how to copy and past or save files in Ableton Live, but I will show you the creative process and how we can use default software tools and 3rd party plugins in order to make unique music we want.
I would like to refer to some of my favorite virtual instruments such as Arturia Virtual Collection V3, Native Instruments and my personal samples. Arturia V3 include several well known analog synths from past – Moog Modular, Mini Moog, etc. It’s almost impossible to discover all possibilities of Moog, so many variations could be created using this instrument, which is good for any electronic music production. In Native Instruments, I like to talk about Reaktor 5. Many individual synths included in Reaktor 5 bundle, almost every synth inside Reaktor 5 trigger cool idea in your head. I would also recommend Alchemy from Camel Audio. This synth will bring any music on different level.
If it’s not enough, you can always use Ableton Live instruments or rewire Logic Pro and record Logic default instruments with Ableton Live using Sound Flower.
For production effects I love to use almost all default Ableton Live effects and Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5. Compressors from Crysonic and Elysia. Other dynamic effects & EQ from Flux and Fab Filters.
Using instruments to create bits and samples
Like no other DAW Ableton Live has 2 ways to create music. Grid and arrangement windows. Every other professional DAW will provide only arrangement view and you have to guess and copy past loops. It is more convenient to use Ableton Live for creative purpose.
This is just amassing function, this function could be found in other DAW like Logic Pro. However since we using Ableton Live, I would love to show you few very nice features which changed the way I look into music production now.
Recording from instrument to audio
Very simple and effective way to transform virtual instrument into audio file and continue editing
Working with effects could little tricky. I like to use minimum amount of reverbs and delays. I also like to use dynamic effects for almost every track inside my arrangement. In the end, Mastering effects may harm reverbs and delays and create unwanted sound. Right amount of effects should be added.
Arranging the track
Track arraignment could not be easier with Ableton Live. Jut hit record and start improvise with created loops, than go to arraignment view and continue working.
Bouncing mixdown track
I want to give you some effective tips which I’ve learn during production. What you need to do before bouncing the mixdown.
Mastering is most important final part of music production. Usually producers sending Mixdown version to Mastering house, however many people master there music in house. It takes time to learn mastering and consider your own music, like you trying to master music from other people. This is the only way to make good master out of your own track. I will show you what and how I use mastering plugins or mastering my own music.