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Making Music with MaxForLive

MaxForLive is a powerful tool that lets you expand the possibilities of Ableton Live. With literally 1000s of devices available getting started with MaxForLive can feel a little overwhelming. To help, I’ve started a new video series, ‘Making Music with MaxForLive’ that explores some of the best MaxForLive devices available and how you can use them in your music making.

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Using Chance And Randomness To Enhance Creativity

In this masterclass at dBs Music Bristol, I explore how you can use the built-in MIDI tools in Live, as well as some really cool MaxForLive devices to help you come up with ideas when you get stuck, or simply help you generate new ideas you might not have otherwise come across.

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What Is MaxForLive… And Why Aren’t You Using It Yet!?

What is MaxForLive? You might have heard about this incredible tool, but are you making use of its awesome powers in your music production? In this video, I explore exactly what MaxForLive is, why you should be using it and look at how easy it is to get set up and start using MaxForLive in your productions.

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Building A Track With Ableton Live 10.1

Ableton Live 10.1 has some fantastic new features to help you with your music making. I spent a bit of time with the new Live 10.1 Beta and got together with MusicTech magazine to build a track using some of the new features.

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How To Finish Music

Do you struggle to finish music? Finishing tracks seems to be a problem that many music makers (myself included) seem to have. To help with this, I’ve put together a video outlining some useful strategies you can use to finish more music.

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Create Drum Grooves With Live 10’s New Echo Device

Did you know you can use the noise section of Ableton Live 10’s Echo device to create interesting drum patterns by modulating the noise amount using another new device in Live 10, the Shaper? Learn how to use both of these tools to add unique percussive elements to your productions.

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Add Movement To Your Sound Design

The new MaxForLive modulation devices included with Ableton Live 10 Suite are incredibly powerful tools for unique and evolving sound design. Learn how to use them to add interesting movement to your sounds and keep your sound design interesting.

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Work Better With Samples Using iTunes

Working with samples is part and parcel of any modern music production workflow but often we collect so many samples that digging through them to find the right ones takes more time than actually making music. Learn how to use iTunes to streamline your sample organisation so you never break your creative flow.

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Create Unique Instruments From Found Sounds

Create Unique Instruments From Found Sounds

Having unique sound design in your productions is a great way to set yourself apart but sound design can be a daunting subject. Learn an easy technique to create unique instruments from found sound sources such as field recordings.

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A Simple Guide To Creating Your Own Drum Sounds

A Simple Guide To Creating Your Own Drum Sounds

Drum synthesis sounds like a complicated subject but it actually boils down to adjusting a few simple controls. In this short and simple guide you’ll learn how to easily make your own unique drum sounds in Ableton Live or whatever other DAW you might be using.

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Add Life To Your Production By Humanising YouR Midi

Humanization is a great way to add life to your programmed MIDI by adding subtle, semi-random variations to your velocity and timing. Learn a quick and easy process for humanizing your MIDI parts in Ableton Live to add natural feeling and groove to your music production.

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Get The Power Of Ableton Live Suite For Free

Ableton Live Suite provides a wealth of instruments and FX to make awesome music, but it comes at a bit of price. If your wallet is feeling a little worried about forking out all that cash then you can make use of the many free plugins available to get some of the power of Live Suite without breaking the bank.

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