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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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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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Are You Obsessed With Kick Drums?

How much do you care about your kick drums? Do you spend hours going through samples or meticulously synthesising every drum hit? Or do you have a set of goto samples you load up without worrying too much about finding ‘that perfect kick’. Either way, you’ll want to check out the awesome Ultrakick M4L device.

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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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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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Making Analog Synth Presets

ANLG is a collection of analog-style Ableton Live presets inspired by artists such as Aphex Twin, Com Truise, Flying Lotus and Floating Points. Since releasing the pack I’ve had lots of interest and questions so I wrote a post to answer some of those questions and explain the decisions I made when making the pack.

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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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