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.
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.
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.
The 4-to-the-floor pumping effect usually achieved with sidechain compression has become a ubiquitous element of modern music production. In this video, we explore a quick technique to achieve a similar effect using Ableton’s versatile Autopan device.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.