Finishing your songs is not easy, especially when it comes to final mix decisions prior to mastering. These decisions can make your track shine or totally fall apart. So how do you finish your mix with confidence and get the results you want all in a reasonable timeframe? Read on for some helpful tips.
Learn what the Predelay time does on a reverb device while creating a cool clap effect!
This is an Ableton Live course where you will learn about sound design, synthesis, sampling and advanced mixing techniques to further refine and develop your productions. Students will apply the ideas and techniques learned throughout the class with hands on examples that reflect different parts of the music production process. This course is a great sequel to my 101 course and also good for someone looking for more advanced Ableton knowledge.
Time & Location:
Saturday, October 26th 12-5pm
Golden Gate Park – Hellman Hollow (formally Speedway Meadows)
A Day in the Park is an event for music producers, performers and enthusiasts to gather and meet each other while hanging out in beautiful Golden Gate Park! We’re too often separated by our busy lives – what better way to reconnect than through our shared love for music.
Let’s hang out, get some sunshine and strengthen our music community here in the SF Bay Area! Come share ideas, tips, tricks, knowledge, frustrations, successes and a general shared interest for music on any level.
There will be a small sound system setup for people to play a song or do a very short (5-10min) performance. Play from any source you want – there will be various audio connections to the system but please bring your own equipment. This is not a show but rather an opportunity to share something you are working on with your community and meet people doing similar things.
Reverbs with decay times under 1 second can be good for giving certain drum sounds a sense of space and make them a little bit bigger in your mix. Note that decay times under 1 second are measured in milliseconds. Try adding a little bit to your percussion sounds, toms and/or bongos in your next mix. I am using this reverb on a return track and sending to it so the wet/dry value is at 100%. If you are directly inserting the reverb on the track you will want to dial the wet/dry back to about 10-20% or to taste.
Did you know you can change the default preset for each device? This is extremely helpful if you use a certain device preset a lot but find yourself modifying it in the same way every time. Continue reading
Here are some photos from the September Ableton User Group I organize here in San Francisco. In this meeting we checked out the new Live 9.1 features for Push and learned some helpful tips for creating and using racks. Then we split into small groups to practice what we learned. Many members showed each other different racks that they had created or are working with. Several shirts and an Ableton laptop bag were raffled off all while eating some pizza! Pretty awesome meeting!
How to Create a Morphing Instrument in Ableton
Instrument racks are one of Ableton’s most powerful tools. Racks allow you to stack instruments together to create a more complex and efficient instrument. In this tutorial I will walk you through how to use the chain selector and device chains to create an instrument that morphs from one sound into another.
Sound Design Workshop
Learn sound design from a full-time professional. Get a close look into the real-world workflow of sound design in Ableton Live! You will see the step by step process for synching sound to video, focusing on a 1 minutes commercial for Specialized Bicycles that relies heavily on the sound design.
How to Check the Low End in Your Mix
Getting the low end right in the mix can be really tricky and frustrating. Here is one method I call the, “See and Feel Technique” which will help you figure out what’s going on in the low end through temporary filtering and visual displays. The reason I call this the see and feel technique is that you will be masking the high frequencies so your attention is focused on listening to and feeling the low end while also using visual frequency displays.