MIDI Tricks #2 – Custom Arpeggiator

MIDI Tricks #2 – Custom Arpeggiator   What does it mean to Arpeggiate? Arpeggio is when you breakdown a chord to it’s individual notes and play them separately in a sequence. Here is an example using a C Major7th chord. Chord as a Block     Arpeggiated chord broken down to the individual notes playing 1/16 notes.     We can of course play arpeggiate in any sequence we want and even take notes out or add more notes. In this example we’re playing the notes of the chords in a downward motion and taking out the last note(C3).   Ableton Live comes with it’s own Arpeggiator MIDI effect. Which can arpeggiate a chord automatically so we only need to hold the notes of the chord when playing or simply draw a sustain chord when editing a MIDI clip. We can choose the speed using the rate and change the …

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Touchable 3 Celebrates 5 Years! Still the Best iOS App for Ableton

Touchable 3 Celebrates 5 Years! Still the Best iOS App for Ableton Touchable, already a well established IOS App controller, just put a massive sale on Touchable 3 in celebration of their five year anniversary. Touchable 3 provides an incredibly handy controller system which almost entirely integrates Ableton onto an iPad or iPhone, and allows you to put the program into your hands. Allowing easy switches from a grid controller to a midi clip editor to a mixing screen. The newest feature, and possibly the most noteworthy, is the hardware feature allowing you to directly plug in your iPad or iPhone, opening up the possibilities for live performance. Other notable improvements include custom template design allowing you to create the most user friendly layout for yourself. You are also able to add a Live Device Template rack as an in app purchase to control all of Live’s instruments, at the tip of your fingers (seen above.) Touchable …

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Melodics – Guitar Hero for Finger Drummers

Melodics – Guitar Hero for Finger Drummers Melodics is an educational based app that is geared to improve, refine, and maintain your drum pad skills. You’ll notice right off the bat that Melodics is designed very similar to that old Guitar Hero game, which you wished made you better at something besides… well… Guitar Hero. The founders of Melodics very well may have seen a greater function for the layout and utilized it into a fast paced, user friendly app that allows you to excel with a drum pad. You’ll notice that when you start playing around with Melodics, you’re really just playing around. It’s designed to be fun. You start with practicing kicks, then move on to snares. You combine the two. Throw in high hats and all of the sudden, before you are even done with the first level you are playing a somewhat challenging beat. The cool …

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MIDI Tricks #1 – Scaled Clips (Free Ableton Template)

MIDI Tricks #1 – Scaled Clips (Free Ableton Template)   The Fold button in Live’s MIDI editor can be used as a reference guide to show notes from a scale. This can help us come up with strong melodies, basslines, chords, and arpeggiators with minimal music theory knowledge. It’s simply a quick technique to make sure you’re in scale. Which notes should I play? First create a MIDI clip. Then draw all the notes of the scale you want to play in. All of them should be placed on the same time in the grid. In the image below I drew the notes of C Minor.   If you are not sure which notes fit in each scale check out this cool CHEAT SHEET. Next, select all the notes (CMD/CNTRL+A), duplicate them (CMD/CNTRL+D) and then bring them an octave higher (Shift+Up arrow). Do the same for an octave below so you’ll end up with three octaves. …

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Track Numbers – Big Project Management Made Easy (Free Download)

Track Numbers – Big Project Management Made Easy   Tired of looking at large menus searching for the right track? Every time we want to use Sidechain or simply route a track to a different track we need to click the drop down menu and search for the right one. Depends on the size of your project, This can be annoying. You can make everything so much easier and faster by using Track Numbers.   Track Numbers is a free MaxforLive device that will automatically add number all the tracks in your project. Yes, even if you have 200 tracks. This is not just any kind of numbering, this is dynamic numbering. What I mean by dynamic numbering is when this device automatically adds the # symbol before each track’s name. In Ableton Live, if you rename a track with the # symbol, it will number that track in its numerical order. …

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Power of Power: Electronic music turning lights on for secondary school in Udaipur, India

Power of Power: Electronic music turning lights on for secondary school in Udaipur, India   One of the majestic things about computer music is that it levels the playing field for musicians. Anyone with electricity, a laptop, software, and decent headphones can be a producer, no matter who you are or what corner of the world you come from. As music educators in Los Angeles, basic things like electricity or wifi are easy to take for granted. We’ve grown accustomed to and expecting of these technologies. The sad reality for classrooms in many parts of the world, though, is little or no access to bare necessities like electricity. Imagine, a classroom without electricity. The possibilities realized through electricity are innumerable, the possibilities lost in its absence are unfathomable. So what we have our eyes and ears on right now is the Power of Power campaign which is using electronic music to literally turn the lights on at a …

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9 Ableton Live Fundamentals I Wish They Told Me Before I Started

9 Ableton Live Fundamentals I Wish They Told Me Before I Started   We all start from the beginning when first using Ableton Live, and for the majority of us who start out alone, you may run into a few snags right from the start. Unaware of a few fundamental concepts and workflow techniques may prevent you from working efficiently, and may even cause problems in the future. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you going in the right direction with Ableton Live so you can avoid some of my struggles:   1. Ableton Standard vs. Suite You can choose between two versions of Ableton Live; Standard and Suite. In the Ableton Live Standard version, you will get fewer Instruments and Audio Effects as well as a smaller sound library. The biggest difference between the two is Max for Live (which comes with Ableton Live Suite). Max for Live is …

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Album: Women’s DJ/Producer Ableton Live Workshop in collaboration with Athena Collective

Album: Women’s DJ/Producer Ableton Live Workshop in collaboration with Athena Collective   Last night’s Ableton Live workshop for women DJ/Producers was a smashing success. We were over-capacity in our small classroom. 22 women from around LA, some coming as far as Long Beach and Orange County, came together to learn, collaborate, and inspire each other. There are not enough women in music production. Unfortunately, this lacking is seen across many technical fields like computer music- engineering, programming, the sciences. We hope that providing these workshops to women in the music industry will help grow and strengthen their community. To hear about upcoming workshops at Beat Lab Academy, sign up here. To join the Athena Collective, a community of women in music, go here.

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