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MIDI Tricks #3 – Grid Letters (Free Download)

MIDI Tricks #3 – Grid Letters (Free Download)   Continuing our MIDI Tricks segment, this time we got something very special for PUSH (1 & 2) users. This week in MIDI tricks we’re giving you a template that includes MIDI clips for each letter of the ABCs. All you have to do is to switch to user mode and Launch a clip. You will see the letter of the clip displayed on your grid.   Using Live’s Session View you can then start launching clips by order or even using the Follow Actions to automatically jump between any letter. You can also arrange any letter clips you want in the arrangment to construct words and sentences.   You also get a custom MIDI Effect Rack to help you control the colors, flickering speed and LED order. Installation To use it efficiently create a folder on your computer and call it Templates. Then …

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Live 9.5 Complete Overview, New Features & PUSH 2

Live 9.5 Complete Overview, New Features & PUSH 2 In the last big update Ableton gave us Delay Compensation, better warping, Max 7, Push 64 Pad Mode and the Tuner Effect. Ableton announced this weekend during the Loop event on three major updates: Live 9.5, Push 2 and Ableton Link. It is great to see such a massive and important update for their products without skipping to version 10. That means that all the software updates are free for existing users! Even PUSH users get discounts for PUSH 2. The new PUSH, Analog Filters, redesigned Simpler and the upcoming Ableton Link all feel like the natural next step in the evolution of Ableton with many feature requests answered. Live 9.5 This is a free update for all Live users. It offers multiple new features and upgrades like a really slick Auto-Coloring and smoother waveform display. You can download the new version from your …

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Make Your Own Horror Sounds!

Make Your Own Horror Sounds! In spirit of Halloween, we’d like to share some audio techniques that can get you some brutally gory sounds. Get some tips on making gnarly bone crushing noises, to creepy ambient sounds as well. Do this all from the comfort of your home with a few vegetables and a mic. See what you can make and how… horrific you can get! Check out the link below from www.asoundeffect.com!   CLICK HERE TO LEARN TO MAKE HORROR SOUNDS

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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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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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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 a few less 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 …

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