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3 Techniques + Random MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

3 Techniques + Random MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet We continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Random MIDI effect can randomized incoming MIDI notes. In combination with other MIDI effects you can get many different useful functions. Let’s check out a few of them. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Fill Maker A post shared by Beat Lab (@beatlabacademy) on Jul 25, 2017 at 6:25pm PDT 1 Note Drum Beat A post shared by Beat Lab (@beatlabacademy) on Sep 29, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT 1 Button Chord Progression A post shared by Beat Lab (@beatlabacademy) on Mar 26, 2018 at 2:12pm PDT Random Cheat Sheet We made a cheat sheet for you to quickly reference all the functions of the Random MIDI …

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Autotune for Ableton Live (Free Download)

Autotune for Ableton Live We’ve modded Cycling 74 Autotuna which is included in Max 7 Pitch and Time Machine pack. Now you can easily select which scale you want to pitch correct. Update! 1.1!   Aaron Levitz kindly upgraded the device to now include all the Mods!! Download below *Please note that you need to have Max4Live in order to utilize this device, which only comes with Live Suite. Installation 1. Download 2. Copy to your user Library/Presets/Audio Effects/Max Audio Effects Free Download The Beat Lab Academy Blog has a huge amount of free downloads and a way for you to learn how to use them. Click here to check out our course catalog for Super Producers and DJ’s.

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R&B Lead Harmonizer Trick + Pitch MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

R&B Lead Harmonizer Trick + Pitch MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet We continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Pitch MIDI effect is the most simple effect in Ableton Live that let you traspose your keyboard or block MIDI notes from going to the instruments. Check out the video below for a cool trick with the Pitch and Scale MIDI effect. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. R&B Lead Harmonizer Pitch Cheat Sheet We made a cheat sheet for you to quickly reference all the functions of the Pitch MIDI effect. More Tips? Have more tips and secret ways you are using Ableton’s Pitch? We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to hit us up here on the website or on …

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2 Techniques + Ableton’s Note Length MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

2 Techniques + Ableton’s Note Length MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download) We continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Length MIDI effect is a simple and often overlooked but you can create some interesting functions with it let check out 3 of them. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Fingers off Keyboard Noise Sound   Group an instrument into a Rack Layer with any clicking sound Load the Note Length on the clicking sound chain and set it to trigger by Note off 2nd Hat Swing   1. Layer two hats on one pad of a Drum Rack (Drag one sample and then drag another on the same pad while holding CMD) 2. Drop the Note Length on one of the …

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5 Advanced Chords + Ableton’s Chord MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

Ableton’s Chord MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet   We continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The chord MIDI effect is a simple yet powerful effect especially if you are looking to play complex chords with only one not. Combining the chord effect with other MIDI effect can result in extremely useful tools like melody generators, complex arpeggios and automatic drum fill makers. Here are 5 different chord formulas for you to test out. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Major 9th – Smooth and Lush Major 7th Add 2/6 – Gospel Fullness Minor 9th – Dark and Soulful Minor 11th – Urban Jazz Minor 11th Open Voicing – 5th Stack Chord Cheat Sheet We made a cheat sheet for you to quickly reference …

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Set Up for Success – 3 Steps for a Simple Mixdown

Set Up for Success – 3 Steps for a Simple Mixdown Music producers (especially those of us just starting out) often see mixing as one of the most frustrating aspects of finishing their next track. The mix of a song can be responsible for making it a hit or leaving it lifeless. There are certain methods which are key to perfecting this craft so here are some factors that you need to keep in mind while working on your music: 1: Knowing What To Listen For If you’re anything like me, when you first started producing you probably had extreme narrow EQ boosts, tons of sub information from multiple instruments bleeding together, and sharp high end on a few of your instruments that “weren’t coming through the mix”. Honestly, that’s great. Why? It means you were making music and that’s goal for getting better at listening. It’s just practice. The more …

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Harmonize It! – 6 Tips for Recording Better Background Vocals

Harmonize It! – 6 Tips for Recording Better Background Vocals If you’re making music with vocals and want to spruce it up a bit a good place to start is by adding background vocals. Background vocals can play the supporting role, be used for call and response, beef up a chorus, or simply add harmony to choice parts of a song. No matter how you use your background vocals, there are many different ways to actually record them and each method will warrant specific results. 1. Layering Tracks The most common technique (and simplest) is using the same microphone your lead just used, then layering the tracks, this technique is especially useful if you are limited to one microphone. Even if you only have one microphone that doesn’t mean you have to have the same exact sound as your lead, if you have more than one option for preamps/compressors/EQs (hardware or …

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Getting in the Groove – 6 Tips for Programming Realistic Drums

It's a great time to be a music producer. You can produce full songs with nothing more than your laptop and a DAW. While getting good drum sounds is easier than ever with more and more options expanding beyond the limitations of old drum machines, even with good drum sounds your tracks may feel like they are missing something. That something is often the groove, with your rhythm locked in so tight to the grid that your drum programming feels programmed as opposed to feeling played in by a real human being. We've got some tips below to help you spruce up your drum programming even if you aren't a good drummer yourself.

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