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Work Smarter and Faster – How to Use Speed in Your Workflow and Get Organized

Work Smarter and Faster – How to Use Speed in Your Workflow and Get Organized We all have that one track that we’ve spent what feels like a lifetime on. It’s that piece that we work at consistently but can never seem to get it totally finished. Often times the reason is simple – we’ve probably just heard it too many times. Speed is the best way to conquer this type of hurdle but being faster isn’t always a straightforward and easy thing to do. One thing I’m sure that will help anybody pursuing a career in music (and really any career for that matter) is incredibly basic and usually underutilized – Organization. Read below to get some great tips on how to organize your projects and workflow a little bit better. By following this checklist and organizing yourself you’ll be sure to see some improvement in the speed at which …

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5 Velocity Techniques + Velocity MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

5 Velocity Techniques + Velocity 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 Velocity MIDI effect can change incoming MIDI notes velocity in all sorts of ways. Set velocity to full with ease, randomize velocity, change your MIDI controller sensitivity or even practice hitting your drum pads hard enough. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Full Velocity Put mode to Fixed. Change Out Hi to desired output Velocity Randomize Velocity Turn up the Random knob (Up to 64 randomization) Change MIDI Control Sensitivity Adjust Drive and Compand to your liking Velocity Build Put Mode to Fixed, automated Out Hi Practice Hitting the Pads Hard Enough Put Mode to Gate, Set Lowest to desired level of difficultly. Great …

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Beat Lab Instant Sampler (Free Download)

Beat Lab Instant Sampler We’ve got a very special gift for you today. An instant sampler!!!!! This thing is so much fun, simply set up your mic (or built-in mic) record, and start playing! it’s that simple. Check out the video for an in-depth tutorial about all the features and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to grab your free copy.   Requirements Ableton Suite 10 Installation Copy to User Library/Presets/Instruments/Max Instruments Setup   Input – Setup the incoming channel to your mic or built-in mic Threshold – Sets the volume threshold for the input audio start/end detection. After a recording is finished, the beginning and end points of the recorded sample will be cropped to the first recorded sample that crosses above the set input volume threshold. This threshold also applies to any dropped samples! G – When enabled, recording starts when input signal crosses a …

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5 Investments That Will Improve Your Live Show

5 Investments That Will Improve Your Live Show Lots of musicians out there are perfectly happy working in the studio and presenting their work in a recorded format, but there are just as many musicians who have the urge to perform their music for live audiences. Part of performing music is playing the actual music, but there is so much more that goes into a show that will enhance the experience for your audience. It is important to remember that your live show should be that – an experience. How you present your music will be surrounded by context, the context of not just what is heard but what is seen. The experience begins before you step foot on stage and continues after you’ve performed your last piece. We have some ways for you to improve the experience of your live show for yourself and audience members. Stage Design Stage design is a …

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2 Exotic Scales + Scale MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

2 Exotic Scales + Scale 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 Scale MIDI effect can remove incoming MIDI notes or correct notes out of key to the right notes. It can be very powerful for coming up with bass lines, chords and melodies that all play nicely in key. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Japanese Scale Based on a Pentatonic structure (5 notes) this magical scale works amazing on harps. Chinese Scale Also based on the Pentatonic. This time it’s a basic Major Pentatonic scale based on B. Scale Cheat Sheet We made a cheat sheet for you to quickly reference all the functions of the Scale MIDI effect. More Tips? Have more tips and …

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All About Side Chain Tutorials

All About Side Chain Tutorials Check out our founder Yeuda Ben-Atar in this series of Tutorials demonstrating how to use Side Chain with Ableton Live’s built-in effects.    

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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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