This week we’ll be starting our step-by-step guides for breaking down famous songs from history. We’re extremely excited to start with this instant hit – Blue Monday by New Order. Blue Monday is the best-selling 12″ single of all time so we figured it would be a good song to start this series with. For this and likely all future constructions we will be using Ableton Live 10 Suite. If you do not have Ableton Live or the same version, do your best to follow along. Drums Blue Monday’s drums are really quite simple, they follow four main drum patterns with the same break inserted multiple times throughout the song. Fortunately for us, they were also sequenced on a drum machine which makes recreating them a breeze. Find your DAW’s version of the Oberheim DMX and place it on your drum track, then get started on the patterns below. The …Read More
BIP – Bounce In Place Max4Live Device Valiumdupeuple recently released a device called BIP or Bounce In Place, a Max4Live Device that does exactly what it is titled. The device will bounce your audio or MIDI clips post fx in one simple click. It looks like the device has simply automated the process of resampling as it functions by soloing then creating a new track below the highlighted ones, arming it, switching the input to resample, activating the recording, stop the recording, then disarm and unsolo the tracks. It happens in under a second which makes it a realistic alternative to simply creating a shortcut for freezing and flattening tracks, which doesn’t give you a copy of the track like BIP does anyway. Here’s what the developer said, Everyone’s waiting for a “bounce in place” feature in Ableton Live since ages. Well, if you have M4L, here’s the one-click-only solution device, with easy Push implementation. Place the device …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
LFO Tool Presets for Ableton Shaper To celebrate Ableton Live 10 release we’re giving away a free pack of presets for the new Shaper Max for Live devices included in Ableton Suite. The Shaper tool is a smart LFO that allows you to draw custom waveshapes to modulate anything. Simply click the map button and then hit any knob, fader or button you want in Ableton. You can even map it to plugins. This device reminded us the wonderful LFO Tool plugin from Xfer Records (makers of Serum). The first thing we did is recreated all the presets that are included with the LFO tool to use inside the Shaper. This will give you tons of Side Chain curves, modulation patterns and other experimental shapes to play around with. Try to map it to volume, filter cutoff, pitch, wavetable position, pan or anything else you can …Read More
Max for Cats just released their newest soft-synth and it is jam-packed with some powerful features. The system includes an individual synth module, "the Quad" which is 4 of the synths stacked into one instrument, and the SEQ8 step sequencer.Read More
Touch of Vintage – Melt Factor Free Ableton Effect Rack AfroDJMac has released a free effect rack for Ableton that can add warmth and vintage vibes to any track you add it to. It is part of a larger Pack that includes 40 instrument racks filled with nostalgic charm. Check out the video below for an in-depth look at the Pack with the creator himself. I added the rack to a Wurli track I have in one of my songs and it instantly brought the instrument to life. You can download the Melt Factor rack here for free.Read More
This week we took a look at a FREE plugin by Socalabs called 'PAPU' which emulates the Game Boy Sound System (or GBS) found in the OG Nintendo Gameboy.
The synth has 2 square-wave oscillators that each can be modulated by Attack and Release, Tune and Finetune, and Pulse Width knobs. The first oscillator offers a pitchshift knob which you modulate by negative or positive milliseconds. A Noise Oscillator is available with A/R knobs, and includes a Shift, Steps button (7 or 15 steps) and Ratio knob to adjust the timbre of the oscillator. All three oscillators have stereo outputs that can be individually switched on and off which allows for some interesting sound design, you could use any combination of. The sounds are absolutely reminiscent of old Nintendo so we thought it would be fun to show you how to achieve a chiptune sound to really spark those memories.