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Back To Basics Part 1: Getting Started And Using Push In Ableton Live
Ableton Live isn’t new anymore and it develops slowly (which keeps it stable and reliable), but there are new users jumping aboard the Ableton train all the time. Live’s most distinctive features are the Session View – where we jam and experiment – a
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1O TIPS For Looking After Your Studio
Studio gear and dust are the best of friends. Or that’s what you’d think if you saw their clingy relationship from the outside and the way that they seem to be drawn to one another. In reality, of course, they are the worst of enemies and you really
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Around The Back Of Summit
On top of the headphone-out jack, both sounds in a bi-timbral setup get their own sets of audio outputs for extra mixing flexibility. New audio inputs allow any audio to be routed through Summit’s effects and there’s a CV in for external signal modul
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BACK TO BASICS PART 2: BUILDING BEATS WITH PUSH & LIVE IN ABLETON LIVE
Even if you’re not focused on working with beats in a big way, the truth is that nearly any style of music will require some kind of drum part. The advantage of beginning with a rhythmical framework is that you don’t necessarily require any knowledge
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Mark Ralph
What magic potion is needed to transform a song into a chart topper in 2019? If anyone has the recipe, then it’s the brilliant producer, songwriter and musical alchemist Mark Ralph. From Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand to Tom Walker and Jax Jones via Cl
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Novation Summit-overview
This is the all-new part of Summit that lets you switch between two different sounds from two Peak engines, layer them or trigger them via a sequencer. Central to Summit in more ways than one, the oscillators kick things off in style from waveforms t
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Back To Basics Part 3: Working With Audio Beats In Ableton Live
We’re continuing our journey through the basics of Live. Last time we talked about programming MIDI drum beats, so now it seems like a good time to look at the flip side of that: taking a source audio beat and jazzing it up, before changing it into s
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Ableton Live Controllers
£599 Contact Ableton | ableton.com The de facto controller for Live – many pick up the Live/Push combo on day one of their musical mission. Push is available bundled with any of the three versions of Live. The truth is, you really need a clear reason
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TUL MICROPHONES G12 Retro
FROM $289 The journey to creating the G12 Retro Guitar Mic began with a request from Kevin Shirley, engineer to Iron Maiden and Joe Bonamassa, to build a microphone that simplified guitar-amp recording. Answering that request was studio musician and
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Back To Basics Part 4: Building A Bass Part In Ableton Live
We’re gathered here to have a little chat about why and how to add bass to our tunes – and when I say ‘bass’, I’m including bass guitar and bass synths – any source of low-end rhythmic/melodic instrument parts. Traditionally, bass can provide a count
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Automation And Editing In Ableton Live
If automation is new to you, it basically refers to the way that you can record the movements of controls – such as faders on a mixer, or the knobs on a synthesiser – and edit them and replay them afterwards. It has revolutionised production, enablin
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Do I Really Need This?
If you’re a guitarist who has spent a lot of time crafting a unique tone that relies on a specific amp, cab or speakers, then chances are you’re not going to be interested in software models or emulations. If you are that type of guitar player, then
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Feature 100 Pro Tips
It’s becoming an annual tradition here at MusicTech to reflect, not just on the mountains of new gear released over the last twelve months, but also on the huge quantities of knowledge and experience we’ve mined in our interviews and features, and or
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Using Midi Keyboards In Ableton Live
The good old MIDI keyboard might seem a tad redundant when we have so many high-tech ways to control Live, but it can still be one of our best friends. Unlike Push, for example, a keyboard simply works with any music software – and maybe with iOS and
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UNIVERSAL AUDIO Apollo X4
£1,599 STREET Dedicated DSP processing in an audio interface is very much in vogue at present, with a number of mid-to-highend units coming out from new entrants to the market over recent months. Interesting though these offerings have been, none hav
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Back To Basics Part Five: Introducing Keyboards In Ableton Live
Sometimes a keyboard part is about performance, sometimes it’s about using other techniques to make an interesting sound and then a musical part from a less-than-exciting source sample. It really doesn’t matter if you’re not one of the all-time great
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1O TIPS On Optimising Computers For Music
Some of these tips may not be obvious, but some are glaringly so, and we’ll start with a biggie from the latter camp. It’s no good running your power-hungry DAW project, loaded with every instrument and effect plug-in going, if you have a load of oth
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Do I Really Need This?
One of the most important parts of any studio is the audio interface, as it has more bearing on the quality of your recordings than almost any other aspect of your studio. Adding dedicated DSP to a studio isn’t as important perhaps, but it does bring
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Back To Basics Part 6: Adding Melody And Harmony In Ableton Live
Ableton Live is a fantastic beat-maker, especially when paired with Ableton’s Push instrument and Simpler sampler. But once you’ve created your ideal rhythmic components and laid down that just-so percussion line, what comes next? Do you bring in som
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Using Guitars In Ableton Live
For a long time, it seemed like guitarists were resisting using computers. However, a new generation of guitarists are far more comfortable with software, computers and mobile devices, so there’s no excuse for anyone to be a tech hold-out. Ableton Li
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FOCAL Clear Professional
£1,228 Headphones are certainly becoming more important for music production, as more and more people take up this most satisfying of pursuits, only to perhaps find out they don’t always have the ideal setup or space for ‘proper’ monitoring. Manufact
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TWELVE OF THE BEST Budget Studio Monitors
£278 PAIR Contact adam-audio.com We reviewed both the T5V and T7V from ADAM, but we're opting for the former option for this round-up. Not only is it the cheaper model, but it offers a slightly more joined-up listening experience, with the five-inch
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1O TIPS For Performing Live With Tech
Being surrounded by the entire familiar setup of your studio when on stage can be a great comfort, but it does of course entail physically transporting your entire gear list from gig to gig. Once you’ve done a few gigs, you’ll soon discover that the
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Do I Really Need This?
Tough question. We’d still only recommend critical mixing on headphones if you really can’t experience true monitoring because of practical reasons, or it’s your secondary monitoring scenario. If that’s the case, you don’t really want to spend four f
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Link And Sync With Live In Ableton Live
For any musician or producer running a lot of digital gear side-by-side, synchronisation has always been an issue – an inconvenient necessity. We’ve used MIDI cables and interfaces to connect the black boxes that clutter our workspaces, and we’ve use
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Exploring Connectivity: Part 1 In Ableton Live
Unless you really want to be a musical hermit, you’ll eventually need to add other gear to your setup. We’ve seen this first-hand and know how daunting it can be initially, but we’ve also seen how quickly people get over the hump, adding more compone
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Oto Machines Boum
£449 BOUM, from France’s OTO Machines, is a hardware compressor/saturator/filter (or ‘analogue stereo warming unit’ as described on the company’s website) that appears to have something to offer producers of all types. For hardware-based musicians, e
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Deeper Sync With External Tech In Ableton Live
TECHNIQUE DEEPER SYNCING WITH LIVE DEEPER SYNCING WITH LIVE TECHNIQUE Last time, we covered using Ableton Link to synchronise software on macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android, over a wifI network. It also works cabled over ethernet, and even with wifi-en
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Exploring Connectivity: Part 2 In Ableton Live
We’re following on from the first part of this bumper-sized tutorial, where we talked about what we might connect and how to do it. Here we’ll talk about how to use what you’ve connected! Setting up a microphone at home is a real adventure unless you
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Do I Really Need This?
For anybody working with music hardware, be it synths or samplers or drum machines, a final-stage processing device equivalent to what you’d put on a master channel in software can be a great idea, especially for live use. You get compression and ano
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