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How to produce a deep house track in Ableton Live

How to produce a Deep House track in Ableton Live

We’ve been researching for a list with some of the best free tutorials online for producing a deep house track from scratch in Ableton Live. Sadowick Production made a great tutorial available on youtube. Extra tools you will need: Waves plugins & Sylenth.

Project Checklist In Ableton Live

Before starting a project in Ableton Live don’t forget this checklist:

  • Create Folder
    You create a folder inside the Ableton folder or in a location of your choice.
  • Save Project
    Before you continue you must open Ableton Live and save your project. You go to “File” and then “Save Live Set As…”
  • Bit Depth
    Setting the bit depth at 24bit by going to Live – Preferences – Record – Bit Depth
  • Sample Rate
    Setting the sample rate to 48.000 hetrz by going to Live – Preferences – Audio – In/Out Sample Rate
    When you save a file you want it to be a lossless and uncompressed type of file. It is preferable to save as WAV or AIFF. Ableton Live supports both this types and you can set this by going to:
    Live – Preferences – Record – File Type
  • Setting Buffer Size
    Before starting your work you need to set the buffer size, that is how many samples per second you want the DAW to send to the D/A converter. A low buffer size reduces latency but also reduces the plug-ins and synthesizers you can use. In Ableton I will set the buffer size to 128 samples by going to: Live – Preferences – Audio – Buffer Size

Music production software & gear – Spring selection

Between innovation and synergy! Our most wanted newly released music production software and hardware.

2016 has begun with innovation and creativity in mind. The music production industry is constantly energized by new products and technologies that combine the core concepts of music with new and immersive strategies. And as spring is already knocking at our door with a fresh breath of inspiration and energy, we have selected 3 new products that have impressed us. Just take a look.

Lurssen Mastering Console

Our favorite product so far this year is the new and revigorating Lurssen Mastering Console. Created with experience and usability in mind, the software is all about offering you the best sounds and inspiration regardless  of where you are.

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The collaboration between renowned Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen proved to be a revelation. Combining both experience and a clear and unique specific Lurssen sound, the console brings a new approach to the concept of digital audio mastering.

The software is the perfect combination of tube equalizers, limiters, solid state equalizers and solid state compressors. As a plus, it comes with 25 unique templates called “Styles” so you can test different musical themes and layers in your music production techniques.

And what’s best is that it comes in two versions, based on your needs: an iPad app (ready to be used whenever inspiration hits) and as a Mac or PC software. You don’t even have to worry about the devices that you will use after your mix is ready. Thanks to a 88.2/96kHz DSP processing, your finished track will sound perfect in any format (AAC, WAV, FLAC).

We were so convinced that we tried the free trial just to take a glimpse of what the Console holds in store. For more information about features and pricing please visit:

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/index.php?pp=lurssen-versions

 

MEL9 Tape Replay Machine

Vintage sounds are back in business! Taking roots in the unmistakable and unique sound of vintage analogue keyboards, MEL9 was just released and aroused our interest.

Emulating the classic Mellotron sounds, the device offers 9 unique inputs. From Orchestra to Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Low or High Choir, Saxophone and Brass the MEL9 was designed with sound in mind.

Created for guitarists and musicians in general as a portable and practical device, the MEL9 combines the classical sound of polyphonic tapes with the modern world. After all it’s demo video speaks by itself:

 

BioTek Organic Synthesizer

Organic is also a trend in 2016. And what better way to combine the core concept of nature and its musicality than a unique synthesizer. BioTek Organic was just released and introduces a new platform (Acktion) that we are eager to test.

Combining sounds taken from nature or even urban places, the device offers a unique and memorable range of opportunities. Although it seems a bit futuristic, the synthesizer is actually easy to use and intuitive. Gravitating around a single-screen user interface the synthesizer is dominated by soft controls and an XY controller.

Already regarded as the perfect synergy between nature and technology the device has really impressed us. You can get a better feeling about this impressive concept below:

Ultimate House Samples 1 - Kicks

New pack – Ultimate House Samples 1 – Kicks

Loops directory presents the latest sample pack called Ultimate House Samples 1 – Kicks.
Explore deep and driving kick samples created to boost the power of your creations. Add depth and flavour to your ideas through this ultimate collection of electronic music drum kicks. Created with cool, progressive and flexible concepts in mind, this pack will add power your tracks. A stunning collection of essential analogue and digital house kick samples and loops for deep house, progressive house, minimal, and even for dubstep and electronica.

The pack contains: 50 x 24bit WAV Drum kicks one shots + 20 Kick Loops

Download size: 25MB unzipped.

Works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic, Reason and many more.

You can buy it from here.

House samples demo

Listen to the soundcloud demo:

How to Make Grime Drums using Ableton Live 9

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make Grime drums using Ableton Live 9. Grime is a very popular genre in UK and it draws its influences from UK Garage. By using fast paced hats and silence in some parts, drums really have a nice flow. So let’s get started and make some drums.

First of all, you need to pick some kicks, snares and hats. Grime is really characterized by that raw sound so layering won’t be needed. Instead of it, we are going to focus on getting the right arrangement and nice sounds . Also, don’t forget to disable warping in Ableton, since you are using one shots.

When you’ve picked the right one shots,set the BPM on 140 and  focus on the arrangement. This is probably the most important part, as it gives our beat a flow, and getting it right is very important. Good way to start arranging is to start with a regular two step rhythm. Then we are going to move the position of snare and add some kicks.

Next, we are going  to add some hihats. You can often hear in grime couple of fast paced hats and then silence between them. Also, try to use couple of hihat samples. Change the velocity of drums to make it feel more “human”. Also, I’ve applied some swing, but that’s optional.

We’ve done the arrangement, so now we are going to process our drums. First, we are going to remove low frequencies on our snare and hihats, so they won’t clash with the other bass frequencies in our mix later.

Now let’s change the panning of our hats to give our drums more width, but keep the kick and snare in mono. Then, we are going to add really subtle reverb to our hats. Put the Low cut in the input processing window and disable chorus. Set the Pre Delay on minimum and Decay Time on 400 ms. In the Diffusion Network window, enable Low.

Then, we are going to export all the elements of drums individually.  I think the fastest way to do it is to just duplicate your drum rack ( in this case 5 times, since we have 5 one shots), soloing the kick, snare and hihats, freezing all tracks ( right click, freeze) and then flattening them. You will get your drum sounds as audio waveform in audio tracks, therefore, it will make our processing a lot easier and cleaner.

Next up, we are going to group our drums. Then, we are going to apply a subtle compression on the group, as your rhythm will really benefit from it. Put the attack really low, release somewhere between 10-15 ms. Threshold should be around -8 dB and ratio 2.38 : 1. Also, I’ve put the dry/wet on 64%. It really is a matter of taste, and remember to always use your ears.

Now that we’ve done the compression, put the Overdrive plugin on snare and kick and add a really subtle distortion. Doing it will give our drums more punch and rawness. I suggest leaving Drive and Tone on 50%, but change dry/wet to around 10% and Dynamics should be fine on about 60%. Center frequency should be on approximately 850 Hz and  width of the bandpass on 0.50. It’s important that your kick sounds thumping.

When you distort your kick and snare, put the saturator on group track. With a bit of saturation, our drums will be punchier and overall louder.Put the curve type on Soft Sine. Drive should be around 1 dB and turn on the soft clipping. Also, I’ve set the dry/wet ratio on 75%. Your drums should be clipping, but not overdriven.

Last is applying some New York/Parallel compression. We are going to add second audio signal that will be more dynamically squashed but consistent. It will make our drums even more punch and power. I will be using free VST compressor called TDR Kotelnikov. It is a really great sounding compressor and I highly recommend it as it doesn’t cost a penny.

So first, we are going to export our whole drums. When done, put the compressor on freshly exported audio signal. I’ve set the threshold around -25dB, attack and release should be really fast and ratio should be 7:1. Now reintroduce the compressed drum track and fine tune its volume. It should sound more punchy and powerful.

So here it is, this is how you make Grime drums in Ableton Live 9. Keep in mind that your drums should be really simple and raw, don’t over process them and focus on your arrangement. Drums are the base of your track, as they will set the mood of the track.

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12 Music production universities that will inspire you.

We have selected 12 music production universities all around the world to inspire you, based on their impressive results and course dynamic. There are all sort of alternatives schools and events created to offer you an intensive and comprehensive course in music and musical production. But we know that sometimes even though the longest way seems to be the hardest it is also the most interesting.

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Music production schools in europe

Europe is known for its cities bursting with creativity, history and beauty. It is also known for its important musical culture and teaching methods that have found the perfect combination in some of the best colleges and institutions from around the world. We have selected a top 5 of some of these best places. Prepare to be impressed and even reconsider going back to school.

  1. Point Blank Music Production and Sound Engineering School (London, UK)

Positioning itself as a Global Music School, with location in exhilarating London and innovative Los Angeles, Point Blank is a great place to learn everything about music and music production. Established during the dance music revolution that exploded in the 1990’s, Point Blank always evolved with music trends and influences and proves to be one of the best places to learn and master the art of music production.

http://www.pointblanklondon.com/

  1. Southampton Solent University  (Southampton, UK)

One of UK’s newest universities with an innovative approach regarding music production. The core Sound Engineering course that this university offers is all about blending production and performance with creativity and business knowledge. It is no wonder that most of its graduates found jobs at Abbey Road Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Pinewood Studios, SSL Audio or even BBC.

http://www.solent.ac.uk/

  1. Midi School (Manchester, UK)

With a different view of learning, Midi School makes our third spot. Focusing on small classes with no more than 7 students, this school is all about exploration. After learning everything about music production, technology and techniques, students spend 3 months in the institute’s studio working on real-life scenarios for all kind of media formats (video games, radio, TV, film). After all, Manchester and music have always gone hand in hand with each other.

https://www.midischool.com/

  1. SAE Institute (Berlin, Germany)

What other city most suited for studying music production than Berlin? Situated in a midst of creativity and originality, SAE Institute is one of the best places to learn about music and music production. With courses focusing on practical training, impressive studios and the latest technologies, SAE Berlin is one of our recommendations.

http://www.sae.edu/deu/de/campus/berlin

  1. dBs Music (Berlin, Germany)

An English approach brought to a city that bursts with creativity. Known as the University of the Music Industry, dBs Music conqueres our first spot. Surrounded by people that dream and breathe music with important and renowned music producers and sound engineers, everything from their courses to the latest equipments and impressive studios evolve around music.

http://www.dbsmusic.co.uk/

7 music production universities from USA

There are all sort of alternatives schools and events created to offer you an intensive and comprehensive course in music and musical production. But we know that sometimes even though the longest way seems to be the hardest it is also the most interesting. We have selected 7 music production universities to inspire you, based on their impressive results and course dynamic. Just take a look:

  1. Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)

Our first inspiration comes from a different kind of school. Not integrated in a larger university or not a music school per se, this Academy is well known as one of the largest schools in America. With over 18.000 students and with a selection of courses constructed around a visual media program, this school is known for a focus on multimedia and television. Many of its alumni have landed jobs in renowned corporations such as Dolby, Sony or Skywalker Sound.

  1. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN)

Quality over quantity. That’s what this school is all about. With a small number of 15 incoming students per year the music program focuses on individual attention and instruction by notable names such as Konrad Strauss known for winning Grammy awards for music production.

5. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

A good option for any musician that wants to start its career right away. Drexel University is known for its focus on training and hands-on experiences. Created on two axis, one degree focusing on the music industry and business while the other more grounded in music production, the university seeks to offer real experience. Its summer internships offers the best training opportunities with students spending their summer in record labels and studios, music venues or other music environments. They can even record and release their music. What a good chance to test your creativity right away.

  1. Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)

With a great facility and comprehensive program, Georgia State University makes our number 4 spot. What impressed us is the attention given not only to music production, but also to its artistic and creative side. Students are both practically and aesthetically trained for the music environment. Their 3 recording studios and the 2CINEM facility, a multimedia collaborative lab, offer the best environment for merging multimedia and music production, creativity and technology, training and hands-on experience.

  1. The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)

With a focus on real and concrete training, the College of Saint Rose breathes creativity. Starting with a foundation in the core creative processes and music production techniques, the institution is also renowned for its training opportunities and requirements. Each student has to complete an internship with a music company and also to record a CD as a graduation test. The college’s studio name also delighted us. What better way to start your music than in the Saints and Sinners Recording Studio?

  1. New York University  (New York, NY)

Divided into 2 departments, NYU has excelled at training and teaching young musicians. The first department, “Tisch” School also known as the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music focuses on the entrepreneur side of music forming record label CEO’s and music businessmen. The second department, the “Steinhardt” School focuses on music production and music technology. With an impressive 7.500 square foot recording studio and the latest equipments and technologies, this department is all about music. Whether you are more interested in the business side of music or in its creation itself, NYU is definitely one of our top music universities.

  1. Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

With great facilities and extraordinary results, Berklee College of Music makes our number one recommendation for young prodigies and not only. And the possibilities are unlimited. Every year students receive 10.000 hours to spend in the recording studio offering them the possibility to master Pro Tools, MIDI and digital audio equipments and to perfect their mixing techniques.

Free Ableton Drum Rack

Free Ableton Drum Rack:Ignition from ModeAudio

Mode Audio just launched a free Ableton Drum Rack called Ignition.

They’ve teamed up with highly talented music producer, live performer and Ableton-certified trainer SideBrain, creating a free rack including 32 sounds handpicked by pros.

The rack has some really nice drum samples. SideBrain worked his magic to produce a very versatile drum rack, offering full control over each sound for shaping and sculpting your beats to perfection.

Download the Ableton drum rack

You can download the rack from here: https://gum.co/xnDzB

Tech House Loops and Samples

Loops & Samples – Forward Tech House – Percussion

New pack released.
Loops.Directory proudly presents the Forward Tech House mini pack. Supercharge your music with rich percussion grooves, original vibes and raw perc samples with our latest pack. Created by fusing classical tech house rhythms with visions of the future.
You have here some one-shots and tops. Download contains: 10 x 24bit WAV Loops + 30 WAV Samples with tempo from 123BPM to 124BPM. As always this works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic, Reason and many more.

Download the percussion loops from here.

5 Best VST Plugins according to Loops.Directory

We’ve selected the 5 best VST plugins available on the market.

1. Massive

Considered as one of the ultimate synths, MASSIVE deserves its number one spot. Clearly laid out and easy to use, the cutting-edge and contemporary sound that it provides is perfect for bass and lead sounds.
From its design to the oscillators, the synth was created to give perfect controls for wavetable position, pitch and wave shaping. The process is really simple: 3 wave oscillators form the sound which is then driven through 2 filters.
The resulted sound is then shaped by 4 different envelopes that feature settings for attack, decay, release and sustain. They can be set individually for each knob. The modulation settings are also varied, from LFO to Performer and Stepper.
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2. Dune 2

The second version of DUNE came with a total change. Rewritten from scratch and improved with new oscillators, filters and effects, the new DUNE provides a higher quality and a wide range of sounds. The most important feature is its impressive reserve of oscillators, namely 8320.
DUNE 2 is available as VST/AU/AAX plugin for Windows and Mac OS X, with the mention that the ProTools version comes only in 64-bit for version.
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3.Cthulhu

Steve Duda became renowned for releasing some of the greatest plug-ins for the modern music producer. His new software, released last winter soon became the latest must-have.
Designed for the electronic and dance music communities, Cthulhu focuses on harmonies and allows you to experiment with over 150 chord presets. Unique and impressive in its approach, the plugin deserves its spot in our top.
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4.Sylenth1

Coming closely to our top 3 selection, Sylenth 1 takes the meaning of quality and performance to another level. Created as a virtual analog VSTi synthesizer its features can compete with the standards of any hardware synth. Built from a producer’s point of view meaning that it focuses on superior quality and music, the warmth and clarity of the end result is really outstanding. The graphical interface is also significant as its usability allows for a high level of creativity.
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5.Spire

Spire is another essential synthesizer that we recommend. Considered a software polyphonic synthesizer, the combination of powerful sound engine modulation and its flexible architecture offer a one of a kind usability. Combining both software and hardware synthesizers, its incredible flexible modulation architecture is what really impressed us: 4x Macroses, 4x Envelopes, 4x LFOs with morphing shapes,15x Matrix slots each of equipped with 2x sources and 4x targets.
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We are using this best VST plugins on our loop packs

You can find something cool created with this in our latest loop packs Deep House Loops – Leads and Techno Heads Loops – Synths .

 

 

Weekly inspiration – Robot Koch – Dark Waves

Celestial drops. And beats.


He became known for exploring the limit between the universe and pop music. Or pop music and the future. Or both. Always playing on the limit separating two realms, this artist always impresses us with lush sounds, strong beats, celestial tones and soundscapes that emerge you into a Wonderland of sounds and meanings.

We were enthusiastic to hear that Robot Koch has returned. And in force. His latest album, “Hypermoment” came after a long 4 year break marked by important changes in the artist’s life. The LA scenery definitely inspired him, as his latest video, “Dark Waves” is set in an oceanic landscape. His latest track surely inspired us.

Levitating somewhere between mystery and dynamism, with warm yet crystal analog sounds that create an aquatic submerged universe, the collaboration with Delhia de France seems perfect for this song. Her voice perfectly completes the undulating vibes or (sound)waves. Submerged into a powerful and creative universe, the strong yet tender sounds proved to be addictive. For us, at least. We are eager to hear more from him and his in-depth compositions.  

Robot Koch is a producer and composer from Berlin known for his unique electronic music. He even won the German Music Composers Award for “best composer electronic music.” Koch has released several albums and EPs on respected labels (Bpitch Control, Project Mooncircle and Monkeytown Records, most recently). He is known for the usage of his compositions on famous TV shows and films and for his strong collaboration with renowned artists all over the world. His recent relocation to Los Angeles will surely improve his collaborations.

Discover celestial beats and vibes inspired by the same Robot Koch in our latest pack:

Complex Rhythms – Beats & Melody

 

Seaboard RISE

The innovative category of Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression controllers continues to gain ground among top DJ’s. Focusing on instruments that deliver acoustic-level electronic expression and notes that are modulated real time, these controllers seem to be the future of music production.

One step towards this future is made by the new Seaboard RISE. This new controller balances originality with futuristic vibes. From design to functionalities, we were highly impressed by its capabilities.

Following its predecessor, the Seaboard GRAND, the controller focuses on the innovative idea of reimagining the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive surface. Each gesture finds its own note and sound in every dimensions.

The controller is designed to allow a 5D experience: from striking the keywaves to pressing them, gliding, sliding or lifting. As a plus, it works wirelessly and is available in 2 models: the two-octave RISE 25 and the four-octave RISE 49.

This is what we call a rise in expectation.