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Live Effects in Ableton

Like most DAWs, Ableton Live contains a selection of effects processors to twist and manipulate your sounds. However, as you’ve probably come to expect by now, Live does things a little differently. In addition to the usual array of compressors, distortion boxes, and phasers, there are a few DJ-friendly units [...]

By |2020-11-26T11:29:34-05:00February 6, 2013|

Ableton Live: Beatmatching Basics

The Warp engine at the heart of Ableton Live is designed to let you drop in audio files, and instantly sync them to the master tempo of your project. This works with anything from single drum hits to loops and samples, or even full tracks. It’s what makes Ableton different [...]

By |2020-11-26T11:29:34-05:00January 23, 2013|

Ableton Live: 101 For DJs

Ableton's "Live" software package has always been an unusual feature on the DAW landscape. Intended, as the name suggests, for Live audio manipulation., it does things a little differently than its studio-bound equivalents. Some of its unique features are ideal for DJing; there is an integrated beat detector that keeps [...]

By |2020-11-26T11:29:34-05:00January 7, 2013|

EQ – Placing the elements of your mix

If you try to mix all the different elements of a track using only the volume faders on your mixer, you’ll find that everything quickly descends into woolly, distorted mess. Your speakers are only capable of producing so many frequencies at once, so if you try to feed them, kick, [...]

By |2020-11-26T11:29:54-05:00January 4, 2012|

Audio Interfaces – “A little of the old I/O”

If you use your computer to record live instruments or sample from turntables, you’ll soon find that the 3.5mm mini jacks on your computer’s soundcard lacking in terms of quality. An audio interface converts the signal from your instruments into a high-fidelity data stream that can be captured by your [...]

By |2011-12-30T00:00:00-05:00December 30, 2011|

Psychedelicatessen – Phasers and Flangers and Other Oddball Effects

The late 60s saw the arrival of some of music’s great innovators. Hendrix, The Beatles, and Zappa all used dramatic new effects to manipulate their traditional instruments. Newly available electronic devices from Electro Harmonix, Jim Dunlop and MXR allowed them to create weird new textures and evolving environments. These original [...]

By |2020-11-26T11:29:55-05:00November 21, 2011|

The Show – Live Sound Tips and Tricks

Every one of us has been to club night or a live show where the sound wasn’t up to scratch. Piercing snares and muffled kicks can rob a great set of much of its dynamics and drama. People don’t dance to music that sounds bad. Instead of the writhing sweaty [...]

By |2020-11-26T11:29:55-05:00November 9, 2011|
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