In this edition of Dubspot’s DJ / Producer Tutorial Roundup, we’re revisiting five videos that show off some of the exciting new features of Ableton Live 9 including audio-to-MIDI conversion, the new Glue compressor effect, session view automation, and more.
Of all the improvements in Ableton Live 9, the thing that excites me the most are the new audio-to-MIDI conversion tools. In this tutorial, I will take a simple guitar riff and turn it into an aggressive industrial-style synth bass by converting the riff to MIDI and using the notes to trigger Native Instruments’ Massive synthesizer.
My main instrument is the guitar, not the keyboard. I write differently when playing guitar and I come up with melodies that would never have occurred to me if I was sitting down at a keyboard controller. With these new functions in Ableton, I can now start a new track on my guitar, record my playing into Live through my audio interface, and convert my riffs into MIDI files. Then I can take my guitar melodies in new creative directions by assigning the MIDI data to control different synthesizers and samplers. Another great benefit here is that I do not have to purchase additional any gear to convert my guitar output to MIDI, everything I need is built into Live 9.
So go pick up a REAL instrument and have fun turning it into something synthetic! - Matt Cellitti
One of the exciting new effects in Ableton Live 9 is the Glue Compressor, which can help “glue” your mix together and create a more uniform sound. This new device was created in partnership with analog software modeling experts Cytomic, who have created an effect that aims to re-create the behavior and sound of an SSL bus compressor, which Evan explains “has been known to glue mixes together.” This compressor differs from the regular Ableton compressor in that it’s intended to be pushed a bit harder and used on multiple tracks at once, adding some punch without losing the sound’s character. In this video Sutton demonstrates how this new effect sounds on different sorts of audio tracks in Ableton Live to give you a sense of what this new compressor can do. – Evan Sutton
Ableton Live 9 has a lot of new features to help improve your workflow and streamline the process of getting creative ideas out of your head and into the software. One of the new features I have found most useful is the ability to record automation directly into clips in the Session View.
In this video I use this new feature to record myself changing the quantization of my drums in real time using the Arpeggiator. This video is actually two little tutorials in one, because the idea of using the Arpeggiator to change drum quantization is something that may be new to a few of you. This particular technique can be used in Live 8 as well, so if haven’t upgraded yet you can still implement the idea of using the Arpeggiator in the way you’ll see demonstrated.
In this video I show how to slice drums to MIDI, create a one-bar drum beat, make it four bars by using the Duplicate Loop button (new in Live 9), add the Arpeggiator, change the sync rate on the arpeggiator to change the quantization of the drums, and then record myself doing this in real time directly in the clip with Session View automation (also new in Live 9). Ready for some new knowledge? Good…let’s get started. – Thavius Beck
A common mistake I’ve seen when creating an 808 style kick drum is the immediate attraction towards the envelope for the amplitude of the oscillator and the transpose knob. A real kick drum, i.e. an acoustic one, is a round membrane, it remains round, so the envelope of the amplitude should remain full (sustain up), however a drum head is tuned with a drum key, which makes the sound either sharper or heavier by making it tighter or looser. The drum key is what the pitch envelope in Operator suggests, and by creating a sharp dip in pitch, you get a heavier kick sound. The amplification of the oscillator is where the sound comes from, so we want that round and untouched. – Raz Mesinai
A Live Instrument Rack is a powerful tool for creating custom devices such as big synths, pads, leads, and drum kits. The first part of this tutorial demonstrates how to create a complex Instrument Rack that will allow you to make sounds found in trap music like varied hi-hat patterns, rolling tuned snares and big sub kick sounds. Even if you’re not into trap, this tutorial is a helpful introduction to building complex drum kits using instrument racks. - Adam Partridge
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