Dub Mixing Session Tutorial: Ableton Live + Ds1 MIDI Mixer w/ Emch + Free Template

In this video tutorial Dubspot instructor Emch (Subatomic Sound System) demonstrates his approach to dub mixing using Ableton Live, Push, and the Dubspot + Livid Instruments Ds1 MIDI mixer. Includes an Ableton Live template free to download below! Also make sure to check out Subatomic Sound System on Sunday March 15th at Vive Latino in Mexico City. 

In this video, Dubspot instructor and label head behind Subatomic Sound System Emch demonstrates his approach to dub mixing using the Livid Ds1 MIDI mixer in conjunction with Ableton Live and the Push controller. Watch as Emch uses the Ds1 as an instrument and the power of combining new technology with old-school dub mixing techniques to produce a relatively complex track. While performing his track Unity Dub featuring Treasure Don, Emch shows us how he utilizes the eight channels on the Ds1 to navigate through Live’s Session View Scenes, launch Clips, and trigger dub-style spatial effects. Learn different approaches to using the channels and various modes to control clips and adjust recording to capture arrangement and automation moves on-the-fly. Using the Livid Ds1 plugin in Ableton Live, Emch also gives us an inside look at how he uses Sends to trigger various effects including the Max for Live Dub Machines pack. Lastly, see how Emch ties his live performance together by incorporating different features from both the Ableton Push and the Livid Ds1.

In celebration of the upcoming Subatomic Sound System Vive Latino tour debuting in Mexico, Emch has crafted a special Ableton Live 9 session of the Subatomic Sound System track Unity Dub featuring Treasure Don available to download FREE.

Free Download | Subatomic Sound System "Unity Dub" feat. Treasure Don

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In addition, the mixes performed in this video using the Ds1 will also be available as a FREE download on Subatomic’s Bandcamp page here.

Ableton Live Project Requirements and Copyright Disclaimer

Feel free to experiment with the beats and use the sounds and presets. However, the vocals and music audio samples are under copyright protection.

Compatibility: Ableton 9 Suite or the following required devices:

Analog – Included in Live 9 Suite
Operator - Included in Live 9 Suite
Convolution Reverb Pro - Included in Live 9 Suite
Ableton Drum Machines Pack – Available as a free download here.
Dub Machines – Max for Live devices available to download here.
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 – Space Echo & Spring Reverb available to download here.

In addition, there are some mastering effects that aren’t essential for playback.
Sonnox Oxford Limiter 
Waves LMB Compressor 
iZotope Vinyl

Ds1 MIDI Mixer

The Ds1 MIDI mixer is a portable solution for computer-based mixing, production, and performance, constructed with only the highest quality parts and materials. The DS1 is a creative collaboration between Livid Instruments and Dubspot. This partnership was forged from a shared desire to bring classic audio mixer design to the digital world. Ds1 introduces MIDI control to the familiar layout of audio mixers and expands the creative possibilities of signal routing and sound processing using digital audio workstations. It’s your hands-on, dedicated controller for instant access to your mix, effects or instrument parameters.

The Ds1 simply works with any software that supports MIDI. Templates are available for popular digital audio workstations such as Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Logic, and more. Whether you are mixing in the studio, performing on stage, or traveling to a gig, the ds1 is designed to fit into your setup and lifestyle. Use the Ds1 Integration Guide for project templates, setup instructions, and other resources to get started with Ds1 and your favorite music production or DJ software.

About Emch aka Subatomic Sound System

Emch is the producer, DJ, and musician who spearheads NYC’s Subatomic Sound System. Music software has been crucial to his success as artist and label manager, allowing him to travel the earth, recently touring with dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. Find out more about Emch’s Subatomic Sound System crew tour, Subatomic Sound label releases, and his Dub Champions Festival via the links below.

Connect with Subatomic Sound System!

Subatomic Sound System
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | YouTube

Dub Champions Festival
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Subatomic Sound Radio on Brooklyn Radio, 24-7

Upcoming Tour Dates

Vive Latino Festival 2015 | Mexico City

Subatomic Sound System debuts in Mexico March 15th headlining the Gozadero DJ stage at the Vive Latino Festival w/ Screechy Dan & Talia Bentson.

Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System | US Tour

Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System US Tour April 14-20, 2015:
4/14 Atlanta – Masquerade
4/15 New Orleans – Tiptinas
4/16 Houston – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
4/17 Austin – Austin Reggae Fest Auditorium
4/18 Dallas – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/20 Denver – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

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