Ableton Live Tutorial: Building a Custom Live Performance Sequencer w/ Josh Bess

In this video, Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Bess demonstrates how to setup and perform with a popular method for sample triggering in Ableton Live, based on a step sequencer and a live slicing method using Ableton Push 2. 

In this video, Josh Bess takes us through an approach to live performance that is quickly becoming popularized by many people with sequencer type setups. Using Ableton Live and Push 2, Josh demonstrates how to manipulate the pattern of the original songs sequence in real time to perform remix, edit, mashup, and create a new approach to performing live. Based on analog or digital sequencer machines, the idea can be applied to any hands-on controller or QWERTY keyboard to apply a human feel to this machine type setup.

Visit Josh’s website to learn more and download the video in HD FREE here.


About Josh Bess

Electronic Music Production Instructor

Josh Bess is an Ableton Certified Trainer, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, and Author with expert level knowledge in live electronic performance, while holding a deep appreciation for the modern drum kit. Growing up in New York, Bess has been involved with music from an early age, performing with multiple artists, and employing a wide variety of styles as a percussionist. Alongside his percussive talents, Bess honed his interest in audio production, and earned his degree for Audio Engineering and Jazz/Commercial Performance, along with his Ableton Trainer Certification. Bess fuses his knowledge and ear for audio engineering and electronic workflow to develop the music he writes and performs live today.

In addition to performing under his own name, Bess continues to work with a variety of artists such as Vulpes, Andrew Gabriel, Gina Cutillo, and more, with song placement on programs such as Nickelodeon’s Degrassi, Disney Channel, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Barbara Walters, and more.

He also has another book called Ableton Grooves that focuses on acoustic drum programming using Ableton Live. With Ableton Grooves, Bess created and introduced the MIDI Map. This map is an original and powerful programming concept that, for the first time, empowers users to easily read MIDI Notation to help guide their drum programming.

An expert in performing with Ableton Live, Bess enjoys teaching beginner to advanced techniques, and is available for private lessons, lectures, workshops, academic training and consultations.






DJ / Producer Master  Program

About This Program

The DJ / Producer Master Program is the most complete and extensive collection of courses offered at Dubspot. Build on the fundamentals behind the music to produce, design, master, and perform your tracks.

Includes the Following Programs

  • DJ Extensive Program
  • Music Foundations Program
  • Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program
  • Sound Design Program
  • Mixing and Mastering Program

Visit the DJ / Producer Master Program page for detailed information here.

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