Ableton Live Tutorial Series: Sidechain Compression Techniques w/ Steve Nalepa

In this three-part series focusing on sidechain compression, Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa shows us some creative ways to use the Sidechain feature on Live’s Compressor, Auto Filter, and Gate effects. Sidechain Compression

Ableton Live Tutorial: Sidechain Compression Pt. 1 w/ Steve Nalepa

In this first video of a three-part series focusing on sidechain compression, Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa introduces some creative ways to use the concept of sidechain compression. The popular technique of sidechaining has been used in a number of different ways by audio engineers and electronic music producers such as Daft Punk, Justice, Baths, Nosaj Thing, and many many others. In part 2 Professor Nalepa demonstrates how to use the Sidechain feature on Live’s Compressor to help drum sounds cut through the mix better by creating a simple dubstep drum pattern and a group of synths that overpower the kick and snare.

Ableton Live Tutorial: Sidechain Compression Pt. 2 w/ Steve Nalepa

In this second video of a three-part series focusing on sidechain compression, Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa demonstrates how to use the Sidechain feature on Live’s Compressor to help drum sounds cut through the mix better. Using a simple dubstep drum pattern and a group of synths that overpower the kick and snare, Nalepa applies sidechain compression to duck the volume of the synths allowing the drums to sound more clear and pronounced in the mix. In part 3 Professor Nalepa concludes the series by showing us some creative sidechaining techniques using the Sidechain feature on Live’s Auto Filter and Gate effects.

Ableton Live Tutorial: Sidechain Compression Pt. 3 w/ Steve Nalepa

In this third video of a three-part series focusing on sidechain compression, Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa demonstrates how to use the Sidechain feature on Live’s Auto Filter and Gate device in creative ways. Working with Live’s Auto Filter, Nalepa uses sidechain compression triggered by a kick and snare to automate the frequency range of the filter to create a rhythmic synth sound. Lastly, Nalepa sets the Sidechain feature on Live’s Gate device to open the gate whenever the kick hits allowing the synth sound to play in sync with the kick.

 


About Steve Nalepa

Californian polymath Steve Nalepa is known for his vast and eclectic array of artistic collaborators. He’s a founding member of the esteemed beat collective TeamSupreme and a key node in the electronic music scene cultivated through years of creating music, producing events and mentoring many of today’s top artists in Ableton Live. Nalepa has published award-winning art books through the self-­launched Dilettante Press, scored several feature-length documentary films, and set up touring Ableton rigs for artists including Drake and The Weeknd. He produces solo and collaborative work under the moniker Nalepa, creates audiovisual works with the project Airspace, and releases music and tours with his bandmates The Acid (Infectious/Mute). Connect with Nalepa on Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Website

 


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

About This Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live. This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

Overview

  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here. If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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