‘Did You Know‘ Video Roundup – Ableton Live Tips with Thavius Beck
In January, we launched a new video tutorial series with Ableton Certified Trainer, Dubspot Instructor, and electronic musician Thavius Beck. In the series, Thavius shared invaluable production tips, tricks, and techniques and examined some of the less explored and slightly hidden features in Ableton Live. We’ve compiled the first eight episodes of the series below.
‘Did you Know?’ Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck Pt 1: Ping Pong as Tape DelayThavius shows you how to make Live’s Ping Pong delay effect sound more like an authentic tape delay! As he puts it, this will “take less than 5 minutes of your life, and you will leave knowing a little bit more than you did before.” Sounds like a win-win to me!
‘Did you Know?’ Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck Pt 2: Editing The Info ViewIn the second installment of Did You Know? Thavius explains Ableton Live’s Info View, and shows you how you can edit and create your own text and write notes and instruction. This is an extremely useful tip for remixing and collaborations.
‘Did you Know?’ Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck Pt 3: Routing Audio, MIDI + EffectsIn the third installment of Did You Know? Thavius explores Live’s Audio and MIDI Routing options and shows you how you can route audio from one Return channel to another Return channel simply by enabling the Sends on your Returns (which are disabled by default). This opens up more options in terms of routing audio, applying effects, and manipulating sounds.
‘Did you Know?’ Pt 4 – Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck: Better Sound w/ Hi-Quality EQ8In this newest installment of Did You Know?, Thavius explains and demonstrates an often overlooked an even more often misunderstood feature; Hi-Quality mode on the EQ8.
‘Did you Know?’ Pt 5 – Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck: Remove Stop ButtonsIn the latest installment of ‘Did You Know?’ Thavius offers a very useful and invaluable tip for launching clips and moving through scenes in Live. He explains how by simply removing the stop buttons inside empty clip slots, you can launch clips and jump through scenes without having to interrupt your groove. This is something that is essential and practical putting a track in the Session View without committing it to the Arrange view.
‘Did you Know?’ Pt 6 – Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck: Set the SceneThis week, we will look a bit more at what is possible with scenes by editing the Scene Launch Tempo as well as the Scene Launch Time Signature.
‘Did you Know?’ Pt 7 – Ableton Live Tips: Browser Shortcuts – Locate Files + Folders QuicklyIn the latest edition of Did You Know?, Thavius shares an excellent tip for browsing and locating files on your hard drive(s) without leaving Live’s interface. Simply using the three folders in the upper left side of your interface as shortcuts, you will enhance your workflow, efficiency, and focus when creating.
‘Did you Know?’ Pt 8 – Ableton Live Tips: Step Input MIDI RecordingThavius explains and demonstrates how to use Ableton Live’s built-in step input recording feature. This feature, which was added in Live 8, allows you to input MIDI notes into Live simply by adding a MIDI track, enabling recording, setting Live’s grid value, and you can record using a MIDI keyboard, your computer keyboard, or simply draw in the MIDI notes.
Dubspot will be hosting a special Production 101 workshop at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles with Certified Ableton Trainers, Dubspot Instructors and course designers Professor Nalepa and Thavius Beck plus a few special guests, including Thomas White (of Natural Rhythm), Virtual Boy, St. Andrew and Papi. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page to attend.
Thavius Beck has an album coming out in July on Plug Research. In anticipation of the upcoming album, he’s compiled a batch unreleased tunes – all exclusive and original beats that he made and mixed using Ableton Live! Listen up to this awesome new mix, and looking out for the album!
After completing this program, you will leave with 4 completed tracks (EP), a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.
- Ableton Live Level 1: Shake Hands with Live
- Ableton Live Level 2: Completing Your First Track
- Ableton Live Level 3: Production Essentials
- Ableton Live Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
- Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
- Ableton Live Level 6: Taking Your EP Global
“So far the experience through Dubspot is incredible, and I can’t wait to go through the next levels. It’s just getting better each week, and I can not wait to start putting an EP together, not just being able to put a successful track together!” - Dan Carter, United Kingdom
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