Dubspot’s Ableton Live 8 Tour :: Austin :: See You Again @ SXSW

austin_blog 1On November 14th and 15th, Dubspot was in Austin for the second stop of the school’s Ableton Live 8 Tour in as many weekends.  The events were again a success, again a chance for the local music scene to experience what Dubspot has to offer, and again a great opportunity for the school to spread its word on cutting-edge music education.

Saturday began with Jon Margulies giving an introduction to the weekend, and a workshop hosted by Francis Preve on using a single sample to create a variety of sounds for custom built instrument racks.  Francis has years of experience with sound design in Live, and was one of the original designers for the pre-packaged kits in some earlier versions of the program.  All that combined with his teaching abilities… it was the perfect lead off.  Next, Dubspot instructor Michael Hatsis took to his first tour presentation like a vet with a workshop centered around fat low end bass programming for a variety of genres and styles.  Jon Margulies then talked automation techniques with his usual expertise and lucidity, followed by Daniel Wyatt charming the crowd again with his examination of the mastering principles that took him multi-platinum.

austin_blog 2 riversThe next presentation was a last minute addition, and a very welcomed surprise for tour attendees and the Dubspot crew as well.  Jim Rivers, a DJ/producer whose international reputation is growing by the day, stopped by to talk studio mixes, rewiring applications, and sketch pad uses for Ableton.  He even opened up the Live set he used to create his Global Underground mix.

After Jim, Barry Cole closed out the day with a discussion of some music industry essential knowledge: licensing, track protection, royalties, digital distribution, and other vital issues relevant to making music a career versus a hobby.

austin_blog 3Saturday night saw another fantastic Funk Aid for Africa release party, held at The Independent @ 501 Studios.  DJ OBaH rocked the crowd late night, while some special performances by Ocote Soul Sounds and Akina Adderley  & The Vintage Playboys kept things hot earlier in the evening.

Sunday’s workshops saw the focus shift to performance strategies.  DJ Kiva brought out the APC40, and talked about integrating Ableton into Live PA/DJ Hybrid Sets for greater flexibility on the stage.  Then Christopher Willits talked about running Live guitar through Ableton, and the myriad routing and processing possibilities that go along with it.  After that Joseph Cerimeli, aka Pailo, busted out a live setup that included a synth, drum pad, APC40, and a keyboard to demonstrate some live composition and looping techniques that utilize both hardware and software creative conduits.

austin_blog 4The last two presentations featured Francis Preve and Jon Margulies again respectively.  Francis talked about using Ableton as a DJing platform, covering a variety of techniques for set creation, organization, live looping, mixing, and other essentials.  Jon’s final presentation wrapped up this intimate day of workshops, focusing on interaction and the personal techniques of attendees along with an overview of some advanced performance ideas.

The local electronic music community in Austin is a fantastically dedicated group with whom Dubspot felt privileged to be involved.  The school is greatly looking forward to it’s future in the city, through affiliated user group meetings and much more.

There are pictures up on the tour Facebook page of the Austin weekend.  Become a fan and get updates on future stops, along with notifications about the video series of tour presentations.