Mike Huckaby + Dubspot! Pt 2: Ableton Live Tutorial – Creating Automated VST Program Changes

In this video tutorial Detroit’s Mike Huckaby illustrates how to automate patch changes using Native Instruments’ plug-ins within Ableton Live, creating some exciting and dynamic effects using just one MIDI channel and some automation.

Mike Huckaby is a very well-known and respected Detroit-based DJ, remixer, producer, and Ableton Live instructor who recently stopped by our Dubspot NYC studios to host a workshop on music production using Ableton Live and Native Instruments’ Maschine. Following his recent Maschine tutorial on using scenes to create rhythm variations, our talented guest instructor here turns his attention to Ableton Live (part of what he calls the holy trinity of Maschine, Ableton Live and Reaktor) for some creative automation techniques. In this video Mike shows how to use program changes within Ableton Live to change patches in instrument plug-ins. By assigning this value to a MIDI control knob or automating the parameter in your clips, you can quickly change patches and make one instrument jump between multiple preset sounds. Rapid patch changes like this have become a common feature in contemporary dance music.


Mike Huckaby is a living legend and has long been an influential player in Detroit’s techno and house scenes. Over two decades of recordings have established his reputation as a creator, remixer and DJ, and he’s become one of the most sought-after producers in the world. His recent remix work for Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole and Loco Dice has been highly regarded in the house and techno communities. Most recently his “Tresor Track” (above) has grabbed the world’s attention with intricate rhythms created using Native Instruments’ Maschine. Mike’s love for music is overshadowed only by his love for sharing knowledge about music. He’s mentored many brilliant new stars such as Kyle Hall, and continues to tour the world as an expert in Ableton and Native Instruments software, teaching Live and Maschine to up-and-coming producers everywhere.

Native Instruments Maschine redefines hardware and software integration for music production and creative performance. Upon completion of this program, you will have written a full original track using multiple plug-in instruments and effects, produced a remix based on rearranged source material with your own musical additions, and made recordings of yourself improvising with both projects while creating break downs, build ups, and effect manipulations.

What’s Included:

  • MASCHINE Level 1: Programming and Beat Making Basics
  • MASCHINE Level 2: Sampling, Slicing and Composing
  • MASCHINE Level 3: Advanced Production and Performance Techniques

Maschine Starting New York City:

September 26th in NYC – Wednedays, 3:15-6pm
October 21st in NYC – Time and Day(s) TBA

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.