Fresh from Dubspot

5 Self Motivation Tips for Artists, Producer, and DJ’s

Production

In this article, DJ and music blogger Phil Morse offers five tips on self motivation for the artist who struggle getting things finished or started.

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Video: Learn Ableton Live @ Dubspot NYC or Online w/ Thavius Beck

Featured

Does music drive technology? Or does technology drive the music? In this coming age of singularity this line is blurring and the tools we use to create music are changing as fast as the music itself. At Dubspot we employ

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XI (Orca, Surefire) @ Dubspot Video Interview: Dubstep + Future Garage Producer / DJ

Artists & Labels

Toronto based producer and DJ Christian Andersen, better known in electronic music circles as XI began composing and making music in high school while playing drums in punk bands. After a friend tutored him on the fundamentals of digital synthesis

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Friends of Friends 2 Year @ Echoplex – Salva, Groundislava, Mex w/ Guns Interviews +

Events

On June 18 Dubspot will be sponsoring the 2-year anniversary celebration of Los Angeles label Friends of Friends (FoF) at the Echoplex in LA. We caught up with FoF artists Mexicans With Guns, Salva, and Groundislava before the party to talk about productions, performances, and more!

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Beatport Remix Contest: Afrojack “Selecta” – Win Dubspot Online Courses, Traktor +

Giveaways & Contests

Come on, selecta! We’ve lined up a new remix contest with Beatport where you can win free Dubspot Online courses as well as a release on Wall Recordings, a copy of Traktor Scratch Pro 2, and $200 at Beatport.

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25,000 Dubspot YouTube Subscribers! See Why: Tutorials, Interviews, Workshops +

Featured

We’re very excited to announce that Dubspot’s YouTube channel is 25,000 subscribers strong and growing! Just six months ago, we crossed the 10,000 subscribers mark and we were thrilled. We are grateful to every single one of our subscribers and

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Audio Interface Breakdown: Apogee Duet 2, NI Komplete Audio 6, Focusrite Saffire Pro 14

Music Technology

After multiple trips to the local music store and a lot of research I decided on three audio interfaces from Apogee, Native Instruments and Focusrite that impress me with sound and price.

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Mexicans with Guns @ Dubspot: Live Streaming Ableton Workshop!

Artists & Labels

Friday, June 10, 2011 5:30-7:00pm EDT – Experimental music producer and laptop musician Ernest Gonzales, better known as Mexicans With Guns stopped by Dubspot NYC for an Ableton Live workshop which focused on his production process, developing musical concepts and

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Using Surround Sound Systems for Public Performances & Installations

Sound Design

Imagine a wide, twisting column of bass in the center of a room with percussive moons spinning around in its orbit. A beat would smash in one corner, and then echo away in a spiral around the room before the pattern continues with the next beat in the following corner.

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Ableton Live Video Tutorial: Drum Rack + Impulse = DrumPulse

Ableton Live

In this Ableton Live video tutorial, production guru Pat Cupo takes us through his DrumPulse preset that randomizes Live’s Impulse sample slots to generate more realistic drum patterns.

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Dubspot Podcast #17: DJ Excess – Our Way Disco Mix + Interview

Podcast

DJ Excess, a two-time International Turntablist Federation champion and a Dubspot instructor, provides this edition of the Dubspot Podcast series. It’s a mix made up mostly of his own disco edits plus a remix of his.

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Using Native Instruments Maschine w/ Ableton Live Video Tutorial

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In this video Native Instruments product specialist Matt Cellitti, explains and demonstrates how to use Maschine to control Ableton Live and simultaneously as a plugin inside the software. Together Maschine and Ableton are a powerful combination for production and performance.

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MUTEK Music + Art Festival in Montreal: Four Tet, Amon Tobin, Modeselektor, Badawi +

Events

after the celebration of Detroit’s techno heritage comes another annual festival of electronic music and art – Montreal’s highly-regarded MUTEK festival. Heading into it’s 12th year, the festival brings “a marathon journey through the world of digital arts and electronic music.”

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Ableton Live Video Tutorial: How To Use Clip Envelopes w/ Thavius Beck

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Ableton Certified Trainer and Dubspot Instructor Thavius Beck explains and demonstrates How To Use Ableton Live’s Clip Envelope feature, a powerful tool that allows automation of various parameters of  audio and MIDI clips. Thavius starts by offering a basic explanation

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Movement 2011, Detroit: New iPhone App + Guide

Events

This weekend music fans from around the world head to Detroit for a pilgrimage to the heart of techno that happens every year in the city’s Hart Plaza. Ricardo Villalobos recently joined the all-star lineup and we have tips on iPhone apps and after parties to make your weekend happen.

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Sound Selections 008: Truth, Amon Tobin, Buraka Som Systema, Africa HiTech, Floating Points

Artists & Labels

This week we find a cosmic dub collaboration in Africa HiTech, some proper bass for the floor by Buraka Som Sistema, a highly coveted 10″ by Floating Points, plus a lot of links to great music you’ll love.

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Maschine Sampling Video Tutorial Pt. 2: Organizing Samples

Maschine

In this video tutorial, Native Instruments product specialist Matt Cellitti demonstrates his methods of organizing samples and instruments inside Maschine.

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Mary Anne Hobbs @ Dubspot :: ‘Wireless’ Interview w/ Badawi

DJ Tips & Tricks

In the first installment of our new interview series Wireless, Dubspot instructor, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raz Mesinai better known as Badawi talks with established and rising musicians and DJs. In this premier episode, Raz talks with renowned radio host,

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Video Tutorial: Novation 25 SL MIDI Keyboard Controller + Logic Pro Automapping

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In this video tutorial, Novation product specialist Brandon Carroll stops by Dubspot to explain and demonstrate creative production possibilities with Novation 25 SL MkII MIDI Keyboard Controller and Logic Pro. Brandon starts by showing how to setup the 25 SL,

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Soul Clap @ Dubspot Video Recap: Ableton Live Collaborative Workshop

Video Tutorials

In this video, Soul Clap dropped by Dubspot NYC to share some music production knowledge and demonstrate their collaborative workflow with Ableton Live.

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