5 Ableton Push Tips Part I: Production + Performance w/ Dubspot’s Dan Freeman

In this Ableton Push video tutorial, Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Live Certified Trainer Dan Freeman demonstrates five drum programming techniques using Ableton Push’s melodic step sequencer for production and live performances.

In this Ableton Push tutorial video, Ableton Certified Trainer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Freeman (CØm1x) demonstrates five useful techniques using Ableton Push’s melodic step sequencer for production and live performances. Learn how to select sounds quickly without auditioning them live to create multiple drum loop patterns and variations on-the-fly. In addition, learn how to use the arrow buttons to navigate seamlessly through the clips with ease and how to record the results. Dan also demonstrates how to use Push in a live performance using the Repeat function and velocity to create interesting drum patterns and fills, build tension during buildups, and drop sounds using the Mute and Solo buttons.

Tip #1 | How to Make Quick Beat Variations

Tip #2 | How to use Clip Workflow to Quickly Create and Navigate Different Clips with Drum Variations

Tip #3 | How to Use the Repeat Function to Create Interesting Patterns within a Drum Loop

Tip #4 | How to Use the Mute and Solo Buttons to Quickly Drop Elements from a Drum Loop

Tip #5 | Using Push as a Live Performance Tool


Ableton Push: Live Production and Performance Techniques Part 1 w/ Dan Freeman

Ableton Push Tutorial: Live Production and Performance Techniques Part 2 w/ Dan Freeman


About Dan FreeMan aka CØm1x

Ableton-Certified Dubspot Instructor

Dan FreeMan (CØm1x) is Brooklyn-based bassist/keyboardist/producer. Originally from Boston, Dan trained as a classical pianist at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School before switching to jazz bass.

He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in American History and then came to New York to study at the Bass Collective where he studied with John Pattitucci, Matthew Garrison and Richard Bona. As a bassist he has also performed with, among others, Peter Gabriel, Angelique Kidjo, the B-52’s and Toni Braxton and performed in Europe, North and South America in venues from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He was also the keyboardist for RCA’s Stellastarr*.

Dan currently leads the band Comandante Zero, (CØ) a Brooklyn-based electro-funk bass/drum/laptop duo. CØ began in 2006 as a touring rhythm section performing with Virgin Records’ dance artist Xavier in Europe and the U.S. including shows at venues such as Berghain in Berlin. In the process, they began developing techniques on how to fuse laptops running Ableton Live with real instruments to create a hybrid electro-acoustic set. CØ then created its own set and has performed extensively in the United States and Europe and opened for electro acts including the Brazilian Girls, The Juan Maclean and Streetlab.

Dan also mixes and produces under the production name CØm1x. He has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Dan is an Ableton Certified Trainer. His specialty is using Ableton Live for live performance, especially with instruments and vocals. He works with other groups and artists as a consultant on how to integrate analog instruments with digital. He also is a presenter for Ableton Inc. in the U.S. Previously, he taught jazz theory and history at the Brooklyn Conservatory in Brooklyn, NY


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. 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.

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

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.

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

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