The Petti Test Ep.5: How To Build EDM Chords w/ Ableton Live (Guest: Zac Baird, KORN)

In this new video tutorial series The Petti Test, Dubspot Instructor and sound programmer-extraordinaire Chris Petti will put any sound to test! Petti will be deciphering and reverse-engineering sounds and recordings submitted by anyone from anywhere! If you want to put a sound to the Petti Test, email

I hope that you’ve been enjoying my series. I have received a lot of great feedback, and I really appreciate it. Thank you!

I was all set to do the next installment of the Petti Test with the focus on chord entry into a sequencer. I had received the submission a little while ago, and thought it would be a good one. Two days before the shoot however, Dubspot received an email from Zac Baird, keyboardist and pianist currently collaborating with the band Korn.

Zac said he was going to be in NYC as they had a show in New Jersey. He said he was a big fan of Dubspot, had watched many of our YouTube videos, and loved what we are doing. He said he had a day free in NYC and could either go to a museum or come to Dubspot and learn something. (Not to say that he wouldn’t learn something at a museum, but anyway…)

So we invited him to drop by and asked him to make a guest appearance on The Petti Test. I got to spend quite a bit of time with Zac, and I can honestly say that he is one of the coolest cats I have met in the music industry. He is using Ableton Live on his tour with Korn but he hadn’t really worked with too many of the rack devices, so we spent some time working with those and putting parts and sounds together for his live performance setups. He has a rich history with hardware synths and workstations and the flexibility of the rack devices in Live allowed us to create setups that paralleled the way he used to do it.

Check out the video, and I hope that you enjoy!

- Chris Petti

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