WHY PUSH? Contest – Win a FREE Ableton Push from Dubspot! + Push Tutorial Video Roundup

This week at Dubspot, we are excited to announce the Why Push? contest with the chance for one lucky person to win a brand new Ableton Push! Along with the contest, we are proud to kick off Weekend DJ/Producer Tutorial Roundup!




The winner will be announced on our blog on November 27th, 2013, and will be contacted by email to claim the prize.


In the very first installment of our Weekly DJ/Producer Tutorial Roundup, we have compiled the last three Ableton Push performance and production video tutorials to coincide with the WHY PUSH? contest.

First up, we’ve got a two-part tutorial from Dubspot instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Dan Freeman, in which he demonstrates how to build a track from scratch without any pre-recorded audio using Ableton Push in a live performance setting. In part two, Dan Freeman breaks down the performance and offers tips for composing in real time with Push! Then, Adriano Clemente (Capcom) showcases more live performance techniques using Push!

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

It took a lot of practice, and it feels like a really intense version of DJing. When it works it’s fantastic, but if you fail, it’s pretty evident. In learning to do this live production set, I learned a couple of techniques on the Ableton Push which that I will discuss in this video. These will give you a basic idea of how you can use Push for production and/or performance. – Dan Freeman

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

The purpose of Push is to take digital production back to the physical realm, so producers can spend more time with their hands on an instrument instead of a keyboard and mouse. When I got Push, I thought it might be the right instrument for something I’ve wanted to do for a while–live production. Live production means starting out with no prerecorded tracks and creating a tune so quickly that it sounds like a performance.

In the Ableton Live set that I use for live production, all I have are some Drum Racks full of samples, and some synth pads and leads that I built with Ableton’s instruments. In addition to Push, I’m also using a Korg nanoKONTROL 2, which controls a set of DJ effects in my Master track. (These are effects that, as a Level 6 Dubspot instructor, I have my students build.) I also have some headphones which play a click track–this is handy for moments in the set where the music drops out and I have to play something in time. The only track that’s prepared in advance is a sidechain kick. The sidechain kick can’t be heard–it’s used to make the music “pump” in time. (This is covered more extensively in our six-level Ableton course here in New York and online.) – Dan Freeman

Improvisation Using Ableton Push + Ableton Live 9 w/ Adriano Clemente (CapCOm)

In this video, I’ve made an effort to concentrate on the major features and options that are useful when performing with Ableton Push. I don’t necessarily define Push as a performance controller, nor do I use it as the only component of my rig–it’s more of a studio buddy which helps me to transform the experience of making music into a more engaging dimension, and escape the classic keyboard-mouse setting.

That said, if you are a musician who likes to improvise, Push is one the most powerful performance tools out there. It offers many amazing tools, in one place, ready to go. In this video, I start out playing a loop as a core around which I build and tailor a series of sequences using several techniques: step sequencing, real-time recording, loop resizing, and repeat-rolling (on the hi hats). I then use my “AC” follow-action technique that allows me to retrigger sections of loops in a fast, dynamic, and controlled way. – Adriano Clemente

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.

Class just started; sign-up today!
October 30, 2013 in NYC – Wednesday, Friday, 6:15pm–9:00pm

Upcoming classes:
November 11, 2013 in NYC – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:15am–12:00pm
November 11, 2013 in NYC – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, 12:15pm–3:00pm
November 12, 2013 in NYC – Tuesday, Friday, 6:15pm–9:00pm

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