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Free Tabla One Shots and Ableton Drum Rack

The tabla is an iconic instrument from India. Its voice and expression can be used to invoke a unique sound. Over the past 4 years, I have worked with a few Tabla players to add their sound to my Subaqueous tracks. I went through my recordings and created a massive, yet simple to use, Tabla Drum Rack for Ableton Live.

Here is a walk through video and download below:

 

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By | December 2nd, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|3 Comments

Free Ableton Live Templates – 3 full tracks

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a completed track in Ableton Live? I just created another collection of finished tracks as Live Templates for free / by donation.

I took three tracks from my new EP called SilpStream and turned them into Ableton Live Templates. The Live Templates include custom instruments, effect racks, samples, and more. Here is an intro video:

Download the Templates:

What is included in the Live Template?

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By | November 18th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

SlipStream EP and New Music

Releasing new music is always such a trip. I spent so much time feeling into this music, writing it, and polishing it. Each song is tied to the story of my life, my message to the world, and a reflection of where I am. 

I am so excited for the music to move beyond myself and find new stories and avenues. The EP has been released through The Chillage Record Label in California.  Stream the music below and check out the links if you want to grab a copy and support the music.

Download / Listen at:

ITunes

Beatport

Spotify
Big thanks to the musicians I collaborated with. The AdaptiveDanceher JonesJekksKR3TURE, and Halfred, Check out the tunes and let me know what you think.

New Ambient Autoharp Music

I am also happy to release some new ambient music.

The past year has been filled with special moments on stage playing my autoharp. The Autoharp has always been a private thing for me. Something I ply just for myself. This last year I decided to play it more in my sets, especially for opening ecstatic dances.

I’ve been a little shy about this, but after some encouragement from fans, I decided to post some live recordings of the autoharp. I started a new Soundcloud page to host these tracks, and more ambient style music to come.

Thank you for listening. Let me know what you think about it.

By | October 18th, 2016|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

Free 808 Style Trap Bass Instrument Racks

Lately, I have been working on some trap fusion tracks and wanted that deep resonant bass sound. I put together a few custom racks and find myself using these 3 over and over in the studio. I decided to package them all up and share them with you. Below is the video walkthrough.

Download the Free / By Donation pack below.

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If you use these instruments in your music, I’d love to hear it. Comment below with any tracks you’ve made. Stoked to see what other musicians are up to.

 

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By | October 14th, 2016|Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Silk Drop Remix Winner Announced

Wow, it has been an amazing experience listening to all the remixes. We had over 900 people join the event and 120+ submissions.  The music ranged from every genre imaginable and all over the world.  Heather Christie and I listened to every track for originality, emotional expression, production skills, and mixing.  It was a hard choice, but we have chosen the winners of the first ever Silk Drop remix contest.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone that participated. It’s always an amazing experience to see how our music has inspired other music producers. I also want to thank Loopmasters, PluginBoutique,LANDR, Melodics, AfroDjMac, and Novation for being a part of the contest by offering prizes. I really appreciate how much these companies support the music community. Make sure you send that love back and check out their site.

Ok, so the grand prize winner of the contest is Kelsey Robinson.  Kelsey’s remix had a unique flavor and emotional build to it. It took the more indie pop / electronic track and put it into a much more EDM context. Great remix and we are stoked. Thank you Kelsey.

The Runner-up is Fatal Kut. This Paris music producer added even more silk to the track with some old school keys and harmonic vocal layers. Check out both of these tracks below.

There were also so many amazing tracks worth mentioning. We had to narrow it down as much as we could and were left with these five honorable mentions.  Each one of these tracks has aspects of it that makes it worth checking out. From the more psychedelic remix by Seeded Vision, to the trip hop / edm styles of Fractal Force.  Listen to the tracks below and follow the musicians on Soundcloud. I have a feeling all these producers are worth watching and going somewhere soon.

On top of that, I want to do an extra shout out to TAETRO for his video of a live performance of his remix. It’s the first time I have seen that. Absolutely amazing. 

Again, thanks to everyone that joined the Remix Contest.  Lots of amazing music and inspiration has come out of this.  One last shout out to  Loopmasters, PluginBoutique,LANDR, Melodics, AfroDjMac, and Novation.

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By | October 14th, 2016|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|1 Comment

Free Squishy Watery Audio Effect Racks


I love me a good squishy sound. I mean my name is Subaqueous after all. As a sound designer, I am always looking for ways to add dynamic effects and movement in my music. I refined some effects I use a lot in my music and made them a free download.

Here is a video walk-through of the Audio Effect Racks:

Download the Audio Effect Below for free / by donation. If you like the beats in the example then check out the Dub Beat Builder.

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By | October 5th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

8 Efficiency Hacks for Ableton Live Workflow

When you’re producing music, you want to be in the flow. When you have to stop and do a bunch repetitive technical tasks, it can slow down your production and halt the creativity. Ableton Live features a huge collection of features to help speed up your game. Below is a list of my fast workflow tips in Live.

Multi-Clip Warping

If you are working on a remix, particularly for a band, then this is a life savor.  There are instances when you have a bunch of Audio in Live and you want to move all the Warp Markers in a track at the same time. You can easily do this.  All you need to do is:

  1. Make sure they are all the same length. If they are not using the Consolidate feature to get all the clips to the same size.
  2. Select all the Audio Clips.
  3. The last one you selected will be shown in the Sample Display. Create Warp Markers and move it. You will see that all the other audio clips will move as well.

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By | October 3rd, 2016|Ableton, Producers Blog|1 Comment

4 Unknown features for Live’s Compressor

The Compressor is your bread and butter in mixing. If you know can really wield EQing and Compression, then you can deal with 80% of all problems when mixing.  The Compressor is probably the most used Ableton live device. Even though producers constantly grab the compressor, there are some less known features that can greatly help the mix.

Adding the Auto Feature:Auto Feature Live Compressor

There are two features on the Compressor that can help make things automatic. The first one is the Auto Button. This will automatically decide the release amount compared to the input signal. It makes it quick and easy to let Live determine how long before releasing the compressor.  Once this is activated you cannot manually set the Release amount.

Second automatic feature is the Makeup button. Enabling the Makeup button automatically compensates the output level if the threshold and ratio settings change.  In other words, if you change the Ratio of the compression, then Live will automatically adjust the output gain.  These are both helpful in automating Live’s Compressor.

Expand instead of Compress:

I love using the Expand feature on the Compressor. It’s a little-known gem. With the Compressor set to Expand it acts as an upward expander, and will increase the gain when signals exceed the threshold. With this feature you can make the louder parts louder, giving you a bigger dynamic range. Normally a Compressor pushes the louder parts down, but now with Expand it will increase them if it is over the threshold.

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By | September 28th, 2016|Ableton, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|1 Comment
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