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New Silk Drop Remix EP

A few months back I hosted a remix contest for my new project Silk Drop. We had around nine hundred remixes turned in. Wow… After we picked the winners I worked with a handful of artists to create our first Remix album. The album includes two remixes from the contest as well as 5 others from collaborators and friends. I also did a Subaqueous remix of King of Beasts.

Here is the remix album for streaming on bandcamp:

If you are more of a SoundCloud guy, check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/silkdrop

Really stoked on how this turned out. Thanks so much everyone and I hope to have more remix contest coming up soon.

By | January 12th, 2017|Producers Blog, Subaqueous News, Events and Music|0 Comments

The Perfect Stand for Ableton Push

When I first got the push I was stoked! It has been such a centerpiece of my music creation. The only problem is I didn’t know where to put it. I kept moving it around on my desk for the best place. Then performing live had another question of where does it go. Eventually, I went down a rabbit hole of gear. After a lot of lessons learned, I have a list of the best stands for using the Push. These work for Push 1 and 2.

One Stand to Rule them all and in the darkness bind them.

Best Stand for Performance and Utility

A year back I got the Samson Laptop Stand and love it for the push. It is a perfect size and really stable for all that finger drumming. The only disadvantage is it’s a little big for when I am flying.  As of right now, the stand is around $50 and perfect for gigs and in the studio.  The advantage to this one over all the others I will show is you can put it high enough to stand and perform.

Link to the Stand

NOTE: Another Option is the Quicklock stand.  I have not actually used this stand, and it is very similar to the Samson. The difference is it has a little extension for a mouse. You could use that to hold another controller or soundcard. It is heavier, but might be a good option if you think that fits your needs more.

 

Push Stand for the Desk

Next up, I have used this adjustable stand for my desk. This stand is adjustable for the angle you need. It makes it a lot easier to see the knobs / LCD screen on your push.  This stand is also metal, sturdy, yet a cheap price. Total win for the desktop. 

 

Link to the Desktop Stand

DIY Ableton Push Stand

The first stand I used for the push was a snare stand. I had some laying around and used it to hold the Push. this was great in the studio when I needed more space on my desk. I just put it on the Snare Stand and chair height.

I don’t actually suggest buying a snare stand just for your push. It works, but if you are going to spend money I think the Samson stand would treat you much better. But, if you have one already or a friend sells one to you super cheap then this could be a good option for you. There are many different snare stands so finding the right one might be a little tricky if you are going for new. I did use this snare stand for the Ableton Push and it worked for my needs.

Link to the Snare Stand

 

There you have it, those are the 3 stands I suggest for the Ableton Push. If you don’t want a room full of random bits, stands, and half-baked projects like me then I suggest these 3. If you got any suggestions or things you think work better, please comment below.

By | January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Producers Blog, Push|2 Comments

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.

Download Audio Effects

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