Category : Producers BlogDED_HERE
I’ve been a long time fan of AfroDJMac. For years he has been pumping out amazing videos on Ableton Live. He has hundreds of free articles and devices up on his site. I really love his creations. I was fortunate to meet him at the Ableton Live Certification Event we were both at. Really awesome guy that is full of integrity and Ableton genius.
Just the other day AfroDJMac stepped it up another notch. He released a membership side of things for his website. This way you can sign up and get his packs sent to your inbox. When you sign up you also get some amazing packs to start. I am always looking for cool new sounds, so I went ahead and joined the club.
Check out his site and read more about it. Thanks for continually pushing the boundaries AfroDJMac.
There are many instances where a musician will come up to me and be done and out of themselves over their production. They feel it’s just no good they have been working on it for a year or so. Well, my word of advice is to just stick through with it, and here is why.
A long time ago my friend Joshua Penman, aka Akara, once told me a very wise statement about making music. He said it’s important to know the music always sounds bad until it’s finished. You have to be ok and know that it will never sound as good as anything out there until it’s done. No one writes the best and already the track blows your mind. It takes a while to develop it and go through the process of making it better.
Your creative mastery works in the same way. It is a process of practicing your skills and getting better and better at it. No one is born with super hero music making skills. There is no luck to it, just dedication.
Don’t let your music get you down at first. Don’t let your inner critic tell you, it’s not as good as everyone else’s music. That is a totally normal part of the process. This short video from Ira Glass explains this idea really well.
An amazing point that Ira brings up is that when we first get started our taste is more developed than our skills. This is why you think your music might not be very good. You’re just ahead of yourselves. Given time your taste and skills will align and what you want to create, will be at your fingertips.
Remember, it’s a process. The more fun and adventure you can make the process of learning and developing the quicker this part of the process will pass.
I just released the remix album, Recreate, a week ago and wanted to take this to the next level. I wanted to not only share the music, but make it easier for others to make remixed and learn how I go about things as a musician.
When making music there are so many possibilities. To get the same exact bass growl you could go about it in 10 different ways. This is one of the most amazing things about Ableton Live and the most daunting What can be really helpful to starting musicians is seeing how someone else went about things. Even if you have produced for years, seeing how someone else makes a track can be really helpful. That is why I spent countless hours putting together this collection of my tracks as Ableton Live Packs.
I took all 10 of the tracks from the album Tides of Twilight and turned them into Live Packs. This way you can open them up and explore who I went about and made the music. This is designed to help inspire you with new production ideas, organization, and show you what a finished Subaqueous track might look like.
To give you an idea of what is in the Templates, here is a walk-through video.
I am excited to share with you all my newest album coming out March 24th 2015. The album is a collection of remixes made from the original album Tides of Twilight came out on Merkaba Music late last year. It got amazing traction with the art / story book that came with it. Even before that album came out though I was talking to musicians about collaborating on a remix album. I knew I wanted to work with some musicians to see how they would blend my concepts into new works. It helps you see through a different lens a wider story.
I am absolutely thrilled at every remix. I love the wide range of genera’s in this album. I love how Bogtrotter took it to the deep dark glitch hop realms. In contrast Drumsyder brings a sold world influenced vibe that makes me think of a candle lite belly dancer. I cannot express how deeply I appreciate all the artists.
If you like the music and want to support, then share the album with friends. Share a link on Facebook and lets help spread the word. Thanks so much to everyone involved. I hope you enjoy the new remixes.
Ableton has just released word on a new product. The product is something very unexpected. A Book?
When we think of the book industry, we think of a dying age. Well, some of us do. That is what makes this such an interesting move. I got to be a part of a call for Ableton Certified Trainers when the author, Dennis DeSantis, showed it off and let us ask questions. Dennis told us that Ableton as a company is out to help musicians make music. That this is above all else their goal. The move to create this book is the first step in that direction.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
For many artists, nothing inspires more existential terror than actually making art. The fear that we’re not good enough or that we don’t know enough results in untold numbers of creative crises and potential masterpieces that never get realized…
Making Music was written both to answer this question and to offer ways to make it easier. It presents a systematic, concrete set of patterns that you can use when making music in order to move forward.
I love the direction they are taking with this book. It’s a reminder of why we even use Ableton Live. To express, share our creativity, and make music. The book is called Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers. You can order the book now, and even read it online from their website.
The book is divided into three sections, Problems of Beginning, Problems of Progressing, and Problems of Finishing. The book is very precise and you can tell that Dennis DeSantis has taken his years of knowledge as a music producer and distilled it into an amazing resource for the rest of us.
On March 9th I am doing a free class on Mixing with Ableton Live. I am working with Creative Live and will be streaming the class. This class is 6 hours long, studio audience, online Q&A’s, and at a professional studio. This is going to be an epic class, so join us.
Sometimes to collaborate with other musicians we need to turn our Ableton Live Tracks into Stems. Using stems is a great way to send tracks to other people that use different DAWS, such as Logic, or for remix contest. Before we get started though, let’s define what a Stem is.
Stem-mixing is a method of mixing audio material based on creating groups of audio tracks and processing them separately prior to combining them into a final master mix. Stems are also sometimes referred to as submixes, subgroups, or busses.
In other words, it’s taking our track and turning it into a handful of stereo tracks. That way you can send 8-10 tracks instead of 50 individual tracks or one final master.
I created an in depth PDF that walks you through the steps needed to turn your track into stems. Below is the video walk-through. I also have a free PDF guide for download below that.
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Do you want an easy way to drop in cool scales and write in new MIDI parts? Or have you ever wanted a Scale Reference in the Piano Roll? I’ve created a new technique I call Scale References to help me with this. It’s helped my productivity and makes sure the parts I am writing are in the scale I am using. Here is a video walk through of the technique:
Collaborating with your music is amazing experience. It lets you bring new perspectives to your tracks, outsource to other musicians to use their strengths, and it’s just straight up fun as hell. Ableton Live is a great platform to collaborate with, but it takes some knowledge. It’s really frustrating when you get that “Media Files Missing” or “Missing external Plugin” notification when you open a file. That’s why I made the (aq) Sharing Files PDF.
Here are some example pages from the Free PDF.