Celtic Harp Instrument Rack

Good music is all about dynamics. One way I am able to get my music to have a wider range is having many different types of instruments. Instead of just having synths, I love to mix in organic acoustic sounds, physical modeling synths, and square wave synths. It gives the track interesting sounds and feels more dynamic and full.

One instrument I love to mix in my synth-heavy tracks is this Celtic Harp I created. It’s so clean and pops out the mix. It can add a delicate flavor to an otherwise heavy track.

This instrument is for free / by donation.  Check out the video below and a link to the download.


Download Celtic Harp

By | 2017-10-05T17:31:04+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Makaya McCraven – Beat Science

I was stoked to host the Ableton Live User Group in Portland last month. We had the rare opportunity of having the guest speaker Makaya McCraven. Makaya is a world-renowned jazz drummer. Pop Matters’ put him in the top jazz albums of 2015. In this Video Makaya MacCraven walks us through his creative process with editing, chopping, and working off the grid. Lots of gems in here, so enjoy.

Check out Makaya’s music at: https://www.makayamccraven.com/

By | 2017-09-06T18:42:25+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Ableton, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|0 Comments

Fast Songwriting with Odesi and Ableton Live

Sometimes I want to sit down and just hash out an idea. I might not have a keyboard with me or just feel like exploring unknown territory. Odesi has been a magic tool for me to do this. It’s fast, intuitive, and helps me discover new ideas in minutes.

Odesi is a stand alone program made by the people at Mixed in Key. In this video, I walk you through how to use Odesi and give you a deeper idea of what you can do with the program.

After I made that video I realized I wanted to take it a step further. I wanted to show the ease of which you can create a song and then take the parts into Ableton Live. Once there, you can start putting sound design to it and build out your track. I have started sketches for a track in 10min or less using this program. Granted this is just a seed. You need to extend it out, build the composition, modulate, and all that stuff. Basically, think of Odesi as a fast idea generator, but you have to go build out those ideas.

I will also say I don’t generally use Odesi for melody creation. It just never “gets me” as a listener or producer. Seems a little flat, but some good ideas come out of it. As far as chord movement and beat… this program is rad!

Here is my video walkthrough of using Odesi and Ableton Live. Check out Odesi by Mixed in Key.

By | 2017-08-29T19:02:26+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Ableton, Producers Blog, Vst Review|0 Comments

Rock Drum MIDI Library

I have been stoked on Rock of late… It’s a new thing for me, but I am digging classic rock again. All the sudden I found a little of its influence sneaking into my music. Lots of rhythmic inspiration.  I decided to dive deep and make a library of Rock Drum MIDI. This collection has 56 MIDI Drum Patterns organized and ready to be used in any DAW.

 

Here is the video walk through:

Grab the rack for free / by donation. Consider throwing a few bucks to help the creative wheel go round 😉

If you want to see other MIDI Libraries, please comment below.


Download the MIDI Library

DOWNLOAD THEM ALL

Download the full collection of Free Live packs with the Download Archive. This collection includes all the Free Live Packs on Subaqueousmusic.com.  Instead of crawling through the site and other online sites that have featured Subaqueous Packs, you can grab all of them with one convenient download. This includes all the past MIDI Libraries.

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Check out these other MIDI Libraries:

Hip Hop MIDI Library

Carrabiean and Reggae Drum MIDI Library

Glitch Hop MIDI Library

Trap MIDI Library

Latin Percussion MIDI Library

By | 2017-08-23T17:21:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools|0 Comments

Sitar Instrument Rack – Ableton Live

I love the unique quality of the Sitar. It has such rich harmonic strings and overtones. Over the years I have made a few instrument racks in my production of the Sitar and decided to share them. I packed up five Sitar instrument racks for free / by donation download. Check out the video below for a walk through.

 

Download Below:


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If you make a track from this, please comment below with a link. Love to check it out. Enjoy 😉

By | 2017-07-21T11:56:38+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|10 Comments

Free Live Drum Rack from Field Recordings

I had the awesome oppertunity of being a part of Sonic Bloom Music Academy. We had 20+ students out in nature for a class on music production. 30 hours of class time… it was cray. Had such a great time with everyone.

On day two I did an activity on field recording. I had students go out and record samples from the festival grounds, and we turned them into a drum rack. I took these samples and polished them up into an amazing Drum Rack for Ableton Live.  Check out the way they sound in the video below. You will also see a free / by donation download of the Live Pack under the video.

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I am actually really stoked on how this Drum Rack sounds. There are lots of cool textures in here. Happy to share this with you all. If you have questions or use the rack in your music, comment below.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:03+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|3 Comments

Shaker Drum Racks for Ableton Live

Back in the studio making beats with shakers. Below is a video walk-through of my Ultimate Shakers Live Pack. It’s a collection of shaker samples made into Drum Racks for Ableton Live. This Free / By Donation live pack included 5 Drum Racks for use in your music production.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:04+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

iPad Second Monitor for Ableton Live – Windows and Mac

Just got a new iPad and what was the first thing I did… Control Ableton Live with it.

I tried out the best solution for connecting the iPad as a second monitor to a Windows Machine. Best thing I have found is the Duet Display app. Check out my video walkthrough below:

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This is the first thing I did and I am stoked with my iPad. If you got any apps or things I have to check out, comment below.

By | 2017-06-28T19:49:08+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Ableton, Gear Review, Producers Blog|5 Comments
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