The Djembe is a powerful percussion with lots of character and history.
I have found myself rocking out to a lot of Glitch Hop of late. It’s just got a great bouncy hard groove to it.
I decided to take a week and really dive into Glitch Hop drums. I’ve been working on a massive collection of Drum Loops for my new Glitch Hop Beat Builder.
I programmed a lot of MIDI Drum Loops along the way and decided to make a free/by donation MIDI Library. The MID Library has 66 Drum Beats that are ready to use in your music creation. To get a taste, here is what I turned those MIDI Loops into:
Download the full MIDI Library for free/by donation bellow:
If you end up using these in a track, feel free to share the link below. Stoked to share this resource with you all.
Check out the Glitch Hop Beat Builder if you want to have a library of Glitch Hop Drum Loops as Wav’s. That SoundCloud Example is from the Full Drum Loops from the library. The Sample Library has over 256 Drum Loops and a bunch of Glitch inspired One Shots.
I am diving back into music production and finding myself obsessed with Arabic scales and instruments. I’ve always loved the Hammer Dulcimer and created an Instrument Rack. One for western scales and others for the Maqam scales.
Here is a walkthrough video of the instrument:
Here is the Download Link Below:
I am also really getting into Maqam music and using quartertones, or 1/2 flats. I’ve been working on some resources around this style of music and Ableton Live and hope to have it for you all soon. If you are interested in knowing more, please comment bellow.
Enjoy the instrument rack!
I love the delicate sound of the Kalimba thumb piano. There is just something about it. It’s not quite a bell but has a similar quality.
Today I was cleaning out my studio of the random instruments I have. I decided to record some of them before I gave them away. I recorded a collection of Kalimba Thumb Pianos to make a new instrument rack. Here is a video walk-through:
In the above link I also added the one-shot samples as a separate download for use in any DAW.
Sometimes we get stuck. We just hit a wall and need something to break us out. In those cases, I love to use randomization and generative music techniques. I like to think of it as using the machine as a collaborator.
I took a section of my Fast Songwriting course on Generative Music and posted it for free below. I wanted to share some of the ideas I use to speed up my production and come up with ideas.
Here is the introduction video:
What is Generative Music?
Generative music describes music that is ever-different and changing, and that is created by a system. In other words, it is using a machine with set parameters to generate new music instead of writing it from scratch. With Ableton Live I generally look at using randomization with MIDI and devices to generate new musical ideas.
How do you use Generative Music?
One of the key techniques I use in my instrumentation is Physical Modeling. This type of synthesis has a unique and organic sound. Wikipedia defines it as:
In sound synthesis, physical modelling synthesis refers to methods in which the waveform of the sound to be generated is computed by using a mathematicalmodel, being a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound, usually a musical instrument.
I also really like this image as a reference to how Physical Modeling does it. You can see how they have broken an instrument into its parts and used different synthesis to achieve a sound that emulates it.
Here is a video on my favorite Physical Modeling synth and an overview.
Getting your kick just right can be quite the task. I have been using this new VST called BigKick to quickly create the perfect sound for my mix. Here is a video walkthrough of me using the VST, my thoughts, and some techniques.
Have you ever wanted to edit vocals to give that stuttered and pitched effect you hear in Trap? I put togeather a video of me editing some Silk Drop vocals. I use techniques like cutting up the vocal, re-pitching vocals, complex pro warp mode, and other things.
Wanted to give you an inside look on how I edit vocals this way.
If you are interested in other vocal techniques, check out my video on vocal effects and free audio effect rack.
I also made a video on working with backing vocals and chorusing.
Do you have any techniques you use for Trap Vocals? Plugins? Share in the comments.
I love adding Tabla, Dholak, and South Asia influenced drums in my music. It adds a really unique flavor and can be used in juxtaposition to other instruments. Just a few months ago I made the Tabla Drum Rack and wanted to follow it up with a lesser-known, but just as amazing, instrument called the Dholak. This double head drum has a really cool sound.
Here is a walkthrough video on the Ableton Live Pack with the free Drum Rack:
You can download the Live Pack as well as the One Shot Samples (for any DAW) below.