Ultimate Guide to 432 – VST’s and AU Plugins

In the first part of this series, we went over the theory of Tuning and Temperament.  Then I went into detail on tuning your synths in Ableton Live from 440 to 432 in part two of the series. In this article, I will walk you through using third party plugins, AU, and VST’s.

Third Party Plug-ins:

If you are like me then you might have a host of Third Party Plugins you like to use in your production. These extra synths give you a whole host of new sounds to play with. Here is a list of Plugins you can use and the where to find the parameter to detune the instrument.  This is in no particular order.

To start here is a video I made in response to questions of tuning Massive and Serum.

 

Massive: Go to the Global tab. Here change the global tuning to  -0.32

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By | 2017-06-28T19:50:09+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Music Theory, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|0 Comments

Ultimate Guide to 432 – Using Ableton Live

Tuning into 432 with Live

To play music in 432 you must retune all your synths and presets. This might seem overwhelming idea at first, but it actually takes very little time at the beginning of your tracks. Once you get a library of instruments tuned, then it will also be that much easier.

The simplest way to tune to 432hz is to just detune each of your instruments. By detuning you lower the first note, from 440-432 for example.  since A=432 Live will then base every note from that point forward. You can not just lower the pitch at the end because that will not retune it, it will just lower the overall pitch.

This image shows the different tuning you could use for notes found in the Equal Temperament. As you can see when you move from 440 to 432 you are lowering the pitch by -8hz. You can also see that just 2 notes down 440hz Equal Temperament are 494. If you -8hz to that we do not get 484.90.  The reason why is equal temperament is a ratio that moved up from the root of A. A ratio of “2 11/12” from 440 is very different than a ratio of “2 11/12” at 432. Because of this, you can not return the finished song. You must tune the instruments correctly to start with. (more…)

By | 2017-06-28T19:50:12+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Music Theory, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|1 Comment

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 | 2017-06-28T19:50:22+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Ableton, Producers Blog, Push|3 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 | 2017-06-28T19:50:28+00:00 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 | 2017-06-28T19:50:31+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

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 | 2017-06-28T19:50:52+00:00 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 | 2017-06-28T19:50:57+00:00 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 | 2017-06-28T19:51:01+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Ableton, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|1 Comment
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