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

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.

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By | 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 | 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 | September 28th, 2016|Ableton, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|1 Comment

Final Mixdown Checklist

So you got a rocking song written and you’re ready to move it over to the mixing stage. There are many technical steps as well as room for creativity in the mix down process.  After years of being a professional mixing engineer and musician I have found a basic guideline that helps me insure a solid mix.  Below is a checklist / cheat sheet I made to help visualize the steps needed.

Download a hi-res version for print. I love having a binder of images like this I can reference along the way. If you find the information helpful and want to see more checklist like this, then donate. Thanks!

Step by step checklist for the final mixdown.


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Here is deeper run-through of the steps and ideas in the Infographic. If you use Ableton Live then check out the Mixdown Toolset. It is packed with tools to help your stereo imaging, advance EQing, and more. (more…)

By | July 28th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Music Theory, Producers Blog|1 Comment

Latin Percussion MIDI Library

Percussion and added rhythm can really add a distinct flavor to your music. Over the years I have  been cultivating my own collection of Latin percussion in MIDI. This lets me drag and drop it into Live, or any DAW, and create new percussion parts. Super fast and easy.

Collection of Drum Rhythms in MIDI

This is a collection of 85 unique Latin rhythms in MIDI.

  • Congas
  • Agogo
  • Bongos
  • Shakers
  • and more

I have also added a Live Set with all the MIDI laid out in clips. I used Abelton Live 9.6. If you are in live try using the Vintage Drum Machine, Percussion Pack I released for free. I’ve been making some awesome sounds with that combo.

This collection is by donation / free. If you want to support the creation of future tools and resources, then consider throwing in a few bucks.

Download the MIDI Library

If you want a taste of what these rhythms can sound like, then check out this track Invoking. I used some of these MIDI in creating the percussion elements. It really added a depth and character to the track.

Party on!

By | July 16th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

(aq) Toy Piano

I love using unique instruments in my production. I end up finding a lot of toy instruments and collecting them in Ableton Live. This time I have been working with the Toy Piano. The Schoenhut “My First Piano” is an amazing instrument. The sound it makes is so crisp and clear. I love how it pierces through the mix.

Toy Piano Pack

Check out the Toy Piano and download it below:


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