Free Water Sample Library and Live Template

I am kinda into water… it’s like my thing.  The first album I made as Subaqueous I used water recordings for percussion and snare samples. It was a really cool way for me to play with water on my front lawn and make some beats. Over the years I have traveled all over the world and grabbed field recordings of water for my music.  I’ve put together a free / by donation Live Pack and Sample Library of these sounds.

What inspired me to do this is the protest in North Dakota against the pipeline. The Native Americans of that area are protesting an oil pipeline that puts their water source and sacred land at risk. This issue is also bigger than that. It’s about how we treat water and protect it for future generations.  I wanted to share my love of nature, water, and help inspire other musicians to join in this very important conversation.

This Live Pack is a gateway for conversation. I hope other music producers download it and create water-inspired music and join in the conversation. As musicians, we are on the forefront of the culture and can help define our society through our music.

Here is a video walkthrough of the Live Pack and Samples.

The live pack is royalty free. Use it however you would like. If you make a track from the template, or sample in your music, I ask that you share something about the power and importance of water.  Also use the hashtags  #waterislife #waterismusic #nodapl to join in the conversation.

Water is Life

I also wanted to list some organizations that are fighting for our right have clean drinking water. This is a noble fight, and one I am glad to be a part of.https://donate.charitywater.org/donate/home
http://water.org/

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Samples can be used in any DAW


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Share your tracks in the comment below, or how you have used water samples in your music.

By | 2017-06-28T19:51:08+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Free Dub MIDI and Drum Loops

I really dig a tasty dub beat. When I put down a dub beat and start playing a dub bass line, life is great. Over the last year I have been making Beat Builders to help me in the studio and just finished up the new Deep Dub Beat Builder. These Beat Builders are a collection of loops in a genre. I make a massive amount of Drum Loops and then create two versions. One with everything together, and another where each part is separated. That way you can drag and drop in your production as well as mix and match other drum loops with their parts.

I’ve packaged up 5 of these full drum loops and their associated solo parts for free. That is 27 Drum Loops in total,, which can be combined in hundreds of ways. I’ve also thrown in some free MIDI patterns to help you in creating your own palette of beats.  This is a good 1/3 of the full Deep Dub Beat Builder Library. I wanted to not only give you a good taste, but also share the technique. I’ve found this way of organizing to be super useful in the studio. After you grab these samples you can start creating your own, or if you want a jumpstart than buy the full version. 

 
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The Deep Dub Beat Builder comes with 159 Samples / loops in it and MIDI. Check out the full version and get that baby goodness going into your production.

I’ve also done other free versions of my Beat Builders.  Check out the Free Trap Drum Loops and the House Beat Builder for more free loops. 

By | 2017-06-28T19:51:21+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Free Micro Glitch Percussion Loops

Sometimes when I am working on a beat I want to add some glitchyness. I feel it adds character and can take an otherwise normal beat and make it cutting edge. Over the years I’ve made a crap load of glitch loops / samples. I compiled them all together in a new Free/By Donation Sample Library.

The Micro Glitch Library is a quick way to drag one of the many minimal percussion loops into your production. You can then play with interesting new rhythmic ideas you might not ever have thought of. The loops include edgy minimal percussion, clear, resonant hits, and mangled glitchy texture.

Here is a little trailer video I made:


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Enjoy the glitchy goodness!

By | 2017-06-28T19:51:25+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

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 | 2017-06-28T19:51:25+00:00 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.

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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 | 2017-06-28T19:51:30+00:00 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 | 2017-06-28T19:51:34+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Microcassette Tape Instruments by PerforModule

PerforModule is an amazing producer and sound designer. I’ve worked with him in the past with things like the Free Drawbar Organ, Sub Follower, and the Pitch Bend Vibrato. So when he hit me up about a new instrument using a Microcassette tape I was stoked. He sent me over an awesome collection of sound designs using the tape sound.  The three experimental sound design instruments are crafted using noise from a microcassette tape transcriber, recorded at a sample rate of 48kHz.20160604_162304

Download the Live Pack below and read more about the instruments in this awesome pack by PerforModule.

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What is in the Live Pack:

Microcassette Hiss Machine Instrument
This is a device which can be used to provide authentic analog microcassette tape hiss, either to layer in as a background noise floor or for sound design purposes. It has a tone knob which is not a usual filter, but instead alters the playback loop point to highlight a different tone slice, each with a different combination of hiss tone and rotor speed, thus retaining full bandwidth and maximum fidelity at all settings. The brightest, default tone is with the knob in the center position; as it is moved to either the left or the right different sample slices will be resultant, each providing its own unique combination of hiss and mechanical tone settings. Any played key will generate the chosen slice (playing different keys will not repitch). A useful capability is to select a tone setting wherein the pitches of the hiss and rotor harmonically match the key of your song. There is also the option to switch between “SP” (standerd play) and “LP” (long play) modes, which each have their own distinct character.

Ideas for Usage:

  • Background Hiss: play a loop and set to a tone (by ear) which seems to resonate with the song’s fundamental key. Now that it is set, reduce the volume to just below where you can barely hear it in the mix, and let it loop throughout the entire song. This is a way to add a little analog background noise to an overly dry, digital mix, or to pretend to have recorded onto tape for hipster cred.
  • Sound design (custom sound effects): set up some of your favorite plugins after the instrument, particularly modulation and glitch effects. Record short to medium-length bursts of noise, play with plugins, and freeze. Chop up snippets that sound interesting and save them in your user library as composition resources.

Mecha Noise
Mecha Noise is an instrument which can be used to create or augment melodies out of mechanical noise (hum & hiss). This one is melodic, outputting pitches, matching the MIDI given it. The planned operation is to use it to double a melody line in a song, providing analog noise which follows the key. Since it is monophonic, it tends to work best with lead, bass, or harmony lines, and will give unpredictable results when playing chords (which still might be interesting).
Once you set it to double a line, you can then reduce its level to almost imperceptible for an analog noise which emphasizes the note flow.

An alternate usage of “Mecha Noise” is as a beefy, square-wave-esque synth with a warm, fat tone. When playing notes in the upper octaves, the ultra-low hum noise shifts into this type of sound, becoming a unique instrument of its own right.
Stop Clicker
Percussion drum rack made from “stop button” click sounds.
Simple, but useful for organic percussion programming.

  • Quick, fast transients with virtually no decay
  • Subtle variation and randomization between samples for human feel
  • Macros to modulate timbre for variety

PerforModule does a lot of amazing instruments and effects for live. If you want to grab more than check out his site at:https://performodule.com/

By | 2017-06-28T19:51:38+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Geometry in Music Composition with Ableton Live

The Golden ratio unlocks a nature’s harmony, we see in the world around us.  Beautiful never lacks proportion, and mathematics is the language of proportion.

The Golden ratio occurs in nature all the time. From a shell spiral, architecture, growth patterns of plants, the human form, and more. Using this ratio in our music it injects a kind of natural beauty, similar to Da Vinci’s portraits.

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The golden ratio, also known as the divine proportion, golden mean, or golden section, is a number often encountered when taking the ratios of distances in simple geometric figures such as the pentagon, pentagram, and dodecahedron. It is denotedphi , or sometimestau .

The formula for the Golden Ratio is: (more…)

By | 2017-06-28T19:51:41+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Music Theory, Producers Blog|8 Comments

Free Music Box Instrument Rack – Ableton Live

I’ve always been searching for unique bell and piano sounds. I always associate a music box with this eerie yet delicate feeling. After I scoured for different music boxes, I went ahead and created a full Instrument Rack in Live using the samples.  After spending the time to create the instrument I decided to pack it all up and share it on here to give you more sounds to play with.

Here is a video walk-through of the instrument rack that is for free / by donation.

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By | 2017-06-28T19:51:46+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|1 Comment
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