Fibonacci Sequence Delay in Ableton Live

Using interesting mathematics in our effects and music can add a natural depth to the sound. I’ve been playing with the Fibonacci Sequence with delays and wanted to share the free / by donation Live Pack I put together.

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What is the Fibonacci Sequence?

The Fibonacci sequence is referenced as far back as 900 BCE and is referenced in a lot of Indian Sanskrit and Greek text. In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence:

1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89,\;144,\;

What is so intriguing about the Fibonacci numbers are how often they are found in nature. They appear everywhere in Nature, from the leaf arrangement, to the pattern of flower petals, pine cones, or even the bone structure of humans.

Fibonacci in Nature Rose Universe everything

If you want to read more about the mathematics behind the Fibonacci Sequence then check out Mathisfun.com

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By | April 20th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|2 Comments

House Beat Sample Library – Free Download

Have you sat down to work on a track and wanted to throw in a beat for inspiration?  You then build out the track and you realize that Loop you used will only get you so far. You wish you had the kick separated, or that strange minimal sound. Well… That is exactly what I had in mind when I made this new Deep Tribal House Loop Library.

I love making Deep and Tribal House tracks.  I got addicted to the drag and drop nature of my Trap Beat Builder and got inspired to make a library of house beats for a live performance coming up.  Going back to some old projects and extracting out the beats was really fun.  Right after I put together the Sample Loop Library I was using it religiously in my new tracks. The video below will show off the Loops and how to use this unique library in your production.

 

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Get the full Deep Tribal House Beat Builder with an added 62 One Shots, 77 solo elements, percussion, and MIDI files.  Grab the full Deep Tribal House Beat Builder.

 

6 Best Free Ableton Live Pack and Effects

An awesome Ableton Live Pack can be really inspirational.  Once and a while I look online for a new technique, sound design, or idea and love checking out Ableton Live Packs and Racks to play around. In this article I am going to list off some of my favorite packs and why I would use them. This is the cream of the drop.

Turntable Scratch

In my live sets I’ve always wanted to add a turntable scratch sound. One day when I was looking it up I found this awesome free pack by Yehezkel Raz at 4live.com.  This Instrument Rack is great for live performance and for the studio. It lets me get some awesome tape stop sounds live.  Check out the video below and download the Free Live Instrument. 

Low-fi VCR sounds

Sticking with the retro sound we have this awesome VHS VCR Tape Emulation from AfroDJMac.  If I am looking for a vintage scratchy sound this is the Live Pack go to. I love the tools AfroDJMac gives to add texture and character to your sound.

Formant filter

If you are trying to get a vowel movement, or spice up your bass sounds, then this Live Effect Rack is perfect.  Yeuda, a fellow Ableton Live Certified trainer, put together this awesome free pack that lets you scan different Vowel sounds and start to morph your sound.  I’ve used this with great effect on square wave basses or pads to add interest.

Formant Morpher – Human Vocal Vowels, For Your Synths (Free Download)

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

Animatronix – Free Sound Effects Library

Having a collection of morphing Sound Effects can add a depth and texture to your music production. I worked with Animatronix to share this impressive collection of Sound FX’s. Animatronix put together this psychedelic collection of added sparkles, drops, and breakdowns. This by donation / free library contains impacts, weaponry, liquid mechanics and psychedelic sweeps. This is sample library is perfect for cinematic moments, complex transitions, and adding sound design strangeness to your tracks.

Download free FX Library for psychedelic textures and risers

Animatronix had this to say about the pack, “The sound design techniques I used to create Sonic Wizardry is layering of multiple samples from my found and folly recording library as well as mixed with my synthetic library of sounds. I love to morph and twist sounds into new sounds.  This is where layering different sounds together becomes lots of fun. I also made these samples by using a combination of granular synthesis, S-layer by Twisted Tools,  and synthesis in Omnisphere by Spectrasonics.”

To get an idea of the thick sound design Animatronix is up to, check out his music below:

Download the Sample Pack below. It’s all wav files so it can be used with any DAW.


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If you want even more FX’s and risers, then check out the Ultimate Risers Sample Pack.  This Sample pack was hand crafted by me and has 115 samples.  Including Risers, Sweeps, and Drops. Also make sure you check out Animatronix bandcamp to listen to his music. 


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.

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By | March 30th, 2016|Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Latin Percussion from Vintage Drum Machines

When producing Subaqueous tunes, I love to add rich percussion sounds. It really elevates the track on the dance floor. Over the last few years I find myself repeatedly going back to Latin Percussion sounds. I’ve put together an Ableton Live Drum Rack that features a collection of these samples. There is a twist to it though… All the samples have been taken from Vintage Drum Machines.

As much as I love Percussion, I equally love Vintage Drum Machine sounds. This Drum rack is a perfect blend of both.

Vintage Latin Drum Rack

This Free / by Donation live pack includes a Drum Rack and Samples taken from:

  • Alesis HR16
  • Alesis SR15
  • EMU Drumulator
  • Roland TR-505
  • And more

It also includes 40 original samples that can be used in any DAW or sampler. The samples were taken from the vintage drum machines.

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By | February 8th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Getting Creative with Vocal Processing and Effects

Recording beautiful vocals is fantastic, but where I have a lot of fun is being creative with effects to spice the vocals up.  I just wrote an article on Processing Vocals in Ableton Live where I talk about the basics of getting a good starting vocal.  In this article I am going to take you down the rabbit hole of Vocal Effects, like chorusing, reverse reverb, and other tricks I have learned along the way.

For the past 2 weeks I have been working with Heather Christie, aka Cheraki, in the studio recording. We used a Miktek c5 microphone and were able to get some gorgeous recordings. I then processed the vocals to even out levels and clean it up.  From there a whole world of possible effects opens up.  In this article I am going to be using some of her vocal takes as an example of what is possible. You’ll also get a sneak peak at some new music.

Heather Christie Silk Drop

Complex Pro:

To start I want to show off some Ableton Nerdery. A while ago I did some videos on creatively using warp modes. This is a great example of using Complex Pro Mode in a creative way to give a unique character.  The reason I would use this effect is to give a deeper, and strange thickness to the vocal. If you are looking for a very intimate and realistic effect, then this is not for you.

I start off by duplicating the vocal track. I then transpose the track by -3, -5, -7, or -12. That way it is pretty safe harmonically. I usually go with -12.Complex Pro Vocal (more…)

By | January 21st, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|5 Comments

Vintage Pitched Toms

Vintage 808 drum machineI love using pitched toms as both basslines as well as an interesting percussion. I have been in the studio working on new tracks and constantly find myself reaching for this collection of pitched Toms.  I went ahead and created a new Live Pack for free / by donation of tom samples taken from vintage Drum Machines. These samples were then put into Ableton live in instrument racks so you can pitch the samples up and down.

This Free / by Donation live pack includes 4 instruments:

  • MR10 Pitched Toms
  • Drumtracks Pitched Tom
  • TR-808 Pitched Toms
  • Drum Station Pitched Tom

It also includes 17 original samples that can be used in any DAW or sampler. The samples were taken from the vintage drum machines.

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By | January 20th, 2016|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Free Winter Bells Drum Rack – Live Pack

I just put together a free / donation Live Pack for y’all. It’s a collection of hand bells and Sleigh Bells for percussion. This is perfect to help you finish that Christmas trap remix of winter bells. Seriously, if anyone makes that I want to hear.   The Live Pack includes 27 samples, and an easy to use Drum Rack. Check out the video below to learn more:

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By | December 22nd, 2015|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments

Vintage Roland Tr-909 Drum Rack

The TR-909 Drum machine is a legend. This instrument has been featured in hundreds of tracks ranging from electronics to hip hop. I love using this vintage sound in my tracks. It adds a nostalgic and interesting sound.  I had the opportunity to record the TR-909 and build an easy to use Live Drum Rack for my own music, and decided to share it with the world.

About the 909

The Roland TR-909 has been in a lot of classic tracks over the year. From oldschool Orbital tracks,  new trap beats, and even pop music.

The Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer is a partially analog, partially sample-based, drum machine introduced by the Japanese Roland Corporation in 1984.The brainchild of Tadao Kikumoto, the engineer behind the Roland TB-303, it features a 16-step step sequencer and a drum kit that aimed for realism and cost-effectiveness. It is fully programmable, and like its predecessor, the TR-808, it can store entire songs with multiple sections, as opposed to simply storing patterns. – WIKIPEDIA

To give you a taste of what the 909 sound like here are a few tracks i’ve loved that feature the TR-909.

Here is a quick video I found that lets you hear the difference between the 606, 707, 808, and 909 drum  machine.

 

Recording the TR-909

I recorded the TR-909 by patching it into a vintage Aphex Aural Exciter to give it a little life and then patched that into my soundcard. This lead to a very organic, bright, yet clean signal of the TR-909. I would then change some of the parameters and record many different takes. From there I edited down the best and put them into the Ableton Live Drum Rack.

Download the TR-909 Drum Rack for Free

This Ableton Live Pack and Sample Pack are a collection of recordings taken from the Drum Machine. You can download just the Samples, for any DAW, or the Live Pack to use the Drum Rack.  It’s free / by donating below.

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Thanks for checking out the TR-909 Drum Rack I put together. If you make any tracks from it, please feel free to share it with me or in the comments bellow. I also have some other random drum machine recordings lying around, like the 303. If you are interested in a specific vintage drum machine, let me know.

Music on mates.

By | December 15th, 2015|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|0 Comments
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