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Big Pad Chords – Virtual Riot, Odesza, Wavetable

So bass will only get you so far. You also need chords, pads, and other sounds to make the track feel finished. I am a big fan of lush chords. The kind I hear in Virtual Riot’s and Odesza’s tracks. I made this new Wavetable Preset with that sound in mind. Check out the video below or grab the preset for a $1.


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By | 2018-01-29T11:48:21+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments

Electro / Future Bass Wavetable Preset

Ok… Confession. I have loved Daft Punk forever. Love those guys. There Electro sound is on fire and I have loved seeing how thay have changed over the years. The sound of Daftpunk comes down to the talk box vocals and their bass lines. For years I have tried to decode the analog style sound, and have cracked it with Wavetable. I have also noticed this style of sound in more modern production like Haywyre and Jazzy style chill out. It’s been sneaking it’s way into a lot of Future Bass tracks.


So like always, you can grab the preset for $1 or watch the video for step by step on making your own.

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By | 2018-01-26T18:58:44+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments

Ableton Live 9 Basics – Now $9

Live 10 is out and that means it’s time for me to update my 101 courses.  What that means is if you have Live 9 and still want to learn the program before upgrading to 10, then this is the perfect time to grab my Live 9 course. I am making it only $9! Originally 80 when I first made it 2 years ago. This course is a massive collection of videos on the basics of using Live 9.

So you want to stick with live 9 and learn it…. Here is info on the Ableton Live 9 Breakthrough Course.

What You’ll Get:

  • 6+ Hours of Course Videos
  • Downloadable Example Sets
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Updates to the Curriculum for one year

Who It’s For:

  • Complete beginners
  • Musicians Moving from Another DAW
  • Intermediate Users as a Review
  • Bedroom Producers
  • Performers Wanting to use Live

What You’ll Learn:

  • Navigating Ableton Live
  • Editing MIDI
  • Building Your Tracks Arrangement
  • Basic DJing with Ableton Live
  • Using Audio Effects
  • Recording Audio

Still want to learn more about the courese?  Here is the trailer I made for the Live 9 course.

Course Trailer:


Grab the course for only $9 while we develope our new Live 10 course.

Get Started Today!

If you still aren’t sold, then check out the Ableton Live Breakthrough Course page to look at the Outline, example videos, and more.

Thanks, everyone! Now I need to get to work making those Live 10 Videos.  If you’re interested in learning more about Live 10 and upgrading, then check out my article on Upgrading with Live 10.

Retro Pluck Lead – Flume, Zedd, Wavetable Preset

A highly used sound in Future Bass is the retro pluck. It is a fast, almost shimmering synth sound. In the video below I walk you through how to make this icon patch with Ableton Live Wavetable.  Check out the walkthrough video on how to make the preset, or grab the preset for $1:

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Want the full Future Bass Library? I created a massive pack of Future Bass presets and Live Sets.  It’s a collection of top of the line Wavetable Presets with that tasty Future Bass sound.

Grab the Future Bass Wavetable Presets

By | 2018-01-15T18:44:40+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments

Ableton Live 10 – Why Upgrade and All you Need to Know

Live 10 is out!  I have been using the Beta for 6 months now and am stoked to see the full upgrade out in the world.  In this article I am going to be sharing a bunch of resources for learning Ableton Live 10. From linking to videos, sharing my thoughts, and giving an overview of Live 10.

Looking at Live 10’s Features

First off… lets start with a trailer from Ableton.

Ok… After seeing that I was pretty stoked.  There are 3 BIG reasons why I was so excited.

1. Wavetable and new Devices

This new synth is awesome and I love seeing these new devices. Overall all the new devices seem to have a really easy interface and unique aspect they add to Live. I am obsessed with sound design with Wavetable and will be making weekly videos on presets at my youtube channel, so check it out and subscribe.

Here is an overview video of Wavetable and below that is a playlist made by a musician friend, DJ of Cryonaut Media, in Portland that gives you a rundown of all the new devices in Live 10.

Youtube Playlist on the new Ableton 10 devices

2. Capture

Capture is awesome!  It has totally changed how I first grab an idea with Ableton Live. Here is a quote on what Capture does taken from Ableton.com

Turn your most spontaneous ideas into music, without thinking about recording. Starting a song? Just arm a MIDI track and play. When an idea emerges, press Capture after you played it. Live will match your tempo and timing, and start your melody or groove in a perfect loop. You can also use Capture to progress your songs: add new parts or overdub MIDI into existing clips without breaking your flow—just press Capture after you’ve played it right.

PRO TIP:  This is my tip on using Capture and why it’s great. Have you ever wanted to just play the keyboard and get in the groove and not want to turn on the metronom to start? But… after you turn on the metronome it’s a little confusing how fast or slow you can go?  Well… Capture lets me get into the grove and then hit the button and it will automaticcly change the BPM to whatever I played it in. This is HUGE!

This can help you with a live set where you start playing a beat without a metronome, hit the capture button, and start the rest of your track from the BPM you were playing off. Thus making the program bend to your will, and not the other way around.

3. Multi-Clip Editing

I’ll be honest… I first saw this in Bitwig and was a little jealous. So when Live announced it with there new update, I was stoked. Multi-Clip Editing lets me select two clips and see both of there MIDI and edit them. Freaking lifesaver when it comes to Drum’s and Bass, or in many instances.  I love this new tool. Check out this video by AfroDJMac to learn more about it.


Why Upgrade from Live 9?

I get this question all the time about 8-9 and now Live 9 to 10. So… Let me give you the number one reasons to upgrade, even if you don’t want the fancy new features.

The number one reason is Collaborations!

I work with a lot of musicians from around the world. I can’t tell you how many times having different versions have gotten in the way. I have Live 9.1, 9.7, and Live 10 on my computer just for this but it is still a headache. If you want to easily collaborate with musicians you got to be on your game and the new version. I have stopped working with some musicians because I was just tired of not being able to use my current toolset.

Here are some other reasons:

  • If you download Packs or Presets online you will want the newest update
  • You get a host of new tools and updates in Live 10
  • One day you will probably have to update anyways… so just do it now 😉


Price of Live 10

As of right now, the release date, the prices of the different versions are as follows:

If you are upgrading go to: https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/live/  and log in for prices.

Live 10 Out Now

Allright… there you have my review of Live 10. Stoked to see this released. If you have comments on Live 10, things you want to know, comment bellow.

Party on!



Horn Pad – Future Bass Inspired

You ever want that flume style brass pads? Well, here you go… I made a preset inspired by that sound with Wavetable. Check out the walkthrough video on how to make the preset, or grab the preset for $1:

Download Preset for $1

Want the full monty? I created a massive pack of Future Bass presets and Live Sets.  It’s a collection of top of the line Wavetable Presets with that tasty Future Bass sound.

Grab the Future Bass Wavetable Presets

By | 2018-01-15T17:39:05+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments

Learning Ableton Live’s Wavetable – Basics

Ableton Live has come out with an amazing new synth, Wavetable. This thing has been blowing my mind.  In this article, I am going to be going over the basics of Wavetable, using the synth in Live, and some tips.

Picture of Ableton Live 10’s Wavetable Synth

What is Wavetable Synthesis?

Wavetable synthesis is a sound synthesis technique that employs arbitrary periodic waveforms in the production of musical tones or notes. The technique was developed by Wolfgang Palm in the late 1970s and published in 1979. Ok… that is the heady version. Simpler version… It allows you to pick a waveform, and then cycle through an entire collection of waveforms in an easy way. Thus morphing and changing the sound. It is a totally different approach to synthesis.  Keep going… this will be made clear below. 

Wavetables and Waveforms

Wavetable Synthesis has also been called “Sample-Based synthesis”. That is because a wavetable is a collection of Waveforms in one Wavetable.

So… most synths you pick your waveform in the oscillator. Let’s say with Operator you pick the Sine Wave. You can also pick the next waveform, Sine 4bit and so on. Each one of these is a separate waveform. If you were to manually pick between them you will notice it makes a click or some strange sound as you switch. This is because it is loading and playing a whole new waveform.

Image of the possible waveforms in Operator.

Wavetables are different. A wavetable is a collection of those separate waveforms in a single file or sample. A Wavetable Synth loads up that sample into its oscillator.  Here is a picture of Ableton Live’s Wavetable. The default is the Basics -> Basic Shapes.  This Wavetable has 4 different waveforms. Then using the Wave Position you can smoothly cycle between those 4 different waveforms and it will automatically change the shape between each one.   (more…)

By | 2018-02-01T23:52:06+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments
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