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Live Set with Stem Mixing – Setting up your Tracks

So you got some sweet tracks, but you want to load them into Ableton Live’s Session view for live performance. It can be a headache… but I made this video on how to quickly do this for your Stems.  Just drag in the stems you have exported of your song, chop it up, and get it ready to go in Session View. Watch the video below for a walkthrough:

 

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If you don’t know how to bounce down your tracks into Stems to start, check out this article and video. I also included an easy to use PDF / checklist for making stems.

Another tidbit I shared was using the Circle of Fifths I created to color your tracks in Live.  I find this technique to help a lot with Harmonic Mixing. I have even printed these as stickers for my laptops. I used to print and sell them, but it was mainly just paying for shipping… so feel free to print this off at home.

Hopefully, this video has given you some ideas on how to set up your live set. If you would like to learn more in-depth knowledge on my Live Set and building your own, make sure you sign up for the newsletter above in this article.

The Perfect Stand for Novation Launchpad

Novation Launchpad has been a staple piece of gear for me. I have had the MK1, Mini, and now I added the Launchpad Pro. When performing Live I am always looking for a stand… after many tries, here is my list of the perfect stands for Novation Launchpad.

Best Stand for Standing Performance

When performing I prefer to stand and have my MIDI gear face out to the audience. I have found the Quik-Lok TriPod Stand, LPH-001 to be the perfect stand. It’s lightweight (compared to other stands I have had), and it fits all the Launchpads perfectly.  The stand is foldable and works great on the road. My only gripe is it doesn’t lock and just twist tightens… but that shouldn’t matter too much.  This would be my number one choice.

 

Link to the Stand

 

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 set up in your studio or on a table.  This stand is also metal, sturdy, yet a cheap price. Total win for the desktop.  Bonus… it feels pretty stable when pounding on the pads. 

 

Link to the Desktop Stand

Portable Table Stand

Another option is having a portable stand you can put on the DJ table. I found the VEKTOR Laptop stand to be top notch for this. It’s cheaper then some hardcore DJ stands, but has the stability you need. It locks into place and can handle the weight.  I think the Adjustable Amazon Basic on is great for the home studio, but this one is sturdier for the road.

 

Link to the VEKTOR Laptop Stand

DIY Stand

The first stand I used for the Launchpad was a snare stand. I had some laying around and tried it out. 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 now use it for my Push One, but it worked great for Launchpad. A little precarious… but it worked.

I don’t actually suggest buying a snare stand to use with the Launchpad. It works, but if you are going to spend money I think the Samson stand or the Quik-Lok TriPod Stand, LPH-001 would be a better buy. But, if you have one already 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 Launchpad and it worked for my needs. And… it’s a little lower then I would like.

Link to the Snare Stand

 

Those are my top picks for stands for the Novation Launchpad. They will work great with the regular and Pro. If you got any suggestions or things you think work better, please comment below.

Free Lo-Fi Synth and Keys Presets

I have been obsessed with that Lo-Fi retro sound from VHS and Cassette Tapes… so I bought a bunch and made some wild synths out of them. I used the Tape players to give it that lo-fi wow and flutter sound. Add some saturation and other awesome things… and you got some amazing new sounds to play with.

I collected some of these new synths I made and put them into a free / by donation live pack. Here is a walkthrough video:

The Lo-Fi Demo synths are free / by donation. Just follow the link below.


Download the Lo-Fi Presets

This Live pack includes just 7 Synths from a much bigger Live Pack at the Subaqueous Store. https://subaqueousmusic.com/shop/music-tools/lo-fi-synths/


The full pack includes:

  • 24 Tape Saturated, VHS dripping Synths
  • 14 Retro Synths Based off of Analog Gear
  • Instrument Rack with adjustable Analog Noise to add Grit
  • Collection of Tape Hiss and Crackle Samples from Analog Gear

BONUS:

Party on!

By | 2018-06-28T10:34:18+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Ableton, Free Music Tools, Producers Blog|1 Comment

Making Stab and Pluck style presets with Ableton’s Wavetable

One of those key sounds in electronic music is the Stab/pluck sound. It’s that quick chord that accentuates house music, techno, and even newer genres like Future Bass.  Over the last few weeks, I have been releasing videos on making this iconic sounds with Ableton Live’s Wavetable synth.  I decided to share my top 3 stab/pluck presets with you.  These are in the Mark Night, Testo, Deep house, Techno, and HOME style.

Here are the walk through videos:

 

 

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By | 2018-05-01T17:46:00+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Ableton, Wavetable|0 Comments

Bongo Percussion Samples and Drum Racks – Free

Every killer track needs a bongo solo… right? Well, either way, bongos are cool. It’s an iconic percussion that can add interest to your tracks.

I’ve created a sample library of Bongo Samples as well as a collection of Ableton Live 9+ Bongo Drum Racks. Check out this video walkthrough and download below.


Download Live Pack and Samples

 

If you end up using this in your production, please send a link below. Love checking out what people are up to with the libraries I put out into the world.

 


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. This includes all the past MIDI Libraries.

Download The Full Archive

 

Free Future Bass Wavetable Presets

Want that Future Bass sound like Flume, Jack U, Marshmello, San Holo, Wave Racer, Zedd, Illenium, Louis Futon… Well, then free Wavetable Preset pack has got you covered.

I’ve put together a free collection of 20 Wavetable Live Presets.  Check out the video below:

This free version includes:

  • 20 Wavetable Presets in the Future Bass Style
    • Epic Bass
    • Leads
    • Pads
    • Stabs and Plucks
    • and more!

Grab the free / by donation library at:


Download Live Pack and Presets

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Want to speed up your future bass library with bad ass wavetable presets? Grab the full Future Bass Wavetable Presets.  It’s an expanded collection of top of the line Wavetable Presets with that tasty Future Bass sound.

Grab the Full Verion of Future Bass Wavetable Presets

By | 2018-04-27T14:11:15+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments

Free 16 Bit Retro Video Game Samples

Ok… I got to admit. When I hear that classic coin sound from Mario brother, I get a little gitty.  Don’t hold it against me.

I finally got around to collecting all the random sound design bits I have made over the year emulating the classic video game sounds. I compiled it all together into on free / by donation sample pack for 16 bit sounds.  It’s a collection of coin sounds, power-ups, lasers, jumps, and more. All you need to add that nostalgic touch.

Here is a link to the free / by donation download:


Download the Sample Library

If your looking to add sounds similar to Mario Brothers, Super Nintendo, Donkey Kong, and Street Fighter then this pack’s for you. Enjoy!

If you want an optimized Ableton Live Drum Racks with these samples then check out: https://subaqueousmusic.com/shop/music-tools/16-bit-drum-racks/

  • Live pack includes 9 Drum Racks.
  • Optimized for Push 1 and 2 and MIDI Controllers
  • Easy to modulate effects and more.

Grab the full 16 bit Drum Rack for Ableton Live it here.

 

Supersaw Preset for Ableton Live Wavetable

Let’s get all retro and big on this one 😉 In this video, I will take you through making a Supersaw preset with Ableton Live’s Wavetable synth. It’s going to be that big retro 80’s sound or the full EDM chords you might be wanting in your music.

I use Ableton Live’s Wavetable for making this preset. I love how easy and quick it is to make new presets with this thing.  Anyways… here you go:

 

 

Full Future Bass Wavetable Library: https://subaqueousmusic.com/shop/musi…

 

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By | 2018-04-06T17:51:29+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|0 Comments

Adding Custom Wavetables in Ableton Live

Since Live 10 came out with Wavetable, I have wanted to load my own custom wavetables. They said we couldn’t say it… well… we can. This article and associated video will walk you through adding your own custom wavetables to Live 10.

 

If you would rather watch a video, watch this one:

Steps to Import custom Wavetable

Before we get into the steps, let’s talk about the theory. As of 3/26/2018 you can only replace the official Wavetables in Live and cannot just upload your own with it’sown folder/name and such. Real bummer… Hopefully, that changes, but for now here are the steps to importing your own wavetables in Live 10.

  1. Create or have a Custom Wavetable to upload. Later in the article I will talk about how to do that, but for now you can download these Wavetables I created as an example. Tables need to be mono Wav format, 16 bit, 1024 samples for each waveform.
  1. Go to [Wherever Live 10 is installed on your computer]\Resources\Dsp\Vector\Sprites
  2. Rename the original wavetables to “name_Backup” so you have a backup you can always revert back to.
  3. Copy a new wavetable into the folder, or the example one above.
  4. Rename the wavetable to the same as the one you backed up. The name needs to be 100% exact.
  5. Open up Live and check it out!

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By | 2018-03-26T13:18:44+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Ableton, Producers Blog, Wavetable|1 Comment
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