Weeklyish Patch 07 – Smart Knobs v.1


Ahnold - Get to the Choppa!

Thankfully, that’s not the case, but I’ve got some fairly intelligent ones for you this time. The idea is to have FX where a single knob is mapped to a bunch of parameters in an effect. Awesome to save space on your controller for live performances.

All the way to the left, the effect is off (except on the Reverb), sweep the knob to listen to the different effects that can be achieved.

Weeklyish Patch 07 - Smart Knobs v.1
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Weeklyish Patch 03 – Layering Impulse

This week’s rack is a tool I use extensively. It’s an extended Impulse that allows 16 drum parts with 4 samples each. Impulse’s filter, saturator and timestretching for each sample slot allows some quick and dirty drums layering.

Simpler than Drum Rack but extending what a single Impulse can do, it’s a great addition to your arsenal.

Weeklyish Patch 03 - Layering Impulse

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Weeklyish Patch 02 – NY Style Compressor

This week, I’ bringing you some NY Style Compression racks.

NY Style Compression is simply a process where the original uncompressed signal is mixed with a heavily compressed copy of the same signal. These racks add a Dry/Wet control to Live’s Compressors, allowing easy mixing of the compressed and uncompressed signals.

Weeklyish Patch 02 - NY Style Compressor

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Brake – Ableton Live Project for Download

Lately, Music Production has become incredibly easy to get into. With a few bucks (well, maybe not a few, but not a truckload either anymore) you can have a full featured studio ready for you to break hell lose in it. Great new apps are coming out all the time with more cool features, awesome plug-ins that can put up a fight with expensive studio gear come out almost daily for very cheap or even free. It’s insane and I’m loving it!

The problem is that all these options can sometimes overwhelm you and leave you asking yourself which of the 1000+ options to use for getting and idea out of your head and into the speakers, which can put a bad halt to ideas and creativity. I know the feeling, I’ve been there countless times too.

That’s why I’m releasing one of my Ableton Live sessions for you to play around with. It’s the session for Brake, one of the tracks in my latest EP. You can listen and download it from the player or download the whole EP from the Music page.

It comes as a Live Lesson where I talk about how the track came to be, track per track explanation of the effects I used and why they are there, and some of my thoughts and guidelines I use for Arranging and Mixing. You can read and follow the text from within the session, or take the PDF version elsewhere for reading.

Brake - Live Session Screenshot
Live Set screenshot

You can find the session here:

Brake – Ableton Live Pack (Torrent)

If you find it useful, please feel free to share it.




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