This instructional Ableton video (from the Ableton library) breaks down the ever elusive art of drum sampling, programming, and building your drum library using Live. Most people agree that successful production is about developing your creativity and expanding your artistic imagination, but your beat making potential is very much tied into the platform that your using. As seen in the video, Ableton makes it quick and easy to throw down ideas and change them up as you go. The program also allows for on the fly parameter tweaking including velocity control which is a key ingredient in giving your beats a natural feel. As with all electronic music production, the grid lines can be used to keep your beat perfectly on time. But once you get your foundation rhythm going, try turning snapping off and get a little looser with your kicks, snares and percussion details to add more character to your beat.
The delay between getting an idea out of your head and onto the canvas can be a painfully long process. Sometimes the idea dissapears before you have a chance to actually record it. The beauty with this program is that it allows you to keep an intuitive flow as you create which enables you to add more layers and edit your patterns with ease.
Ableton Foundation Course - April 30th - June 4th // Sat, 1 - 2:30pm // (6 weeks)
Our Ableton Live Foundation course focuses on all the basics that will enable you to release your production potential. In our 6 week program you'll start making your own beats and get comfortable navigating Live's unique interface. From triggering multiple tracks on the fly to building your own drum library, we'll break down all the technical aspects and offer production tips so that you can focus on what's important...being creative. At the end of the Foundation session you'll walk away with your 1st of many production pieces.