Austin Ableton Tutor Introduction

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Online and Local Ableton Live Lessons

Jimmy Allison is A Certified Ableton trainer based in Austin, Texas. Jimmy also offers Ableton Live training online. His training is highly adaptive and capable and informative. Training in music production, live performance, DJing, synthesis, music theory, and more, with music production and performance software Ableton Live. Jimmy teaches private and group lessons locally and online for all levels and all styles, focusing heavily on the needs of the student. His training can help get you started, take you to the next level, help you polish up a track, teach you how to make a performance template, and much more! Get started right away! Check out the rates and specials page. Jimmy’s rates are very competitive with the tuition of schools plus the student will get specialized one on one training rather than a rigid curriculum based course. Contact him at to get started with your Ableton training program right away.

Email: Jimmy@austinabletontutor.com
Phone: 575 737-8047

For those unfamiliar with Live, Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” Ableton Live is for you. Ableton provides a full featured 30 day trail version (including saving) so you will have of time to start learning Ableton Live with no restrictions. Download Trial Version Of Ableton Live Today!
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SXSW Free Events

I will be involved with a few free events in Austin Texas during SXSW.
These are all Free no badge required SXSW events.

Saturday 3/14/15 4:00pm

I am doing an Ableton Live Clinic at Culture. This event will have a bunch of DJ’s and Bands, plenty of of good times to be had by all. For more info check out the facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/657443281033784/

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 Tuesday 3/17/15  8-11pm

I will have a Demo set up and be participating in  a panel at the Protos Festival.
Tuesdays Protos Festival event will be at Farewell Books located at 913 E Cesar Chavez, Austin TX
Protos Festival is a two day event happening on Tuesday and Wednesday,
for more information check out their website. http://www.protosfestival.org/
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Thursday 3/19/2015  12:00p to 6:00pm

Ableton and Dubspot will be hosting an event at Empire Control Room located at 606 7th Street, I personally will not be doing a workshop,
but I will be there all day. This will be a great chance to get some amazing knowledge for free. For more information, and a schedule of everything Ableton
is involved with this SXSW go to this link https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/meet-ableton-sxsw-2015/.
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Free Effects Racks

Free Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter King

Ableton Live Effects Racks

get your Free Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter King here!

Check out the Video Demo

This effect rack was design was inspired by my friend Rion King when he came to my house to help me with some ideas on Lux Divon Track I was working. Rion made the suggestion to do a beat repeat with while sweeping the frequencies with a filter. I loved the rack design so much that I figured it was time to share them with the world!

Check out Rion Kings Soundcloud page and his release on the Gravitas Recordings Compilation
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Ableton Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter king are great effects to use for live performance and on your music productions. Drums, Vocals, Synths, anything, yes anything!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Online Ableton Training or Ableton Training in the Austin Texas area from an Ableton Live Certified Trainer

 

Using and Recoding Automation in Ableton Live 9

Using and Recording Automation in Ableton Live 9

This Ableton Instruction video by Ableton Live Certified Trainer Jimmy Allison is about using and recording automation in Ableton Live 9. Automation is a very handy tool that can be utilized for both production and performance. New to Ableton Live 9 is the ability to record Automation directly into Live’s session view clips. You can also move clips between session view and arrangement view while maintaining the automation . This video also contains a tips for over dubbing Automation with the Ableton Push and a workflow tip involving using automation on the Ableton utility effect.

 

Over Dubbing Automation in Arrangement view with Ableton Push

This is video is just a quick video to show you how to overdub Automation in Ableton Live using Ableton Push. It can be a bit tricky but basically you need to set the input to non on the track so that the Ableton Push does not arm the track when you select. If the track is armed and you try to record Automation int0 Live’s arrangement view you will also overdub the midi clip. This is a just a quick video demonstrating how to set up Ableton Live’s Arrangement View for overdubbing automation with the Ableton Push.

Jimmy Allison is an Ableton Live Certified training offering private and group lesson online and in the Austin, TX area. Taking private lessons is one of the most cost effective ways of attaining your goals. The lessons will be focused on you and your needs which will greatly reduce your learning curve. Learn at your pace and on your own time. Highly specialized training from an instructor with over 7 years of experience teaching and countless years producing and performing music.  Feel free to send a message and receive more info about Ableton Training

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Side Chain Compression in Ableton Live

What is Side Chain Compression

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Side Chain Compression enables you to have the compressor react from a separate signal then the one that is being compressed. In essence one signal will be ducking under the other. There are a few different uses of side chain compression. One of the classic uses is when A radio DJ and some Club DJ’s talks over a song that is playing. Wen the DJ talks there is a ducking effect on the music. This effect is automatic so the DJ does not have touch the volume fader when talking. Another classic use is the pumping effect that is common in a lot of EDM music. Every time the kick drum hits the side chain compressor reacts and creates A pumping effect on the other elements of the song. Most commonly the Bass but EDM producers usually pump the synths and pads to. There is also a way to use the side chain compressor so that sculpts the destination audio just a little but so that the source audio can stand out in a subtle way. A great example if this to keep the kick drum and bass form competing for the same space. you can side chain the bass to the kick drum, set a fast attack, fast release, and a lower ratio then you would for the pump effect. In the mix you wont notice the bass ducking but you will notice the kick having a little more punch. I tend to side chain each individual element of my mix to my kick drum,  including my sends. I do this with fineness so that you do not hear any pumping in the mix you just hear a phat punchy kick drum. This technique can be used with any thing that you want to slightly stand above your mix. Some other examples are vocals as the source to compress a guitar or synth, in Jazz music you can set the side chain compressor on the lead instruments so it will stand above the others, when you want a lead guitar or synth to have more presence during the solo without having to turn it up, and much much more.

 

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Dropping Samples on Ableton Drum Rack

I was having a conversation the other day with my producer friend Levi Witt aka DRRTYWULVZ. He was talking about how annoying it was when dropping samples onto a drum rack and then having to adjust the release value of every simpler. Levi likes to have the release value short so he can control the length of the sample with the note length in Ableton Live’s midi clip view. I then mentioned A really awesome feature in Ableton Live 9 often over looked, User defined defaults. In previous version of Live you could right click/CMD click on the title bar of any Ableton Live device and save the current device as default. You can of course still do that in Live 9 and more.

First grab a default Simpler from the Ableton Live Instruments under Categories in you Live 9 browser. You can get a default simpler by dragging the folder called Simpler into a midi track. All built in Ableton Live Devices provide a default patch in this manor.

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Dubstep Presets Pack for Operator

Free Download Preset Pack of Ableton Operator Dubstep Presets

Jordan Calvano from The Untz posted a blog about The Top 10 Greatest Dubstep Artists . Well I am sharing this Ableton Operator pack of 20 Dubstep presets for free! If your not careful these Operator Dubstep presets may just get you on that top ten list over at Untz. Don’t worry Skrillex has no idea that these presets exist so when you start tweaking on the macro knobs of these Ableton Operator Dubstep Presets you will find crunchy, Nasty, Deep, and Filthy original sounds. These Dubstep presets are designed to get your creative juices flowing and write some bangers! If you attempt to use any of these presets to Produce Trap, I will not be held responsible for any Twerking either. Feel free to post links to nay track you make with these Dubstep presets in the comments below. My name is Jimmy Allison and I am an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. Feel free to contact me if your interested in Online Ableton Training. I’m also Available for Local Training in the Austin, Texas area and as an Ableton Tech for any touring acts.

Feel Free to post links to any track you make with this free pack in the comments below

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Intro to Ableton Live Looper

Intro to Ableton Live Looper using the KMI Softstep foot controller

This Ableton Live video is an Intro to Ableton Live Looper and some bonus content about using the Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep foot controller. Live looping is a lot of fun and a great way to perform or enhance a performance. With the technology available today you can be a one man band and carry way less gear. This Intro to Ableton Live Looper video will help get you started and teach you the basic fundamentals of live looping with Ableton Live. There are a lot of different workflows and techniques to live looping. I personally am a Live Looper and I have trained many people how to use Ableton Live for live looping. Some of my students started from scratch while others came from a hardware looping back ground. Learning how to live loop can seem like a dark art only mastered by wizards of a the sacred order but it is not that difficult after you master the fundamentals that this Intro to Ableton Live Looper video will cover. The next stage is to learn and decide on how you want to perform. My biggest advice is to think about what you want to do and how you want to do it. Write it down, then make it happen. I’m an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and Live Looping is actually one of my many specialties. feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
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Ableton Live Tutorial Video using Sofstep X and Y

Ableton Live Tutorial Video How to use Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep X/Y Controls

In this Ableton Live tutorial video you will learn how to program the Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep Editor to create an X/Y control of two parameters in Ableton Live. The KMI Softstep is a very versatile midi foot controller that can do many different functions. As well as the X/Y controls on each pad you could also program any of the softstep pads to do Pressure, toggle, trigger, double trigger, hold, and various other ways of interaction with the KMI Softstep pads. In all honesty there are not any midi foot controllers on the market that even come close to the flexibility and durability of the KMI Softstep Midi foot controller. You can even control midi hardware with out a computer if you purchase the optional KMI Midi Expander. The Midi Expender provides midi i/o that can be used to connect the Softstep to midi hardware standalone or with a computer. Thank you for watching I’m an Ableton Live Certified Trainer feel free to leave any questions in the comments below. You can also make any Ableton Live Video Tutorial Requests.
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