Extreme Time Stretching in Ableton

From modifying the groove of a drum loop to producing cool granular artifacts, the ability to time stretch samples is invaluable.  It’s one of Ableton’s most interesting tools for manipulating audio. Today we’ll use Time Stretching to mangle a vocal sample.  In particular, we’ll be working with a sample from Hip Hop Vocals V1. (more…)

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How to create a Doctor P Wobble Synth in Massive

A big part of Doctor P’s production involves crazy wobble sounds.  Today we’ll take a look at how to create a wobble synth similar to that used in one of his tracks – Big Boss.  This type of sound really comes to life with some automation. Take a listen to the sound we’ll create: doctor […]

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The Reverse Reverb Effect

The Reverse Reverb Effect is when you take the reverb tail of a vocal sample and reverse it.  Doing so, creates a cool rising effect that’s similar to reversing a cymbal crash.  You can use it to spice up your build-ups and breakdowns. Take a listen to the Reverse Reverb Effect in action: reverse reverb […]

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How to Setup the Vocoder in Logic Pro

Logic Pro’s Vocoder is a useful tool.  In addition to creating cool vocoded synth sounds, you can also vocode your vocal samples to give them added character when necessary.  Setting up the vocoder to work with vocal samples can seem a bit confusing if you haven’t done it before, so let’s walk through the process. […]

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How to create a Datsik wobble synth in Massive

Strap in and gear up!  We have another great sound design tutorial for you!  Today we’ll take a look at how to create a dirty Datsik wobble synth in Massive.  From dubstep to drum and bass, this is a great sound to have in your arsenal. Take a listen: datsik wobble example (more…)

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How to Warp Melodic Loops in Beat Repeat

Beat Repeat is a neat processor that comes with Ableton Live.  Essentially, it’s a repeater effect.  It reads an incoming audio signal and can repeat different parts of it in different ways.  While it’s most known for mangling percussive sounds and drum grooves, you can also use it to mangle melodic grooves as well. Today, […]

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How to Resample a Synth Sound in Ableton

Resampling is a technique that’s been around for quite some time.  However, it’s the technological advancements in music making software that have made it more powerful and accessible than ever before.  You can resample your synth sounds for a variety of reasons.  Today, we’ll resample a one shot synth and turn it into a gnarly […]

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How to create a David Guetta style synth in Massive

Load and lock!  Today we’ll learn how to create a David Guetta style synth in Massive.  This type of sound is becoming extremely popular in modern Pop and electronic music.  In a nutshell, it’s two slightly detuned square waves. Take a listen to the sound we’ll create: guetta synth (more…)

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How to create Skrillex’s Breakin’ A Sweat Lead Synth in Massive

Welcome back!  Thanks for joining us in another sound design tutorial for Massive.  Today’s focus will be creating a synth similar to that used in one of Skrillex’s hit – Breakin’ A Sweat.  This is a popular sound used by many artists, so it’s a good one to have in your arsenal. Take a listen […]

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The 9 Best Live Drum Sounds Ever

I LOVE to record drums. Give me a good drummer, a good drum kit and a half decent live room and I can usually capture an awesome drum sound. As head of production at Platinumloops I’m privileged to record lots of top class drummers and the highlight of the recording process is knowing that I’ve […]

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