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Producing House with Ableton Live - Drums

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    The Basics

    In this tutorial you set up the kick, snare, tempo and also look at loading samples, creating clips and the initial groove.

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    Woodblock & Blending Pitch

    Add a woodblock as a percussive element and also begin to look at blending the pitch of various elements that you bring into your loop, an often overlooked step.

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    Hi-Hat & Feeling with Note Length

    Create a hi-hat pattern and sound as well as dig deeper into how note length and placement can affect the feeling of your composition.

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    Now this Woodblock

    Revisit the woodblock from tutorial 2 and transform it into something ear-tingling and intriguing. Learn about filtering and processing for dramatic effect.

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    Filtering Fundamentals

    Get an introduction to the practices and basics of filtering frequencies.

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    Bringing the Hat to Life

    Breathe some life into an otherwise common hi-hat part.

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    Adding Life to the Snare

    Bring the snare to life and make it more interesting and captivating to listen to.

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    Ghost Notes & Arrange View

    Ghost notes help add a bit of variation and organic feel to loops. It can also help to give the illusion of randomness or variance.

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    Shaker Basics

    This tutorial covers sound selection, sample tweaking and basic arrangement of the shaker part.

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    Shaker - Filter Delay

    Tweak the shaker part with the Filter Delay to give the sound additional character.

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    Shaker - Sidechain

    Learn the fundamentals of side-chain compression and apply that to the shaker part to help it stand out in the mix while not becoming overpowering.

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    Shaker - Final Tweeks

    Put the final touches on a groovy and highly usable shaker part.

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    Reverse Sound - Pt. 1

    Reverse sweeps are iconic and commonly used elements. They can be hard to pull off well though. In this tutorial you learn how to choose and create your reverse sound and begin working with it in your loop.

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    Reverse Sound - Pt. 2

    Look at further tweaking your reverse sound and fine-tuning placement for proper dramatic effect.

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    Hi-Hat Smoothing & Cowbell

    Smooth out the hi-hat part to make it blend even more and introduce a cowbell... and make it sound good.

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    Designing Electro Percussion

    Using synthesis design some cool electro percussion and arrange it within the loop. Useful in any genre.

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    Clip Naming

    Simple trick to naming your clips that will help you when you get to having many clips arranged across multiple tracks in either session or arrangement view.

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    Conga Accents

    Bring in a conga, tweak the sound and arrangement. Continue to look at how and why timing and placement plays such a crucial role in building listenable loops.

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    Tambourine

    Extra sizzle and motion is introduced with this tambourine.

Product Overview


This series is presented by remixer extraordinaire Timothy Allan, whose remixes have reached #1 on the UK dance charts and placed high on US Billboard, DMC and Australia ARIA charts. His remix skills have even landed him a featured spot on an upcoming Madonna production.

The beat is the backbone and foundation of any great House track, and you'll see the actual creative process unfold and learn exactly what's going through Tim's head when he creates iconic sounding House beats. Watch Tim create a world-class House music drum loop starting from nothing and finishing with a dance floor masterpiece. See why his House beats rule supreme.


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Producing House with Ableton Live - Drums is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of THE BEST! Of all the tutorials I've seen and followed this is the best to show you how to add the polish and zing to your tracks. I'm quite new to the game but this course will be bookmarked for me to refer back to time and time again.
Date published: 2020-06-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I did not put this in practice for the moment, but it is so inspiring to see someone who know where he go and what he do. I can't wait to become this wise in my productions. Two thumbs up!
Date published: 2020-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! I really helpful tutorial do make a drum loop. Lots of secrets revealed!!! Nice Job!!!
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential to learn the basics This is very good to learn the basics, and it teaches you to take care of small important details... not only how to do it quick and dirty but really taking care of the important aspects... very good stuff.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great introduction to creating House Music in Abelton I'm fairly new to Abelton and this course has a few great tips in it to get the production moving along at a steady pace.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This entire three part series deserves a good review This series is part of a three part series called "Producing House with Ableton Live". I am mainly writing this review, because I get the impression that this entire series does not get much attention. (I mean, this is the first review ever on this entire series that is from around 2009/2010 ...) This series may give the impression that it is "old", because the date on the starting screen of the video's is 2009. But do not let that hold you back. The information value per minute in this series is very high (much higher than in this review!). Furthermore, it does not really matter that it is done in Live 8, because it is mainly about the concepts of House music which can still be explained very well in Live 8. Why do I find this part about the drums so good? It starts with the very basics, so for beginners (like me) this is also a good starting point. However, it progresses to a bit more intermediate/advanced topics which can spice up your drum loops. For example, shifting the position of the drums around, filtering, ghost notes, etc. Furthermore, the tips in this series are very helpful for me. I was struggling with questions like "do I put my drums on one midi track or do I create a midi track per drum element?". These kind of questions are answered in this series. I know that this review is maybe longer than it has to be, but I just want to make clear that this is a very good series you do not want to miss.
Date published: 2017-04-04
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