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Producing House with Ableton Live - Drums

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    Tutorial 1

    The Basics

    5:18

    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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    Tutorial 2

    Woodblock & Blending Pitch

    4:42

    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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    Tutorial 3

    Hi-Hat & Feeling with Note Length

    3:00

    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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    Tutorial 4

    Now this Woodblock

    2:34

    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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    Tutorial 5

    Filtering Fundamentals

    4:21

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

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    Tutorial 6

    Bringing the Hat to Life

    7:40

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

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    Tutorial 7

    Adding Life to the Snare

    5:04

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

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    Tutorial 8

    Ghost Notes & Arrange View

    6:56

    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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    Tutorial 9

    Shaker Basics

    7:40

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

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    Tutorial 10

    Shaker - Filter Delay

    5:03

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

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    Tutorial 11

    Shaker - Sidechain

    4:10

    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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    Tutorial 12

    Shaker - Final Tweeks

    2:35

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

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    Tutorial 13

    Reverse Sound - Pt. 1

    6:37

    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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    Tutorial 14

    Reverse Sound - Pt. 2

    6:33

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

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    Tutorial 15

    Hi-Hat Smoothing & Cowbell

    7:21

    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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    Tutorial 16

    Designing Electro Percussion

    13:26

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

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    Tutorial 17

    Clip Naming

    1:36

    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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    Tutorial 18

    Conga Accents

    7:19

    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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    Tutorial 19

    Tambourine

    6:57

    Extra sizzle and motion is introduced with this tambourine.

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.

Amon
Submitted 3 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live

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FITH
Submitted 10 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Gazelle
Submitted 11 months ago

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.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

As a very young kid my parents signed me up for piano lessons. My mom said if I quit that I would regret it later on in life, but I thought piano lessons were boring! Electronic music was a natural progression for me from those early days, it let me combine my love of technology and all things nerdy with a love of loud and strange noises.

2. What training have you had?

I've had years and years of training from a good friend of mine named "The Internet", and before him my other good pal "Trial and Error". 

3. When did you get into recording?

The wonder of synthesis and certain electronic music is that you never really have to record anything if you don't want to! Although I do remember way back in the day recording found sounds on an old garage sale cassette recorder I bought, and using those samples in old school Trackers on the Apple II.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with, and for, a whole bunch of fantastic people so far. Some of the more popular ones include Empire of the Sun, Dirty South, Ash, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Kennedy, Hong Kong Blondes, Loverush UK, Molly Bancroft, Made by Monkeys, Tiff Lacey, Marcie, Offer Nissim and Kirsty Hawkshaw. Madonna chose a track I made for a compilation she released, although she never called or took me for lunch! That really doesn't count as 'working with' does it!?

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I'm good at training people because I remember what it was like to be the newbie, and I try and go over things that I would have found interesting and cool, back when I was starting out. I take the time to learn the techniques inside and out, and then break that down quickly for people.

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    Deconstructing Future House

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Producing House with Ableton Live - Drums is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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