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Producing House with Ableton Live - Bass and Synth

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    Tutorial 1

    Bass from a Sample

    2:54

    Learn how to create a bass sound using any sample on your computer.

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    Tutorial 2

    Sampled Bass Envelope

    2:10

    Discover how the addition of a filter envelope will give the sampled bass sound more character.

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    Tutorial 3

    Tuning Sampled Bass

    5:30

    Explore how to use a synth to tune your sampled bass patch.

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    Tutorial 4

    Bass Keying with the Drums

    2:02

    Watch how to find out the root note of the bass that works best with the drums.

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    Tutorial 5

    Sample Bass Quick Riffs

    2:59

    See the live playing of a few riffs, then some quick editing and trimming and making the takes into something usable.

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    Tutorial 6

    Sampled Bass Tweaks

    6:14

    Learn to use the filter, pitch and amplitude envelopes to add snap to the bassline. Then see how to use portamento to add a bit of funk.

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    Tutorial 7

    Bass EQ without an EQ

    3:02

    Discover how to use the dynamic tube and saturator effects in Ableton Live to even out some of the low end.

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    Tutorial 8

    Bass Layering

    7:05

    Explore how to layer bass patches and make a truly fat bass sound.

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    Tutorial 9

    Sample Bass Control Mapping

    0:00

    Watch how to create macros for commonly automated bass parameters.

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    Tutorial 10

    Resampling Bass Notes

    6:19

    See how to sample your MIDI bass parts into audio data for further editing etc.

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    Tutorial 11

    Frequency Splitting

    6:21

    Learn how to use filters and EQ to split your frequencies for endless tweaking and creating cool bass tones.

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    Tutorial 12

    Sidechaining Bass

    8:47

    Discover how sidechaining adds presence and sits the bassline with the kick. Then see how to use sidechaining to create an entire bassline from one note.

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    Tutorial 13

    Sequencing Basslines

    7:51

    Explore multiple creative ways to sequence a baseline, as well as how to matching a bassline to a chord progression.

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    Tutorial 14

    MIDI Resampling

    7:11

    Watch how to use the arpeggiator and 'MIDI resampling' in Ableton Live to generate new content.

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    Tutorial 15

    Sequence using your Voice

    3:18

    See how to use your voice to sequence basslines or synths using Ableton Live's new groove feature.

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    Tutorial 16

    Filter & Env Modulation

    15:12

    Learn to use clip envelopes to add effects to your riffs, as well as using linked clip envelopes and LFO's to modulate parameters. Also see some of the “dangers” involved with certain types of LFOs and filters.

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    Tutorial 17

    Break it Down

    16:01

    Discover a few tips and tricks on creating a cool synth breakdown.

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    Tutorial 18

    Sub Bass Tips

    8:31

    Explore how to make your own sub bass, and why a sine wave isn't always the best choice.

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    Tutorial 19

    Sub Bass Kick

    8:51

    Watch how to add some low end to your light kicks. Learn how to fill in the missing frequencies of your kick drum, and match a sub bass synth envelope to your kick. Also see how to tune the kick drum and sub kick. Use of the spectrum analyzer to see what's going on frequency-wise is also shown.

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    Tutorial 20

    Synth Swells

    7:33

    See how to get a bit of movement behind the scenes with a swelling synth sound.

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    Tutorial 21

    Matching Kick & Bass

    6:16

    Learn how to find a great kick and bass sound by matching them using “scientific” methods.

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    Tutorial 22

    Dubstep & Wobble Basslines

    10:23

    Discover the techniques involved in creating dubstep and wobble style basslines.

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    Tutorial 23

    Creating a Bass Bomb

    2:23

    Explore how to create the iconic bass bomb effect used for signaling breakdowns or buildups.

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 bassline is equally as important as the drums in House Music, and Tim takes you on a journey explaining it all step by step. He also goes over how to make cool synth parts to support your slammin beats and bass. Watch Tim bring the funk in this sub frequency, groove focused series.

UntrueSounds
Submitted 10 months ago

Great Stuff :)

Seems to be great for beginners and advanced users too. Thanks Groove3 for it! :)

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

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Gazelle
Submitted 11 months ago

Lots of valuable information especially for the beginner-intermediate

This series is part of the 'Producing House with Ableton Live' series. I am going through this series, as I discovered that it contains valuable information in an organised manner which is often not that well explained in these other "how to make this track" courses which you can find all over the internet. This part is about the bass and also a bit about synths. For me that video about 'Matching Kick & Bass' really 'opened doors for me'. I think I am getting to understand how to find a kick and bass that match. I never really knew how to do that. That is just one of the many other videos in which you find this kinde of practical information. Note that this series seems a bit old, it is record in Live 8. Nevertheless, this should not hold you back from watching it because it is all about the concepts and not so much about Live itself. Off course, certain Live elements are mentioned and explained so with the Live 9.7 we have right now it can certainly well be that not everything on the Live 8 tips still holds true. For me that is certainly not a problem, because as I said, it is all about the concepts. Even people using other DAWS like Logic Pro X for example, would still find valuable information in this series. This part of the series I think is mainly targeted at beginner-intermediate producers which know how to operate a DAW, because I assume that an advanced producer already knows how to how to match Kick & Bass? I did not, but I am also just a beginner (though a well informed beginner). Finally, I also start to like the humorous side notes that are present here and there. Certainly not to much, so that it still feels like a serious course but these jokes makes watching it a bit more fun. Unless you know everything already and you are an advanced producer, I can certainly recommend this course.

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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Producing House with Ableton Live - Bass and Synth is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Stuff :) Seems to be great for beginners and advanced users too. Thanks Groove3 for it! :)
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of valuable information especially for the beginner-intermediate This series is part of the 'Producing House with Ableton Live' series. I am going through this series, as I discovered that it contains valuable information in an organised manner which is often not that well explained in these other "how to make this track" courses which you can find all over the internet. This part is about the bass and also a bit about synths. For me that video about 'Matching Kick & Bass' really 'opened doors for me'. I think I am getting to understand how to find a kick and bass that match. I never really knew how to do that. That is just one of the many other videos in which you find this kinde of practical information. Note that this series seems a bit old, it is record in Live 8. Nevertheless, this should not hold you back from watching it because it is all about the concepts and not so much about Live itself. Off course, certain Live elements are mentioned and explained so with the Live 9.7 we have right now it can certainly well be that not everything on the Live 8 tips still holds true. For me that is certainly not a problem, because as I said, it is all about the concepts. Even people using other DAWS like Logic Pro X for example, would still find valuable information in this series. This part of the series I think is mainly targeted at beginner-intermediate producers which know how to operate a DAW, because I assume that an advanced producer already knows how to how to match Kick & Bass? I did not, but I am also just a beginner (though a well informed beginner). Finally, I also start to like the humorous side notes that are present here and there. Certainly not to much, so that it still feels like a serious course but these jokes makes watching it a bit more fun. Unless you know everything already and you are an advanced producer, I can certainly recommend this course.
Date published: 2017-04-13