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Advanced Drum Production Techniques Part 2

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In the first part of this guide I took you through the first steps of creating a drum pattern using my advanced drum production techniques. These are tips and tricks I've learned through experimentation and trial and error, and I'm passing them on to you because they have helped me create better and stronger music with really good drums. If you followed the steps in part 1, you should have a drum pattern that looks a little something like this. Don't worry if you haven't followed mine exactly, as the concepts are applicable either way!   We've got a Kick,...

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Advanced Drum Production Techniques

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One of the marks of being a professional when it comes to music production is knowing your strengths. It’s equally important, however, to know your weaknesses, or if you’re not comfortable with that terminology, maybe you could think along the lines of ‘areas that need improvement’. Your journey as a producer should be one of constant learning and self improvement. Not only because this will -in the long run- lead to great improvements in your skills, but also because on a more real world applicable level, often, creating a project for the purposes of practicing a new technique can often...

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What is Resampling?

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There are many little hidden techniques within Ableton that you can take advantage of when making music. You’ll discover a lot of these yourself in time, but I wanted to help out today with a really useful little trick that can come in handy in a number of ways. Chances are, you have your own unique workflow that is specific to you. Most of us do, and this is absolutely essential if you want to make music like the pros. After all, if you develop your own style of producing, your own style of music follows on from that. Unique...

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Using Automation in Ableton Live

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One of the best tools you can use to add character to your productions in Ableton Live is automation. Lots of genres of music have multiple layered instruments, and the interplay and relationship between these instruments is what adds the dynamics and flavour to the track. But it can be hard to keep track of how you want your instruments to interact, even more so if your production style involves lots of Session View and live or on the fly composition. Sure, in this scenario, Ableton will record in any Automation you physically play in using a controller; for example,...

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Thinking Outside the Box

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Being a music creator is one of those strange disciplines which involves both a tonne of artistic skill and tendencies and lots of technical know how. With it being an artform, it’s often unique and weird approaches that yield the best results, but you also need to know and understand the discipline and the technical side of it. What good is being musically gifted if you don’t know how to use Ableton (or any DAW of your own choice), after all?  Whilst you can learn the technical side by reading books (or articles like this one) or watching youtube tutorials...

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