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Glue Drum Sounds Together With EQ and Compression

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to blend Samples and Acoustic Drums. Using EQ to carve out unnecessary frequencies and making room for different elements of your drum parts is one technique. The other is by simply using side-chained compression, which responds to both Kick and Snare- arguably 2 of the most important elements in drum beats. [Read more]

Convert Stereo Drums into Midi

Glass negative, quarter plate, dance band drummer at Mark Foy's Empress Ballroom, Tom
Lennon, Sydney, Australia, 23 October 1935
There’s a very cool feature on Ableton Live, which allows you to convert a stereo acoustic drum loop into separate midi parts. in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to do this quickly and effectively. You’ll then reap the benefits of being able to layer drums and get that new, Pop sound that’s everywhere. [Read more]

The Art of Layering

In this tutorial I’ll be simplifying the art of layering by using sine waves tuned to the music. This allows us to strengthen and thicken our sounds in the cleanest way possible. By clean I mean that later on you will not have to EQ as much as you might have to if you simply layer with a bunch of different samples. Check out the video and see for yourself! [Read more]

Sampling in Ableton Live

This is a quick tutorial on how to use Ableton Live's Slice to New Midi Track feature. I'll be using two stereo mp3 files to create two separate instrumens; one for harmonic content and the other for drums. Keep in mind that once you have your drum performance/part, you can always layer the current samples with new ones and make the whole sound of your music much more unique. [Read more]