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Convert Stereo Drums into Midi

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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]

Burial Boards of Canada Ambient Production Techniques

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Add some real-life atmospheric sounds to your life-less midi samples and synth tracks and indeed bring them to real life! I hear this on most music by Burial and Boards of Canada. Of course, a lot of electronic musicians like Tycho and Aphex do it as well. It's easy to do and anyone with a way to record noise can apply it to their music. Check out the video below for an example of this technique. Enjoy! [Read more]

Sampling in Ableton Live

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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]

Groove Hard On Midi Drums

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I often write songs around drum loops or midi drum beats that I create on Ableton live. These are convenient when you don’t have a place or the budget to record a live drummer. In my creative process, I am usually eager to get to the lyrics, verses, choruses or anything that helps me get the song going... [Read more]