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Student Spotlight – Interview with Beat Lab Alumna Madame Gandhi

Student Spotlight – Interview with Beat Lab Alumna Madame Gandhi This month, we had the honor of sitting down with talented musician, drummer, and producer Kiran Gandhi, aka Madame Gandhi.  Gandhi has toured with acts such as M.I.A., Thievery Company, and Kehlani and even accompanied Oprah last year on her 2020 Vision tour.  Known for her work as an activist as well as an artist, Gandhi uses her music and advocacy to focus on fourth-wave feminism, or the empowerment, inclusion, and representation of marginalized genders in business, politics, and culture. We loved hearing her thoughts on the role of music in culture, the power of rhythm, and her sage advice to the next generation of femme producers.   Kiran began with our Foundations of Music Production course and has since graduated from our Ableton Push Master Course.   How old were you when you first started making your own music …

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Beat Lab Fresh Tracks January 2021

Fresh Tracks of the Month – January 2021 We are bringing in 2021 with a showcase of our favorite Alumni releases from the past month.  From ambient waterfalls to wompy bass lines, these tracks offer a playful range of musical talent and vibe that are as fresh as the powder snow on Mountain High today.  So sit back, relax, and get down!   AllieyXO feat Britt Lari – Deseos  Alliey XO crafts a beautiful winter bop with the singer and Beat Lab alumn Britt Lari.  XO’s production builds a cool-toned background for Lari’s yearning Latin vocal performance while airy synth plucks push the melodic power of this track into another realm.  The track is driven forward by a pulsing kick that culminates in a liberating final drop.  Reminiscent of cool nights near so-cal beaches, this song is indie-pop meets deep house in a beautiful Latin winter spell that is sure …

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ABLETON 11 Devices – Inspired by Nature, Interview with creator Dillon Bastan

Ableton 11 Devices – ‘Inspired by Nature’ Interview with creator Dillon Bastan Ableton 11 has a lot of great new features coming out in 2021. We had the pleasure of speaking with device designer Dillon Bastan about his 6 new devices for Ableton Live 11 –  “Inspired By Nature”. You can see Dillon’s demo for each device at the bottom of the page.    What is your background, are you a physicist? What got you interested in making sounds based on natural phenomena? I’m not a physicist at all and am coming from a music background/self-taught programming, my academic math level is low. For some of the devices I make I try to get to a game-like/playful approach to sound generation/design. A couple of years ago I began to learn more about coding simulations of natural phenomena, particularly simple particle systems in the case of these devices, so it was …

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Chain Selector Display – Live Performance Utility

Chain Selector Display Ableton’s Instrument Racks allows us to quickly switch between instruments in a Live Performance thanks to the Chain Selector. At the request of Flying Lotus (2020 Producer of the Year nominee), we have developed a custom live performance utility that shows the currently selected chain in a big pop up display. It is now available publicly for the first time. Check out the video for more info. Video Tutorial Requirements Ableton Suite 10.1.30 or higher Max 8.1.8 Installation 1. Download 2. Copy to your user Library/Presets/MIDI Effects/Max MIDI Effects * This works both on Mac and Windows Claim Your Download in the Box Below The Beat Lab Academy Blog has a huge number of free downloads and a way for you to learn how to use them. Click here to check out our course catalog for Super Producers and DJ’s.  

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Support Local – 9 Music Tech Retailers to Support this Winter

Support Local – 9 Music Tech Retailers to Support this Winter   Some things are worth keeping around.  Los Angeles has entered another week of restrictions and lockdown and businesses are feeling it.   The pandemic has been especially hard on small and independent retailers. To keep alive the communities these retailers foster and the legacy gear they preserve, we have put together a list of 9 Music Tech Retailers here in Los Angeles worth your support this winter.  1. Perfect Circuit     Located in Burbank, Perfect Circuit is an independent music retailer that carries a wide variety of music tech from modular synths to Drum machines and sequencers, to streaming and DJ equipment. Before the pandemic, PC hosted multiple community events a month including manufacturer demos, community discussions, and in-depth clinics but has since moved these events to live stream on their Youtube Channel. You can still have a chance …

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Keyfinder for Live – Key Detection for Ableton

Keyfinder for Live   Ableton Live 11 has introduced the long-requested feature Comping. We are still waiting for pitch correction (Auto-Tune) and key detection (exp: Mixed in Key), until then, Max for Live to the rescue! In collaboration with Omar Costa Hamido, we created a Max for Live devices that connect with the free Keyfinder app from Ibrahim Sha’ath to give us Key Detection directly inside Ableton! Setup is fast and easy. And it even renames the clip with the key after it finishes the analysis. There are images of the Circle of Fifths and the Chamalot Wheel for easy reference to be used in Harmonic Mixing, sampling, and remixing. Simply load the device to an Audio Track. Load audio clips, Launch the clips and hit Find Key. Video Tutorial Requirements Ableton Suite 10.1.30 Max 8.1.8 * Although successfully tested on a windows machine. The free companion app Keyfinder is …

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Beat Lab Guide – Performing with Your Computer Keyboard

This class was developed for Moorpark College and Calarts during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow students to create Live Performances using only their computer keyboard. Special thanks go to Nathan Bowen(Moorpark College), Jordan Hochenbaum(Calarts), and Javad Butha(Ableton) for making this happen. Ableton Keyboard Layout Your computer Keyboard can be used as a MIDI controller in Ableton. First, turn on the Computer MIDI Keyboard.     Up to Live 9, it’s on by default. If it’s not, you can turn it on with a click. From Live 10, it’s now off by default. To turn it on, either click on the icon or press the M key.     The A, S, D, F…. row will play the white keys. A is C, S is D, D is E, F is F, and so on. The W, E, R, T…. row will play the black keys. W is C#, E is …

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Ableton PUSH – Go Beyond with Max for Live (Free Download)

Top 12 Max for Live Devices for Ableton PUSH Ableton PUSH 2 is the most comprehensive controller for Ableton Live. So much so, it feels like an instrument in its own right. With all that the PUSH has to offer, you can go above and beyond with the help of Max for Live. So if you own Ableton Suite 10. Check out these awesome free devices.   Expression Control   This device is Built-in the Core Library and is often overlooked. It gives us access to the most common MIDI Expression control. Most notable for us PUSH users is the Aftertouch (Pressure Sensitivity). This can give us the ability to map the Aftertouch to anything we want. Some common mapping would be to the Filter Cutoff, Fine Tune (Pitch), and Reverb amount. Use the Ableton search bar to find this device under the Max for Live Catagory. Aftertouch Vibrato   …

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