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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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Should I Buy It? – Guitar Rig 6

Should I Buy It? – Guitar Rig 6 Native Instruments are back with their Komplete 13. One of the most notable additions is the long waited Guitar Rig 6! Now offering new design, 3 new amps, 15 new effects and a revamp browser. This multi-fx plugin is not only for guitarists. Let’s check out if we should buy it.     Breakdown Guitar Rig Pro has been around for years as a one of the most customizble plugin for guitarists and bassists out there. With the surge of other guitar Amp plugins, the popularity of Guitar Rig dwindled down. But now with version 6, it’s trying to grab the spotlight once again. Version 6 features the same layout and functionality but with a new design.     The browser was completely revamped we can now tag our favorite presets, filter by input type, FX types, Amplifiers, Genres, and Artists. The …

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EboSuite Update 1.7! Masterclass with EboSuite and Yeuda Ben-Atar

EboSuite Update 1.7! Masterclass with EboSuite and Yeuda Ben-Atar We’re back with ANOTHER free Masterclass featuring our beloved Beat Lab Head of Education and Ableton Certified Trainer, Yeuda Ben-Atar. In this collaboration with MaxforLive developers – EboSuite – Yeuda and company go over the newest features in the device and blow our minds. Watch the awesome Masterclass below, and check out our original article on EboSuite here.  

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Teacher Spotlight | Gabe Lehner | Songwriting + Live Tech

Teacher Spotlight | Gabe Lehner | Songwriting + Live Tech Gabe Lehner is one of Beat Lab’s newer instructors, but he is no stranger to the industry. He has been producing, performing, and engineering professionally for 24 years under the moniker: 9 Theory.     Gabe’s love for guitar and songwriting slowly evolved into an obsession as he became proficient with producing, recording, and making beats. Gabe has come into his own after working with numerous bands and on musical projects as a producer with a knack for effectively blending genres across electronic music, indie rock, and hip-hop. The result is a wholly original, unique sound that he is renowned for.     This unique style of head-bobbing genre-blending has also led to a number of official remixes for various artists including Jason Mraz, Emancipator, and Zion I. Gabe has yers of experience as a charismatic performer playing hundreds of …

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Teacher Spotlight | Danielle Thwaites | Certified Trainer

Teacher Spotlight | Danielle Thwaites | Certified Trainer In this Teacher Spotlight, we give a proud shout-out to one of our instructors, Ableton Certified Trainer, Danielle Thwaites. Danielle is a Los Angeles based producer, songwriter, and performing artist. Danielle’s career so far has been a total powerhouse in the world of music production and education. She has a dual major Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Production & Design and Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She can’t get enough knowledge, and she brings that passion for education here to Beat Lab.     Danielle has been teaching for years, and this year she passed the Ableton Live certification and officially became one of the few female Ableton Certified Trainers in all of the US! She is more than deserving of the title with her incredible teaching experience and understanding of Live. Danielle is part of the …

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Production Insight: Yeuda Ben-Atar on Live Production Online Podcast

Production Insight: Yeuda Ben-Atar on Live Production Online Podcast Beat Lab founder and Head of Education Yeuda Ben-Atar joined the Live Production Online podcast for an hourlong interview about his insight son music production. With years of experience in the industry from production, performance, and live show consultation Yeuda certainly has lots of insight to offer. Listen to the podcast below!     Book a Class Visit If you want to see what class is like with Yeuda at the helm, come drop in for a FREE class visit! You can come in for socially-distant classes, or participate virtually online.     Yeuda has loads of experience making incredible music, check out his reviews of industry-leading plugins below!    

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Teacher Spotlight | Mike Parvizi | Producer Skills

Teacher Spotlight | Mike Parvizi | Producer Skills In this Teacher Spotlight we’ll cover one of our veteran instructors: Mike Parvizi. Mike has been with us since the beginning and has years of experience under his belt. He is a recording artist, session musician, co-founder of a massively successful artist collective, and an incredible mentor to students. Parvizi developed his skills early on at art school in the California Bay Area. His main tool – the bass. With his mastery of music theory he has gained in all his years, it was only natural for him to display that prowess in the studio.     When he isn’t teaching, Mike works as a professional session musician and has written with artists such as Clams Casino, 12th Planet, Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, Diplo, Alison Wonderland, Busdriver, Nocando, and many more. He co-produced Mad Decent vocalist LIZ Y2K’s 2014 hit ‘Don’t Say’ …

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