Ableton

Meet Sienna – Emulate Studio Rooms On Your Headphones

Meet Sienna Sienna is a plugin that combines technology by Acustica Audio with artificial intelligence to emulate studio rooms, anechoic chambers, and different environments – right on your headphones. Gone are the days when you have to burn a hole in your wallet to hear how you track really sounds in a studio. The best part? Our new partnership with Acustica allows Beat Lab students and followers (yes – that means you) to get this plugin for less than half price in the month of May. Read on to find out more! What Is Mixing & Mastering?   (Source: Produce Like A Pro, 2016) Mixing & Mastering are the two “M’s” that intimidate a lot of producers as they prepare their tracks to be release-ready. Here at Beat Lab, we believe that Mixing & Mastering are sonic skills that are absolutely learnable – just like recording or synthesis. And just like …

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Loop Create – A New Event For Music Makers

Loop Create – A New Event For Music Makers   In 2015, Ableton introduced Loop – an annual summit for music makers. Six years later, they’ve just announced Loop Create – a new event for music makers happening June 26–27th 2021. The best part? It’s online – and admission is free. Beat Lab @ Loop     In 2019, our head of education & the founder of Beat Lab Academy, Yeuda Ben-Atar, spoke at Loop on the beauty of repetition. Watch the video above to see how randomly crowdsourced chords can become musical simply by being placed in a – well – ‘Loop’! What To Expect This Year This year’s one-day online event is designed to bring people together across different time zones. If you’re hungry to watch workshops on how musicians make music, perform, and use Ableton in unique ways – then this is the event for you. Ableton will …

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Top 10 MIDI Keyboards 2021 – Unlock Your Flow

Top 10 MIDI Keyboards 2021 A MIDI Keyboard is a useful device that allows music producers to intuitively input chords, melodies, and even drums into their DAW. They usually come with velocity-sensitive keys, pads, and knobs to help provide that human feel to your electronic tracks. This article rounds up the top 10 MIDI keyboards of 2021 and will help inform you about what to consider before purchasing one. Why Do I Need A MIDI Keyboard? Have you ever seen an instrumentalist ‘lose’ themselves in the music they are creating? Eyes closed, head pointed to the sky, and absolutely surrendered to the piano, guitar, or drums that they’re playing?   (Source: Tash Sultana, Image by Jim Bennet/FilmMagic May 2020) This is the feeling that we musicians like to call “the flow state” – and it’s one that music producers can find hard to reach behind the clickity-clack of a mouse …

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Student Spotlight – Nolo Grace | Debut Single “Wake Up” – feat. Sean Kingston

Nolo Grace shares inside her process to create her debut single “Wake Up” feat. Sean Kingston, creating during lockdown, and leaving the corporate world behind. Watch our full Interview Watch our full interview with Nolo Grace discussing her debut single “Wake Up” – feat. Sean Kingston Listen to “Wake Up” here on Spotify. About Nolo Grace   Nolo Grace is a Korean-American singer/songwriter/producer making her debut with “Wake Up,” featuring pop artist Sean Kingston ( known for his Billboard Hot 100 song “Beautiful Girls” and other hit songs like “Fire Burning” and “Eenie Meanie.”) Nolo Grace charted an unconventional path into music. After building a business career as a successful corporate executive in New York City, she decided to leave that behind and traveled the world as a digital nomad before moving to Los Angeles in 2017. As she discovered a path of her own outside of the corporate world, …

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All About Max for Live Packs | PitchLoop 89

All About Max for Live Packs | PitchLoop 89   Created in collaboration with Robert Henke, this Ableton 11 Max for Live device is based on an early digital effects processor. The outcome is jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers, and outlandish vibrato. Watch guest host Lillian Frances breakdown this unique device for sound design and beat making. Video Tutorial For more on Max for Live Packs check out our All About Max for Live Packs Playlist. Subscribe for more awesome tutorials!   About Lillian Frances Lillian Frances is a sonic collager hailing from Sacramento, CA. Frances attended Beat Lab in 2015 and 2019 and has since taught Ableton courses at The Library of MusicLandria in Sacramento. Her unique alt-pop style has been compared to Lorde, Sylvan Esso, and Billie Eilish. Her 2018 EP, Timeism, was praised by NPR’s Heavy Rotation, Indie Shuffle, and Cap Radio.   Check out more …

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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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