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.Read More
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 …Read More
5 Investments That Will Improve Your Live Show Lots of musicians out there are perfectly happy working in the studio and presenting their work in a recorded format, but there are just as many musicians who have the urge to perform their music for live audiences. Part of performing music is playing the actual music, but there is so much more that goes into a show that will enhance the experience for your audience. It is important to remember that your live show should be that – an experience. How you present your music will be surrounded by context, the context of not just what is heard but what is seen. The experience begins before you step foot on stage and continues after you’ve performed your last piece. We have some ways for you to improve the experience of your live show for yourself and audience members. Stage Design Stage design is a …Read More
SamplenHold is a new LA-based event for boundary-pushing performance artists hosted at Downtown LA hot spot, Resident. We are honored, grateful, but also not surprised our school's founder, Yeuda Ben-Atar AKA sidebrain, was asked to perform at the first SamplenHold event last Tuesday, July 11, alongside the likes of incredible talent like Amp Live, Josh Spoon, Portrait XO, and other special guests.
On SamplenHold's event page they described sidebrain as a "mastermind of multi-genre live performance and controllerism". He absolutely lived up to the hype. Using Ableton, a MIDI keyboard, and his famous Dreamcast controller - Yeuda threw down a set full of original loops, beats, and songs all while jamming out live with his controllers in masterfully creative ways. People we're feeling the heat and we can not wait for sidebrain to release some of the new material he was previewing.
Welcome to Festival Season – 11 Festivals to Play at this Summer It’s February already and… festival season is basically around the corner. If you’re considering taking your performance skills to the next level and have hopes of performing at one this summer, it’s time to get your electronic press kit together ASAP. If you’re not yet ready to hit the stage, you should still try to make some festival appearances, as they can be an incredible source of ~inspiration~ and ~fun~. That $200 ticket not in your budget? Try volunteering—in exchange for about 4 hrs a day, you can get your ticket for free. Not a bad deal if you don’t mind lending a hand! Here are 11 California festivals to keep on your radar and reach out to. Do it Ourselves Fest – April 28 – 30 This tidy little festival is nestled up in the Santa …Read More
How To Choose The Right Audio Interface For those of us just getting into recording, producing, and performing, or for those of us looking for an upgrade – there are a few common factors to consider and understand when looking for an audio interface. There are A LOT of choices today and the difference in quality in relation to price is not as obvious as it once was. You need to consider your immediate interface needs but also think about what you might need a year or two down the line. Joe Albano from Ask Audio recently wrote a great article about this topic, so combined with Joe’s tips, I will go over 5 factors to consider in your new audio interface. 1. Price An obvious place to start, but as mentioned above you can find the quality you need in budget interfaces these days. You need to consider what …Read More