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Mashups + Mixing

week 9

This week we used SoundTrap and Ableton 10 to create a mashup of different songs (attempted to). Whilst most people were able to create a successful composition in SoundTrap, there was limited success in Ableton. With Ableton being one of the most popular DAWs in use currently, and with most other DAWs being very similar in design. It got me thinking about my final project, becoming competent using professional grade DAWs; specifically Ableton. Bellow you can find a very basic guide of how to get started in Ableton; also check out Ableton tips for creating an EDM-stlye track on the Creating electronic dance music in Ableton page.

Ableton Basics

My own workflow in Ableton (Using non-tech-y words)

1) Choose your first instrument. Select “instruments”, then “Analog”, choose and instrument and click and drag it onto the coloured top of one of the existing MIDI tracks

2) Remove default MIDI and audio tracks. Click the coloured top and press ‘delete’ on keyboard, also delete the reverb and delay on the right if they wont be used. This free’s up space to use.

3) Double click the empty grey rectangle to make an idea using that instrument. Double click anywhere on the piano roll space to place a note.

4) Single click the small grey circle to record ideas in real time. Make sure the keyboard button is pressed for the virtual keyboard and the instrument is armed with the recording button turned red.

5. Click and hold on the recorded idea and press “Tab” on the keyboard to change to the timeline view, drag the idea anyone on the timeline and drop it to add to the composition. When finished dragging and dropping ideas click the small grey arrow to complete and have them play in the composition.

6. Click and hold the edges of notes to change their duration. Click hold and drag to change pitch and timing or select the note and use the arrow keys.

7. Select the loop button to have the clip play continuously, it is on by default

8. Press and hold on this grey triangle to adjust an individual instruments volume

9. Select the Legato button to have each note play until the next one is sounded, this is useful when using acoustic instruments (accordions, trumpets, violins etc.) to make the sound more natural and realistic.

10. Change the tempo of the project by clicking and holding the BPM number and dragging either up or down, or by tapping the “Tap” button at the desired speed.

11. (From the Ethan Hein lecture) The arpeggiator

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