• Friday Oct 6th: Judge at Serato Sample Flip Contest at A3C Festival 2017

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    Tonight I will be judging the Sample Flip Contest at the A3C Creator Complex for iStandard from 8:15 PM-9:30 PM. Sponsored by Serato.

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  • Unquantized Podcast - Production Tips, Career Advice, and Networking

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    Unquantized Podcast  - Production Tips, Career Advice, and Networking

    Unquantized Podcast - Production Tips, Career Advice, and Networking

    ~The smallest gem of knowledge can change the trajectory of someone’s life. That is what this podcast is all about.

    UnQuantized is a live and interactive podcast that streams on Instagram. Join hosts, Sound Oracle and Triza, as they discuss everything about music production and share industry experiences. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this podcast is a free way to learn, network, and get motivated with your music.

    This weekly podcast is geared towards producers, DJ’s, and songwriters. It's primary aim is to entertain and keep musicians up-to-date on strategy, gear, and tips to help you with your musical endeavors.

    We cover a scope of empowerment inquiries about branding how to sell your music, and mixing techniques. It is our aim as producers and sound designers to share what we have learned through the years. This podcast is a way to give back to the music community that gave us our break.

    Unquantized Podcast - Production Tips, Career Advice, and Networking

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    Tune in @SoundOracle and @Triza’s Live IG to build with your production community every Friday at 4 PM (EST) and follow us at:

    About the Hosts:

    Unquantized Podcast Hosts: Sound Oracle and Triza

    Image Credit: @Avebrow - Avery Brown Bass Guitarist, Graphic Designer, Music Producer

    Host #1: Sound Oracle

    Producer and Chief Sound Designer for Timbaland and Polow Da Don. For drums, sounds, and production tips.

    Sound Oracle is best known as the producer and chief sound designer for multi-platinum producer Timbaland. Sound Oracle's work has appeared in productions for the likes of Timbaland. Sound Oracle's work has appeared in productions for the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Christina Aguilera. One would define Oracle as a “supplier of wisdom and insightful counsel.” However, his personal quest is to inspire. His music has adopted a system of authentic storytelling. Here, he lays the outline of Sound Oracle. He successfully mastered the skill to produce music; the ultimate dream of this Virginia native, Sound Oracle. Despite the shortage of music mentors and influencers within the DMV area. The producer and sound designer proved that bringing his childhood aspirations to reality. It is as simple as setting small challenges. He tested the confines of one’s own ability to overcome them, where he wields guts and gall from the sheer passion of all things' production related. Sound Oracle, who is an introvert, galvanized his motivation from the fear of dying in obscurity. And set out on a mission to manipulate sound by incorporating the beauty of a colorful transient noise.

    Host #2: Triz La Flare

    Triza | Producer & DJ Follow: PROD | for Justin Bieber, Rico Love, Sean Kingston - DJ | Mixes and Curated Playlist - Sound Designer.

    Triza creates an experience where partygoers get up from their VIP sections and back on the dance floor is the goal of Atlanta-based dj/producer, Triza. Triza, no stranger to the music world, is virtually light years away from mixing tracks as a hobby during his teenage years in his hometown, Halifax, VA. With musical influencers like producers Pharrell Williams and Timbaland, Triza has found his own sound and likes to describe it as, “Unorthodox, bounce and minimal”. Listeners taking a dive into his tracks can expect to hear crazy drum patterns and sound selections, paired with a heavy intertwining of EDM, Baltimore club, and bounce music in juxtaposition with genres like R&B. Coming full circle from bored, self-taught, small town kid infatuated with creating a different sound, to a musical hit-maker, Triza is surely on his way to getting listeners up and out and in tune with what’s coming next.

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  • Ableton Releases New Beat Tools Pack

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    Ableton Releases New Beat Tools Pack - Sound Oracle Blog

    Sounds Beat Tools by Ableton

    I’d like to thank Ableton for having me be a part of the new Beat Tools library. And giving me an opportunity to inspire producers, beatmakers, and musicians worldwide. I honored to the sound design creative team for Beat Tools with artists like @miccheckmate, @MSXIIsound, @mvploops, and  @KayKayBeats.

    Beat Tools will now be included in Push and Live 9 Suite. It includes drum racks, patterns, 808s, and sets designed by a team of producers and sound designers including Sound Oracle, Mic Checkmate and Michele Darlingby. This collection of sounds puts everything you need for making beats in one place. 

    Beat Tools: A Creative Toolkit for Beatmaking

    Beat Tools is the latest creative toolkit for beatmaking with Ableton Live. This pack features heavy heating 120 Drum and Instrument Racks, over 182 loops for slicing, tweakable processings, plus almost 100 MIDI clips and more. Beat Tools has all the sounds you need for sparking ideas and keeping you in your flow–especially with Push.

    BMaul makes a beat with Beat Tools – a new Pack with all the sounds you need for beatmaking. 
    BMaul - LA raised Berlin based Singer-Songwriter | Multi-Instrumentalist | Beatmaker | Finger Drummer | Agile Coach at Ableton

     

    Beatmaking Flow with Push

    Drum Racks come with percussive hits, bass and melodic samples for working on tight-knit ideas for groove and melody on a single kit. The sound is great right off the bat. It comes with eight Macros. That are carefully setup for your creative sound design directly from Push. The 100 instruments racks comprise expressive Push features like pad aftertouch. And also, it offers a diverse sound palette. The additional feature of the collection of audio loops and phrases are ready for making new beats and melodies.

    Specifications

    • *102 Instrument Racks (bass, keys, leads, pads, and effects)
    • *27 Drum Racks
    • *97 MIDI Clips
    • *182 Audio Loops
    • *15 Effect Racks
    • *5 Demo Sets
    • *Samples provided by MVP Loops and MSX Audio 

      Try the Free Demo

      How to get Beat Tools

      • *Beat Tools is free for Live 9 Suite and Push owners, or you can buy it here.
      • *First, be sure your unit is registered
      • *Once registered, Beat Tools will appear in the list of Packs on your account page.

        About Sound Oracle:

        Sound Oracle is best known as the producer and chief sound designer for multi-platinum producer Timbaland. Sound Oracle's work has appeared in productions for the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kehlani, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Christina Aguilera.

        Studio Session - Ableton Loop 2016 in Berlin, Germany

        Studio Session - Ableton Loop 2016 in Berlin, Germany

        SEE: SOUND ORACLE SPEAKS AT ABLETON LOOP SUMMIT FOR MUSIC MAKERS

        One would define Oracle as a “supplier of wisdom and insightful counsel.”  However, his personal quest is to inspire. His music has adopted a system of authentic storytelling. Here, he lays the outline of Sound Oracle. He successfully mastered the skill to produce music; the ultimate dream of this Virginia native, Sound Oracle. Despite the shortage of music mentors and influencer’s within the DMV area. The producer and sound designer proved that bringing his childhood aspirations to reality. It is as simple as setting small challenges. He tested the confines of one’s own ability to overcome them, where he wields guts and gall from the sheer passion of all things' production related. Sound Oracle, who is an introvert, galvanized his motivation from the fear of dying in obscurity. And set out on a mission to manipulate sound by incorporating the beauty of a colorful transient noise.

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      • 8 ways to become an Ableton Push power user

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        Take your Push performances to the next level with these tips

        Ableton Push tips
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        Push is Ableton's feature-laden MIDI controller instrument, designed to give you command of many aspects of its Live 9 DAW. It's a very powerful and deep piece of equipment that can elevate your compositional creativity way beyond the limits of a traditional keyboard controller.

        Many of the following tips, tricks and techniques come directly from one of the masterminds behind its development, Ableton Push Product Owner, Jesse Terry, who has kindly offered his expert insight to help take your Push skills to the next level.

        For more Push tutorial action, get your hands on Future Music 298 - it's on sale now.


        1. Multitouch

        When step sequencing drums or melodic material, you can use multiple fingers to enter or delete several notes at once, or hold down multiple pads to adjust their associated note or automation values simultaneously.

         

         

        2. Become a Push ninja

        Once you're comfortable with basic composing and navigation in Push, try combining several techniques in quick succession. For example, start off by step sequencing the bare bones of a riff, then quickly switch back to Note Mode and hit Record to enter additional notes in the gaps. When performing in Note Mode, there are plenty of techniques you can combine: vary pad velocity and aftertouch; punch in quick Note Repeat variations; use the touch-strip to add subtle pitch bends and wobbles; tweak parameters using the top encoders, and so on.

         

         

        3. Take Kontrol

        nativeKontrol's free ClyphX is a free MIDI Remote Script that allows you to save Push's current key and scale settings within a clip. Go get it!

         

         

        4. Pumped-up Push

        While Push offers plenty of control over Live straight out of the box, several third-party developers have sought to expand upon its default functionality via MIDI scripting. PXT-Live by nativeKontrol, a $19.50 MIDI Remote Script for both Windows and OS X, adds a wealth of extra features such as Arrangement View navigation and editing, the ability to edit one track while navigating through others, APC40-style device control, and heaps more. PXT-Live's additional features are only accessed when in User mode, so you can easily switch back to Push's 'regular' mode at the touch of a button.

         

         

        5. Double or quits

        Create quick loop variations when working with Push's step sequencer by using the Double button to copy your current clip's contents over, making a few variations, then tapping the loop length pads to jump the loop markers through the clip on the fly.

         

         

        6. Happy feet

        If two hands aren't enough when composing or performing with Push, hook up a foot pedal. Two connections are available: one for sustain and one for recording. Ableton recommend using a footswitch with normal polarity rather than inverted. Push Product Manager Jesse Terry: "I play guitar and bass, so Push's footswitch is a really great way to record hands-free. The first press starts recording, the second press loops the recording, and double-tapping the pedal makes a new slot to record into. I also use the footswitch when I'm recording samples from my vinyl collection, so I have it near my record player."

         

         

        7. Making a Scene

        When in Session Mode, to bring up a scene's name in the Push display, hold Select and tap that scene's Scene/Grid button.

         

         

        8. Reach out and aftertouch me

        Push's 64 pads respond well to variations in velocity and aftertouch, facilitating expressive, nuanced performance. If you're designing your own Instrument or Drum Racks, hook up velocity or aftertouch as mod sources to maximise the amount of timbral variation you'll be able to inject into your live playing. Hold down Push's User button to access User Settings, where you can customise the unit's Pad Threshold (how hard a pad must be hit to trigger a note), Velocity Curve (the mapping of strike force to velocity), and Aftertouch Threshold (how hard you have to hold a pad before aftertouch 'kicks in').

         

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      • How to capture the perfect take with Ableton Push

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        On-the-fly recording is an essential part of the Push workflow. Let's see how the Fixed Length function can be used to capture pristine recordings

        How to capture the perfect take with Ableton Push
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        Ableton's Jesse Terry offers a handy tip for using Push's Fixed Length function when recording ideas into a new clip. "I generally keep this off, but there is a cool trick when making a long recording.

        "With Fixed Length off, press record, and start playing and working on a riff - I generally practise with Record on, and once I feel I've got it right, I press the Fixed Length button, which ends the recording and loops the last few measures of the long recording (depending on the Fixed Length setting). It's a good way to practise until you get it right, and then loop the part when you've finally nailed the perfect take."

        For more on working with Ableton Push, pick up Future Music 298, which is on sale now.


         Step 1: With Fixed Length deactivated, the length of a recorded clip will extend until you deactivate recording. When Fixed Length is active, Live will record for a predetermined length and then loop. Hold the Fixed Length button to set a value of between 1 beat and 32 bars.

         

         

        Step 2: With Fixed Length deactivated, hit Record and begin jamming away. As expected, the length of this new clip will continue to extend as you play. As soon as you're happy with a section, punch the Fixed Length button to loop the final take.

         

         

        Step 3: Fixed Length is great for generating multiple clips and variations, too. Activate Fixed Length, set a length, then record in an idea. Press New, come up with a variety of loops, then switch to Session Mode to move between or launch the different ideas you've made.

         

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        http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/how-to-capture-the-perfect-take-with-ableton-push-632061

         

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