+–: chance-based MIDI effect

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The Max for Live device I have here is a MIDI effect made for beats. Admittedly it’s not quite “algorithmic” in nature, but it uses chance to either add notes or take away notes, and you can control how likely that will happen with the two dials. The ‘+’ dial will add random notes by copying a note that comes into … Read More

Michael Terren+–: chance-based MIDI effect

What is loudness? Using RMS meters (+ a free RMS meter to download!)

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There is a golden rule for mixing with plugins, and you could summarise it by saying “know your loudness.” Keeping loudness levels the same between plugins is essential to making crucial and objective decisions when mixing. Why? Because our ears aren’t very clever—they think that louder is always better. If you slam a compressor’s output gain by 8dB or so, … Read More

Michael TerrenWhat is loudness? Using RMS meters (+ a free RMS meter to download!)

Plate reverb presets for Ableton Live

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bleton takes a hands-off approach to their audio effects. Whereas commercial audio effects will sell their effects with dozens or hundreds of presets (sometimes they’ll sell a few hundred presets separately), Ableton gets away with much less. I think the reason for this is to encourage producers to become intimate with an audio effect and explore its sonic capabilities and possibilities … Read More

noisemakerPlate reverb presets for Ableton Live

More keyboard shortcuts on a Mac

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I’m a big fan of making keyboard shortcuts wherever I can. Ableton isn’t that friendly with customising keyboard shortcuts—not unless Max for Live can do it for you—but there are other software that will let you customise how you use Live. Enter Karabiner. Karabiner has been around for some time under the tongue-twister name KeyRemap4MacBook, but Karabiner perhaps better indicates … Read More

noisemakerMore keyboard shortcuts on a Mac

Complexity and the DAW: Managing and staying in control

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This post takes a different approach to my previous ones, to talk about something that all computer musicians have to deal with: complexity. We all know that the computer is capable of far more processing, calculations, and data than the human mind is capable of, and this means we can now create music with a degree of complexity hitherto impossible … Read More

noisemakerComplexity and the DAW: Managing and staying in control

Vertical zooming in Live, using keyboard shortcuts.

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  Michael writes: Zooming and looking around in Ableton Live has a reputation for being either unsurpassed in terms of intuitiveness and fluidity, or being way too stubborn in insisting on its own way of doing things. Sadly, at times I associate with the latter. Take vertically zooming on Arrange tracks. If I need to make very detailed automation or … Read More

Michael TerrenVertical zooming in Live, using keyboard shortcuts.