Voodoo People Recreated in Ableton Live

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Jim Pavloff knows his way around Ableton Live, and, apart from being an accomplished creative producer in his own right, he has put together a couple of remakes which show just what goes into creating a classic electronic dance track… from the 90s.

Prodigy’s Liam Howlett famously composed most of Prodigy’s music single-handedly. He’s the genius behind the atomic riffs and explosive sample-laden dance floor rippers. It’s worth saying that when this music was new, all this production had to be done on physical devices… dozens of them.

These days digital electronic music production can all be done in software. Of course, it still requires talent to assemble. Jim Pavloff has that talent.

Jim, perhaps you could indulge us with some rock god poses of yourself during the intro? Thanks that would be great.


Ableton Push Shipped Globally Without Geolocking

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Finally! I’ve been waiting for Amazon to stock this awesome digital music instrument. And what’s more you don’t need to worry about using a service like ShipItTo just to get it delivered to Australia.

The thing is magical. It has multiple key layout options for 64 pressure sensitive and velocity sensitive keys. You can set up scales so that you can’t hit a wrong note and you can use it to program drum patterns in the step sequencer. What I think is particularly great is you can do all this without touching the computer. The software, Ableton Live can be used for DJing, composition or live performance, controllerism style.

A lot of products that have standing agreements with local distributors will not be shipped globally by Amazon. This is usually because they can’t or choose not to pay the distributor fees for all those regions. Frequently there are contractual constraints for online retailers that make no sense in the internet age. Well Ableton presumably doesn’t have this huge network of distributors mouths to feed as hardware products are still a new product area for them. Software sales thankfully are often more sane, though famously to many Australians, not universally so.

The price is $599 on Amazon, about $100 cheaper than local retailers. Shipping for me is $28. My guess is it would cost more to get it delivered from a local retailer than from Amazon in the US.

I’m so getting one.


Ableton Major Lazer Tutorial

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I’ve been following a lot of tutorials on how to use Ableton Live, the most popular and flexible music producer’s software today. Officially it’s only one of many in the category of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). This is like saying Photoshop is a Digital Graphical Workstation. It’s a lame term to me.

Anyway Ableton version 9 is pretty new and many tutorials are covering the new features. One category of tutorials which are pretty useful for learning specific skills and understanding commonly used production techniques is when a well-known tune is disassembled and recreated from scratch.

The great thing about these tutorials is that they are forced to cover the full range of techniques used to produce a whole track. Other tutorials might focus exclusively on compression or mastering or EQ or particular plugins. It’s good to have a bit of each.

Here’s a fairly accessible two part tutorial which focuses on how to reproduce several main musical parts of Major Lazer’s incredible track Get Free, if you don’t know it, go watch the Get Free video clip now. It’s so fantastic.

Now, check the tutorial:

and part 2: