Welcome to Week One!
In this week we’ll get the foundations of out track together. Starting with the drums. This is a very common place to start a track and it’ll give us a firm bedrock from which to continue.
It’s important to have good drum sounds, I use a lot of Wave Alchemy’s stuff. Here’s a link to some – https://www.wavealchemy.co.uk/free-samples/
You have to register with the site to get them but it’s worth it. They also have free tasters for all their packs, I recommend Drum Tools 1 and 2.
So this week I’d like you to get started building a really good beat. Choose your drum sounds carefully and use all the techniques I show to add detail and interest. If you have any questions hit me up by email or on the Facebook group 😉
- 2 types of track in Ableton – audio and midi. Audio is for audio files such as samples and loops, midi is for software instruments and hardware devices.
- We’re going to use drum racks to sequence our drums
- Scroll down to Packs and click on the triangle by Drum Essentials. Click Drums>Drum Machines>808 Aristocrat. Drag this into Midi channel 1
- Main drum types – Kick-Snare-HiHats(Open and Closed)-Clap-Toms
- Adjust tempo to suit the genre you’re making
- Double click on a rectangle in the track we’re using (Track 1) to make a 1 bar midi clip
- Click the headphone icon to audition the sounds
- Velocity is how loud each hit is. It’s a really important parameter so have a play around with it and see what results you get
- Cmd-D – my most used keyboard shortcut!
- Quantise – Cmd-U
- Using grooves is a great way to add some feel to your drums. As always, experiment to get a result you like
- Cmd-Z = undo = essential
- Duplicate loop to double the length of your loop
- Use cursor keys to move around notes that are selected (by clicking on them)
Cmd-T = Create new audio track
- Cmd-Shift-T = Create new midi track