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How to Write a Future Bass Track From Scratch

Ableton Chord Progressions Creativity Future Bass Melody Music Theory TrackFromScratch Writing Music

In this tutorial, Tom is writing a complete Future Bass track from scratch (similar to the style of San Holo, Flume, The Chainsmokers, Odesza). He starts with chord progressions and later goes over bass and melodies.     =====   If you want to learn more about the basics of harmony and chord progressions, check out our in-depth course: PML Course: "Harmony and Chord Progressions"  

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How to Overcome Creative Blocks

Ableton Creativity Writers Block

Musicians James Holden, Matthew Herbert, Young Guru and Phoebe Kiddo on overcoming creative writing blocks at the recent Ableton Loop conference. Very interesting talk on how to deal with what will sooner or later affect every music producer / artist.

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Mastering with Deadmau5 and Steve Duda (using Ableton Live, Xfer SERUM,..)

Ableton Ableton Live 9 Creativity Mastering SERUM Skills Sound Design Studio

In this video, Deadmau5 and Steve Duda (developer of Xfer Serum) go through mastering and routing using Ableton Live 9 and Serum among other tools in Deadmau5's freshly finished new mint studio environment.         Check out our Future Bass presets for SERUM: 75+ hand crafted amazingly rich sounding future bass presets, see details:

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Creating great effects for DJing with "Multiband splitting"

Creativity DJing

Creating awesome DJing effects using Ableton Live and Multiband Compression Splitting. We are splitting out signal in 3 bands - each receiving the input signal and processing its range until everything gets summed afterwards. Now we can apply insert effects to the single bands. Watch tutorial:

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Creative Chord Writing Tip (1)

Chord Progressions Chords Creativity Melody Music Theory Writing Music

Writing deeper chord progressions: Lets try and design a rather exotic sounding chord. We could combine regular major / minor triads into poly chords. Lets build a classic one first: 1. First chord: Use C major (C-E-G)  2. Second chord: G major (G-B-D)  For the 2nd chord, we picked G major (G-B-D) because it has its root a perfect fifth above the root of the first chord.  3. If we play the two chords together, we’re getting a Cmaj9 chord (C-E-G-B-D).  Tip: Look for chords that have a note or two in common whenever you’re not sure which chords to combine. (inspired by CMM...

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