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3 Tips for Maximizing Your Unfinished Project Files

  How do you maximize your unfinished project files, and what can you do with them? There comes a time in the lifespan of many Ableton Live project files where we must face the fact that it is not worth finishing. Whether we have spent an hour on a loop, a day on a track, or weeks polishing a record that just did not hit the mark, admitting to yourself it's time to move on is difficult.  But just because that loop or arrangement will never see an official release does not mean that the hours spent shaping it are wasted. ...

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4 Things Holding You Back From The Finisher's Mindset

What's holding you back from the finisher's mindset? Nothing defines a producer more than their ability to consistently finish music. Possessing a 'Finisher's Mindset' is a highly desirable trait in any creative industry.  But what's the finisher's mindset in music production? It's a producers ability to follow through and actually finish the tracks they started. Habits define how a producer works, and having good habits is vital to develop the right mindset. These habits can be simple things like basic workflow techniques to more complicated concepts like mixing/mastering decisions.  So why don't more Ableton users work towards developing habits and mindsets that lead to finishing...

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4 Ways To Create Your Own Signature Sound

  How do you create and develop your own signature sound? All super-star producers making the most significant moves in electronic music have something in common: a signature touch to what they produce.  If having a 'signature sound' in Ableton Live is so crucial to lasting success in such an over-saturated industry, why are so many amateur producers okay with only imitating their idols? Developing a habit of finishing music can be a task by itself. But these habits are only half of the battle if you want to leave a lasting impression on the music industry. Developing a unique...

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How To Make Professional Music Faster

Developing your music production skills enough to make professional-sounding music takes years of dedication and hard work. But there are effective ways to make this process a lot faster. There is a learning curve involved in making arrangements that hook listeners, interesting sound selection, and crystal-clear mixing and mastering. You generally learn step-by-step by discovering things as you spend time in the studio. But to shortcut the process and put your learning on a fast-track, the best thing to do is referencing professional material. This technique can help you avoid spending years in the studio, trying to discover all the...

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5 Critical Elements Your Techno Track Needs

What are the critical elements your techno track needs to rise to the next level? There are five, ranging from deep bass all the way to intricate effects. I mean, what's a techno track without that heavy, rumbling kick and bassline with crispy hi-hats in between? If you do these things solidly, chances are you're a proud artist and creator of an excellent techno track. But if you're just starting out, use this list as a guide-line for the critical techno elements your track needs, with included pointers on things to think about. Let's dive straight in, starting with number one. ...

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