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Ableton Live 11 beta brings us new devices and updated devices – some are instruments, some are audio effects – yet the updates are not always obvious at first glance. There are other flagship new features in Live 11, such as track comping, to name an obvious example, and we’ll be delving deep into that […]

When inputting MIDI notes, the temptation to draw in notes or hit the quantise button is often too hard to resist. When things get a little too on-the-grid, instruments sound artificial and unrealistic. To keep things sound more natural, Logic Pro comes equipped with MIDI Humanize. This adds randomisations to the note placements for a […]

The saying goes that you should mix with your ears and not your eyes. While we agree that the ears should cast the deciding vote in any mixing decisions, there are plenty of tools to guide you towards optimum results. Specifically, compression and other dynamic processes can be particularly hard to hear, especially when you’re […]

There are a ton of multi-sampled instruments available that allow you to emulate just about any classic keys, from a Rhodes electric piano, to a baby grand. Some of the best examples of these sampled libraries let you tweak every aspect of the sound. These are your only options when looking for the most realistic […]

Mixing kick drum and bass is one of the most persistent problems in mixing. If you don’t manage the relationship between your bass-heavy elements, your low-end can soon become an incoherent mess. In this Logic Tips video, Jono Buchanan shows you how to make space for all your bass-forward elements including bass, kicks and additional […]

If you’re constantly selecting multiple tracks when editing in Logic, thinking there must be a better way, you’re right. The solution is using Groups. By assigning multiple tracks to a group, you’re able to control them collectively from a single track. For mixing, Groups are arguably even more useful. Want to turn up the drums […]

Vital is the full-featured new spectral warping wavetable synth from Matt Tytel, the creator of Helm, which we included on our recent list of best freeware soft synths. Vital features wavetable warping, elaborate modulation and effects. What we especially like is that its attractive and responsive interface animates wavetables, filters and modulation so you can […]

If your hard drive is rapidly filling up with Ableton Live Packs, and you’re running out of space, we’ve got just the trick for you. This time, MusicTech Ableton Live expert Liam O’Mullane explains how to move your Packs, User Library, Temporary Folder and more to alternative locations to free up hard disk space. All […]

Instead of adding static effects to tracks, you can make things a lot more interesting if you automate in effects such as pitch shifts and reverbs momentarily. The way to do that is with automation. In this tutorial, learn a few quick ways to create momentary or ‘spot’ automation. Get to grips with the Marquee […]

If you’ve ever felt slightly daunted by all the different types of keys and scales, then Ableton Live has a way for you to put all of that out of your mind and keep making great music. The Scale MIDI Device lets you nudge incoming or recorded MIDI on to new pitches. So, even if […]