The limitless possibilities at the start of a new project can make it hard to know where to focus your inspiration. With that in mind, the Made In Ableton Live video series shows artists from different genres taking a track from conception to completion.
Every step of the way, the producers explain their process in detail, making these videos accessible to production newcomers and intermediate users too. Learn how to generate new sonic material, apply all kinds of processing techniques and approach arrangements and mixdowns from a spectrum of knowledgeable music makers. Once you’ve seen how it was made, listen to the full track via the link beneath each episode.
New episode: Mad Zach
Mad Zach uses homemade samples to piece together a heavy, futuristic hip-hop beat. The San Francisco producer quickly maps out a dynamic arrangement using external synths, Instrument Racks, ghost tracks for automation and the expressive power of MPE.
Afriqua turns an initial Rhodes idea into a summery jazz-funk track. Learn how the accomplished pianist uses MIDI editing tools to find the right groove, transforms elements of his Rhodes part into other instrument lines, and captures improvised melodies on the fly.
Bad Snacks uses live takes from her electric violin as a starting point for a warm and melodious house track. With methods like creative panning, MIDI effects and lo-fi processing, she brings warmth, vibrancy and character to her creations.
Eomac creates a full-frequency sample pack using field recordings captured in the street on his phone, and produces a techno track with it. Watching his methodology in action is a valuable lesson in sound design, and a perfect demonstration of the idea that there is music everywhere.
Rachel K Collier
Rachel K Collier guides us through intuitive audio routing and live improvisational looping to craft a distinctive, uplifting club track. She introduces the concept of cue mixing, demonstrates her workflow on Push and layers up vocals in this expressive performance.
Abayomi integrates analog hardware and in-the-box sequencing and synthesis to make a detailed, melodic techno track. He guides us through practical project templates, creates unique presets and employs sound design to achieve a style all his own.
Keychee builds up a hard-stepping hit of hip hop-flavored funk using drum layering, automated envelopes, sidechain compression and master effects chains. The end result is a textured, dynamic track layered with rich synth hooks, all created in the box.
Novaa showcases inventive ways of processing her voice while remixing her own track for a brooding take on hyper-modern pop. Using effects like autotune and vocoder, she takes her singing in new and exciting directions while promoting the idea of embracing imperfections.
Underbelly structures his track composition around different energy levels. Organization is key as he shows us how he builds Instrument Racks and navigates his library, but equally important is the sound design involved in making a killer bassline.
Anna Disclaim turns samples and her own voice into data using audio-to-MIDI techniques to craft a distinctive strain of pop-noir. As well as creating melodic elements using her voice, she also highlights the creative potential when re-sampling existing parts of a track using Simpler.
Freddie Joachim chops up some Rhodes samples, slices drum breaks and lays down some live guitar. From turning shakers into hi-hats to creative quantizing and creating stereo width, his session is loaded with classy techniques to make a seriously smooth jam.