We recently enlisted finger-drummer extraordinaire Brian Mauleon aka BMaul to demonstrate the new Beat Tools Pack. In his performance video, Brian busts out a few different real-time beat making and finger drumming techniques within a very short space of time – so quickly, in fact, that it’s easy to miss the details. Fortunately, in the explanation video below, he takes the time to walk you through the steps and settings that let him create such a fleshed out beat track on the fly.
Brian demonstrates the different uses of gate and trigger modes for sample playback as well as how to control sample pitch with Push’s touch strip – good to know whether or not you’re a finger drummer. One slightly under-the-radar, but highly useful technique needs an extra mention; using follow actions and empty clips to step through the different parts of a track is a simple but powerful way to leave room for improvisation in a performance or to come up with variations when composing. Download the Live Set below to explore the track in detail.
You’ll need the Beat Tools Pack to open this Live Set. Beat Tools is free for Live 9 Suite and Push owners, or you can buy separately from the Packs page.
Take part in our Beat Tools competition on Instagram
•Record a video of you performing your beat on Push – using sounds from the Beat Tools Pack only.
•Upload it to Instagram and use the tag #madewithpush to enter (make sure your profile is public so we can find it).
•Our favorite five will win one Pack of their choice (beats are judged solely by the Ableton Packs team).
•The competition closes on 2nd April, at 11pm CEST. Winners will be announced via Instagram and Ableton.com at a later date.
Need some inspiration? Check out this performance by Ableton’s own Huston Singletary:
Terms and conditions
•Copyright infringements will be excluded from participation. Use only sounds and samples from the Beat Tools Pack.
•Winners are required to provide us with their name and Ableton account details in order to claim their prize and download their chosen Pack.
•The winning videos will be reshared on Ableton’s Instagram page and embedded on the Ableton site.
•The decision on the winning entries is final.