June 16, 2013

Ableton Live 9 Power!

There is that saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words” and for most instruction and manuals this seems to be true.  Instead of having to read though the basics of a manual to get to the good stuff, you can go right to the good stuff.  A video is miles beyond a picture since it allows the instructor to clearly demonstrate what is going on while he or she is also dictating.  Videos are probably the best way any DJ or producer can learn a technique, as it is very difficult to explain in writing alone.  However, the reverse can also be true in the right situation.

Sometimes videos either go too fast over a tricky subject or they skip important details that are assumed to be known.  We all know that frustrating feeling when we try to pause a video at the exact frame to figure something …


March 6, 2013

My Five Favorite Features In Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9 is officially available for purchase as of today. This has, naturally, been a long and hotly anticipated update to a beloved DAW that has become synonymous with so many of the artists who champion it over the years. While the Push surface is only available for pre-order (and appears to be around 2 weeks away from shipping to users), today’s launch has had a lot of anticipation specifically around the new control. Understandably so, as Push promises to turn Ableton into a hands on instrument focused around the generation of ideas.

That’s great and all- but what about the program itself? More than a few Ableton users have been quite happy before Push, but have still been awaiting the program. As for me, I will be picking up Push because I think it will be useful for replacing some other odds and ends around the office- and …