It was such a blast presenting at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival this year. Had a great discussion on all the intricacies of making music with your computer. The audience had great questions and I was amazed at the depth we could get into. Definitely some talented cats in the audience so I was honored to say the least. See below for an example from the workshop.
Digital audio workstations (DAW’s)
Using Ableton Live
Using loops creatively
Effects & automation
Workshop Example - Drum Slicing in Ableton Live 9
This is the basic drum loop before any processing in Ableton Live.
Below is a sample groove from the workshop where our basic drum loop was sliced into midi so we could transform it into a more dynamic pattern with fills.
The amazing thing about working with drums this way is that every transient – brief, rapid increases in volume level – are used to determine how many midi slices are converted in Live. Once analyzed, each slice represents a different transient in our loop which can then be re-arranged in infinite ways!
I've also added a bit of Randomization, Beat Repeat, and Ping-Pong Delay to the midi version to add more depth to the sound – not to mention some atmospheric drones and melody.