#MakeItNew Mix Series #2: DJ Matt McNeill

DJ Matt McNeill is a member of the Create Space Collab, Boston’s long-running House and Techno collective that specializes in bringing underground music to various venues in Boston. Find all their events on Facebook here (punch that subscribe button!).

Whether it’s their ongoing Sweet Shop series at the Good Life in Downtown Crossing or their new Elastic events, they always bring a uniquely authentic vibe.

Which brings us to #MakeItNew Mix Series #2… This week we’re collaborating with the crew to bring Project Pablo to the Middlesex Lounge and CSC resident DJ Matt McNeill has dropped this luxuriously deep mix to celebrate:

Come early and stay late!

Make It New with Project Pablo (1080p)
with special guest Matt Mcneill (CSC/Sweet Shop)
Thursday March 30, 2017
9pm / 21+
$10 before 11pm

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Trip Report Releases “Take My Heart” in Advance of #MakeItNew Appearance

This week at Make It New, we are featuring Boston’s own producer and DJ Trip Report. To honor the event, Trip Report released a new original song on his Bandcamp, “Take My Heart.”

One remix comes from our very own Ableton instructor Mitchell Owens, aka Subalias. The remix brings some dark vibes to the dancefloor. Pick it up! It’s just one buck!

A second remix comes from another Mmmmaven associate: Wigzen.

Come celebrate this week! The cover is just 5 dollars before 11pm.

#MakeItNew Mix Series #1: Coralcola

Welcome to the Make It New mix series. We’ll be regularly cataloging the sounds we feature each and every Thursday (and have been for 13 years!). Are you on Facebook and want to stay informed? Go here and click that “subscribe button.”

Coralcola came on board as a resident a few years ago now, and has been holding down opening slots and featured resident night mixes with authority. Here he is laying down two hours of slow-mo, chugging grooves in anticipation of the debut of Antal at Make It New. A night that will not soon be forgotten.

Don’t miss another one!

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How To Organize Your Ableton Session

Working in a large session with many tracks can be overwhelming. Have you ever wondered how to solve this problem? Here are some ways you can organize your Ableton session to enhance your workflow and creativity.

 

1. Label Tracks

If all of your tracks are labeled to correspond with the instruments they represent, navigating you session becomes much easier. For example, if your track is named “BASS” instead of “2 Basic Sinelike”, then you will be able to easily find your bass track among all of your other tracks. Right-click on the track header and select the “Rename” option. It will then allow you to type in a new name for the track.

 

2. Color-Code Tracks

 Assigning colors to tracks based on the instruments you’re using can be very helpful. Having a color to associate with different sounds makes it easier to quickly find tracks in your session.  For example, if you color-code all of your synth tracks to be yellow, any time you look up and see that color you will automatically know you’re looking at the synth tracks. If you right-click on the track header it will open up a menu that has a grid of colors at the bottom. Just select the color square that you want and it will change the track header to that color.

 

3. Create Groups

Let’s say your working with a session that has a hefty vocal arrangement in it. This means you are going to have many vocal tracks to deal with. A way to declutter your session, if you have multiple tracks that fall under the same category, is to create a group. Hold down the “Shift” key and click on each track that you want to be included in the group. Once you have selected all of the tracks that you want, right-click on one of the selected tracks and choose “Group Tracks” from the drop down menu. This will put all of the tracks you selected under one group tab. You can hide the tracks in the group while you aren’t working with them to free up visual space in your session. The black triangle beside the group name will allow you to open and close the group when you need to access the individual tracks.

 

4. Add Locators

Locators can be added in the arrangement view of Ableton. Right-click in the grey space below the measure numbers and select “Add Locator” from the drop down menu. This will give you a grey triangle in the location that you originally clicked. Right-click on the triangle and select “Rename” from the drop down menu to label the locator. These locators can be helpful in identifying sections of your song, like a verse, chorus, or bridge.

 

After using these tips, your session should be much easier to navigate!

 

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Posted by: Tori Leche