Remix Winner: Preston Powers

We have a winner! Last month, we held our first-ever Ableton User Group Remix Challenge and invited the music production community to take a stab at Digital Den’s latest release from Subalias. Specifically, the song “Take Me Out”:

The winner is Preston Powers a/k/a $PIC¥ BØ¥$!

From a production standpoint it’s mixed well, and the sound design is on-point. Stylistically, I love the energy … this track slaps! — Subalias

Here’s a quick Q&A with Preston Powers

Subalias said this track slaps! How did you get it just right?
I know a really, really good ghost producer… Just kidding! The little things like compression, reverb, eq, filters, panning, saturation and automation really add up in the end. Don’t be afraid to slap some effects on a sound; if it sounds better, keep it! If it doesn’t, drop it and move on!

Which do you think is the best part of the jam?
The second drop unexpectedly switching up causes a small explosion in my head that gets me going! My favorite element is that rolling bass coming in at 54s and 2:26 – Takes Me Out … back to Europe.

What do you enjoy most about Ableton?
What’s nice about Ableton is there are so many resources out there to help you reach that mastery level. Shout-out to Mmmmmaven! (and YouTube, heh!)

Preston wins a dope prize pack which includes the *dope* Making Music (Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers) book, Ableton expansion packs, and more!

For more Preston Powers, click through:

This is a mix we did for MIX 24/7 EDM Radio! Most of the songs are $PIC¥ BØ¥$ originals with a dash of other spicy songs we enjoy! Thanks for listening!

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Moog: New Grandmother Demo Libraries

Via the Moog Music Inc Newsletter

Learn the secrets of the Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer with this playlist of new tutorials from the Moog Demo library. These easy to follow videos teach sequencer basics, how to use the LFO as a third oscillator, and creative uses for the sync input.

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Spinning an LP to Pieces at 12,500fps

Gav and Dan (aka The SloMo Guys) take 1 piece of vinyl and spin it so fast it becomes about 50,000 pieces of vinyl. The results are obviously captured by a very high speed camera.

We can’t show you how to spin quite that fast(!!), but watch as instructor DJ Rugged One shows off the baby scratch.

RA: Updated Serato DJ No Longer Requires Hardware


via Resident Advisor

The trial version is now called Serato Lite (formerly Serato Intro), while the full version has been renamed Serato DJ Pro. Where previous versions required a controller or proprietary hardware, the new versions don’t. They now come with a “practice mode” that allows for in-computer mixing.

New users can now download Serato Lite and get started immediately without a license or any kind of controller.

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Here’s DJ Instructor DJ Rugged One showing you how to beatmatch: