Drum Racks and Programming Drums in Ableton Live

drum racks
Stop by our offices this Friday for our free workshop on Drum Racks and Programming Drums on Ableton Live with local musician and producer Mitchell Owens!

The Drum Rack in Ableton Live is a unique device that allows the producer to expand the ways in which they program MIDI drum parts in their tracks. With a similar look to pad based drum machines, sick the Drum Rack is a vital tool in any Ableton Live users arsenal. For drum pad playing enthusiasts, healing the Drum Rack is a great way to be creative and play not only Drums but full song arrangements as well. In this workshop we will go over the various components and features of the Drum Rack including the built in mixer, macros, and internal effect sends. We will also talk about creative ways to expand the capability of the Drum Rack by using other tools in Ableton Live like the Instrument Rack, and how to use the Drum Rack for more than just programming drum patterns.

About the instructor:

mitchMitchell Owens is a guitar player , sound designer, and electronic composer/producer from Durham, NC. He attended Berklee College of Music right here in Boston and has over 5 years of experience with Ableton Live producing and performing music under the moniker Subalias, as well as doing sound design and soundtrack composition for independent films and animations. Mitchell’s music blends the organic and synthetic for a balanced fusion inspired by sample based Hip­Hop, Downtempo, House, Funk and R&B. He believes in freedom of creation and expression and likes to cater to students’ specific needs in order to teach them the proper skills and techniques needed to achieve their musical goals.

KORG’s Gadget gets your music moving

With its new app Gadget, KORG makes life easier for anyone trying to take their Abelton Live music on the road. Create Digital Music has the scoop on all the features and benefits of the intricate new app.


Gadget was created for a few people in mind:

Those who want to produce electronic music or try using synthesizers.
Those looking to take iPad-produced music to the next level.
Those looking for a diverse palate of synths in one app.

The app features tons of drum synthesizers, a MIDI input, the ability to export tracks from Ableton Live, and much more. It is available in the App Store for $28.99. Download it and see how far your music can go.


Check out Mmmmaven’s classes and get creative with your music.

Artists for Humanity Workshop Featuring Wiggz and Ali Berger – TOMORROW [THU 7/10]

Wiggz (Moduloktopus) and Ali Berger will perform and demonstrate some techniques to use in Ableton Live at Artists for Humanity’s After Hours workshop tomorrow night! And it’s open to the public!

Artists for Humanity (AFH) is a place for teens to hone their visual arts skills in the context of real-world scenarios. Following a paid apprenticeship model, AFH employs over 250 teens around Boston that work during after-school hours to complete numerous commissions.

Artists for Humanity

Some of their previous projects include creating a training video for Jobs for the Future, engineering bike racks for the city, and installing a sculpture made from recycled bottle caps in Boston’s Logan airpot (pictured below). Teens are involved in all aspects of projects, which typically entails meeting and negotiating with clients, product development, and marketing and promotions. The program teaches financial responsibility and teamwork while helping young people develop interpersonal skills essential for the professional environment.

Artists for Humanity Recycle Sculpture

Housed in the EpiCenter, one of the greenest buildings in the country, AFH also aims to teach and promote sustainability efforts in hopes of protecting the environment. They frequently use recycled materials in art installations. 

Interested in learning how to DJ or produce electronic music? Check out the courses we offer and contact us for more information, a tour of the studios, and a free DJ lesson!