Pitch Building in Ableton

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Songwriters are always looking for ways to keep their audience engrossed in the music. To do this, songs need movement, they need to change and develop. But simply switching to a different beat or using a new melody won’t keep their attention… It needs to go deeper than that. A great technique songwriters use across genres is the idea of tension and release. When a song builds tension, it puts the audience on the edge of their seats, waiting for the eventual release. The build up and drop of electronic music is a perfect example of tension and release.

There are hundreds of techniques to create musical tension, but one that’s great for a build up is an increasing pitch. Using the Simple Delay effect in Ableton, you can easily create this effect. Lenny Kiser of DJ Tech Tools has made a great tutorial to show you how:

Read more in the DJ Tech Tools article.

Here at Mmmmaven we have courses that will teach you techniques like this and more!

MMMMAVEN @ Together 2013 Schedule [5/13 – 5/19]

During the week of the Together Festival (May 13th – 19th), MMMMAVEN will be hosting FREE workshops, demonstrations and seminars. Come check out our instructors, friends, and experts from AbletonIzotope, & Steinberg.

Haven’t had a chance to check out the studio? Stop by during one of the Open Housesto find out more about classes, play around with the equipment or just stop by and say hi!

Everyone who comes to the MMMMAVEN office during the fest will receive special discounts on classes!


Monday

12 – 5 MMMMAVEN Project Open House
5 – 6 Music Improvisation in Ableton Live –Danny Satori
6:30 – 7 Pioneer Rekord Box – Matt McNeill
7:30 – 8 Intro to Mixx.org – Owen Williams
8 – 9 Performing w/ Max – Ed Guild


Tuesday

12 – 5 MMMMAVEN Project Open House
5 – 6 Mashups, Remixes & Bootlegs – Peter O’Karma
6 – 9 Ableton Live 9 & Push Open House


Wednesday

12 – 1 Steinberg Demo: Creating the Perfect Beat – Sal Paleaz
1 – 2 Steinberg Demo: Vocal Tracks – Sal Paleaz
2 – 6 MMMMAVEN Project Open House
6 – 7 Steinberg Demo: Mastering with Wavelab – Sal Paleaz
7 – 8 Steinberg Demo: Using Cord Track for Composing Songs


Thursday

12 – 4 MMMMAVEN Project Open House
4 – 5:30 Izotope Demo: Mastering Class – TJ Jordan
5:30 – 7 Izotope Demo: Stutter Edit Master Class – TJ Jordan
7:30 – 9 Wicked Easy Synthesis in C++ – Morgan & Nick


Friday

1 – 2 Ableton Workshop: Collaboration Possibilities in Live 9 – Soul Clap
2 – 3 Ableton Demo: Live 9 – Encanti
3 – 4 Ableton Demo: Push – Loudon Stearns
4 – 5 Ableton Demo: Max for Live & Audio Reactive Visuals – Synnack & 0xf8
5 – 6 Ableton Demo: Taming Basslines in Live 9 – Leon J
6 – 7 Ableton Seminar: Advanced Sound Design in Live 9 – Wiggz
7 – 9 Creative Coders Meet-up – Morgan & Nick


Saturday


1 – 2 Traktor – Eric Levine
2 – 3 Internal Mode – Erik Pearson
4 – 5:30 Logic: Deconstruction of a Track and Workflow – Blake Harper & Kerry Leva
5:30 – 9 MMMMAVEN Project Open House

Check out the complete Together Schedule including panels & nighttime events.