Sonic Faction Releases a Free Probability Pack for Ableton

Like, whoa:

Probability Pack is a set of five innovative step sequencers and idea generators that add controlled randomization to any composition and performance process. Each sequencer has a unique way of introducing subtle or extreme randomization to patterns for unpredictable outcomes.

The pack includes Melodic Probability, Rhythmic Probability, and something called “Dr. Chaos”

Probability Pack is FREE for all Live 10 Suite users (or Live 10 Standard + Max for Live). Visit the Probability Pack page on Ableton.com to learn more about it and download it for free.

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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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Sidechain Compression: Part 1

Sidechain! Everyone loves it…

Even if you don’t think you know it, you’ve heard it: it’s that pumping sound when the kick drum hits and everything else makes way.

In this Ableton blog series, David Abravanel takes us on a journey through the history and applications of sidechaining, with some tips to boot.

Want to get your hands dirty in this awesome technology? Weeknight music production courses beginning 4/7 are almost full. But, we still have some spots in the weekend courses beginning 4/1.

Call today to save yr spot for April! 617.849.9321 or drop a line: tours@mmmmaven.com

RA Chimes in on Ableton 10

Our favorite music website of record, Resident Advisor, routinely reviews tech of all stripes.

After clicking around for the last few weeks, they’ve come to the conclusion that the landmark Ableton 10 deserves a 4.4 / 5. As they say:

Ableton’s stated goal with Live 10 is to remove barriers between the musician and the music. So while the headlines surrounding the update announcement centred on a range of new devices, the decidedly less sexy truth is that removing barriers to creativity requires a ream of small workflow improvements.

Read their take on the rest of the new features in the program, including Capture, Chase MIDI Notes, Pedal, and much more, here.

Here’s our Ableton instructor Subalias talking about Ableton Live 10.