Tutorial: Breaking Down the Process Behind “Lux” w/ Subalias

Subalias- Mitchell Owens

When he’s not teaching students music production, our talented instructor Mitchell Owens releases music under the name Subalias. His most recent track, “Lux”, is a Future Bass/RnB tune carried by lush keys and soaring, soulful synth melodies over hypnotic syncopated drums guaranteed to cause profuse head-nodding.

To accompany the new release, Mitchell has blessed us with a thorough breakdown of his track in the form of a video tutorial:

In the video, Mitchell breaks down his process and techniques for composition, and sheds some light on the different sounds he used and how he made them. It’s a great watch for anyone who struggles with “8-bar loop syndrome” and wants to learn how to develop their ideas into full tracks, as well as anyone who’s into Future Bass and RnB and wants to pick up some new tricks to use in their own songs.

8 bar loop syndrome

You can watch the tutorial above, or here on our Youtube channel, and make sure to listen to the song that inspired it all, “Lux”, which you can find below.

Learn from Mitchell for free this Friday:

Liked the tutorial? Make sure to read about our music production program, where you can learn the ins and outs of Ableton Live from talented instructors like Mitchell. Contact us for more information, and to set up a free tour of our studio.

Pinch+Pangaea Sat Nov 8


Joining Pinch and Pangaea is Doctor Jeep, Damian Silva and Dumka.

Pinch is known for many things bass related – whether it’s his productions/remixes, DJ sets, labels or events, he has excelled at all levels. His Subloaded night, operating since 2004, brought dubstep to Bristol – the scene’s first destination outside of London’s conceptual FWD>> at Plastic People. By 2008, Subloaded was pulling in over 1000 heads for each event and the Bristol dubstep scene was thriving, Pinch at the helm of it all.

Pangaea (a.k.a. Kevin McAuley) is something of a mystery. On the one hand, he’s one third of the braintrust behind Hessle Audio, a label that’s widely recognized as one of the most innovative and respected imprints in electronic music. On the other, he’s someone who seemingly prefers to operate in the background, often allowing his partners Ben UFO and Pearson Sound to do the talking and soak up the accolades. As such, Pangaea’s talents and body of work can sometimes be overlooked, despite the fact that he’s been responsible for a steady stream of quality tracks over the past seven years.

Doctor Jeep is a 24-year old New York native known to most as Andre Lira. While attending college in Boston he quickly gained notoriety as one of the city’s most eclectic young selectors, blending upbeat house and techno with the global sounds of baile funk, dancehall, old-school uk garage, african percussionism and more. With DJ sets mixing the past, present, and future of dance music in some of Boston and New York’s best clubs, he has proven to adapt to any vibe and make it his own style of party.

RSVP to aaaafterhours@gmail.com to ensure entry. The show is 21+ and the location is TBA.

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A ton of free goodies popped up on the mighty Soundcloud this week, and I’ve hand picked five to help you start, end and glide right through your Thursday. To start off your day, Royal from Crack Beetz has given away another free refix, this time tapping Coldplay for a chilled out future bass tune. Its starts out with a bare piano intro before dropping into a bassy wave of Coldplay goodness.

After you’ve woken up a bit, The new Shlohmo-produced Jeremih EP just dropped. I haven’t listened to more than a few seconds of every song and I already know it’s going to be huge. With Shlohmo’s perfectly huge beats and Chance the Rapper a feature, Jeremih can do no wrong. Get this on your computer ASAP so it can become the soundtrack to your day.

Now it’s time for some club music to keep you bouncing, and a few Moving Castle producers are responsible for the first. Vices and Jailo take on Ty$ with “Know Y I Came.” They get into the dirtier side of jersey club with this tune, but they still keep their glittery synths in the mix

Happy Colors and G- Buck aren’t the names you’d expect to see on a club track, but they absolutely killed Jessie Slayter’s “Thick”. You can tell they also brought their own stylistic backgrounds into play, the track is dripping with tropical grooves and trappy sub bass.

It’s impossible to go wrong remixing Tinashe, and Boeboe is no exception to the rule with his remix of 2 On. He takes his own brand of house and twists it with Tinashe’s beautiful vocals to celebrate 10k followers, and the best part is he’s giving it away for free.

And to turn down for the night, Sh?m gives us his rendition of †††’s Bitches Brew. It exudes almost a retro feel, reminiscent of the classic Penguins tune, “Earth Angel.” But Sh?m assures you this isn’t a pop song with the experimental breakdown and flooding synths that wash over the track.


Want even more free music? Just click through to the other On the D/L posts!

Catch Some Waves at FreakquenSea

It’s pretty hard to top a sunset cruise around Boston harbor, but FreakquenSea is bound to blow your average cruise out of the water. In order to properly release their new EP entitled Freakquency, The Zebbler Encanti Experience has organized a music-filled cruise alongside LostInSound and Mmmmaven. The Zebbler Encanti Experience will be bringing song their brand new live setup, as well as a giant A/V screen setup that can be seen from the shore. Get your tickets here.

Zebbler Encanti Experience

Don’t get any ideas, because the lineup aboard the ship is not one to miss. Jeff Mission, Schlang, and Camp Lamp will all be holding down their respective decks until the party heads ashore to Wonder Bar in Allston. A free bus will take you right to the after party featuring The Human Experience. Tickets are on Eventbrite here.

This isn’t the first time Mmmmaven’s crossed paths with The Zebbler Encanti Experience, in fact our Ableton class curriculum was created by the Berklee alum Encanti.

He also taught several of our first Ableton classes, and Mmmmaven would not be the same without him.

As long as you’ve got $25 and a 21+ ID, there’s nothing holding you back from a beautiful summer night filled with stunning electronic sights and sounds. Get your tickets at Eventbrite and get ready to set sail!