Drum Racks and Programming Drums in Ableton Live

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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.

A Celebration of Summer III: Recap!

The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party was a huge success this year! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this party possible for the third year in a row!

Thank you all for celebrating the music of Donna Summer with us! With this event we hope to continue sharing her legacy and immense contributions to music, culture, and the city of Boston.


“No Boston-born musician has sold more albums than Donna Summer,” said Holly Thomason of the Boston Roller Derby “As the Roller Derby, we obviously pay our respects but as a woman, Donna represented a bold, courageous, and fearless artist.”


Special thanks to DJ Kon for rockin’ City Hall Plaza!


“I am pleased that our Donna Summer Roller Disco party has proven a success and we are able to bring it back for the third consecutive year,” said Mayor Walsh. “We are committed to providing our families and residents with free, fun events all year and the roller disco party honors Donna Summer and her Boston roots while energizing City Hall Plaza.”



See you next year!

.@MorcheebaMusic in Boston Tonight

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If you don’t know Morcheeba, you should.

Let’s start where life begins, aka “The Sea”:

A pioneer of ambient, downtempo, what people called “electronica” back in the day, Morcheeba created a sound world that set itself apart by being intuitively sexy, subtle and singular. We have the rare opportunity to see them in person tonight at Royale.

Do you know this album cover? You should:


Big Calm was a landmark of downtempo music. If you’ve spent anytime in a hair salon, you’ve likely heard it. But beyond that, the trio have released album after album of original delicate sounds. It’s just on you to pay attention to their continuing sonic sculptures.

Tonight, they bring it to Boston and you’re almost required to bring a date.

See you there.

.@JacquesGreene Takes Control of the @LilWhiteEarbuds Podcast


Mmmmaven favorite and #MakeItNew alumnus Jacques Greene has a new mix out, and it’s a good one.

Head on over there to d/l the newest mix of delicious break, beats and house. Reinvented R&B and coo-ing vocals surround Mssr. Greene’s soundworld. It’s fun to sit in and turn up.

Listening to Jacques Greene’s music, you get the feeling that we won’t have much longer with the artist in his current state. The achingly beautiful melodies, steamy synths, and chrome plated production that has so far attracted the attention of people like Radiohead, Azealia Banks, Katy B, and the XX is destined for major exposure.

Click around the tracklisting below to familiarize yourself with his vastly informed palette.

01. Drake, “OVOXO” (TEAMS ∞ TRUST edit) [*]
02. Frankey & Sandrino, “Save” [Innervisions]
03. Krystal Klear, “Fumer Tue” [Cold Tonic]
04. Jacques Greene, “Night Tracking” [LuckyMe*]
05. Tiga, “Gentle Giant” (Martyn’s Heaven Remix) [Turbo]
06. Partynextdoor, “R A I N ft. Rochelle Jordan” [*]
07. Pablo Mateo, “Roxy” [LACKREC.]
08. Anthony Naples, “Perro” [The Trilogy Tapes*]
09. HNNY, “No” [Puss]
10. A.G. Cook, “Had 1 (slowed)” [*]
11. Aden, “Part of Me” [Ultramajic]
12. Jacques Greene, “No Excuse” (Yung Gud Remix) [*]
13. Seiho, “KOI” [Perfect Touch]
14. Jacques Greene, “1 4 me” (demo) [*]
15. DJ Richard, “Benzos” [White Material]
16. Yung Gud, “Fall In Love” [*]
17. How to Dress Well, “Words I Can’t Remember” [Weird World]
18. iPhone recording of dudes in Delancey Station

Want to dive into your own soundworld? We have classes that will allow you to do just that.