Bob Moses on Ableton

Bob Moses Ableton Interview
Bob Moses is a two man music project consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. They have distinguished themselves by their ability to flawlessly combine organic and electronic music, and their brand of pop-influenced Deep House has been well-received by fans. From their start on the Frank & Tony EPs on esteemed Scissor and Thread imprint in 2012 to 2015’s Days Gone By LP on Domino, the duo have come a long way. We’re no strangers to the sound of Bob Moses, as we’ve hosted the duo in Boston on a few occasions already, including Mmmmaven’s 4-Year Anniversary party, a night at Make It New, and a spot in the 2015 Together Festival.

Ableton makes it easy to layer sounds and samples quickly. We can record a loop from vinyl, time stretch it, pitch it up or down, cut bits out, totally change the groove…all in less than a minute. -Tom

Bob Moses are also big fans of Ableton Live, the Digital Audio Workstation software we teach in our music production courses, and use it extensively for both producing and performing music. The folks over at Ableton sat down for an interview with the two to discuss how they use Ableton Live as a part of their set-up. You can read the full interview here, and listen to some more of Bob Moses’ music below.

Interested in learning to use Ableton Live? Mitchell will take you all the way from programming your first drum loops and basslines to finishing up your own very own original track.

Eventide UltraChannel – FREE Plugin

Right now, Eventide’s UltraChannel plugin is FREE and can be downloaded HERE. The UltraChannel is a simple yet powerful way to give any mix channel top notch processing. This is an excellent addition to any DAW and has been tested on ProTools, Ableton Live, Logic, and Cubase.

Eventide UltraChannel free plugin

The UltraChannel essentially combines eight modules into one user-friendly plugin. It includes an input and output section, a gate, two compressors, a five-band parametric EQ, stereo delays, a micro pitch shifter, and the ability to adjust routing easily. It pretty much takes care of anything you need regarding signal processing.

The Eventide UltraChannel puts the power of eight Eventide plugin modules right at your fingertips and presents them in an intuitive way that can enhance your creativity and workflow. It sounds great and is a powerful addition to any workstation.

This plugin also includes a large collection of factory presets to help users improve their sound with the click of a mouse. There are presets for drums, bass, guitar, vocals, synth, individual modules (pitch shift, delay, etc.), and more. There is even a collection of presets created by established producers.

The UltraChannel comes in 32-bit and 64-bit configurations in AU, VST, and AAX formats. For more information on the individual modules and the plugin itself, check out this blog post. In case you missed the download link at the top, here it is again.

Interested in learning how to DJ or produce music electronically? Learn from the pros here at Mmmmaven!

.@Factmag’s 14 most Influential Music Softwares


Music software has had a major influence on the music industry in the last 30 years, viagra buy and it has come a long way. Factmag has sifted through the hundreds of programs and come up with a list of the 14 most influential. Starting back in 1985…

Cambridge, viagra 100mg MA company Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU), purchase released what would prove to be a revolutionary program. Performer gave producers more direct access to the music. It was the first program to let you compose and sequence songs with electronic instruments, making it a cornerstone for modern DAWs. In 1990, MOTU changed the name from Perfromer to Digital Performer, the name it goes by today. Producer Matmos used performer in his song “California Rhinoplasty.”

In 1991 Steinberg released Cubase, the first program to use an arrangement page that listed tracks vertically and timeline horizontally, a style that caught on and can be seen in most modern DAWs.

Pro Tools
A major DAW both when it started and still today, Pro Tools (not to be confused with Pro-Tools) can be heard in almost any track on the radio. Pro Tools was the program behind the world’s first #1 record to be recorded completely within a hard drive… “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin… You definitely want to listen to that album in full so here you go:

Max can be used to do almost anything: create instruments, sounds, effects, performing… as long as you can code it, you can do it. The user works with a graphic representation of the patches that go into whatever sound or effect they are creating. Max also recently collaborated with Ableton and now the two go hand in hand. Native Instrument’s Reaktor does similar functions and was also included on the list.

Funny enough, the software you probably hear most in music nowadays was created by mistake… An Exxon engineer, Andy Hildebrand, was developing ways to interpret complicated seismic data, when he realized the same technology could be applied to audio and change the pitches. Auto-Tune can be bought in both hardware and software form. Its use has been highly controversial over time. Jay Z even made a song called “Death of Auto-Tune.”

Garage Band
Intro-level, cheap (free), and yet powerful, Garageband is a great place for musicians who are new to the digital music world. Professional musicians will often use Garageband as a sketchpad because it’s a good way to quickly lay down some rough tracks.

Playstation 1 users had access to MUSIC, a sampling and looping software. Players used building blocks to piece together loops, sounds, and samples from both the software and their own CDs. You could even hook up a MIDI keyboard! They need to make more games like this for kids these days.

music ps1

Ableton Live
Live initially attracted users because it’s handy in live performances due to the ease of sampling and triggering samples within the program. Musicians even use it in performances. Ableton is also packed with effects, synths, and samplers. Many popular artists use Ableton today including Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, Vampire Weekend and Hot Chip.

The list also includes other DAWs like Logic Pro, Fruity Loops, and Reason.

To see the list in detail and read more about these programs, check out the Factmag article.

Did you know we can teach you how to use Ableton? Check out our production courses.