How to Use Operator in Ableton Live


Our own in-house Ableton guru Mitchell Owens aka Subalias walks you through the powerful plug-in Operator through the DAW Ableton Live.

Mitchell Owens is a guitar player, find sound designer, buy 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 Hip-­Hop, 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.


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Coincidentally, Operator is also the name of our favorite song of 2016:

Our Executive Director’s 10 Sets of 2015


You don’t get to hear enough from our tireless Executive Director Alex Maniatis. He’s typically negotiating offers for #MakeItNew, balancing the budget of Mmmmaven Project or consulting or meeting with an artist.

But he’s always being sent the latest and greatest music to his various chat windows and in boxes.

Job Jobse @ Sleepless Floor, Melt! Festival 2015

3 hours of Saturday morning festival vibes. Job would later visit #MakeItNew and melt our hearts.

Nr. 76: Massimiliano Pagliara (Live At Robert Johnson)

What ghosts inhabit the analogue machines of Massimiliano Pagliara? Conjured up by the turning of knobs, these benign spirits reign our everyday dance floor. Having released his second album last year, Pagliara’s blend of elegant old school electro, crafty italo disco and soul-sparkling Chicago House have turned many ears his way. His return to Live at Robert Johnson saw him sweat out his finest and most versatile work to date.

Well worth your listening time. As is this mix here: A tale of shimmering beauty.

Johannes Albert & Move D @ Wilde Renate

#MakeItNew alum Move D is a long-time favorite. The house maestro has decades of experience cooking clubs to a boil

Mushrooms Project – Buena Onda Mix


DJ Koze: DJ Kicks


Like most of his albums, DJ-Kicks is unusual, with few conventional transitions or the kind of smooth flow we would expect from a DJ mix. It’s a reminder that being a DJ is about more than just working the dance floor; it’s about introducing audiences to music new and old and connecting it in ways that no one else can. — Andrew Ryce

Download it on iTunes here.

Floating Points: Essential Mix

When Sam Shepard played #MakeItNew, he dropped nothing but rare soul and funk 45s, sending the place into a frenzy. Floating Points’ rareified taste would see him releasing the album of the year in 2015. So, of course, his Essential Mix was unlike anything we’ve heard.

Floating Points – Essential Mix – 28-Nov-2015 by Edmninja on Mixcloud

DJ Nobu Boiler Room x Dekmantel Festival DJ Set

As a festival, the Dutch powerhouse that is Dekmantel really blew the doors off 2015.

Hypnotic vibes & flawless pacing, deployed in front one of the most quintessentially unique/absurd BR backdrops imaginable. Our thanks to the hero Nobu for flying in from Tokyo for this especially.

Dekmantel Podcast 040 – Fort Romeau

Like their festival, the Dekmantel Podcast pulled no punches, either. Here’s 6 hours from Fort Romeau.

“I really like playing in this way,” he says. “There’s so much freedom to shape the entire musical language of the evening and to make connections between disparate musics that you just can’t really do in two or three hours at peak time.”

Barnt – Robot Heart – Burning Man 2015

I knew that the sun would rise 40 minutes into my set. I wanted to build everything around that. But when the sun indeed appeared over the dark mountains in the distant that moment, it was overwhelming. It felt like the music was manifesting itself now.”

Truancy Volume 129: Bicep

We love the Truants crew. So when they tapped our 11-year anniversary celebration guests (and owners of Mixmag’s #1 Track of the Year) Bicep, there was bound to be magic.

See you next year! Do yourself a favor and press the subscribe button at this link.

DJ Koze shares eclectic mix from Papma signees Ricoshëi


German house and techno luminary DJ Koze took to Facebook yesterday to share a particularly fascinating mix from Ricoshëi, an L.A.-based electronic duo who recently put out a single on Koze’s Pampa Records label.

The mix includes everything from deep house to Frank Zappa and Suicide in an innovative hour-long synthesis of sounds. Take a listen below:

Want to learn to mix a wide variety of genres? Learn to make music with Ableton? We have classes for that.