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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How To Create Templates in Ableton Live

New year, new tutorial! Here our Ableton instructor Subalias walks you through a five-minute lesson in how to make the standard template in Ableton Live:

WANT TO KNOW MORE? FREE WORKSHOP THIS FRIDAY! RSVP HERE:

In this workshop, will we explore the basics of Ableton Live. The focus will be on the aspects of Live that set it apart from other Digital Audio Workstations.

Intro to Ableton w/ Mitchell Owens [11/04]

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In this workshop, sildenafil will we explore the basics of Ableton Live. The focus will be on the aspects of Live that set it apart from other Digital Audio Workstations. Topics will include the following:


– Basic setup and navigation of the Live interface
– Looping Audio and MIDI clips
– Launching clips in Session View
– Setting up Drum Racks
– Creating Audio and Instruments racks
– Assigning Macros within racks

RSVP ON MEETUP.COM

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Mitchell 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.

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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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Electronic Music Production Workflow: Sound Design vs. Composing

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An efficient workflow is necessary in any professional producer’s work. Being able to make large volumes of music without sacrificing quality or too much time can help you maintain a strong presence in today’s fast paced world of music. One big key to an efficient workflow is separating the process of sound design from composition. Sound design and composition take two very different kind of creative processes and when they intersect during the production process it can hinder the progress of the song you are working on.

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During the workshop we will talk about how to separate sound design from composition and the few times when they will inevitably intersect.

We will also look into things like file management and organizing a sample/original sound library. Finally there will be a brief demonstration of some sound design and composition.

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Mitchell 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.

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Mitchell teaches all year long inside the lab! Email Sarah today!