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.

Mmmmaven Instructor Workshops during Together

Mashups, Remixes & Bootlegs

Peter O’Karma

Tuesday, May 14 — 5PM

MMMMAVEN instructor, Pete O’Karma will discuss the difference between mashups, blends, refixes, remixes, & bootlegs. He will go over the core features of how a mashup works, then, show us how he plays them live on turtnables.  Lastly, he will demonstrate how to warp a track in Ableton.

Together Festival

May 12-19, 2013


Pioneer Recordbox

Matt McNeill

Monday May 13 — 6:30PM

MMMMAVEN instructor, Matt McNeill will discuss the in’s and out’s of Pioneers Rekordbox Program, an application for managing music files which can be played back on a Pioneer DJ Player. He will explain his experience with Rekord box and why it is necessary when using CDJs.

Together Festival

May 12-19, 2013


Ableton Live 9

Ben Cantil

Friday May 17th — 2PM

Ableton Live 9 Suite is the next generation of all-in-one music production and performance solutions.  In this workshop, we will learn about converting audio to MIDI notes to take radical new approaches to writing and remixing.  In the process of producing some quick music we’ll take a look at all the new Live 9 plugins and instrument expansions.  We will also cover some basic performance techniques, making a performance in to a sequence and a sequence in to a performance again, while to know the new Live 9 automation concepts.

Together Festival

May 12-19, 2013


Advanced Sound Design in Ableton Live

Wigbert Caro

Friday, May 17th — 6PM

Instructor Wigbert Caro aka Moduloktopus shows us the infitinte possiblities behind Ableton’s unique way to blend sounds together out of basic instruments, MIDI, and audio effects to create mindblowing and complex sounds and flexible tools. Ranging from FX, Drum racks, editing tricks, and advanced sampling, learn how to piece together Ableton elements in a whole new way to create your unique voice in electronic music.

Together Festival

May 12-19, 2013


Internal Mode

Erik Pearson

Saturday May 18 — 2PM

Throw away your controllers! An in-depth overview of DJ-ing exclusively using Serato’s Internal Mode. Approximately 1 hour covering keyboard shortcuts, key combinations, & other hidden tricks of using your keyboard to DJ.

Together Festival

May 12-19, 2013