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The Foundations

The Ultimate Guide to Mixing

Is Your Mix Letting You Down? Our Ultimate Guide to Mixing is a 6-part online course that takes the guesswork out of the mixing process, directing your attention straight to a professional mix's essentials. 


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The Ultimate Guide to Music Theory

Everything you need to know about music theory and how you can apply it to your electronic music productions. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Drum Programming

While a nice melody or vocal might draw listeners into a track, it’s the drums that people literally feel in their bones and it’s the drums that keep them on the dancefloor.

We’ve all heard tracks where the kicks are muddy and the hi-hats sound dull and robotic, maybe you should even be forgiven for applying gain with a heavy hand to your own claps and snares. It may be easy to hear and critique what’s gone wrong in a final mix on big speakers, but during production in a home studio? That’s a whole different thing.

This course is designed to help you avoid common production mistakes and get the right skills to make your next track break through. Develop a professional ear for auditioning drum sounds and samples and learn all the techniques to mix beats for maximum impact.

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The Ultimate Guide to Vocal Production

Learn how to achieve a professional sounding vocal. This course will take you through the entire process, from your setup before the singer even arrives, all the way to the final stages of mixing.

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Ultimate Guide to Synthesis and Sound Design

Do you feel like there are some special tricks that other producers know that you don't? Are you worried that you'll never be able to develop your signature sound? Do you get frustrated quickly and end up using presets?

Understanding all the main types of synthesis is the key to unlocking your unique sound as an artist. You'll open the doors to a world of endless sonic possibility and develop a skill set that will give your music the upper hand over other producers in the industry.

After completing The Ultimate Guide to Synthesis and Sound Design, you'll finally start making music that makes you proud. You'll powerfully understand how you make any synth do your bidding and quickly start creating your unique sounds from scratch.

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Ableton Live

Ultimate Guide to Ableton Live Audio Effects

What are audio effects? Ranging from subtle mixing tools to extreme sound manglers, effects are used in every part of the music production process. A delay may be an integral part of a synthesizer sound, a distortion unit may be used to give a snare drum some extra bite, and equalizers and compressors may find their way onto nearly every track in a song during the final mixdown. In this chapter, we'll look at all of Live's effects, giving some tips as to how each might be used along the way. But don't take our word for it, using effects is all about experimentation. 

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Ultimate Guide to Ableton Live MIDI Effects

MIDI effects allow you to alter MIDI data before it reaches its destination. A MIDI effect can be used by itself on a MIDI track whose output is some external MIDI sound device or before a virtual instrument in the Device View.

MIDI data passes through the MIDI effect, which then passes the altered MIDI on. Note that MIDI effects do not change the sound that comes out of an instrument the way audio effects do. Instead, the MIDI effects change the notes coming in to those instruments.

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Ultimate Guide to Ableton Live Instruments

Live features nine virtual instruments: Impulse, Simpler, Operator, Wavetable, Sampler, Analog, Electric, Tension, and Collision. Impulse and Simpler comes free for all Live users, while the others are included in the Live Suite or must be purchased separately.

Live's instruments are a deep topic that an entire book could cover. Instead of endlessly listing every parameter of every device, we've made an effort to draw attention to the most important aspects of each instrument to help you through the hardest part of the learning curve. Bear in mind that sound design and synthesis are subjects that go far beyond any individual instrument discussion. That said, you'll often make the most progress by learning one instrument that you enjoy, rather than trying to become an expert at everything. Each instrument you know will make the next one easier. 

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