Whussup Ableton heads (and everybody interested in it)! I did a tutorial video about using chains in Ableton Live.
In this video, I’m mixing a mono bass using chains and give it a little bit of stereo width to bring it up in the mix a bit.
Gotta love chains!
Having made music for 20 years, I’ve learned to not stress about it when you feel like you’ve lost your inspiration.
Give it some time, and it will come to you – but looking for it and spending energy on it doesn’t help very often.
Leave your place of work/art, take a walk, and most importantly, do something relaxing that frees your mind from any sort of obsessive thinking.
That will give your consciousness space, which in turn gives your ideas energy, and you’ll be back on track again.
Just don’t force it.
Here’s a quick way to do an effects rack in Ableton Live so you can switch between effects real quick using only one knob and feel like a knobbery king.
It’s amazing for some badass live-ism, of course. It does get you all the chicks (fact: it may only get you some beard-strokers in the front so I take no responsibility here).
As I was pretty happy with how my last production-related blog post came out and how nicely it was received, I started feeling that I might make a new one, and I’ve been making notes on my notebook for a while.
So, let’s put those notes into a blog post.
I’d like to share a bit of my philosophy behind getting music done.
It’s easy to do a technical tutorial on how to perform something with a sequencer, but it’s different telling people something that has to do with the mental side of things rather than technical.
All these points are something that I often have to remind myself about and I’ve found that it works. Being a freelancer, I often have a gazillion things on the go and sometimes it’s tricky trying to focus on actually giving making music what it requires if you really want to get something done instead of browsing social media, doing emails, catching up with latest news, etc.
I haven’t written anything not relating to my own music on the blog for a while so let’s get the bloggery blabbery mode on for a change.
I felt like writing down a few words relating to hard work, patience, and being an artist.
I suddenly felt an urge to write after giving some advice to aspiring producers as well as having some conversations with some budding artists in addition to some older music heads whose faith seems to get tested every now and then.
And, yes, my own faith does get tested occasionally, too, so maybe I can refer to this post the next time I feel that times are tough for me.
The questions that many artists seem to be face periodically are “Is it worth it?”
There’s also the “Will I make it?”
I’ve found myself asking myself those questions a few times, too.
Then there’s also the old classic “I’ve been making music for x–3 years, I’ve sent demos out and I still haven’t gotten any releases out, so should I quit?”
Let me tell you how I see this and throw in my 2c that comes from my own experience.