Music production syllabus

Basics

Extract a sample from a song and insert into our composition Simple sound like "ooh" workout stretching tempo. Done in "Tatu / influence of wine" remix.
Extract sample from a song and stretch tempo to match our composition. - Done in project where I had Damien Dempsey's bass riff with Kylie Manogue triplets.
 
 

Understanding

See if I have a tuner in Ableton. Update: It seems in Live 8 that I don't?
See if I have a spectrum analyser. Answer: yes, "Spectrum" (under "Audio effects") is part of Ableton Live ✅
 
 

Effects

Apply a low-pass filter to something
Apply a high-pass filter
Apply reverb
"pan to the sides" like the claps here https://youtu.be/O-Uw58Xfp8Q?t=268
 

Synth theory

Use automation to change the cut-off frequency of (low-pass aka “high cut”) filter (on synth), like at 4:44 ("Trick #4") leading up to a drop in https://youtu.be/1lkDCeh16tc, or at 6:00-7:00 in https://youtu.be/PHmDPEVKA-k
 
"Tape stop" = down-pitch = tip #3, around 3:00-4:00 here:

Chords

Automate (low-pass) filter to increase cut-off frequency leading into a drop. Effect: sound “opens up”, “creeps up on you”, “builds (without increasing
Use arpeggiator
 
 
 

Drums

Make a looping drum beat using kick, snare and two hi hats (one open, one closed)
Shift timing slightly (almost randomly) to make sound more human, less robotic, like in mins 1-3 in this video: https://youtu.be/zOVSOvsTXto
Put drum kit on 16 pads. Example: recreate the drumbeat of "Into the Ether" (Spotify link) using drum pads, including the cymbals that come in later.
 
 

Bass

Create synth with second envelope controlling the filter (reduce cut-off frequency) to create a “plucked” sound, like around 9:00 in that same video (“essential Bass Theory”), or also around 7:00-8:00 in this video: https://youtu.be/tlygYWeOzTg
And the reverse of that: create synth with second envelope controlling the filter (“open up” = increase cut-off frequency), to create a “wah” sound, like quickly mentioned (in passing) here 4:20-4:28 https://youtu.be/R30L1fIKzpU
Create synth that “keeps going”, and slides between notes, like in Gosh (Jamie XX)
Create “lazy” sliding/detuned sound like in drops in last minute in “Push my Luck”
Another example of pitch bend: lead in the drop of Memories by KSHMR https://open.spotify.com/track/5drBLK41GUnnWt32JPlexx?si=q-KJ2_AiR2mwXwy04pY6hA
 

Using Ableton Live

Record live
 

Sampling

Slice recorded sound(s) to MIDI, then play with ADSR - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugxdBw-cXcs
Tune a sample to 12 notes so I can play an "instrument" using a recorded sound – like Ian did with Stu's voice (I think)
  • This is "Sampler" or "Simpler" under Instruments, built into Ableton Live