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How to choose drum pitches?

Drums have pitches, but by the time they are in the track, then unless it is for very specific purposes, to complement a melodic line etc, then those actual pitches should not be truly apparent to the ...
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Tips for increasing loudness while mastering in Ableton Live

What you are trying to achieve is not a trivial task. If you want a good master it'll take more than some tips. I'll try to do some quick observations on some possibilities. There's nothing specific ...
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How does a DI box work together with guitar?

The most important difference between passive and active DIs is that the latter have a much higher input impedance: usually something like 200 kΩ, whereas a passive DI "inherits" the low impedance of ...
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How does a DI box work together with guitar?

A DI ("Direct Input") box converts a signal on an unbalanced lead into a signal on a balanced lead (that is, usually a lead with XLR connectors). The advantage of a balanced lead, of course, is that ...
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How to choose drum pitches?

If you are making music as an artist, you may pitch the drums however you feel compliments the rest of the sound. Don't be afraid to pitch them down or up even a whole octave to get some weird effects....
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How can I automate the arming and disarming of tracks in ableton?

Nevermind guys, I figured it out. So basically Ableton has a feature where you can map tasks like arming or disarming a track onto a MIDI event (CTRL+M). But it needs to receive that event from an ...
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remove recording delay in ableton live

The biggest thing here is going to be the buffer size and latency settings in the Preferences pane, under the Audio tab, in the Latency section: By reducing the size of your buffer, you're ...
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How to make Big beat drum from scratch?

According to the Wikipedia page about Big Beat, the drum beats in Big Beat are "heavy loops from 1960s and 1970s funk, soul, jazz, and rock songs." So if you want to make such drum loops ...
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I love with Ableton Live as a composition tool (session views). But I can only use Logic Pro X for studio mixes. What can I do?

You can use ReWire to essentially turn the basic version of Ableton Live into a plug-in that runs inside Logic. This is a very common way to use Live inside Logic or Pro Tools. Typically it is done ...
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Move track from Ableton to Logic Pro

The only way to do this is to bounce all your tracks down, one way or another. You can export all your MIDI tracks as MIDI files which will include automated controller data. You can import these ...
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How do I adjust the pitch range of the Midi pitch bend control?

A MIDI pitch-bend controller sends values in the range -8192 to 8191. The interpretation of those data values to an actual pitch change is done by the hardware or the software plug-in receiving the ...
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How do I adjust the pitch range of the Midi pitch bend control?

Pitch bend sensitivity can be controlled by RPN [Registered Parameter Number] messages. To save reams of complicated detail, an RPN is two bytes followed by a controller value of one or two bytes (...
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How can I slice and modulate samples in Logic like Ableton's Slice To Midi feature?

Right click the audio passage -> convert -> convert to new sampler track. You can also go to the audio menu and select convert to new sampler track directly. Select create zones from transient ...
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What equipment do i need to play and record live?

It looks like the missing piece in your case is an audio interface. That's a device that has audio inputs and outputs and also some kind of computer connection, like a USB, Firewire, or Thunderbolt ...
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Mixing and mastering at home

This is a very long topic - there are entire university degrees on it - but key things to look at: input quality - a good mic, sound deadening in your recording room, a decent mixer etc. are ...
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Mixing and mastering at home

Of course the only way to actually make a professional sounding recording is to have it made by a team of professionals using high end equipment. But you can get fairly close without all that stuff ...
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Possible to slice to MIDI *manually* in Ableton?

You certainly can do this, in fact it's a very common industry practice, and is often called "sampling." When sampling, you create a sample (smaller audio clip) of the clip, which you can then load ...
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For electronic music production, are there any differences between using small synths vs big synths?

Neither the MK3 or the Tyros are actually making the sounds! The MP3 is purely a controller keyboard, it doesn't HAVE any sounds. The Tyros is a high-end 'home keyboard' with lots of neat auto-...
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How do I convert drum loops purchased online into MIDI drum racks in my DAW?

No, that's not possible. And AFAIK there are no sites that offer that kind of source files. Loopmasters (and the alternatives) are aimed at bedroom producers who are not interested in creating their ...
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How to use padKontrol with Ableton Live?

You use MIDI mapping. It's the same for any MIDI device. Go to MIDI options and make sure your device or MIDI port is enabled as Remote device. Press the MIDI mapping button, it is in the upper ...
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Ableton Live 9 missing resources

You can force Live to search your computer for the media files Click the orange Status Bar to bring up the File Manager View. Here you can set Live to automatically search for the missing files.
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How can I slice and modulate samples in Logic like Ableton's Slice To Midi feature?

Not sure which version of Logic you are on but this video is for Logic 8 and is a very good tutorial on a quick way to do this. Creating samples for EXS24. I'm not familiar with Logic X but I'm ...
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How to choose drum pitches?

As other answers have said, drums used in a drum kit are essentially treated as unpitched. Certainly, they wouldn't usually be retuned for songs/pieces in different keys, as you would do with timpani (...
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What are good ways to pick MIDI instruments that go together?

There are three reasons I can think of why things might not be gelling: First, are your tracks adequately synchronised? If your timing is out when you record, or your system is introducing timing ...
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Are there any software to build and 3D simulate an entire audio visual live show?

There is no solution that does audio and video and light. It's very, very expensive and time-consuming to pre-produce an entire show. Aside from preparation cost, you also have to factor in that all ...
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Ableton stores MIDI mappings but does not react to inputs

Open Preferences->Midi Sync. In the bottom half you have your input ports, with buttons for track, sync, and remote. To control Ableton midi maps, remote must be selected. You probably want to make ...
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Connect a yamaha keyboard to ableton live

So it looks like that keyboard supports MIDI via USB, but I don't think it transmits audio as well. So you can use it as a MIDI controller for Ableton, but not as a sound source (at least not without ...
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What is the best way to process vocals during live performance?

I like using a vocal processor to add various effects to my vocals when performing live on stage. The type vocal processors I have used are like "pedals" or stomp boxes that can be controlled with ...
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How can I record audio and play other tracks as backtrack at the same time?

if you want to hear the audio of the backtrack, be sure to put it in the same output. as your question explains, you play the backtrack outside the DAW. This happens due to an exclusive override of ...
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