Music production has come a long way in recent years. With the rise and accessibility of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), both aspiring artists and established musicians are able to create hit songs right at home.
As such, practically anyone can unleash their passion for music without even leaving the house. And, considering most of us are still stuck at home for the time being, now's the perfect time to try your hand at making music. All it takes is some creativity, the right software, and perhaps a helping hand to guide you along the way.
To this end, The Complete Ableton Live 10 Music Production Bundle can show you how to create music at home using one of the most popular DAWs on the market. But, before you start mixing and scratching, it's worth understanding the tech that brought us to this point in music production.
Discover The Old-School Tech Behind The Beats
In 1980, music was changed forever with the introduction of MIDI. Short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI is a technical standard that lets you precisely control each note of your music and where it lands in the soundscape. Pitch, tone, how loud or soft a specific note sounds (called velocity), vibrato, and tempo can all be set to exactly where you want them, note by note. Think of MIDI as a set of instructions to make music, where you can compose a song and then connect it to any instrument and have that instrument play it back flawlessly. In fact, since it's just instructions, you can even embed songs inside the instructions, triggering samples, looping beats, and layering sound over sound as a song progresses.
MIDI has made possible everything from live sampling to finding and matching the beat and groove of a song. If you ever marvel at how a DJ mixes two songs that seem so wildly different, MIDI helps make it happen. While DJing as we know it had been rising since the 1970s, MIDI made it more accessible and opened the door to new tools.
However, MIDI also enables more complex techniques that have changed how songs are written and recorded; sequencing, which lets you copy and paste a passage of music, and even composing to sheet music underwent enormous changes as composers could now demonstrate precisely how each note sounds. It even gives DJs the tools to "warp" live tracks to keep the tempo consistent when mixing, so you don't have to leave those classic records in the crate.
Ableton Live 10 serves as an interface to give you a handle on all this power, and this complete $30 training bundle will also guide you through the basics of production, so even if you're completely new to recording music, by the end of the six courses and 220 lessons, you'll have a full grasp of the process.
From Basics To The Club
The Complete Ableton Live 10 Music Production Bundle starts with the basics, showing you the Ableton interface, its multitude of instruments, how sound synthesis works, and getting the most out of the samples you choose.
You'll then learn how to record, from what hardware to use to get the right effect to how to "warp" tracks to achieve the right effect (especially useful for live songs). Once you've mastered the basics, you'll start working with actual sessions in Ableton to learn the ins and outs of production and editing, taking apart a produced track to understand exactly what goes into it and why, and then experimenting with it.
From there you'll learn about synthesis and sampling and move onto DJing techniques, including audio effects, and finally how to use professional DJ hardware to make your own beats, whether live or at home, with DJ James Patrick discussing live techniques.
Even the most analog musician can improve their recording, and even if you only listen to music, learning how a track is built, polished, and then taken apart will give you a greater appreciation of the work that goes into the songs you love.
Dive headfirst into this exciting technology and unleash your creative potential with The Complete Ableton Live 10 Music Production Bundle. While it normally retails for upwards of $1,000, you can get it on sale now for only $29.99, more than 90% off the usual price.
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