When you start running your sounds through effects, you run the risk of killing some of the important frequencies within that sound. The most obvious example is on bass sounds. A lot of times I add distortions or reverbs on a bass and the sound either loses its low-end or becomes muddy. If only there was a way to put my distortion on the higher frequencies and leave the bass frequencies alone so they can stay powerful…
Of course there is a way! This technique, commonly referred to as “multi-band processing”, allows you to split up the different frequencies of your sound (in our case Highs, Mids, and Lows) and affect each one separately. So I’ve created a Free Ableton Live Rack that divides your sounds into three sections, Low, Mid and High (you can adjust what the frequency range of each section) and allows you to place effects on each band separately.
The Easy Multi Band FX Pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.
I don’t own any of these little guys, but Arthur Kaprelian does, and he was kind of to send over some samples. My first impression was “whoa this little drum machine sounds huge!” The file he sent over was about 6 minutes long worth of different drum hits. I sifted through them all and picked sixteen sounds and put them into an Ableton Drum Rack. If you are feeling adventurous, dig into the Project file, then the Samples folder, and feel free to grab some additional drum hits from there. Again, there are over 6 minutes worth of drums!
As a little bonus, I created an Audio FX Rack to go along with this creation. The Drum Smash! rack adds Saturation and Compression to any sound you place it after. Simply turn the “Smash” knob and go to town. Feel free to experiment with it on sounds other than drums!
AfroDJMac has introduced the ADM Vinyl Scratcher, a free vinyl scratcher effect device for Ableton Live.
Record scratching is a trademark in many genres of electronic music. But the idea of lugging around another piece of gear just doesn’t seem worth it to me (and a record player would be a rather larger addition). Oh yea, plus I don’t really know how to scratch on vinyl anyway.
I don’t feel bad admitting that because, despite the name AfroDJMac, I’m not a DJ. In my mind, what I do is closer to a singer with a guitar and some effect pedals than DJ-ing. So, since I can’t scratch vinyl or even want to learn at risk of having to carrying around extraneous equipment, I created an Ableton Live Rack to do the job.
The ADM Vinyl Scratcher for Ableton Live is a free download.
AfroDJMac has launched VHS Rack and Double P Keys, two new titles in the series of free Ableton Live packs.
This Ableton audio effect rack will give you control over the pitch inconsistencies, chorusing, saturation, and compression that are characteristic of VCR tapes. You can dial in the effect to be subtle, or go all out and make your music sound like it’s practically broken. It can be used on a track by track basis or on the master channel.
Double P Keys is a multi-layered synthesizer rack.
This instrument rack contains five chains of synthesizers stacked on top of each other. 3 of the sounds are designed to add ambience and texture to the sound, while 2 of them produce the musical, harmonic material that allow you to play notes and write melodies. You can mix in the level of “Double P Noise” and each synth. The instrument also has control over the filters of each of the two musical synths.
The first musical synth can be morphed from a pluck type sound to a more rounded pad sound. The second synth makes use of the filter envelop to give movement and character to the sound. All 5 layers of this sound are created from the same sample, just different sections of it. I won’t say exactly what it is, but I’m sure if you give it a listen, it will be a familiar sound.
Both libraries are available to download from AfroDJMac at no charge.
A few years back, I recorded a track called “B and C Down in History.” In the very beginning I created a sound by sampling my voice and putting it inside Ableton’s Sampler instrument. It’s the first sound you hear in the song and it comes back periodically through out.
I really liked the character a vocal sample gives on a synth. It’s not perfectly in tune, and it sort of captures the soul of a living breathing person. So I decided to tidy up the instrument I created for this song, and release it to you for free.
The pack is a free download for Ableton Live.
Furthermore, AfroDJMac has recently released the Dubstep Bass Ableton Pack, a collection of grimy, wobbly, fat basses specifically designed for dubStep production in Ableton Live.
I’ve created a collection of bass instruments especially for anyone looking to create dubstep style basses in Ableton Live. I’ve been asked about whether or not you need some expensive third party plug in to make these kinds of sounds. Of course you don’t! So I thought I’d make a some directly inside Ableton, using the Operator synth. The result is this pack of racks that should help you get moving on making your own dub step tracks