FaderPort 8 from PreSonus is a controller designed to work with multiple DAWs, and its main differentiating feature compared to regular MIDI controllers is it motorized faders. While this may initially sound like a gimmick, using these faders is quite a transformative experience when, making a DAW feel more like an instrument rather than just software. FaderPort 8 officially supports Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar, Ableton Live and PreSonus’s own Studio One, and potentially any DAW that supports the HUI or MCU standards. This review and companion video focus solely on Ableton Live.   MCU Integration Before I dive into the details, it’s important toRead More →

For the past two years, every time I discovered something non-obvious about Ableton Live I jotted it down, and the result is this clip and the accompanying tips to be added in the November edition of my book – available on Patreon. Ableton Live is an extremely powerful DAW and electronic music performance platform, but there are a few aspects of it that are far from intuitive. Hopefully this clip will help you make more of it! Here’s a clip timeline: 0:00 Don’t panic! 0:55 Use two windows 2:20 Overview 5:00 Recording 7:50 From session to arrangment 10:20 Overdubbing 11:45 Clips & devices 13:10 EditingRead More →

If you’ve seen clips of Elise Trouw live looping, aside from being an amazing artist, you’ve seen her effortlessly live loop without touching a looper. All she does is play her instruments and sing, and the parts she plays loop, stop looping and then come back in again automatically at just the right times. I’ve seen comments to her clip saying it’s fake – that someone’s pressing looper buttons for her, or that it’s all just done in post, but that’s not the case. Live looping without touching a pedal is very possible, and in this clip I show three ways to do it. TheRead More →

While walking the halls at NAMM 2018 I met the team from Genki and was very impressed by their WAVE product. They sent me one and this is my review: More about their IndieGoGo campaign here: http://bit.ly/WaveOnIndieGoGo * Note – I’m not affiliated with them in any way… crowdfunding campaigns can be risky though to me this one looks legit to me Interested in JAZZ ME? Check it out here (note: you need Max for Live): http://bit.ly/jazzme2 The ring controller I got is a prototype and doesn’t look like the final product, but regardless works extremely well and has the battery life they advertise. WaveRead More →