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Music Theory: Basics

Please note: these tutorials are copyright. They are are designed as a taster, not a replacement for a proper music theory course. The ‘MacAbleton method’ is a teaching method, and…

Ableton Live’s Gate

The Gate cuts out sound above a level set by you. Only the loudest sounds get through. This is useful for a variety of tasks as we shall see in…

CPU Use in Ableton Live

I’m unsure if the section about CPU load helps other users to understand PDC. It touches the topic somehow, but perhaps it deserves a completely separate article (?). If you…

Max for Live Basics and Review

Max for Live now comes with Suite in version 9. Also included are many Max Instruments and effects. This review takes a quick peek at Max for Live, and a…

Sidechain Compression in Ableton Live

Pump the music and other tricks The basics Multiband compression and sync Other tips Freezing Sidechaining with a non-native compressor The basics Sidechain compression (aka ducking) is used to create…