Martin Delaney

Deeper mastering using Ableton Live

Following up on our last tutorial about mastering in Live 10, it’s time to dig a bit deeper, and highlight two of the most important and most-used of Live’s mastering devices –  Multiband Dynamics and EQ Eight.

Preview: Ableton Live 11 Beta

It’s two years since Live 10 was released, and, as always Ableton has taken its time to avoid hollow point updates, and has finally provided the much anticipated next step in the world-beating DAW’s evolution.

How to master a track in Ableton Live

We’ve all wondered why our mixes don’t quite boast that professional-level sheen, particular those of us who aren’t adept at mastering. Here, we’ll show you what you can do to get your songs sounding more radio-friendly.

Critical mixing advice in Ableton Live 10

Though there’s a multitude of technical processes wrapped up in the catch-all title of ‘mixing’, this across-the-board advice is worth considering before you finalise your track.

Quick editing in Ableton Live’s Arrangement View

In our last tutorial, we covered recording a Session View jam using clip launching, mixer adjustments and effects manipulation to create an arrangement. Now it’s time to tidy it up and smooth its rough edges.

Review: Delta Sound Labs Stream

Crossing streams is a specialty of this Ohio-based company, whose creative plug-ins bridge the gap between analogue and digital. We dip our toes into its latest release, a granular-synthesis instrument with minimal CPU-drain.

How to commit to an arrangement in Ableton Live

One-shots, loops, audio effects – your elements are all in place. Now it’s time to commit everything to a finished arrangement. Fear not. Ableton Live makes this process intuitive and fun.

The Big Review: Akai MPC Live II

After a slew of new products, Akai has turned its attention to updating the mighty MPC Live. But does this speaker-toting follow-up revolutionise the hardware giant’s box of wonders?

Review: SampleScience Vaporwaves 2

Cooked up by the boffins at SampleScience, Vaporwaves 2 is a time-travelling plug-in that winds back the clock and lets users party – or at least compose – like it’s 1989.
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