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Making Music with Ableton Push
To begin, Rob gives an overview of the hardware, introducing its basic features for recording a pattern, quantising and applying effects, to show how easy it is to quickly create the fundamentals of a track.
In Module 2, you'll learn how to correctly import samples using Simpler, which gives you a huge range of controls for manipulation and editing, including changing the keys of clips.
Next, Rob shows how to use Slice mode to rework the samples imported in the previous module and introduces the Step Sequencer.
In this three part module, Rob comprehensively breaks down the process of creating original parts using Simpler. He edits, warps and resequences samples using multiple different approaches, with exciting results.
In module 5, Rob demonstrates how to create a grooving drum loop, with precise velocity control , adding dynamics to the track.
In this module, Rob summarises the techniques taught in the previous section by rapidly creating a new idea, giving a recap of the range of creative possibilities available using Simpler and Push.
Module 7 is packed full of handy beginner exercises which will help you develop your Push pad-drumming skills. Developing good timing is the key to rhythmic success!
An option for slicing samples in Simpler, this module shows how and why to convert Simpler to a drum rack for added control.
In the following section, Rob delves into creating drum parts using the Push, from the basics of using the Drum Rack through to more advanced editing.
In this quick tip, Rob demonstrates how to edit all of the drum parameters in one go.
In module 11, Rob shows you how to edit and mix the drums, making them punchy, tight and powerful; and shows you how to avoid some simple mistakes. You'll also see how to audition and swap out individual drums for factory samples, or your own.
Continuing from the last finger-drumming module, Rob builds up to a variety of realistic drum patterns, steadily increasing the complexity and showing you how to improvise on the fly.
Module 13 covers creating basslines with Push. With extremely detailed demonstrations on both sequencing and playing in, you'll be making powerful basslines for a range of genres in no time.
Continuing using the pads, this section on melodies and chords starts with a musical introduction to playing over the bass part form the previous module. Next, you'll learn how to use the note sequencer to create and edit tasty and exciting patterns.
In the third 'exercises' module, Rob demonstrates some more advanced playing techniques focused on melodic parts, rather than rhythmic parts. By applying the same techniques, you'll learn how to play fast and exciting melodic sequences efficiently and easily, as well as understanding the music theory behind them.
In module 16, you'll learn how to arrange your track using the Push. Starting with Session Mode, you'll be shown how to sketch out a track and organise your session intelligently, and Arrangement Mode, where you can record your track into the timeline window.
In this module, you'll be shown how to create automation using the Push, which gives you an excellent degree of control which can be lacking when using just the software. Rob demonstrates how you can add precise an detailed automation, which really improves the intensity and quality of your tracks.
In the penultimate module, Rob demonstrates a real workflow for creating a Drum & Bass patch, using only Live's built in instruments and FX. This module gives a valuable insight into how an experienced producer develops the fundamentals of a track.
In the final module, Rob summarises what you've learnt in this detailed and comprehensive course.