Musikmesse 2015: Akai Midimix Controller

Akai Midimix

Akai has released a new “faders and knobs” controller here at Musikmesse 2015. The Akai Midimix sports nine faders, 24 knobs, and 20 buttons, all Midi-mappable for control in DAW software like Ableton Live. It’s bus-powered, so you just need to connect it to your laptop’s USB port for control whether at home or on the road.

Musikmesse 2015: Novation Launchkey Midi Controller

Novation Launchkey Mk II

Novation has just announced a refresh of its Launchkey series of Midi keyboard controllers here at Musikmesse 2015. The new Novation Launchkey builds on the success of the original, this time with velocity-sensitive, 16 colour RGB pads onboard. You get transport buttons and up to nine faders and eight knobs for hands-on control.

Ableton Moves Beyond The Manual & Publishes Its First Book

Making Music by Ableton

Ableton has just released its own book on music production called Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies For Electronic Music Producers. Written by sound designer and composer Dennis DeSantis, the book is a collection of tips and questions to ask yourself during the production process.

[NAMM 2015] Video: Novation Launchpad Pro Talkthrough

Novation Launchpad Pro

On show at the Novation booth here at NAMM 2015 is the company’s latest controller for Ableton Live called the Launchpad Pro. Building on the success of the much-loved Launchpad series, the Launchpad Pro retains the intuitive features and ease of use that made the previous Launchpad generations so successful.

Making Your First Tune: A Guide For DJs, Part 4

The Mixdown

In this final tutorial, we’ll adjust the levels of the individual tracks in your production so your levels don’t go “in the red”. We’ll also add some compression plugins to your drums and bass, as well as a limiter to the mix bus. Finally, we’ll create a mixdown of your production so that you can upload and share it with friends.

10 Producer Stocking Stuffers Under $100

Santa's Studio Console

With the holidays in full swing and only a few days left before Christmas, you’d better start making that list before Santa starts thinking twice! Why not kick off the new year with a resolution to start producing your own music? Here are 10 gift suggestions for DJ/Producers starting out that won’t cost you an arm and a leg…

Making Your First Tune: A Guide For DJs, Part 3

Studio Sound

In this week’s training we’re going to focus on adding depth and space in our song. I’m going to introduce you to two important effect plugins that ship with Ableton Live called reverb and delay, and I’m going to explain what they are exactly, and how they can be used in the context of your production.