DJL Ultrapad Custom Ableton Instrument Rack Free Download

Yesterday, head Vocal Booth Weekender impressario Andy Ward (@handyward) encouraged me to follow Danny J Lewis on Twitter, since Lewis makes very helpful house music tutorial videos for the likes of Music Tech Mag.  Well, today, I spotted a tweet by @Traxsource that speaks of a free 4-layered Ableton Live synth rack available to anyone that purchases Danny’s new ”Bump Tha Bounce” promo on Traxsource this week.  While the synth is not quite “free”, the track itself is quite sweet, as is the synth, so if you’re an Ableton producer that also happens to like DJL’s song(s), a song + bonus synth is a really nice deal for a few bucks.  By the way, Danny has 42 video tutorials on a variety of production topics, so subscribe to his Youtube channel.

The tune is expected to drop on Friday, so keep your eyes peeled.

From @DannyJLewis:

Free @ableton synth rack if you buy the new release on sale from Friday as a @traxsource exclusive >

The kick drum is arguably the single most important element in House Music—a weak kick can break an otherwise great track—and this new video tutorial from Quantize Courses addresses all thinks kick.  Although I don’t use Ableton Live, the fundamentals of kick drum production are fairly consistent from DAW to DAW.  Enjoy!

True Colors: Color-coding your DAW to Improve Workflow

Computer Music Magazine Issue 171

This month’s issue of Computer Music Magazine (Nov, #171) is sure to please you House Music producers that also make Dubstep, but one article in particular caught my eye.  From page 65:

True Colors: Intelligent use of color-coding in your DAW could potentially transform your workflow and help you make tracks faster and more efficiently.  Here’s how it’s done

I’ve been color-coding my audio and midi tracks and regions for a long time now, and it’s definitely something worth getting into a habit with.  For example, my drums are always red, my vocals and samples always yellow, and my basslines and synths purple.  Youd’ be surprised what taking 5 minutes at the beginning of your session to color-code your stuff can do for your long-term efficiency.  It really does help speed up your workflow.  By the way, once your tracks are color-coded by instrument, you can use the Select Equal Colors command in Logic to highlight all the drums, for example, which you can then Mute or Solo in one fell swoop.  Pretty neat.

Similarly, in Logic Pro, I code the channel strips with the same color code.  So if I set up a Bus/Aux Strip for drums, I make sure to color that strip red as well.

The article shows you how to color-code in all the major DAWs: Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live.

There was one tip the article gave that I had never thought of before (one of the many reasons why these kinds of mags can be so useful): instead of coloring by instruments, you can color entire blocks of your song (intro, lead-in, verse, chorus, outro, etc.).  This can be very helpful when it’s time for you to arrange your song, or to quickly jump around from part to part.  Sweet!