Continuing from House Production with Ableton Push Part I, experienced producer Paul Maddox takes you through the next phase of House production with Ableton's award winning Push hardware controller. With releases under his own name and as part of the duo Spektre, on labels such as Data, Positiva, Tidy and Viscious, achieving BBC Radio 1 airplay and support from DJs Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and James Zabiela, Paul Maddox is one of the hottest producers of the last decade.
In this course, Maddox demonstrates how to create the melodic elements of a House track using the vast instrumental functionality of Push. Slicing vocals, adding chords and using the melodic step sequencer and other techniques to create synth parts are all covered, with Paul's informative commentary explaining in detail every step of the way. He demonstrates editing parts predominantly from the hardware, as well as processing with numerous effects.
The course is available immediately after purchase, and can be streamed 24/7/365. Help is available on the Producertech forum, where students can interact with one another, as well as any tutors and the enthusiastic Producertech community. Accompanying the course is the Live set from the tutorials, as well as a sample pack containing 100 melodic samples from the Loopmasters collection, providing you with all the tools necessary for making original melodic parts of your own.
1: Slicing and Editing a Vocal
In this lesson, Paul takes a vocal sample and demonstrates how to slice it up and map it to the drum rack, then plays it along to the existing beats and bass from House Production Part I, to liven up the track. He then demonstrates how to edit the vocal from the hardware, and adds FX to create variations in the timing and panning of the loop.
2: Creating and Programming Chords using Note Grid
Paul shows how to load a synth patch and change the scale on the note grid. He then discusses the chord shapes and patterns and how to utilise note grid intuitively, then creates a catchy chord pattern that interacts with the bass-line and shows how to vary it during the track, before demonstrating the use of MIDI and audio effects to thicken the texture and sit the sound in the mix.
3: Using the Melodic Step Sequencer to Create Patterns
In this lesson, Paul adds a plucked melodic synth, using Analog in Live. He demonstrates how to take the default patch and alter the settings to create a punchier, filtered sound. He then shows how to use the melodic step sequencer to create a hypnotic pattern, then adds effects and variations. Finally, he discusses the use of quantisation, and subtly alters the sequence so it compliments the other melodies whilst adding an extra dimension.
SAMPLE MODULE - Making a Classic House Chord Sequence with Push
This movie is an excerpt from module two, demonstrating creating chords with Ableton's Push: