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Discover essential Ableton Live Suite packs, including Retro Synths and Latin Percussion, and how to make the most of your license. Unleash your creativity with high-quality instruments, effects, and samples.

4 Ableton Live packs you should try.

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I make house music, I share tips for house music producers on YT and Patreon.

Dear friend,

I hope this email finds you well.

Firstly, I wanted to let you know that tomorrow I’ll be making two important announcements, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Regarding today’s email, here’s a summary of what I’ll be covering:

  • 4 Ableton Live Suite Packs you absolutely must try;
  • my new YouTube video;
  • Personal branding.

Let’s get started!

Your Ableton Live Suite license includes around 60 additional packs (not included in the default installation) that you can download from the Ableton website or directly from the Live app.

I believe neglecting these contents in favor of third-party material is a huge missed opportunity (you’ve paid handsomely for the license, so make the most of it!).

These packs vary widely: they can contain instruments, Max4Live devices, effects, presets, MIDI clips, and samples, spanning many different musical genres.

Some of these are comparable to Kontakt libraries, with high-quality sampled instruments, reaching several gigabytes in size.

If you want to know more about the packs included in your license, take a look at this page.

For today, I’ll just focus on my top 4 favorites, which I absolutely recommend you try:

  • Creative Extensions: Among my favorites since Live 10, this pack contains some very unique effects that can breathe new life into sounds. My most-used is definitely the Gated Delay, a blend of delay and gate, with various options for controlling the delay/gate pattern and a reverse function, creating interesting results.
GAted Delay Ableton Live
Gated Delay effect.

 

  • Latin Percussion: If, like me, you believe percussion is essential in house music, then this pack is for you. In addition to a large number of one-shots, there are also many kits and MIDI clips with pre-built patterns, but with total control, allowing you to modify the MIDI notes to which the percussion sounds in the drum rack are assigned.
  • Retro Synths: For those of us who love modular sounds, vintage synths, and creative freedom, the “Retro Synths” pack contains a bit of everything. Numerous audio clips recorded from real synths, accompanied by effect chains with combinations I personally never would have thought of.
  • Electric Keyboards: Probably not everyone shares my love for electric pianos, but this pack, in addition to beautiful live-sampled pianos, contains a decent number of MIDI clips with chord sequences and melodies that you can use with other types of sounds.

Experiment!

If you have any other packs to suggest, let me know! I’ll be happy to share them in the next newsletter and with the members of my Patreon.

NEW VIDEO

I have a new video out on YouTube.

After taking a couple of months off from posting, I decided to make a vlog with some updates that I hope some of you will enjoy.

In the video, I also share a vinyl sampling session and show you how I used the material in a new track I made on Ableton Live 12.

Yes, the thumbnail is a bit clickbait.

PERSONAL BRANDING COACHING

A few emails ago, I shared some tips on how to grow on social networks (if you missed it, you can read it here).

I know some of the rules of personal branding, but it’s definitely not my area of expertise.

On the other hand, my friend Cristina Lazic, a DJ, producer, and label owner from Milan, is a great expert in the field.

After a career at Google, she decided to leave the multinational to fully dedicate herself to her music career. And she’s doing great.

She already has gigs all over the world and releases on important labels like Crosstown Rebels (Damian Lazarus), Satya (Yokoo), and recently launched her label, La Zic.

Part of Cristina’s success, in addition to talent, is surely due to her skill in managing social media, public relations, and her own image.

That’s why Cristina decided to take the plunge and start a mentoring program called MentorZic, where she guides DJs and producers in their growth journey, with a specific focus on:

  • self-confidence;
  • goals plan;
  • Social media content;
  • Branding and storytelling

and much more.

More info on Cristina’s website.

FROM THE WEB

1 – Hidden useful features in Live 12

This video reveals some nice and useful features that haven’t been much exposed since the release.

2 – All the new Live 12 features in one place

Whether you bought it or not, it’s nice to know what has been introduced in the new Ableton Live 12 version. On the official website find all the videos you need to decide if it’s a good upgrade for you or not.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here I share what I’ve been listening to lately both from the house music world and from every other genre.

I will keep feeding this section of my newsletter, with the hope you enjoy it.

1 – HOUSE/MINIMAL HOUSE MUSIC

Nice deep house track.

Holo – You [Houseum Records] – Bandcamp

2 – OTHER GENRES

Ambient, jungle, old school vibes and much more.

Evl Tom – Absolute Melt – Bandcamp

Always be curious towards new music, you never know where inspiration comes from.

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FROM THE PATREON COMMUNITY

Mixing made simple: find out the techniques and tools that we have today to build an old school sounding house tune.

Christopher Ledger Masterclass: full replay of the 3 hours masterclass from CL, with a walkthrough of his latest banger.

Downloadable Material: every month a new sample pack, MIDI pack and presets.

If you missed past months packs, find them on my webstore.