- Record some audio of your instrument
- Loop random parts of it
- Use it for a new creative idea
To be different, instead of using a snare roll to go towards a breakdown or break-out, use instead of a snare an analogue sound or FX, make a simple one note melody / rhythm with it and then pitch bend from 0 to 24 over the rhythm. Put some reverb on it at the tail.
For some more enhanced melody catchiness in your electronic songs, use this technique – useful on bass and other melodies
- Take an audio bounce of your melody
- Reverse it
- Play reversed sound just before melody starts playing as an intro to your first note. Use a fader to let the reverse sound go into the melody.
When making a 4/4 techno kick track, make sure to put the kickdrum to the same key as the song. It will make the kick sound stronger and better in the mix.
Cool to see this producer making music in his camper van studio.
Very interesting on how he approaches a track:
- He records beat and immediately copy beat as per arrangement he wants: e.g. break after 2 minutes, after 24 bars back beat until 4 minutes
- He records the midi first, then records the audio all allong the arrangement by applying parameters to the synth.
Let Ableton Live decide for you which parts goes together to make a great song.
If you are unable to decide how to have the arrangement of your song, use Follow-Up Actions of Ableton Live.
- Basically load on every channel variations of a 4 bar loop.
- Make sure to put a few empty clips between the clips that contain sound to allow Ableton to sometimes put off the channel. The more empty clips, the more chance the sound will not be played, and vice versa.
- Select all clips and choose Follow-Up Action “* Any”
- Press record and launch your clips
Listen in arrangement view to the best parts and put them together for your song.