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Ableton Live Hacks III: Finishing Ideas

Mixing and File Management Hacks

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Welcome to Ableton Live Workflow Hacks! This is the third and final course in this series. In this segment, we explore tricks that will help you out near the end of the production process. The mixing hacks covered will help you apply processing and set levels more efficiently in your mixdowns. We will also touch on some frequently overlooked techniques for file management, such as organizing the browser for easy access to sounds, properly Collecting and Saving projects, and using Live's File Manager to locate missing files and seamlessly replace samples throughout a project.

Lessons topics include:

- Creating dry & wet chains
- Splitting frequencies for multiband processing
- Adding space with Multiband Dynamics
- Using sidechain compression busses
- Warp Mode effects on audio quality
- Understanding gain staging in Live
- Browser flow
- Avoid Collect All and Save mishaps
- Why you should be using the File Manager


Your Instructor


Paul Laski
Paul Laski

Paul Laski (P-LASK) is an Ableton Certified Trainer with over six years of teaching experience at DubSpot New York and Icon Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles. Paul has been involved in the electronic music scene for over a decade as a producer, remixer, sound designer, DJ, and educator.

Blending sounds from house, techno, garage, and beyond, P-LASK's original productions and remixes have been featured on Moody Recordings, Groovebirds Records, Crowd Records, Cherrytree (Interscope) Records, Abe Duque Records, Mean Red Music, Krafted Music, and his own imprint, Electric Dangerous Records. He has done remix work for artists such as Coeur du Pirate, Abe Duque, Divisible, Pointe Claire, Edian (UK), Rainer Hoeglmeier (Germany), and Wei Wei (China).

A small selection of his sound design work can be heard in the factory preset bank of XFER Records’ SERUM software synthesizer. Paul continues to develop presets for software synthesizers, free Ableton Live Racks, and samples, many of which are available through his website (www.p-lask.com). When he's not busy in the studio, he offers instruction and consultation in Ableton Live and live performance for artists and producers in the LA area.


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