Ableton Live totally came to rescue this Psy Trance project

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Ableton Live totally came to rescue this Psy Trance project

Post by Linear Phase » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:28 am

I am so thrilled with the results I got tonight, mastering my latest in Live. This is a whole long story, so I will just get to the point. About to years ago.. or just ever so slightly less. I sort of, stopped producing.. I was so exhausted. I needed an, "artist break." I didn't take a break from music though, as I played a lot of electric guitar, while I let my mind settle, from the production side a little bit.

Anyways.. I'm back to producing, and I'm, "back with a vengeance!" LOL... No seriously, I just bought a killer machine. Quad core, Windows 64 bit, etc, etc. But the truth is, I've come to do a lot of work in Renoise... I just love it. However, no way, would I ever sell my license to Ableton Live. And tonight, was the the night, I was so happy I had access to this software!

Ok, so Reaper, was giving me buzzing, when I was trying to, "home brew master," this latest track. I think Reaper hates my built in audio card. Well, tough luck for Reaper, cause the economy is still rough, and during my production break, I got rid of a lot of stuff, and changed my whole set up. Well, I was getting this buzzing, and I... I need a new audio card, but whatever. the buzzing was spooking me. I didn't hear it in Renoise. But it shows up in Audacity. It doesn't play in itunes.. So I'm like..... I really need to download my copy of Ableton from my account and check this out...

So, I install my Live 7... I haven't upgraded to 8, but I am totally upgrading to 9, when it arrives... But I install my Live 7, and I start to listen to my track. No buzzing! This is good. If Live was buzzing, I was in trouble. So I'm convinced, that the mix I hear, is the one, everybody else is going to hear. Cause you know.. Renoise + Live totally outweighs Reaper + Audacity.

So anyways, I check my mix in Live, and I head back into Renoise to make some edits. Namely, tighten up the volume balance on just a few things. I render my track again, and BOOM! I totally home brew master in Ableton.

But here is the funny thing! I used only Live's tools, for the master. Even that reverb from like version 1. Here is the screen shot, of the master fx chain:

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So if you want to listen to the track, its @ soundcloud...

Ableton Live 9!! I can not wait for 64 bit Live!

:D :P

http://soundcloud.com/adler_j/01-shadow-sky-master-two
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Re: Ableton Live totally came to rescue this Psy Trance project

Post by Street Spirit » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:53 pm

hey sounds good man, also a fan of the psy sounds. really into Liquid Soul and Phaxe right now. pretty much anything out of Iboga. so you made that track in Renoize and mixed/master in Live?

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Re: Ableton Live totally came to rescue this Psy Trance project

Post by Linear Phase » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:35 pm

Street Spirit wrote:hey sounds good man, also a fan of the psy sounds. really into Liquid Soul and Phaxe right now. pretty much anything out of Iboga. so you made that track in Renoize and mixed/master in Live?

Thanks bro, for the cool words. Anyways.. I did the post production in Ableton... What you see in the screen shot. -- I shared the screen shot with the community, that way, if anybody was interested in what a master chain in Ableton would look like, "one example," maybe something like that.

The master, is the final stage, post mix. I call my masters, "home brew," or, "moonshine," masters, because I believe, a real album master, would be done by a Mastering Engineer, in a Mastering Studio. However, "bedroom producers," need to have some way, of preparing their tracks for release and the, "home brew," master is one of those ways. Getting a good master, requires an honest, clear picture, of the final mixdown. I had a lot of trouble getting that in Reaper. I was hearing this buzzing in the 300 - 9000 frequency range, I think its my settings, or the built in audio card, Reaper is unhappy with.

So it was driving me crazy.. I'm all, "well that wasn't there when I produced this, and its not there listening to the mixdown in itunes." So I was like, "well, I bet get my copy of Ableton Live open, and see if I can sort this out."

And Ableton really sorted it for me, and I'm just so happy, I can't wait for Live 9. I'd love to see a multiband compressor, and mastering limiter on par with PSP Xenon.
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