Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Humanizing beats, part of Making Music with Ableton Push.
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Using Drum mode, we aren't limited to sequencing drums in a straight square …manner, like old school drum machines. But you can also easily humanize the …individual notes or steps of your beats, check it out. …I'll load the drum rack, by going to Browse, going to Drum Rack, and scrolling …to Loopmasters. I'm going to load a preset called Classic Records. …Let's load preset, let's select the high hat sound by pressing it once.…
(SOUND) Then, I'll change the grid resolution to 16 and I'll press all eight …buttons across the four rows to create a simple 16 note high hat pattern over two bars. …(MUSIC) Right now this pattern sounds very straight, you can tell its sitting …right on the musical grid. Let me show you how to introduce some …variation to these notes to humanize them a bit.…
Push allows us to change the velocity, which is the volume of each note, length …of the note, with more fine tuning than actual rhythm note values, and also notes …position on the grid mean you can nudge them left or right. …
First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.
- What is Ableton Push?
- What's new in the Push 2?
- Comparing Push 1 and Push 2
- Browsing and loading sounds
- Programming beats
- Recording drums in real time
- Adding quantization and swing
- Controlling the mixer
- Controlling Live devices
- Adding custom LED feedback
- Step sequencing melodies
- Browsing and loading third-party plugins