Sound Design

A selection of Sound Design tips and sample packs by Liveschool trainers, guests and course contributors

Create a song from a drum loop

The natural rhythm and timing of a great drummer is a great thing to have in the musical parts - basslines, chords, melodies, etc - of your own songs, right? Here's a technique that will let you take these grooves and quickly apply them to the sou... Read More...

Free Download: The World’s Longest Reverb

The world record for the longest natural reverb was smashed this month by Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, in a recording captured in an underground oil storage tank from WWII. We've used the impulse respon... Read More...

Input Episodes: Kilter Sampling Techniques

Using a Marvin Gaye track as the source material, rising Sydney producer Kilter employs a classic sampling technique in an unusual way. Using a method more commonly used for making beats and top-lines he instead creates a sample-based bed-layer of te... Read More...

Q+A: Modular Synth Guru Cody Garrett-Tait

Over the last couple of years, modular synths have had a huge resurgence in popularity thanks to price drops and more and more manufacturers emerging. We sat down with someone who is at the forefront of the Australian modular synth scene, Cody Garret... Read More...

Video Tutorial: How Phaser Effects Work.

Anthony Garvin, General Manager at Australia's largest recording facilities, Studios 301, recently decided he wanted to know exactly how phasers work - what is it that makes these effects stand out so much in a mix? After researching the components u... Read More...

Ableton Tutorial: Convert Drums to Music

In Ableton Live there are many ways to re-shape a drum loop - many users are already familiar with editing clips and using the Beat Repeat audio effect - but here we take a look at other ways to manipulate drum loops for musical effect. This tutorial... Read More...