Sound Design

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

Roland TB-303: the Sound of Acid

The history, the sound, how to get it - plus some free plugins and a loop pack. https://youtu.be/igNBeo3QSqc?t=68 Marshall Jefferson - the first (?) acid house track.   A quick, plagiarised, history of the 303 and Acid Before we b... Read More...
Jonti Danilewitz

Jonti’s guide to sound layering

Cover photo by Sean Walker For this month's Tips and Tricks video, we've enlisted studio wizard Jonti to take us through some of the layering techniques he uses to give a rich, full character to his sounds. In the tutorial, he takes us through the... Read More...

Download: Send & Returns racks

Using Sends & Returns in Ableton Live allows some creative and mixing advantages over using an effect's Dry/Wet controls, but Sends & Returns also come with the major disadvantage that you can't save a set of them as a single preset in your U... Read More...

Watch: Instrument Layering with Ableton Push

Ableton Certified Trainer, sound designer and classically trained percussionist Josh Hogan shows how to easily create layered hybrid instruments to use with Ableton Push, that can be adjusted and blended in real time for live or studio performance. ... Read More...

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...