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Make your own drumkit 

Hello! In this post, we'll be looking at a fun process of recording sounds at home and turning them into a great-sounding drum kit in Ableton Live.

Sampling opens up a lot of cool ways to music-making. One such idea is building our own drum kits! A typical drum beat is made up of kick, snare, and hi-hats. A great way to start off is to use these sounds as inspiration and find sounds around you to build your own kit.

Check out this beat that I’ve made using sounds captured at home!

Download the samples used in this rack here!  Below are some simple steps to make a similar drum kit.

#1  find and capture cool sounds

Scout around your house, and make a list of things that sound percussive. Cardboard Boxes, crumbling paper, utensils, foodgrain jars, deodorant spray, leaky taps, squeaky drawers; Use your microphone, field recorder, or mobile phone to record those sounds. Watch the below clip to see what I did!

It helps to have a list and cross items off as you’re done recording them.

#2  assort the best takes

Bring these sounds to the DAW. Listen to the recordings, and Isolate the best takes as a separate clip. Label them for convenience.

#3  create a custom drum rack

Finally, drop these takes on to an empty drum rack!

Trim the start and end, Balance the volume, filter, or eq to shape the tone.

#4  glue them all together

Slap a compressor or drum buss on top of the drum rack, to glue the dynamics of different sounds together. Finally, we can save our drum rack as a preset and use them on future projects.

It’s a nice feeling to have your own sounds in your music. And don’t be disheartened if the drum kit doesn’t sound up to your expectations. You will only move forward as a producer, and your ear for recording and processing will only get better from here.  Believe it!

If you've made your own drum kit, or have some music you made with it, feel free to share it with us. Also, do reply to this post if you have any questions or thoughts!

Sound Designing with Delay

In this lesson, we'll be looking at some really cool ways to design sound effects using Ableton Live's Delay audio effect.

We love the delay effect. It’s a really cool effect used in popular music parallelly on top of the vocals, synths and let it do its thing. But did you know that the delay effect is also a great sound design tool? 

Click here to download free sound effects.

The above link contains a pool of 20 sound effects you can use! All these effects were designed using only the Delay effect. Let’s look at a few tips to help build our own pool of sound effects!

#1 - Time Delay Mode 

Switching the Delay Mode from Synced to Time allows us to create smooth accurate changes in Delay time over high Feedback. Especially changes in terms of milliseconds can animate a dull sound. Check out this illustration to find out how this can be cool!

#2 Time Modulation with LFO

If we modulate Delay time using an LFO set to a relatively high rate (10-40 Hz), we can get a very interesting Rhythmic effect while drastically mutating the original sound. Watch the clip to learn how this can be done!

#3 Modulate the modulations

When we change the rate of modulation as the sound feeds back, we can design very complex sound effects. Watch the below clip to see what we mean.

#4 Freeze that Feedback

The freeze button not only allows the feeding back sound to repeat perpetually, but also allows further manipulation on the frozen sound! Check the below clip for cool effects you can make from this.

Remember that we get different results based on different sounds we use for the same process!

#5 Adding Width & Changing Tone

By setting Delay to Ping Pong Style, we can make the sound feel wider in stereo, by setting very low delay times. This can also affect the tone, more so when we increase feedback in this setting.

Your Own Sound Effects Library

Making sound effects isn’t just a great exercise. You can organize and use them as your own sound library. This is a great way to save time and creative energy while making music! Here’s a link to some music I made later, where I dropped these effects!

Do try this at home!

Try building your own set of sound effects using the delay effect. Reply to this post if you have any questions. If you’d like to share some sound effects you've made with the community, feel free to reply with a link here. We’d also like to know about what you did to get those sounds!.

A Sampling Workout (using 2 different songs)

In this quick lesson, we'll be looking at an interesting idea of sampling from 2 different songs using Ableton Live. 

The art of sampling has paved the way for producers to think outside the box, and come up with music that makes you go, "how did they even come up with this idea!?"  In this article, we have a fun little workout for you to build up your sampling skills!

Let’s first look at a few popular songs that have been sampled from multiple tunes!

Example 1: 'Nas Is Like' by Nas

Nas’s Nas is like was sampled from 3 songs.

The recurring tune is made up of this recording from a 1966 song for the main chords; The hook section has snippets from Nas’s older songs 'It ain't hard to tell' and 'Street Dreams' for the rhythm and vocals snippets.

Example 2: 'Face To Face' - Daft Punk

This classic by Daft Punk was sampled with bits from 3 songs. This song from 1975 for the main riffs. This song from 1972, and another one from 1982 for some melodies.


Here's a walkthrough of some techniques you can use to create a sampled beat from multiple tunes.

These are just ideas to help you get started. Try to make your own sampled beat, and reply to this post, if you have any specific questions or face any issues. If you end up making a sampled beat, do share it here! We’d also like to hear some words on how you’ve made it.