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Record MIDI in Ableton Without Overwriting (Overdubbing)

To overdub MIDI, you need to have the MIDI arrangement overdub button switched on. Now when you click record, it won’t overwrite the MIDI clip. Why Is Overdubbing MIDI Important? Overdubbing MIDI is a fantastic way to add complex layers to your chords, drums, and melodies. It allows you to expand your sound palette without …

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How To Record Arm a Track In REAPER (Simple 2 Step Guide)

Record arming a track in REAPER is as simple as clicking the ‘Record Arm’ button (circular red button with a white ring inside) on the track you want to record with. From here, you can also select the desired input from the drop-down input menu. Record Arming In REAPER If you don’t know how to …

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How To Record Audio From YouTube Into Ableton (Step-By-Step)

Ableton Live is an incredibly powerful audio recording and mixing tool. Still, contrary to what some may say, it can not be used to record audio directly from YouTube. The good news is that it’s still possible, just not directly. You can use third-party software like Audacity or a YouTube to MP3 converter. Can I …

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FL Studio Snap-To-Grid Shortcut (Simple 3-Step Guide!)

Snapping to grid is a super handy tool for your workflow in that it allows you to swap grid sizes when working in different beat/time signatures. To change your grid window selection, look for the drop-down arrow usually labeled “none” in your top toolbar. Time Is Like A River… It ebbs and flows, just like …

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Why Do My Eyes Water When I Sing? (Plus, Preventative Tips!)

There are several reasons why your eyes water when you sing. These are both emotional and physical. For instance, unresolved emotions triggered by song lyrics, perhaps nerves have got the better of you, or the song is simply too hard for you to sing. Or it could simply be down to eye irritation or the …

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How To Send FL Studio Projects (Step-By-Step Guide)

There are a few ways to send FL Studio projects. The most commonly used is a Zipped Loop Package, which will contain all of the associated files, data, and VST info. Simply go to File > Export > Zipped Loop Package. Collaboration! One of my favorite things about being a music producer (and using FL …

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FL Studio Export No Sound (Step-By-Step Fix)

Ultimately this is a process of elimination. While there are a few reasons you may have no sound when you export from FL Studio, the best method is to check that nothing anywhere is muted, that the “export entire project” button in export settings is checked, and that your plugins are not the culprit. The …

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Best Ableton Grooves (Add Some Swing To Your Tunes!)

The whole point of using grooves is to add those subtle extra details to a part that breathes a little more life into it. My favorites for this are: Beguine Accent 16ths Calypso Accent 16ths Cha-Cha-Cha Shaker 8ths 127bpm Hip-Hop Wonky 16ths 80bpm Rock Fatback Accent 16ths These grooves seem to get the dynamic range, …

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Why Is Mixing Vocals so Hard? (Plus Tips On Making It Easier)

Mixing vocals is hard because they are often the most prominent part of a song. This means that any imperfection will stand out more than any other instrument since the listener will pay the most attention to it. There is no room for mistakes when mixing vocals!  Mixing Vocals Is Not Easy! Vocals are arguably …

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FL Studio Channel Rack Not Showing (Complete Workaround)

FL Studio channel rack not showing can be a real headache, but you can use your keyboard shortcut key (F6) to bring it into focus. If the rack doesn’t show immediately, close all open windows (F12) and then use F6 again.  It Was There Last Time… The channel rack is an essential part of your …

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Ableton Bitcrusher (Ultimate Guide)

Ableton has a built-in Bitcrusher plugin called “Redux.” A Bitcrusher is an audio effect that applies digital distortion. This is achieved by changing the signal’s sample rate and bit depth. Other parameters such as ‘Dry/Wet’ can be altered to shape the sound further.  Does Ableton Have A Bitcrusher? You might not realize that Ableton has …

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Simple Fixes For No Sound From Your MIDI Keyboard In Ableton

First, check to see if the MIDI keyboard is registering in Ableton. Second, ensure that you have a virtual instrument on the MIDI track (and that the record arm button is activated). Finally, check that the MIDI keyboard is set up correctly in Ableton. Why Is My MIDI Keyboard Not Working Ableton A MIDI keyboard …

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Pitch Bend In Ableton (Everything You Need To Know!)

Pitch bending in Ableton is easy. Most virtual instruments will work with the majority of MIDI controllers’ pitch bend wheel out of the box. However, if needed, you can always manually map the control yourself with Ableton’s MIDI mapping feature. Pitch Bending In Ableton Live If you’re new to electronic music production, you’ve probably heard …

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