Forum Information

Dear users, I have decided to phase out the posting on the forums on this website and move any discussions over to this private facebook group or join the Discord for realtime chat. I will not make the forums offline as there is a wealth of content, but posting has now been disabled. Thanks to all those who have contributed over the years, and I'll see you over on the Facebook group or Discord! -Tom

Tom's Blog

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Tips and tricks, how-to's and anything that is generally on Tom's mind.

How To Approach Promoters, Artist Managers and Event Organizers

Trying to get booked for events when you are first getting yourself into the scene can be one of the most frustrating parts of being an artist or DJ.

When I first started, one of the things I wish I had hard wired into my brain is the fallacy of expecting of an equal amount of response, attention and effort to that of which you put in when you made a submission. A lot of the time you won’t get anything - but it’s not your fault!


How to Prepare for Problems When Performing Live Music From a Computer

Performing live electronic music is a double edged sword. If all the conditions are right, a live set can feel like you're playing an awesome video game that you know for a fact you are going to win. However, things do sometimes go wrong and if you’re not prepared you might find yourself in a world of confusion and embarrassment.


Megaset 2.0 Video Explanation


Switch Arms Remix Competition Begins Now

If you contributed more than average to our EP, please now check your email for a link to the remix pack download. There is still time to get involved, just head over to the official EP website to find out how. Can't wait to hear what you guys come up with!


Grouch and Tom Cosm - The Switch Arms EP

Grouch + Tom Cosm - Switch Arms EP is OUT NOW! with a twist...

Pay any price for it (nothing if you like), however if you pay MORE than the average of everyone else, get your image forever immortalized on the album artwork.

Also pay more than average and join the Remix competition, with the winner being featured on the next Switch Arms EP with their remix, an original + a remix of the original by both Tom Cosm and Grouch.

Check out the interactive website here


My First Max For Live Device - Convert Video to Sound

My first major Max for Live patch. It takes RGB signals from any video and outputs the results, letting you tweak them before assigning their levels to Ableton Live Parameters and even triggering clips!

This is a work in progress and I will update it as I make more.


Lazy Saturday Afternoon Push Jam

Just having a bit of fun! Nothing serious - take it or leave it :)

Creating an Advanced Dub Delay using Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and a Push

Full tutorial coming up next Thursday!

Upcoming eBook - How to Write Electronic Music


Soon I will be releasing my next eBook full of information aimed towards people who are interested in getting into writing and performing electronic music. I'm now taking interest from people who would choose to pay (it will be free for those who don't)  on how much they would be willing to spend.

Please visit here to both name your price and be one of the first to know when it is officially released.

Here's the write up!

After the success of his first free eBook, 10 Ways to Keep the Creative Juices Flowing, Ableton Certified Trainer and self taught electronic musician Tom Cosm brings together the vast collection of information he has learnt over his career, creating a comprehensive yet straight to the point guide for those who have made the decision to jump head first into the world of composing and performing music with computers.

Starting from absolute scractch, Tom gives a run down of everything you need to know if you want to get up and running in the shortest amount of time. Hardware, software, samplers, synthesizers - all the normal stuff is covered, however what separates this holy grail from the rest is the up to date tips, tricks and guides on how to master the less obvious skills often needed to turn it from a hobby into your dream job.

  • What do you want to achieve?
    • Types of producer
      • Producer Only
      • Producer/DJ
      • Producer/Live Act
      • Producer for Media
      • Producer for Art
      • Post Production
      • Production for Free Drugs and Chicks
  • Hardware
    • What computer should I use?
      • PC
      • MAC
      • Others (iPad etc)
    • Soundcards
    • External Controllers
    • External Synthesizers
    • External Effects
    • External Samplers
  • Elements of a track
    • Timing
    • Structure
    • Layers
    • Synthesis
      • Subtractive Synthesis
      • Additive Synthesis
      • FM Syntheses
      • Other types of Synthesis
    • Sampling
    • Progression
    • Effects
    • Mixing/Mastering
  • Software
    • DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations)
    • Audio Editors
    • Other Audio Tools
    • Statistics on what everyone else is using
  • Learning
    • Online Resources
    • Online Communities
    • Professional Courses
    • Offline Resources
  • Promoting Yourself
    • Free online services
    • Your own website
    • Email lists
    • Radio play
    • Other proven methods of promotion
    • Coming up with your own niche
  • Performing
    • Approaching Promoters
    • Costs and Fees
    • Contracts
    • Following up after gigs
  • Releasing Music
    • The Free Approach
    • Signing to a Label
    • Online Distributors
    • Other Niche Methods
  • Turning into a Business
    • Pros and Cons of being legit
    • Securing your business name
    • Tax and Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • + Heaps more!

Express your interest now and be notified when it is complete.



Moo Juice and Shwango

Enjoy :)

Tom Cosm - Moo Juice by TomCosm

Tom Cosm - Shwango (Feat. Mr.Bill on the Git Fiddle Solo) by TomCosm



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