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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

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Premium content for Pro Members of the Tom Cosm Ableton Community.

New Workflow Video + Ableton Project File

While I test out my new mac with Ableton, I thought I would hit record and capture the screen for half an hour or so while I work on a tune. Not sure if anyone would find this interesting, but I'm gonna put it out there none the less.

http://www.vimeo.com/3774412


I was also testing writing a tune just with Linplug Alpha Free, to see if I can write something just using free stuff, and it works really well.

Pro Members can download the entire project from the Download Archive.

You will need to have Analog and Linplug Alpha Free

http://www.linplug.com/Download/download.htm

Cheers

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An Introduction to Digital Audio Production

Hey! My name is Tom Cosm and I am a live electronic performer and teacher from New Zealand. This website is all about producing tunes and is full of tutorial videos, Ableton Live packs and free music.

The biggest and most important tutorial series I have created is what you are about to check out. It's a 10 hour long collection of videos that explain how to write a tune using Ableton Live from absolute scratch (you also get the Ableton Live file with the series, so you can open it up and see exactly how it was made).

The set has only Ableton Live native instruments and effects (no VSTs) so anyone with a copy of Ableton can follow this easily. All samples are also included in the live pack.

Topics covered in the video include

  • Creating your own sounds from scratch using Synthesizers
  • Making drum loops using the piano roll and samples
  • Using EQing, Sidechain Compression and other effects to fatten up your sound
  • Making your tune flow and progress steadily
  • + many more of my own production hints and tips explained in massive depth

When I create my tutorial videos, I like to talk as if you were right next to me. I speak all my thought processes and explain what I am doing clearly. It's all very friendly, unlike some tutorials that give you a feeling like your being talked down to.

I also do my teaching as a secondary job, with my primary job being an actual producer and performer. I am not some geek who has decided to try and make some cash by talking technical jargon about software, I actually move around the globe doing this for a living.

Here is part 1 of this series, so you can get an idea of how I have decided to approach making these videos. This is the ENTIRE part 1, so it is an hour long. If you want to have a quick look at some of my shorter videos, head over to the free video section of this site. (you can also find the second hour, part 2, in the video section for free).

 

Here is the finished product

 

I've put a lot of energy into making this series the quickest and easiest ways to get prodcuers putting those ideas that they have into practice.

Pro Membership gives you access to not just this video series, but the entire archives on this site. It costs $10usd per month, and you can cancell at any time

Great, I think that sums it mostly up! If you are serious about getting into audio production, and want jump in the deep end straight away and swim your own way out, I think I can help.

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Megaset .1 Tutorial Video

This is a tutorial video for the Megaset 1.0
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Megaset

For the last 5 years, I have been shaping and toning my Ableton Live performance set canvas into what it is today. Over the last few months I have been working hard to clean this up and turn it into something publicly available.


This Ableton Live Set covers many areas including

  • Compressing the layers of a tune down into a manageable format
  • Cutting the tune into loops and samples, ready to jam out live
  • Mixing easily between two, three, or any number of tunes in one single Ableton Live file
  • Routing audio through sends and sub channels so real time audio effects can be used
  • Chaining up channels with effects that suit each other
  • Utilizing blank dummy clips to uniquely automate parameters of effect chains

An overview of the Megaset
 

People might think I am mad putting this kind of information online, as it reveals my entire live performance technique which I have spent a large portion of my life mastering. If you are one of these people, please leave now, this isn't for you and you are wasting your time. However, if you are serious about learning what happens behind the scenes in a true live laptop performance and believe that keeping information like this as open as possible can only be a positive thing for the electronic music scene as a whole, this set is here for you to jump headfirst into the deep end and pick up your own techniques as you swim your way out.

It has been tried and tested on dance floors all over the world and is now ready for you to get involved.

This set is an ongoing project, that will constantly be updated with new versions, similar to how software gets released. I will listen and discuss with those who are using it, and add new functionality as time goes on.

 


Dummy Clips in the Megaset

 

Due to the amount of work I have put into producing this, and to keep the quality of the community that uses it high and tight, I have decided to restrict the downloading of the files and the involvement in the project to Pro Members.

Pro Members can find the Megaset 1.0 in the Pro Member Download Archive.

 

 


 
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