Music Producer Tips & Tricks
Anyone that knows me, knows that I love my Subpac. I use it for every song and even travel with it. So it was an honor to be asked by the team at Subpac to do a video for them and be featured on their website as a Subpac artist. Check out the video below, or learn more about Subpac here.
If you are on my email list, you may have noticed me mentioning there was a new Bass Kleph track coming out soon! :) The song is called Damn Fucking Right and I’m excited to say that it will be released October 14th on Hysteria Records! Home of the Bingo Players. Not only that, but I designed the entire song from the ground up to be playable on Maschine with pad drumming. So, like my other Maschine Kits on my site, there will soon be a new one, along with an instructional video, and a sample pack.
How did I design my song to be playable on Maschine? The secret is to start with a pattern. This pattern has no sound initially. It’s just something that is easy and fun to play on the pads. e.g. My right hand could be playing the drums like usual in my songs, and my left hand could be playing a few stabs etc Once I have decided on my imaginary pattern, I record it into the sequencer (there are still no sounds assigned at this point), and afterward I start assigning sounds....
Big news today! Native Instruments launched a new Maschine unit called JAM. Does this mean we should ditch our old ones? Turns out, maybe not.
The new Maschine resembles something like the Ableton Push but designed for the Maschine software. Its 8x8 grid appears to give you a tactile hardware version of Step Sequencing, Mixer, Keyboard/Chord performance, and Scene/Pattern switching.
but, my favorite things are...
1- NO SCREEN
This may seem counterintuitive but it actually speeds things up. Well, as long as it's functions/lighting are well designed. and yes, they do indeed appear to be. Things are just put in the right place, and the light up pads tell you all you need to know. Systems like this are faster, and more like a real instrument.
2- SMART STRIP CONTROLLERS
They control the new performance FX well, and the led meters easily indicate their status at all times. Notes feature means that it's even possible to use the strips to play melodies and chords.
3- BACK LIT COLOR PADS TO...
If you don't know, I started a new alias back in December 2015 called TAISUN. It's been off to an amazing start! One of the tracks is already up to 250k plays!!! Better yet, It's a Free Download too. (link at the bottom)
It is an unofficial remix I did of Justin Timberlake's "Señorita". I got the idea from DJing. There's a cool part in the break of the song that I used to mix over techno records back in 2008. It says "It feels like something's heating up" etc (you know the original song I'm sure). Perfect Driver Records had just signed my first EP (which you can get here) and they asked if I could do some pre-promotion by making a bootleg for a giveaway. I thought it was about time I made that Señorita loop into a full bootleg/remix.
It had to sound like TAISUN. The TAISUN sound is Jackin Bass House. So I pulled out Maschine and started cutting up samples from the original left and right. The drums and bass sounds are actually taken from another TAISUN song called "Get...
I've just uploaded a collection of 14 of my favorite and most useful custom Ableton Live Macro plugins that make my life so much easier! They make common tasks faster, and some previously impossible tasks, now possible! There are video demos in there too. Check them out!
About two months ago I decided to start a new side project. I'd been writing a bit of jackin' bass house and really enjoyed the whole process of it. It didn't really fit with the sound of Bass Kleph, so I started an alias called TAISUN. I'm excited to announce that today, the first official release came out on Perfect Driver Records! It's a three track EP called "My name is TAISUN" and it features a collab I did with my good friend Travis Emmons. Listen to the tracks below.
Avast!! This track was originally sketched out on my phone! I used the iMaschine app while traveling and put down the basic idea. I then imported it to my full-size Maschine and started finishing it off. The main melody got stuck in my head and I was singing it to my self unconsciously. I decided to re-record it with my voice. The same silly way I was singing it in my head. Hahaha. It kinda sounded pirate ish after that, so I then when on the hunt for some good pirate samples and wrote some more...
Make buildups in 5 seconds! This Ableton macro plugin will do all your build up automation with one simple knob.
WHAT IS IT?
This is a plugin to simplify buildups in music production. It has one knob. You turn it, and it does many things at once. Mainly, it washes things out. It gradually applies a high pass filter, reverb, grain delay, filter delay, compression, and a few other things. On top of this, when you have the knob on zero, it bypasses all these effects to keep your signal path clean and CPU light. As soon as you start to turn it, it engages the plugins. This thing is an Ableton macro plugin, made from standard built-in, Ableton Live plugins. It only works in Ableton Live. Anyone could have made this. I am not a coder. It's just a very handy FX preset, but......very handy.
WHY DID I MAKE THIS?
I found I was often doing these same things over and over again each time I was programming a build up. So to save time, I built a macro...
Bass Kleph and REVOLVR have teamed up with Splice to give you guys an exclusive inside look at their new track ‘Mile High’ on Cr2 Records!
Splice’s DNA player gives everyone an inside look on the project file of the track, with the ability to view and solo each individual stem, as well as see comments from the both of us on specific parts. Today, we are releasing the Ableton project file of Mile High via Splice, the collaboration platform we used to make the track! For those of you wanting to try this out, all you need to do is create an account on Splice and install the Splice software on your machine (and obviously have Ableton). Any questions you guys have, be sure to comment on the DNA player of the release! – Bass Kleph & Revolvr
Here's a 100% live, no sequencer, all finger-drumming Bass Kleph version of a track called "Incredible" by Carnage & Borgore, on Spinnin Records. Video shot & edited by Ryan Frey.