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Get Inspired to Create Unique and Expressive Sounds with Operator Ambience Vol. 1 by Nick’s Tutorials

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Nick’s Tutorials has released Operator Ambience Vol. 1. This is more than just a sound set and in addition to 20 Operator Patches the library also contains, 20 Live Clips, and 21 Videos.

I consider Ableton Operator (along with Ableton Sampler) to be required instruments for your rig. Operator is not only an expressive FM synth with a great user interface, it also can be used as a utility of sorts.  For example, you can use it to create discrete frequencies to say surgically give a kick drum more oomph. If you are new to Operator, your going to want to check out Nick’s previous tutorial Sound Design in Ableton Live: Operator.

Back to Operator Ambience Vol. 1 – according to the web site:

“Unlike larger, bloated libraries that attempt to cover every need possible, this affordable set is all about providing a tightly focused, thematically consistent set of ambient and atmospheric sounds.”

I really love this idea of a smaller deep thematic set of sounds and went the same route with my “Sounds From a Distant Outpost” library. As always Nick’s videos are informative and inspiring and even if you know Operator fairly well, odds are you’ll pick up on some new tricks. 

The Digital download Contains:

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  • 20 Operator patches that are completely open to reverse-engineering, tweaking, and learning
  • 20 modifiable Live Clips corresponding with the patches which provide musical phrases and inspiration
  • 1 substantive introductory video packed with Ableton Live tips as well as detailing common elements between all the patches
  • 20 short videos detailing unique or noteworthy aspects of each patch, giving insight into their construction and suggestions for using them
  • The same open inbox policy for support that I provide with all of my products (limited by my schedule, of course!)

Sample Audio

Here are some samples of the sounds, but remember, these are all under Macro control so you can take these same sounds and get different results using the knowledge you’ll pick up in these videos.

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Operator Ambience Vol. 1 by nickmaxwell

Incredible Value & Highly Recommended

Of course the idea here is you’ll take these core concepts to improve existing patches or create your own unique patches. Nick’s tips on using velocity as a modulator throughout Operator alone are with the price of admission. This is an incredible value at $9.99 when you consider how much work Nick put into this package and I’m really glad I bought it. Highly recommended.

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Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Ableton Live Video Tutorials

Ableton Live Commercial Video Tutorial Roundup

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Looking for full-on commercial video tutorial courses on Ableton Live?

Here is a list of some I’ve found. For most courses lists, I’ve only seen the free demo movies for each course. In each case I thought the presenter was knowledgeable, they were good teachers, and the videos had professional production.

In the case of Nick Maxwell's tutorials, I have access to all the movies and can say they are really great if you want to go beyond using Live as a DAW and actually use Live, Simpler, Sampler, and instrument/drum racks as an "instrument".

I’ve broken my list down into two categories 1) How to Use Ableton Live and 2) Sound Design with Ableton Live. Note: I’ve revised this article to contain a third category called 3) Ableton Live Technique. This category is for miscellaneous videos to help you take your Ableton chops to the next level that are not specifically targeted at sound design.

To help you pick the tutorial that is right for you I’ve provided some high-level info for each course. Checkout the free videos, and course listings using links below.

Add your finds to this roundup by commenting on this post.


1) HOW TO USE ABLETON LIVE

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http://www.grooveboxmusic.com/str/live-explained-vol-1.html
Author:
Craig McCullough
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
For: Those new to Ableton Live who want an introduction to all of Live’s core features
Tutorials & Run Time: 20 Tutorials / Over 3.5 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  : Digital Download + Disc $54.99, Digital Download $49.99, 30-day Online Pass $17.99, Membership

imageLive Explained Volume 2
http://www.grooveboxmusic.com/str/live-explained-vol-2.html
Author:
Craig McCullough
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: Picks up where Volume left off and covers more advanced features of Ableton Live.
Tutorials & Run Time: 20 Tutorials / Over 3.5 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital Download + Disc $54.99, Digital Download $49.99, 30-day Online Pass $17.99, Membership

image VTC Ableton Live 6 Tutorial
http://www.computer-training-software.com/ableton-live-6.htm

Author: Steven Smith
Level: Beginner
For: Those new to Ableton Live who want an introduction to all of Live’s core features
Tutorials & Run Time: 96 Lessons, 8 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 6
Format & Price:  Disc $99.95
Released: 2007-12-13


2) SOUND DESIGN WITH ABLETON LIVE

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Sound Design in Ableton Live
http://nickstutorials.com/sdacam.php

Author: Nick Maxwell
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: Those who want to learn radical techniques for creating everything from hard-hitting drums to complex atmospheres. Gain the knowledge to create unique, complex sounds!
Tutorials & Run Time: 5 Hours 
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital download or streaming video. For $7 you can get 1 and a half hours of the videos, (Developing a Sound Design Philosophy, Atmospheric Fly-by, Designing a Drum Kit, and Slicing Melodic Sounds). You will be given the option to purchase the remaining sound design videos for the $30 difference, as well as the option to upgrade to the full Megapack (both "Sound Design" and "Sampling and Slicing") for the $42.99 difference.

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Sampling & Slicing with Ableton Live
http://nickstutorials.com/sas.php

Author: Nick Maxwell
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: A no-fluff series on creating sample-based music in Ableton Live. Learn essential tools and creative techniques with this series. Get up to speed in no time!
Tutorials & Run Time: 2 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital download or streaming video. Purchase this 2 hour video series now for $25 and start learning instantly. Save 20% on your purchase of both "Sampling and Slicing in Ableton Live" and "Sound Design and Creative Audio Manipulation" through this special package deal. Get both series for $49.99!

3) Ableton Live Technique

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The Ultimate Ableton Tutorials 
http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/

Author: Jason Timothy
Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
An eclectic collection of tutorials on various Ableton Live topics. Easy to follow that even a complete beginner will be able to make great songs, remixes, mash-ups or DJ on Ableton very quickly! Offering

  • Ultimate Ableton Collection #1 – $37(Download)/$59(DVD)
  • Uiltimate Ableton Collection #2 – $37(Download)/$42(DVD)
  • Advanced Warping Collection
  • Ableton Mini-packs – $7:
    • Drum kit's and Sample Mini-pack
    • Drum Racks Mini-pack
    • DJ Mini-pack 1 and 2
    • Sampler Mini-pack
    • Operator Mini-pack

Tutorials & Run Time: Varies depending on package 
Live Version Used: Live 7 & 8
Format & Price:  Digital download, DVD


Add your finds to this roundup by commenting on this post.

Mark Mosher

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