DJ Fracture presents Drum and Bass in Ableton Live

Ever wanted to know the entire process of building a drum and bass track by one of the UK's most talented producers? In this set of tutorials, Astrophonica label owner DJ Fracture takes you through each stage of working on a track, beginning with setting up the session, creating the beats, bassline and main lead parts, to building the arrangement, breakdowns, intro and outro, right through to tweaking the final mix.

All of the techniques are shown using Live's built-in instruments and effects, with the main parts created using Drum Racks, Sampler and Analog. As well as improving your knowledge of Live's instruments and effects, the course will teach you new ways to compose and produce music, helping you gain a fresh perspective and taking your abilities to new heights.

The course is presented in a series of online videos, with accompanying Live sessions to work to, as well as more than £15 worth of additional drum and bass samples, supplied by our sponsor Loopmasters. Don't miss out on this essential guide to drum and bass production for one of the most popular DAWs on the market today!

Sign up to watch the free module below and download the free information pack without any obligation to buy.

Module Details

  • 1. Introduction and Setup
    Briefly covers some tips for setting up, including the addition of certain effects to the master bus to help provide visual references whilst creating the mix.
  • 2. Beats
    Shows how to construct a drum and bass break, by slicing samples, re-sequencing drums and editing velocities and timing to refine the groove. Then, processing each drum, as well as all drums together, to make the beats nice and chunky.
  • 3. Bass
    Shows how to create a fat bass line, beginning with sample selection and melodic composition, then moving through to processing with various effects. Also teaches a skillful technique of splitting the bass line across multiple tracks so that unique areas of the frequency spectrum can be isolated.
  • 4. Making the Hook
    Demonstrates how to make a catchy hook, meaning a main riff that runs through the track to provide further melodic and rhythmic interest. A MIDI clip is created for the part, after which various MIDI and effects parameters are edited to radically alter the sound.
  • 5. Arrangement Part I
    Begins constructing the arrangement by recording in the main sections from session view and copying and pasting to get the basic song structure in place.
  • 6. Arrangement Part II
    Continues looking at arranging, by adding more percussion and SFX to sections to ease transitions and improve the mix. Also gets into parameter automation, to show how parts can be developed throughout the track.
  • 7. Breakdown
    Shows how to create a breakdown, by adding new transitional lead parts and FX, then how these parts can be processed to create a contrasting spacious section, which builds towards the main drop.
  • 8. Intro and Outro
    Works on the beginning and end of the track, showing how various parts can be introduced and then used to take the track to its conclusion.
  • 9. Refining the Final Mix
    Shows some final checks for polishing the sound and making sure the mix is where it should be, in terms of levels, EQ and other effects.
  • 10. SAMPLE MODULE - Excerpt from Module 2 on Creating Beats
    This movie is the first half of lesson 2 on creating beats. Sign up to view.
Author DJ Fracture
Contains Videos, info pack
Format Streaming
Length 2 hours 37 mins
Level Beginners-Advanced
Provider Producertech
Price $63.12

Customer Reviews

Applicable to other DAWs
Reviewed by HR from US

I purchased the tutorial as a fan of the output on Astrophonica, and to get some insight as to how established artists like Fracture produce. I am also extremely limited in my knowledge of Ableton Live, but I was able to follow and grasp the information and apply it to my preferred DAW. The main ideas I took from the tutorials revolved Fracture's approach to the stages of writing music, as well as being more knowledgeable about the tools used in a DAW to modify ideas. Fracture's instructions were easy to follow, and the different modules have proven to be a valuable resource I can return to for future reference.

January 2013
Great course
Reviewed by Lindsey from Sydney, Australia

Easy to follow instructions, good for every level. This was my first course and I learned a variety of useful techniques which have enhanced my understanding of the capabilities of Ableton.
Great job, thanks!

November 2012
DJ Fracture
Reviewed by Frank from Ontario

Awesome. I followed everything that he taught us on all the re-mix samples out there.
So far in the weeks that followed the course I have entered Beatport and Indaba remix contests. I have only been using Ableton since the spring and now have a great grasp on its capabilities.

November 2012
Very good
Reviewed by MBX from NA

Some very good tips in these tutorials. I don't actually use Ableton Live but the techniques can be used in any DAW really. I've been producing DnB for about 5 years now so I wouldn't class myself a beginner. I thought this course was good for beginners as well as more experienced people who are looking to pick up some production tips. It explains some techniques on achieving a cleaner sound and how to use modulation effectively (controlled via various parameters) to give you a lot of freedom in changing your sounds over time and in different sections of the mix. Wasn't too expensive either and the quality of video and audio was good.

November 2012

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