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18 08, 2020

3 Free Ableton Audio Effects Racks

  I wanted to share 3 Audio Effects Racks that I designed for Ableton Live.  These can be used for performance or production. (Click here for the download until September 1, 2020) I encourage you to open up the racks and see how I got them to work.  You should be able to simply load [...]

29 04, 2020

20 Great Live Electronic Music Performances Using Ableton Live: Post #1

(Aqui para la version en Español) In the past month I have taught two online classes on live performance with Ableton Live and laptops - one for DJLab’s (Costa Rica) Certificate Program in Music Production with Ableton Live and one at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.  It is a particularly strange time to [...]

17 03, 2020

How to Teach Music Production Online With High Quality Audio

Hi everyone:  As everything gets crazier, more people are going to have to spend more time essentially locked into their houses.  We’ve taken our classes online here at DJLab in San Jose, Costa Rica and through trial and error, have come up with a solid system for teaching music production online that we wanted to [...]

11 03, 2020

Tips For Teaching Online, Particularly Music Production

  BACKGROUND:  In 2005, shortly after my son was born, I realized that I needed another source of income.  I had been making somewhat of a living playing gigs around New York City as a bass player which included playing in musical theater pit orchestras, gospel churches, studio sessions with singer/songwriters and even some weddings.  [...]

11 07, 2019

Future Musical Instruments – Say ‘Hi’ to Blinky

https://youtu.be/FPNTn27nYSY A year ago, I had the pleasure of working with the great jazz pianist Rachel Z in my studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  I showed her my live set-up, which at the time looked like this, and complained that, as a bass player, I really didn’t like to perform electronic music while standing up behind [...]

10 06, 2019

Stonewall, Gay Liberation and the Rise of the DJ/Producer

This is an article I wrote for the DJLAB (Costa Rica) Blog.  For the Spanish version on the DJLAB blog, click here This month, June 28, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the events at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that launched a movement that would change the world.  Today, when dance clubs [...]

30 01, 2019

First Brooklyn Digital Conservatory Video to 100K

Exactly two years ago, the Brooklyn Digital Conservatory and DJLAB released the first of a series of Spanish-language tutorials which were perhaps the first shot and produced in Central America.  We're happy to announce that the first has just passed 100,000 views and hopefully will continue to serve as a resource for producers in the [...]

18 01, 2018

How To Produce A Record In 5 Steps

  How To Produce A Record In 5 Steps: A lot of beginning artists and producers, including myself when I started out, have a burning desire to make a record but are unclear of the path between the musical ideas they have and the final finished song that can be shown to the world. Making [...]