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There are a wealth of free software and training options for electronic music producers.

Free plugins, articles, and tutorials are listed below.

Free Ableton Live Workflow Tools and Shortcuts

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Ableton Live, Free, Keyboard Shortcuts, Workflow, Tools, Automation. Microsoft Windows users can now expand their Ableton Live workflow tool set. Independent developers have released tools to add extremely useful shortcuts to Live. You should grab these tools if you’re running Windows and you want to develop and perform music as fast as possible using Ableton Live.

Also, if you want to pimp your keyboard for Live, check out these keyboard stickers.

Free VST/AU Oscilloscope

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oscilloscopeVST, Plugin, Free, Mixing, Oscilloscope.A good oscilloscope is useful in many contexts: synthesizer programming, understanding phase cancellation, compression, etc. Lucky for you, there is a fantastic free digital storage oscilloscope from Bram at SmartElectronix. This plug-in can be dropped anywhere in your DAW’s signal path for quick and easy analysis. You can use this tool to fix all kinds of dynamics-related issues.

Download the S(m)exoscope VST / AU plugin for Windows & Mac OS X.

Building A Massive Kick Drum Using SonicTransfer DrumStack

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House, Trance, Hiphop, Drum n Bass, Kick Drum Tutorial. Electronic music productions require strong kick drums. Percussive elements provide the foundation for these music genres and you must master them if you want to produce quality songs. The best way to take control of your drums is to build them yourself. This tutorial will give you the tools and information necessary to reach this goal. For this lesson you will need:

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SonicTransfer DrumStack Download

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SonicTransfer DrumStack Download. DrumStack is an Ableton Live enhancement that allows you to construct huge drums sounds. This allows you to thicken up your sounds and build club-worthy drums.

Download SonicTransfer DrumStack

View the DrumStack Manual

Read a tutorial on creating a massive kick drum using DrumStack.

What people are saying about DrumStack:

I just wanted to take a second to say thank you! I love your drumstack device, samples, and tutorial.

I’m a progressive house dj/producer from boston ma usa, (lucky enough to have some of my latest work charted on Balance, release, monthly promos)… and with the genre associated its always a task to get that nice deep thick kick and drum sounds. Your drumstack is by far the best and most user friendly instrument I have used or tested to achieve this.

Great work and again Thank you!
Dj Taner K

DrumStack makes layering very simple and configurable. It is this very plugin that keeps me from using Logic extensively as it has no good drum manament and not nearly as simple.

Keep developing this utility!

jblongz – Producer

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Free AU Vocoder for Mac OS X (Universal Binary)

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If you are a Mac OS X user and need a free Universal Binary vocoder, VoCodex is your solution. This AU vocoder has good control over its output and will do a great job turning your voice into a robot :) Click here to visit the VoCodex home page to download it.

How To Create A Drum Kit From A Synthesizer

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Creating a Synth Drum Kit Using A Free VST Synth & Ableton Live. Programming synth drums allows you the freedom to precisely design your drum frequencies and dynamics. However, it is easier to sequence drums using a drum machine rather than a bunch of synthesizers. This tutorial explains how to record the audio output of a synthesizer into a drum machine using Ableton Live. For this tutorial you will need:

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Ableton Live Skin Editor

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The news is in: Ableton’s CEO has given permission to release the editor. Now you can finally completely customize the appearance of Ableton Live. The beta is finally ready for all Windows and Mac OS X users. Click the links below to download the world’s only Ableton Live Skin Editor.

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Adding Skins to Ableton Live

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How to use Ableton Live Skins. Ableton Live Skins are files that allow you to change the colors used in Ableton Live. This page describes how to install them.
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How to Use Distortion in Electronic Music Production

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VST Distortion Tutorial on Ableton Live, Mixing, Return Tracks, Boogex. Distortion is used by electronic music producers on basslines, synthesizers, drums, and even entire songs. It is a vital tool that can give your music a much rougher, louder sound. While distortion is often used during mixing, this tutorial will focus on using distortion during music production. To follow this tutorial you will need:

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Voxengo Boogex – Free VST Distortion for Windows

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Voxengo Boogex Distortion VST ScreenshotVoxengo Boogex is the best free distortion / guitar amplifer VST plugin for Windows. It offers cabinet modeling, wave shaping, and uses a relatively small amount of system resources. This is one plugin you definitely want in your sonic arsenal.

Voxengo Boogex Distortion Plugin – Free Windows VST

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