How to Play Melodies with One Drum Pad in Ableton Live

This tutorial covers two methods for setting up a drum pad in a Drum Rack to play a melody, such as a bass line, alongside beats. This tip is especially helpful for those using Ableton Live with an electronic drum kit or as a controllerist using Push or a similar MIDI controller. However, this approach can also be used creatively in music productions.

Free SB Creaks & Squeaks Live Pack (No. 61)

It’s been quite a while since the last free Live Pack from me. This one draws from my trusty sound library again. The free SB Creaks & Squeaks Live Pack contains one Drum Rack and one Instrument Rack made from

Free SB Salty Psaltery Live Pack (No. 60)

A while ago I did a little music project with someone else and she brought a psaltery, a harp-like instrument, over to my studio. It wasn’t fully tuned, so we agreed to use it more for percussion and interesting haunting

Free SB Frog Drums Live Pack (No. 59)

By now, I’m fairly well known for my quirky free Live Packs. I’ve got another one for you, and it’s based on the sound of… frogs. Yes, you’ve read that right. It’s based on frog croaks, contains a Drum Rack, and

Free SB Clicks & Pops Live Pack (No. 58)

The free SB Clicks & Pops Live Pack is yet another one based on sounds from my own library. The name reflects the source samples, namely clicks and pops. I recorded them ages ago, when I was still using Fruity

Free SB Machines Live Pack (No. 57)

I’m currently working on a collaboration with a good friend. For our first song together, we rummaged through my sound library under Machines and Mechanical. It inspired this free Live Pack that includes two racks, one Drum Rack, one Instrument

Sonic Bloom Fairlight CMI Live Packs

Free Fairlight CMI Live Pack Bundle (10 Packs)

The Fairlight CMI is legendary. So it wasn’t very surprising that the Ableton Live Simpler presets I made with all the sounds of the model CMI IIx made quite a splash. Back then I released them as 10 individual Live

Free Spine Chilling Live Pack (No. 55)

Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve got a fitting Live Pack for you. It’s called “Spine Chilling” and contains 16 select sounds from my sound library. Squeaky doors, breaths, creaks, eerie machine sounds, thunder. The works.

Free Swooshes Live Pack (No. 54)

The Swooshes Live Pack is based on 31 sounds made from belts, rope, sticks and wire being swung around to create various swoosh sounds. A Drum Rack as well as a fully macro mapped Instrument Rack with added reverb and

Ableton Live Quick Tips: Toggle Between Drum Rack and Pad

In this installment of the Ableton Live Quick Tips I’ve got a handy shortcut for you to seamlessly switch between a Drum Rack and the last selected pad in it. This way you’re much faster, when you’re tweaking your drums.

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