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CRUNCH AND PUNCH - USING THE NEW DRUM BUSS IN ABLETON LIVE

Live 10’s new Drum Buss audio effect gives us lovely and dirty new ways to process and boost beats – and any other sound, if you so wish. Martin Delaney gets into a groove to reveal Drum Buss’s dirty side

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TECHNIQUE USING THE NEW DRUM BUSS IN ABLETON LIVE 10

Drum Buss was one of the new audio effect devices introduced in Live 10, and is designed as a one-stop solution for your beat processing needs. It includes distortion, compression, equalisation and transient shaping. It also has a very cool Boom control, for what Ableton calls ‘low-frequency enhancement’. You could say the most attractive things about Drum Buss are that it reduces dependency on third-party plug-ins for drum processing, and that it introduces some much-needed dirt into Live’s range of factory plug-ins.

WHO GETS IT?

Drum Buss is Live 10 only (in Standard and Suite) and, unlike other Live elements such as Operator, isn’t available as a separate purchase. You can replicate most of what it does with a combination of other plug-ins, but it has a charm of its own, and you’ll benefit from the convenience of it. Also, it’s controlled more immediately on Push, as a single device with a simple interface. The example set we’ve provided uses audio clips for convenience and compatibility reasons but Drum Buss works just as well on MIDI instrument tracks.

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Over the past 20 years the internet has transformed the world of music-making. Sharing our works-in-progress or collaborating with people around the globe is but a click away. But what if you've never done this before? Assembling the correct tools to begin doing this easily is the bedrock of this month’s cover feature, where we highlight the essential techniques, tips and resources to start composing in the Cloud. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to video game composer Jesper Kyd, whose impressive credits include many key games in the popular Hitman and Assassin’s Creed franchises. Kicking off our review section, we bring you an exclusive look at Yamaha's new MODX 6 – and discover it to be a wonderfully featured instrument that innovates on many levels. We also have our usual plethora of tutorials covering all the major DAWs, an essential guide to mixing that deconstructs that most crucial of processes, helpful gear-guides and more. I hope you enjoy the issue.