The Art Of Mr. Bill – Season 3 is a series of 10 videos that play for around 1 hour each (totalling a little over 10 hours) where I show you how I write a piece of music from start to finish using Ableton Live (including mastering).
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to produce music, or you already produce and you’re interested in learning some more tricks and tips in a very contextual way, then you NEED to watch this series.
To download the 10 hours of commentated videos as well as the project files for The Art Of Mr. Bill – Season 3, you have 2 options:
The tune itself is on my BandCamp page as a pay what you want download, so feel free to go grab it (and of course donate if you like) here – https://mrbill.bandcamp.com/track/the-art-of-mr-bill-season-3.
The season in detail:
In the first episode, I begin writing a track and in episode 10 (10 hours later), I’m finishing that same track and mastering it. You can see that entire process right before your eyes, with no corners cut.
This course is made up of 10 x 1 hour (approx.) videos, each focusing on a new section of the writing process.
By the end of the 10 hour course, you can expect to:
- Have a good understanding of how electronic music is written in Ableton Live.
- Understand the difference between MIDI and audio (and the different applications and uses for both).
- Have a good understanding of how to arrange and finish tracks.
- Understand the premise of synthesizing your own sounds.
- Understand sampling, when, how and why to do it.
- Discover many keyboard shortcuts and other workflow tricks to speed up the writing process.
- Be able to tackle the process of writing a track from start to finish in Ableton Live using just a few samples and Ableton Live’s native instruments and effects.
By purchasing this series as a whole (or dowloading as a Hardcore Abletoneer Premium Member), you not only get 10 hours of video content, but you also get the project file split into 10 saves (Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, etc…) so you can open the project files (which have had all 3rd party plugins frozen and been collected and saved) and follow along video by video to really get deep into the step-by-step creation process. On top of this, you will also get the project file for the master I did.
Here’s a few points to consider:
- This was the first tune I ever wrote in my new studio in Denver, Colorado.
- Considering point 1 – I fucked up the mixdown and the mastering pretty badly in this series, so the version you hear on SoundCloud, YouTube or otherwise (the released version) has been re-mixed AND re-mastered by me. The changes were pretty minimal and nit-picky, it was basically just some things were sticking out too much, and I felt like overall there were too much high’s in the entire piece, so I jus t EQ’d things a bit and changed some levels then ran it through a very similar mastering chain to what you see in Episode 10. It’s just the price I had to pay for this series seems I just moved into a new studio, and I’m not quite used to the room yet. Pro tip: You can never go wrong with A/B’ing. If you’re unsure of your mix, compare it to things that you KNOW sound good, and try to match it as closely as possible (in terms of the balance only). I have decided to only release the project files that were seen in the video, so every piece of information in there has some reference, however, perhaps a cool exercise could be if you try to match my new mixdown/master 🙂
- I (by no means) endorse stealing music and blatantly sampling other artists music, this is purely a technique I use in my own music (coined as ‘microsampling’ by Akufen I believe) to add more flavour to my style.
- Feel free to create remixes or VIP’s of this tune, use the samples within it, etc… Just please be sure to credit me if you do.
- Please tell other people about this series if you enjoyed it and you think it will help them, as it’s basically my primary source of income these days.
- Feel free to ask me questions or send me things you’ve created through social media and I’ll do my best to get back to you in a timely fashion:
- There is occasional loud/heavy breathing noises and such through these videos. It’s due to the compression I add to my microphone because I talk quietly. Furthermore, sorry if you can’t hear my microphone sometimes when I’m playing music at the same time. This happens because I have a sidechain setup to duck the mic volume when music’s playing seems I’m playing my music through speakers and obviously that would sound bad if you’re hearing the system audio as well as the system audio recorded through my mic being played through loudspeakers in a room, so it’s a compromise basically. Producing tutorials is not my forte, production is, so any advice or help here is actually greatly appreciated! In fact, any advice on you think my videos could be improved would be greatly appreciated!