30 Day Ableton Music Production Journal

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Welcome to my 30 Day Journal experiment.  Below are 3 of the 30 videos available in my full Ableton video collection. Over the course of 30 days I forced myself to record at least 30 minutes of producing everyday journaling my full creative process for 2 songs and a DJ mix. I also show you how to take a song from within or outside of Ableton and prepare it for live performance.

Be aware that due to the volume of video material I’ve recorded (20 or more hours), there are no zooms or tricky video effects. I am also aware that there may be some imperfections & volumes may fluctuate with my voice from video to video. In this case I’m going for a wealth of content instead of perfection. It is recommended that you enlarge this video to fullscreen for best results. Enjoy and please share this with your friends through word of mouth, email, TwitterFacebook. I’d like to share this free content with as many people as possible.

Day 1 (Song 1 begins)

Day 14 (Song 2 Begins)

Day 27 (DJ mix begins)

Download completed songs & the Mix at the links below(right click and save):

Song 1

Song 2

Jason Timothy – DJ Mix August 2010

Final thoughts:

Realize the songs & dj mix were not abandoned at the point of perfection as reaching that can require far more than 30 days. Also be aware that reaching a level of satisfaction instead of perfection may be just the discipline you need. I know many people who spend years on their work and by the time it’s close to perfect, they realized it now sounds outdated to them thus starting the cycle all over again.
At the end of the day, completing your creative works takes a level of skill, patience and most importantly confidence. If you can’t muster the confidence in your work, you’ll never be able to say “This is finished”.
I took a huge gamble when starting this 30 day video journal. I had no idea what I would accomplish, if anything. I had no idea if I would be well received as I stumbled through each day trying to share an honest reflection of my creative process. I knew I would be far from perfect and that I would have several of my weaknesses exposed for all to see.
For me, this was a test of will, persistance and courage. I completed the challenge and I came out alive on the other side. As a sidenote I’ve pushed my comfort zone out quite a bit and have become less resistant to facing my fears. I want to thank you all for the support and the positive feedback. I hope this process has inspired you to have the confidence to create and complete your work.

Special thanks to Nick from NicksTutorials.com for loaning me the space and bandwidth to make this possible. I highly recommend you stop by his site. His Ableton tutorials are fantastic and he has loads of free vids as well.

For those who are interested, all the songfiles, samples and final mixes of the songs available immediately if you decide to order this full collection   (you’ll need version 8.1.3). The full collection will soon be priced at $79 but is reduced to $59 for a limited time. (Keep in mind that the songs used for the DJ Mix are not included due to obvious legal reasons).

I hope you enjoyed this 30 day experiement.

Happy Music Making

Jason

P.S. – Don’t forget to comment & tweet (down below) & “like” (up above).
All your feedback & support is appreciated!

30 Day Music Production Video
If you've ever wanted to look over my shoulder while I make songs, THIS is the collection for you! In this collection you get me producing 2 full songs and a DJ mix from start to finish over a 30 day period. I take you through the good the bad and the ugly. It's the most honest video collection I've ever made. It includes every Ableton songfile for each day, every sample used and about 20 hours of Video. It also includes mixdowns of the 2 completed songs and DJ Mix.

Ultimate Ableton Collection 1
Ultimate Ableton Collection 1
A must for anyone new to Ableton or wanting to dive deeper into the depth of this program. Over 4 hours of the most in depth yet easy to follow tutorials on the market! Fully updated for Ableton 9 & previous versions.

Ultimate Ableton Collection 2
Ultimate Ableton Collection 2
This collection makes an incredible companion to the first collection and gets into the newest features in Ableton. There are also 20 professional custom drum kits and a full Drum Racks replication of Roland's famous R-70 drum machine.

Advanced Warping Collection
Advanced Warping Collection
This collection is a must for DJ's and remixers! If you find yourself warping full songs on a regular basis, you are going to run into warping issues that can really bring your production to a halt. These simple secrets will get you past that with ease and back to doing what you do best.

Dj'ing and Performance Collection
A must for anyone wanting to DJ or perform live in Ableton. Includes 17 in-depth Videos on Warping, Organizing files, Setting up midi controllers (including APC40) and lots more! As a Free bonus, it also includes my Ebook "Mixing with your Mind - Make your best DJ Mix".

Ableton Remixing Walkthrough
Ableton Remixing Walkthrough
New Reduced Price (from $37)! For those who want to see exactly how I approach a remix. From editing the original sounds, to dropping them into Ableton and building ideas. Then adding to these ideas to compliment the original material and finally working it all into a song. All edits, effect settings, automation, and arranging procedure is included in the information packed video collection. (Now with a bonus 2 hour video walkthrough with songfile)

Producer's Deluxe Collection
Producer's Deluxe Collection
Get all 3 of my full video Collections (Ultimate Collections 1 and 2 and Advanced Warping Collection) Producers Deluxe Collection

Ultimate Drum Machine Samples
This is a gold mine of sample collections from 70 vintage drum machines. This varies from the most popular to the obscure. All kits made into Drum Rack presets that are easily installed to your library. For a full list click on the title link or picture to the left. This collection will easily give you every sound you could need for electronic drums. If you are looking for THAT sound, I guarantee you'll find it here!

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14 Responses to “30 Day Ableton Music Production Journal”

  1. September 10th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    dancer says:

    why the hell do you erase those older days?

  2. September 11th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Jason Timothy says:

    Because my server can’t handle alot of streaming and I am in fact borrowing space from a friend in order to share these free videos(thanks nick). It is however pretty cheap right now to purchase the whole collection and have all the Ableton files, samples and videos.

  3. October 5th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Jan says:

    Hi!

    I just bought the “30 Day Music Production Video” pack but there was no video. Only the song files for Ableton. So, where can I download the videos from?

  4. October 6th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Jason Timothy says:

    Jan, Please read the Description of the product you purchased. There you will find that the videos are still in the editing phase and will be delivered once edited and rendered to high quality video.

  5. October 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    richard says:

    Waow – really appreciate the videos – great for beginners/intermediate and even experts can find something useful! what programme did you use to extract the vocals from Fringe TV series, again?

  6. October 19th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    ron says:

    Great job with the videos!
    Not sure if it’s just me but Day 24 stops at 22:38.

  7. November 28th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Kuba Wolanin says:

    And how it’s going with your challenge?
    Your videos are amazing! Wish you the best. Cheers

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