A New Addition To Nick’s Tutorials Is On The Horizon

I know, this picture of a horizon is a little heavy-handed.

It’s time to expand Nick’s Tutorials into the realm of sample and device preset packages.  The feedback for this idea has been very positive and has taught me a lot about you guys do and do no want to see from the project.

Here’s what I have so far:

  • Each pack will be a small, thematically consistent set of sounds, maybe 25 to 30 in total
    • this will ensure not only a lower barrier to entry in terms of pricing, but also it will keep each collection focused
    • the sounds will be focused mostly on effects and atmospheres, transitional elements, found sound drum kits, etc.  There won’t be any titles like “Phat TripStep Beatz” with pictures of large breasted women shaking their asses on the marketing materials.  THAT’S A PROMISE!
  • These packs will be based around Ableton Live device preset chains rather than baked in wave files
    • I want the products to be not only a solid source of new sounds to inspire your music creation, but also an unofficial supplement to my Ableton video tutorials where you can reverse engineer the sounds down to their core components
    • I will of course make all of these chains into instrument groups with useful macro knob assignments already in place.
    • that being said, I will probably make wave file versions of each pack available for a lower price
  • Speaking of education, each pack will come with a short PDF documentation which details notable aspects of each device patch
    • this will serve as a shortcut to locating the most important parameters for each sound
  • Every patch will come with at least one melodic or harmonic idea in the form of a Live Clip
    • this could be a chord progression or motif that will get you started using the sound right away

Bottom line: I just want to give you something useful rather than more “me too” sample library products.

I just wanted to write this short update to let my readers know how I have synthesized their helpful feedback so far.  Creation of the first pack is well under way, but further comments are always welcome and encouraged because I’m happy to tweak things as I go.

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17 Responses to “A New Addition To Nick’s Tutorials Is On The Horizon”

  1. Observer-AJune 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Awesome Nick! These are sure to be very cool packs.
    Love the tutorials, keep up the good work!

    • NickJune 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  2. HosmanJune 30, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Sounds great man! Love your work and tutorials 😀

    • NickJuly 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

      Thank you!

  3. csaba kukucskaJuly 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Are you gonna organize these samples into 128′ selector racks? That would be awesome!!!!! I am pretty sure that that is the way to release sound for Ableton!!!!! Big Up Nick !!!!

    • NickJuly 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      Hi Csaba, I’m not sure what you mean by “128′ selector racks.” It sounds impressive, though 🙂

    • NickJuly 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      EDIT: Just got a reply comment from you, but for some reason my blog deleted it on its own :/ Anyway, for the benefit of other readers, you answered my previous question with “one-knob sample selector devices.” I really like that idea, and I’ll keep it in my growing notebook of possible product features!

  4. StevenJuly 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Looks like a sound plan 🙂
    Keep up the great work Nick!

    • NickJuly 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      Thanks, Steven.

  5. ptaczekJuly 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Spot on, Nick! This is so far the best and quickest response to a specific request I’ve ever get on internet. I’m looking forward to play with the first pack 😉

    • NickJuly 5, 2011 at 2:06 am #

      Thanks, Ptaczek, your support is very much appreciated!

  6. Abraham"trackieman"riosJuly 7, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Thank you,

    I have grown in my abilities in Ableton thanks to your videos.

    Dj Abraham “trackieman” Rios

    • NickJuly 7, 2011 at 3:50 am #

      That’s fantastic, Abraham, thank you for the feedback and I’m delighted that the videos are helping!

  7. ojasAugust 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Thanks Nick to share your knowledge
    your Operator video pack gave me a great inspiration

    • NickAugust 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      My pleasure, Ojas, thanks for the nice feedback!

  8. sebastianFebruary 21, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    hey nick just bought your Ableton Live Sound Design – Sampler 2days i learned more than ever thanks for these awesome tutorials keep up the good work

    • NickFebruary 21, 2012 at 1:35 am #

      Thanks, Sebastian!

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