Rundown: #CMKY2014 Dubspot Workshops

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As part of our programming for Communikey Festival 2014, we are pleased to welcome back Dubspot for a series of workshops focusing on integrating the acclaimed music software Ableton Live into your creative process. Instructor Over the course of these four sessions, instructor Thavius Beck will explore everything from the fundamentals of Live to deep sound design and mastering techniques.

Dubspot workshops are hosted at madelife and free for all full Communikey Festival 2014 pass holders. These classes are also open to the public at $15 admission for each session. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on each of the workshop event titles below, or by visiting our website.

See below for a sneak preview of the curriculum:

Dubspot Workshop 1: Live Performance + DJing With Ableton Live
Friday, April 11 2014 at 12:00 PM
Thavius Beck has used Live exclusively over the last 5 or 6 years for his own solo performances around the world. In this workshop, he will give attendees an extensive look at his personal show setup and discuss various scenarios for setting up a live performance and / or DJ set with Ableton Live.

Dubspot Workshop 2: Advanced Sample Manipulation
Friday, April 11 2014 at 2:00 PM
In this workshop, Ableton Certified Dubspot Instructor Thavius Beck will discuss multiple ways that we can approach sample manipulation using the tools available in Ableton Live. Topics will include advanced warping techniques, time stretching with Sampler and Simpler, unorthodox resampling techniques and much more.

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Dubspot Workshop 3: Arranging, Mixing + Mastering With Live
Saturday, April 12 2014 at 12:00 PM
With Ableton Live, it can be easy to spend the majority of your time in the Session View playing with loops, but at a certain point you’ll want to take all of those loops and ideas and arrange them in a way that takes the listener on a journey and tells whatever story you want to convey. One thing that a lot of up and coming producers aren’t aware of is that there are some basic formulas used when it comes to arranging that can help make your songs more palatable and sound more professional. There are also some fundamental principles when it comes to mixing that can greatly enhance the overall clarity and width of your mixes without needing to use external effects or devices. We will explore all of this and finish off discussing various ways to master your finished mixes in Live.

Dubspot Workshop 4: Making Something From (Almost) Nothing
Saturday, April 12 2014 at 2:00 PM
In this more freeform workshop, Thavius Beck will demonstrate how easy it is to build the foundation of a song using only one sound in a multitude of ways. Attendees will start by recording a sound from a nearby source; and in the course of manipulating it in numerous ways, we will discover many of Thavius’ own personal techniques and workflow regarding resampling, routing audio, building effect chains, MIDI programming and sound manipulation.

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