Creating a Sampled Instrument: Auto Map Samples

Creating a Sampled Instrument

We’ve recorded an alto saxophone on each chromatic pitch from F2 to D4. On the saxophone this would be from D below the staff to B above the staff . Each pitch was exported as an individual WAV file and placed into a folder.

Auto Map the Samples

These samples can then be imported into a sampler and played back on a midi controller. Software samplers like Logic’s ESX24 and Ableton’s Sampler have features that auto map samples to their root key. This can save a ton of time when assigning  samples to their corresponding midi note and key range.

Auto Map Logic ESX24

Tips For Auto Mapping Samples


By | 2017-01-24T17:05:59+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Ableton Live, Logic X, Music Technology|0 Comments

Best DAW’s for Music Education

Staying on top of the ever changing world of Music Technology can be quite a task. In this article we will be looking at what DAW’s are being used today and what works well in the educational environment.

What is a DAW?

A digital audio workstation (D.A.W.) is an electronic device or computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files. In other words, it’s the cornerstone of your workflow for digital music. Each DAW has a unique approach to making music.

What are the Popular DAW’s?

Ask Audio surveyed 25,000 musicians and music producers what there DAW of Choice is. The results were quite surprising.

  • #1. Ableton Live 23.14%Most Popular DAW's - Ableton Logic Protools
  • #2. Logic Pro 16.95%
  • #3. Pro Tools 15.13%
  • #4. FL Studio13.63%
  • #5. Cubase 9.03%
  • #6. Studio One 3.80%
  • #7. Reason 3.46%
  • #8. GarageBand 2.49%
  • #9. Sonar 1.99%
  • #10. Digital Performer 0.92%
  • #11. Bitwig Studio 0.77%
  • Other 8.70%


I find this survey to really help me understand where my focus should be as an educator.  I want to make sure my classes stay relevant. Not just for today, but for the future.  The biggest thing this graph by Ask Audio helps me see, is the decline in Pro Tools Popularity. It used to be the center stone of music studios. All the classes in college taught it, and it was an industry standard. Today, that is begining to change. We are seeing Logic and Ableton Live gaining a lot of popularity. That does not mean that Pro Tools doesn’t have its application, or is going away. It just tells us that it’s not the majority leader in modern DAW’s.

Popularity versus Education


By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Music Education, Music Technology|1 Comment

Music Technology Training with Katie of Midnight Music

Over the past year I have been watching Midnight Music. It’s a website that offers courses in Music Technology. I really enjoy how Katie Wardrobe lays out information around iPads, music theory with devices, garage band, and the likes.  When looking online for information teaching technology, there is not a lot of info, and Katie is on the cutting edge as well as supporting the community of educators.

Here is what Katie does in here own words:

I’m a qualified teacher (but no, I don’t currently teach in a school) and I run hands-on professional development workshops in Australia and overseas. I also have a series of online courses and digital products that help support music teachers and I have presented at more than 50 conferences and other music education events. My workshops, courses and presentations focus on easy ways to incorporate technology through a range of creative projects into what you are already doing in your music curriculum.

I had the opportunity to interview Katie for our Meet the Educators series here at Check out the video below to get some insight into Katie as a teacher and her history with Music Technology.

If you want more project ideas than check out Katie’s website, Midnight Music. I also really enjoy her Pintrest where she has an organized way of sharing project ideas for teachers. (more…)

By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Meet the Educators|3 Comments

Building Chords with Ableton Push

Ableton Push is a fantastic instrument to compose melodies and chords with. Both beginning and advanced music makers will find a constant source of inspiration and exploration using Push’s unique keyboard. While Push is not a replacement for learning a traditional piano keyboard, it can be a very successful alternative for students without a piano background. I’ve found that Push reduces the barrier to entry to composing and gets students inspired and making more meaningful music faster.

Load a Sound

First load a sound from the Browser in Ableton Live by pressing the Browse button. Then use the encoder knobs to select the sound you like. If you have installed the free Ableton Live 9.5 update, you will also be able to hear a preview of each sound. Once you find a sound you like, press the green load button.

Navigate the Keyboard

The blue pads represent root notes spread over several octaves. You can access higher and lower octaves by pressing the Octave Down and Octave Up Button
Root Notes on Push


By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Ableton Live, Ableton Push, Music Education|1 Comment

New Trade in Program to Help Schools with Music Technology

This year Ableton, a music technology company, has released an amazing new initiative for education. Ableton is known for their music software called Ableton Live. On November 3rd, 2015 they made a huge announcement that might bring a big benefit to music educators.

Live is a DAW that lets performers, musicians, composers, and sound designers make the music they have dreamed of.  Ableton has also made instruments to help interface with a computer and make it easy to write music. The main hardware they created was the Ableton Push.

Here is a video from Ableton about the trade in program:

Here is an introductory video on the Push:

What is amazing and cutting edge for this company is their announcement of the Push Trade In Offer. Ableton has just released an updated version of the Push called Push 2. To help support schools as they are asking people to trade in their old Push to get %30 off of their new purchase. Ableton then intends to offer these units to schools.  Knowing this company they will probably offer it for free to schools in need, or at a deeply discounted rate to make it approachable.

Here is a statement from Ableton:

We’ve seen some amazing initiatives that empower young people through music education. These initiatives teach young people how to make the type of music they love listening to.

But there aren’t enough programs like this out there – the cost of the technology needed is still prohibitive for many. And that’s something the Ableton community can help with.

If you take part in the trade-in, you’ll help more children and teenagers get inspired by making music.

I am really excited and inspired by this support in music education from Ableton. I would love to see other companies follow suit, and am happy to see Ableton blazing the trail.  If you are interested in getting your hands on the refurbished push units, then emailing Ableton at:

By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Ableton Live, Music Education|0 Comments

Meet the Educators – Brian Jackson Ableton Certified Trainer

No man is an island and no teacher is all alone. We are surrounded by people that help shape the educational landscape.  In this new series, we interview teachers and leaders in the field of Music Education.

Our first interview is with Brian Jackson, an Ableton Live Certified Trainer.  Brian is a great example of a freelance trainer in music education. He has worked with many different institutions, but has also done a lot of private and contract work. In this interview he discusses his path in music education, how he has gained students, and his lessons in writing curriculum in Music Technology.

Brian Jackson is always up to new things. He has a fantastic blog and website for teachers and students in Music Education. Check and to learn more form Brian.

By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Meet the Educators|0 Comments

Becoming an Ableton Live Certified Trainer

Becoming an Ableton Certified Trainer was a huge step in my carrier.  It has opened a lot of doors for me. I get questions from students at colleges, online, and through email about what being an Ableton Certified Trainer means.  To help shed light on the subject I created the following video. In this video we look at the process of becoming certified, what it means, and why you might consider it.

You can see that being a Certified Trainer is quite a task. I do believe that if you make a mark for yourself, and find a cutting edge way to add value to the community that you are on the right path. If you are just getting started, we have lots of resources here at to help you out. If you are a new teacher in this field, then check out our Ableton Live Breakthrough course to get you up and running.  It can help to get a little kick start.



By | 2017-01-24T17:06:01+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Ableton Live, Music Education|0 Comments
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