I am so grateful when great producers, show you themselves, how they make their songs in Ableton. In the video below, San Holo shows us how he made the trap future bass track “One Thing”. This video has expanded my Ableton production techniques by a bazillion. It left me so excited and inspired to make more music, I thought I would share it with you. Also, I listed a lot of the tips and the gear he talks about using below the video for a helpful reference.
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Please check out more of San Holo’s music and videos here, he is an incredible artist:
If you like this video, he also worked with Cymatics to make a turorial on one of his most famous songs “Light” in Ableton. Check it out here: San Holo’s Ableton Tutorial on how he made “Light”
You can check out Cymatics awesome samples and presets here: Cymatics
34 Tips Learned in San Holo’s “One Thing”
- Play with pitching up the acoustic guitar
- Layer acoustic sounds with synth sounds
- He used Kontakt for sitar sounds
- 4:48 how to make dull sharp attack synth in Massive
- Pan the same sounds hard left and right but changed slightly to make sound huge and wide
- Use a Yamaha VSS30 to sample voice and play lo-fi sound
- Edit all the click and pops out of vocals, he really cleans them up
- Double vocals
- Cut parts of vocals from other vocal takes and swap them around
- Use a Soundtoys Echoboy to add delay to vocals
- He likes vocals loud with highs eq boosted
- He likes to use the Ableton Sampler to sample his own sounds, uses the glide.
- Add the Ableton Multiband Dynamics compressor “OTT” to a lot of sounds.
- Uses Cableguys Volume Shaper for the side-chain sound, he adds it to his lead melody
- He likes the kicks very short and dry
- He uses one punchy kick
- Layers multiple snares, around 5
- He doesn’t line up snare layers perfectly, so they sound fuller
- He Uses a Saw Synth in the drop with a pitch envelope to glide into the notes
- He uses Retro Color RC-20 on guitars to get the lo-fi tape wobble sound
- He uses “OTT” on vocal chopped up samples
- Play with changing the formants when you pitch up samples to change the tonality of them
- 22:07 makes a lead sound in NI Massive
- When making sounds in massive, add real high pitch out of tune saws on top of the sound. It gives the metallic sound
- In Massive, under the voicing tab add more “unison” voices to make it sound larger
- In Massive add an LFO to the pitch to create warble. Set to around .50.
- When Mastering, he sends all tracks without a kick and snare to a bus, the kick to a buss and a snare to a buss, then those three to a mix buss.
- He uses IK Multimedai T Racks Classic Clipper on master
- He uses a Waves linear multiband compressor, Izotope Maxamizer, which is in Ozone, on setting IRC3 on master
- He takes out the lows on the sides around 100 hertz using Ozones mid side eq
- He uses Izotopes Ozones harmonic exciter
- Makes the lows mono in the Ozone stereo Imager
- He uses a Waves L2 Limiter after all of the ozone
- Used The Giant Kontact piano sound library