Mad Zach's Ultimate Sound Pack Tutorial


The ultimate 1 hour tutorial on how to create your own dynamic sound packs

  • Techniques for creating more dynamic drums for live performance
  • Creating pads and atmospheres, including starting from a vinyl sample and turning it into emotionally driven sounds
  • Creating interesting risers out of samples you already have on hand for buildups, breakdowns, transitions, and more.

Have you been an avid follower of Mad Zach's soundpacks? If so, you know how fun these 4X4 grid playgrounds can be. Anyone with Ableton Live and a little creativity can make their own sound pack by following this extensive one hour tutorial.

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In total, the tutorial includes six distinct lessons:
  • Crafting the Beat: techniques for creating more dynamic drums for live performance - from scratch!
  • Setting The Mood: creating pads and atmospheres, including starting from a vinyl sample and turning it into emotionally driven sounds that will act as the hook and set the vibe of the track.
  • Melody of One: one note melodies re-envisioned, which can be easily played using one button while still remaining expressive and diverse
  • Risers 101: Creating Builds To Fit The Pack: creating interesting risers out of samples you already have on hand for buildups, breakdowns, transitions, and more.
  • Bass Face: Addressing The Modern Sub: How to use MIDI clips, modifiers, and clever patching to create a dope bassline that can be played live
  • GTFO: The Sounds, The Magic - adding flair to a performance soundpack, including making cool sounds using the simple delay, and recording some vocal samples that take the pack up a notch.
Key Features:
This product is delivered as a streaming video and includes:
  • unlimited streaming of each lesson, as many times as you want, forever.
  • all of the sounds used to craft the pack
  • the complete Ableton template
  • along the way, you are going to learn a lot of powerful Ableton production techniques including:
  • creative sample manipulation
  • mixing and mastering for live performance, including sidechain compression, compression, EQ, and more
  • pitch, filter, and volume envelopes
  • non-retriggering LFO's
  • granular looping and modulation
  • layering in instrument racks
  • fx bussing and drumrack routing
  • workflow and strategy
  • modifiers and sound layout
  • proper and creative use of delays and other FX
  • vocal processing
  • arpeggiators

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John Klingemann

Mad Zach's Ultimate Sound Pack Tutorial

After downloading some of the Mad Zach Live Packs I was compelled to figure out just how he does it. Though this tutorial doesn't share all of his sampling secrets, it most certainly lays the foundation for getting to that point through the use of your own creative process. This tutorial is essential for those looking to learn the tools necessary to create dynamic drum racks in Ableton and use them for live or recording purposes. There are also some great tips about mixing these types of sounds to make them fit cohesively in a set. All in all, I would say that this is an essential tool for learning how to create your own tools. The only negative that I found was that the delivery method (stream only) was sometimes buggy and needed to be refreshed in order to get through the videos especially the longer ones. Maybe provide and option to download?

Chef Of Def

Mad Zach's Ultimate Sound Pack Tutorial

Great Product! My only problem with it was not having a Midi Fighter. The drum rack tips and tricks alone are worth the money. Overall easy to follow, and put into practice. I lost an hour or two playing with the included pack. The next day I had a grand ol time trying out the techniques with some of the sounds and stuff on my computer and in my attic. I will say that the DJTT site had it on sale for 25$ but it rang for 30$. Still worth it. If I had picked this up a year ago, I would be on a boat right now, not on my way to work.


Mad Zach's Ultimate Sound Pack Tutorial

great tutorial! best way to learn how to make your own sound packs!

Nishad Prinja

Mad Zach's Ultimate Sound Pack Tutorial

I like this series a lot- it's obvious that Zach made sure only the most relevant information made it into the tutorials. It's completely to the point, doesn't drag on like many videos out there, and shows you how Zach works and settles on his ideas while giving you the techniques quickly and directly so you can try them out. I understand that this isn't cheap, but Zach's giving you his most personal and actual ways of working, which is clearly that valuable to him and guys like me so you should be ready to pay that much. I liked that the tutorial was straightforward and it got viewers from a blank slate to having a working sound pack- plus, there were several advanced concepts such as side chaining and envelopes that were made sense of in the context of building the pack. Basically you get a number of subtleties that are all-important to having a final product that's both awesome and conducive to creativity. If that all sounds like a good deal to you, then this is the tutorial for you to invest in.

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