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Pjusk - Tools and techniques - Ableton Live

Added on by Rune Sagevik.

We’re starting out this blog series with our favourite DAW. ..or our favourite software we might even say.

When Pjusk started out we were using Acid Pro. An application originally released by Sonic Foundry. Later on Sonic Foundry was merged with Sony to create Sony Creative Software, and today Acid is available from Magix. Acid Pro was really a great application at the time (and most possibly still is). We could run a lot of tracks on fairly modest computers, looping clips and tracks was a breeze and it had great automation features. But we did not use it for long. Only our first ever released track, Flyktig, was written in Acid.

Quite quickly after forming Pjusk we discovered Ableton Live. It was live at first sight. Live version 4. With its equally good automation features and easiness of looping. It had everything that Acid had, and then some. The automation features in Live was even better than in Acid, as we could have automation both on clips as well as tracks.

Where Live really shined for us in the start was in its routing possibilities. Everything could be routed to everything. ..or so it felt, and the all new Session View (not new to Live of course, but new to us) was just terrific.

Since then, Live has been at the center for us. If we look at the individual parts involved in music production, Live might not be the best tool. There are probably DAWs out there that are better in editing and manipulating midi tracks and data, that are better for editing audio, DAWs with better performance, and DAWs that sound better, but for us, Live is the tool that gives us the results we want and like, and the tool that has a workflow we are confident with.

Of course we have been using systems like Cubase and Logic, but somehow we feel that Live is more straight to the core of music making. In later years, with additions such as Max4Live and the hardware unit Push (now version 2), the overall system is stronger than ever.  Also with support from online-collaboration systems like Splice , the future is bright. If you don´t know Splice, we recommend checking it out. It is a huge help for us and our collaborators around the world.   

Next blog post in this series will be about what tools we use in Live, how we shape our signature sound and our favourite third party plugs.

Take care.

Jostein & Rune

Pjusk - Tools and techniques

Added on by Rune Sagevik.

Music lovers and artists alike are often interested in how and where the music of their favourite artists are made. We are of course no different. Having a look into artists studios, getting a feel for their tools and techniques are always of interest and often great fun.

Based on this fact, we thought that we should maybe invite people into our world, into our studios and have a look at our tools and techniques..or even lack thereof.

With this we will start up a blog series where we will try to talk a bit about what software and hardware we use. Most artists have their favourite equipment, be it software or hardware, and so do we. We will talk about how we use (and abuse) this software and hardware, where we use it, and why we use it. We will go into how we usually work with fieldrecordings, audio, midi etc., how we get our idèas, have a look at our workflow both together in the studio and over the internet and generally how we go about creating our tracks.

One of our favourite tools is just around the corner with a new update that looks promising, so in our next “Tools and techniques” blog post we will take a look at Ableton Live 10.