I’ve been neck deep in Ableton teaching this semester. So far its been a great experience, and having to explain this stuff to the class has forced me to get a much more concrete handle on even some of the basics. The audio routing and signal flow was a breeze, but the curriculum is much more EDM focused than I realized going into it. And this particular group is especially interested in dubstep style music production.
It seems the mixing is a lot simpler because the majority of the creative and expressive sound design happens at the plugin level. Far less surgery and repair since most of the sounds coming out of Massive, Serum, Maschine, and Laser Bass don’t need as much tune up as a raw drum recording might. So the mixing seems to be much more centered around compression, EQing and balancing than creating expressive verbs and saturating vocals. Its been really interesting to observe how much you can do with a few Native Instrument tools and some warp/mangle plugins like Glitch 2 and the Ublik set. A lot of the knowledge I’ve had to research to stay a step ahead of some of the students is also really useful to me for sound effects design for movies and games
All in all, the mechanics of the plugins and Ableton are easier to teach. Where I try to act more knowledgeable than I actually am is the approach to composition I’ve used a lot of the Lynda/LinkedIn learning materials as a supplement to the textbook.
Does anyone else here dabble in this stuff? Or listen to it much?