George Mitropapas
George is a web and graphic designer, and has been involved into electronic music for fifteen years now. You can visit his online portfolio at His music page can be found at
  • Music & Audio
    Sidechain Functionality with 3rd Party Plugins in Ableton LiveSidechainfunctionalitypreview400
    Ableton Live 8 has native sidechaining that only works with the native Compressor plugin or any other possible Max4Live devices. Steinberg's VST3 specifications include functionality for VST3 compatible plugins to allow external sidechain signals but Live does not yet support the VST3 protocol. In this tutorial I will explain how to set up a third party sidechain enabled VST plugin in Ableton Live and I will present two example scenarios. Read More…
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    1001 Uses of Ableton Live's Utility Device - Part 2Preview
    In Part 1 of this tutorial we had a look at the very useful Ableton Live Utility device and also at a few examples of its use. In this part we are going to look at some more involved uses of the device that may come in handy in your production.Read More…
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    1001 Uses of Ableton Live's Utility Device - Part 1Preview
    At the bottom of Ableton Live's device list lies the Utility device. At first glance, the device doesn't seem to be so useful to users compared to other Ableton Live devices. The truth is, thought, that the Utility can perform some very useful tasks, indeed. Let's have a look at some of them.Read More…
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    Exporting Your Mixes for Disc-at-once Gapless CD Authoring - Part 2Preview
    In Part 1, we examined one way of preparing a mix for Disc-at-once gapless CD authoring. We exported our mix from Ableton Live. Then, we imported the mix into Sony Sound forge 10 and used the software's professional tools to author a professional CD ready for sending it as a premaster to a duplication house, to record labels or even your friends. Read More…
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    Exporting Your Mixes for Disc-at-once Gapless CD Authoring - Part 1Preview
    Let's say you created your mix in your favorite sequencing software. You've laid out all tracks with crossfades, filter and effects automation and you would like to burn the results onto a CD for distributing to record labels, duplication houses or your friends. I am going to show you a great, streamlined way of achieving just that. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Organize Your Warped Playlists with Shortcuts in Ableton LivePreview
    Let's say you've warped a good amount of tracks that are scattered around in your hard drive. You've meticulously added your warp markers for each song and .asd files at the same directory where each track is located. It would be desirable for you to have access to those files from one place and not start looking for them around your hard drive. One way to achieve that could be to copy all warped files to a certain location along with the corresponding .asd extensions but that would require extra disk space. Let's see what we can do about it!Read More…
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    How to Create Custom Traktor Pro Mappings for Numark Omni ControlPreview
    Native Instruments' Traktor Pro is one of the most popular digital DJ software available on the market. But unless you want to control Traktor Pro with just your mouse and keyboards, you are going to need a specialised DJ MIDI controller with the necessary MIDI mapable knobs and sliders to enhance your DJ experience. One of those controllers is the Numark Omni Control.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Plugin Organization in Ableton LivePreview
    With the plethora of free and paid plugins currently available on the market, chances are that you already have access to a few of them. It might get intimidating trying to organize these plugins in a logical and understandable structure in your hard drive. Ableton Live has some nice organizational features that can make your life easier.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: MultimixingPreview
    It's true that long mixing sessions can create a degree of ear fatigue. That can lead to a number of undesirable things like making bad mixing decisions. It's always a good idea to take small breaks to clear up and relax your ears. On top of that, there are various monitoring plugins or spectrum analyzers you can utilise. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Enhance your Ableton Live Experience with MIDI Remote ScriptingPreview
    In this quick tip, I am going to show you a great MIDI remote script which I found that can greatly enhance your Ableton Live experience both during production and live performance. MIDI Scripts are compiled Python scripts that provide custom support for various MIDI controllers by allowing you to map MIDI note, Control Change and channel messages to common parameters in Live.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Syncing Ableton Live & Traktor ProPreview
    In this quick tip, I am going to show you a neat and simple way of running Ableton Live and Traktor on the same computer by using external MIDI software. This scenario would be useful if you wish to add extra loops on top of your Traktor set by triggering Live clips that stay in sync with the Traktor's master tempo. I am using Ableton Live 8.0.9 and Traktor Pro 1.2.5.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Side Chain Compression in Ableton Live 8 - Part 2Preview
    In Part 1 of this tutorial which can be found here, we examined a couple of uses of side chain compression and demonstrated how this method can assist and enhance your mixing experience. Specifically, we looked at how we can sidechain a single signal and also used an effect rack on a return channel and a neat Utility plugin trick to apply compression to multiple signals. In Part 2, we are going to examine two ways of ducking only a selected frequency range and also how to compress a "busy" signal. The Ableton Live version being used is 8.0.9.Read More…