Ableton Template Setup for Battery

First make a loop in Performance mode

In Battery and most drum machines I’m familiar with, all similar instruments are separated by an octave. Kick on C, Snare on D, Ride on G, etc. In battery they are laid out in columns. Select an entire column, right-click and follow the menu to select a stereo output bus for that group.

Do this for all of the groups you use. If you’re making a template it’s probably worth the time to set each column to an output bus. Some instruments may not fall neatly into a category. From what I’ve seen Battery has enough outputs to accommodate a few extra, non-standard instruments.

Now create audio channels for every instrument group you created, or just the ones you’re using if you want to keep it slimmed down. Map each channel’s input to the bus you setup. In the version of Battery I have, channel 1/2 is the effects channel, so that may affect how you use it. I put my Kicks on it and mapped the audio channel to pre-fx. Personally, I don’t usually use the effects on Battery but it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to want to do.

Now, group the midi channel and all of the audio channels as ‘Battery_01,’ or something unique.

Duplicate the group, change the name and colors, and then change the kit.

Play around and make it sound cool. Change the midi for polyrhythms. You can mute channels live using the mix view on a Push 2 or an APC40 or compose changes directly to the midi. Set loops, whatever. I added a sub-group with my audio channels for cleanliness, but it probably wasn’t necessary. I think this same method should work with Kontakt and perhaps Machine.

Frank Herbert Reading Dune

Frank Herbert – Dune – The Banquet Scene

Side 1

Side 2

Frank Herbert – The Battles Of Dune

Side 1

Side 2

note: I have half a mind to pitch these down and re-record them. something seems off about his voice and it’s hard to imagine it was so high and squeaky.

Learn to speak Tagalog!

There are some recordings of a set of old floppy 45’s I found in a box of records my cousins gave me.


The set is called “Tagalog – World Foreign Language Record Series” put out by something called the World Publishing Company. More Info


Record 1 – Side 1 (1. General Expressions (a) Salutations (b) Visits and Introductions

Record 1 – Side 2 (1. General Expressions (continued) (a) Visits and Introductions (b) Inquiries on the Street (c) Everyday Expressions)

Record 2 – Side 1 (1. General Expressions (continued) (a) Everyday Expressions (continued) 2. Personal Needs (a) Food Shopping)

Record 2 – Side 2 (1.Personal Needs (continued) (a) Food Shopping (continued) (b) At the Amusement Places (c) At the Hotel)

Record 3 – Side 1 (1. Personal Needs (continued) (a) At the Hotel (continued) (b) At the Restaurant 2. Time, Numbers, Colors (a) Days of the Week (b) Months of the Year)

Record 3 – Side 2 (1.Time and numbers (continued) (a) Months of the Year (continued) (b) Seasons and Weather (c) Time)

Record 4 (missing)

Record 5 – Side 1 (1. Transportation (continued) (a) Railway Travel (continued) (b) At the Airport (c) Driving an Automobile (Road Conditions) (d) Driving and Automobile (Directions))

Record 5 – Side 2 (1. Transportation (continued) (a) Driving and Automobile (Directions) (continued) (b) Automobile Maintenance)

Marvelkind @ Chicago Metro 2000-ish