Harley Edward Streten, also known as Flume, is an Australian record producer, musician and DJ. He began creating music at about the age of thirteen, with a basic production disc that was packaged in a box of cereal.In 2010, Streten began producing house music under his initials, HEDS. He created two tracks “Flow” and “Fizz”, in addition to several remixes.
Flume uses Sylenth, one compressor, Ableton Live and its basic effects. In an earlier interview he said he likes ‘to keep it super simple. It’s actually pretty boring but it works for me and it keeps me making music.’
Ableton Live is written in C++, with the first version released in 2001 as commercial software.
Ableton Live’s features are derived from being created for use in live performance such as concerts.
By default, Live comes with two instruments;
Impulse is a traditional drum triggering instrument which allows the user to define a kit of up to eight drum sounds, each based on a single sample. There are a number of effects available such as basic equalization, attack, decay, pitch shift, etc. Once the kit is defined, rhythms and beats are created through Live’s MIDI sequencer.
Simpler is a relatively easy-to-use sampling instrument. It functions using a single audio sample, applying simple effects, and envelopes, finally applying pitch transformations in the form of Granular synthesis. In this case, incoming MIDI does not trigger drums as it does in Impulse, but selects the final pitch of the sample, with C3 playing the sample at its original pitch.
Drum Rack is a sampler for drums. Midi notes trigger individual “Simplers” so rather than triggering one sample at multiple pitches, individual samples are triggered at predefined pitches, as is suitable for midi drum programming. As is usual with Ableton almost anything can be drag dropped to or from the drum racks, for example you can drop a clip or part of a clip into the drum rack to isolate drum parts from audio.
Alongside the suite instruments are various add ons such as the amp, sampler,operator, electric piano, a string synthesizer, mallet and Latin percussions, sampled drum kits and drum machines and the:
Essential Instruments Collection – a large collection of acoustic and electric instrument samples.
Orchestral Instrument Collection – a collection of four different orchestral libraries, which can be purchased individually or as a bundle: Orchestral Strings, Orchestral Brass, Orchestral Woodwinds and Orchestral Percussion. The Orchestral Instrument Collection is included upon purchase of Live Suite but must be downloaded separately.
Multi-track audio recording at up to 32-bit/192 kH
Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments. Includes 10 software instruments, 41 effects and Max for Live
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
Unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks per song
Includes 23 sound libraries (Packs) with over 50GB of original sounds