Start to Finish: Ill Factor - Episode 1 - Studio Setup & Ableton Overview

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When playing an instrument or singing without computers, creativity moves at the speed of light. ill Factor knows he doesn't want to hinder his creative flow at any point and has made his room flexible enough to stay out of his way during the creation process.

In episode 1 of this exclusive Start To Finish Series featuring ill Factor, Jared Evan, Jimmy Douglass, and Dave Kutch ill Factor introduces us to his efficient studio setup while giving an in-depth breakdown of Ableton Live that will inspire the uninitiated and even show a few new tricks to Ableton Live experts.

Watch as ill Factor:

  • Breaks down his entire studio setup from the desk to the microphone
  • Explains his backstory of how he ended up using Ableton Live
  • Gives a complete in-depth walkthrough of the Ableton Live interface
  • Shows his creative workflow that allows him to sketch ideas in moments
  • Demonstrates how he uses the Ableton Push to speed up his workflow
  • Uses scale and note mode on the Ableton Push to inspire new ideas
  • Shows how to use collections to organize your plug-ins, samples, instruments, and more for lightning-fast navigation
  • Explains how to record audio into Ableton

Find out more about ill Factor's Beatacademy

Equipment & Software


  • Ableton Live Push 2
  • Dangerous Music D-BOX+
  • Focusrite Clarett 8pre
  • Novation Bass Station
  • Novation Impulse 49
  • Novation Launch Control XL
  • Warm Audio WA 73 EQ
  • Warm Audio WA 76 Compressor

Ableton Live Stock Plug-ins

  • Amp
  • Analog
  • Auto Filter
  • Delay
  • Echo
  • Hybrid Reverb
  • Overdrive

3rd Party Plugins

  • FabFilter Pro Q
  • Modo Bass
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ill Factor
Ivan Corraliza, professionally known as ill Factor, began creating music where most everyone begins, in the bedroom fueled by ambition and a dream to turn his hobby into a full-time job. Countless hours of music-making and tweaking led to some moments of frustration while trying to get his music noticed. However, everything changed when Ivan sought out a mentor and was blessed to be taken under the wing of Jimmy Douglass. Jimmy is a veteran in the music industry with more than forty-plus years of experience working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Justin Timberlake. He began sharing his network and insights into the Industry with Ivan, which helped Ivan create relationships with artists and industry professionals, turning his hobby of making music into a career.

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2022 Jun 15
Thank you for beinf so practical and not using unobtainum gear!
Andy Martinek
2022 Jan 04
Awesome man! I’d love to see more on your workflow if the opportunity presents itself
2021 Sep 28
muchas gracias por fin llegaron los subtitulos en español
2021 Jul 02
Ill is an awesome teacher / explainer !
Craig O
2021 Jul 01
Awesome! So happy to see a video tutorial solely in Ableton! I've been using it since version 5 as well! Looking forward to seeing/learning from the rest of these videos! Thank you for this!
2021 Jul 01
Great intro to your worflow, thank you!
2021 Jun 30
And know I wanna use Ableton Live...
2021 Jun 30
Awesome! Would love to see more "Start to Finish" series from pureMix in modern pop styles like this.
2021 Jun 30