Start to Finish: Ill Factor - Episode 2 - Jumpstarting The Creative Process

Pro Video
pureMix Fall Sale Get 50% OFF



It's time for ill Factor to lay down some ideas for a brand new song with Jared Evan.

In this episode, ill Factor gives his tips and tricks for jumpstarting the creative process with a blank canvas.

Then watch as he lays down the foundation for a song that will go from a blank session to co-writing with Jared Evan and mixing with Jimmy Douglass before mastering and being cut to vinyl with Dave Kutch.

Watch as ill Factor:

  • Discusses the importance of taking time to create a personal collection of samples and patches to call upon later when it's time to write
  • Creates the beginning of his track with Jared Evan
  • Explains how to resample ideas into clips in Live for further effects
  • Chooses drum samples with XLN Audio's XO plugin
  • Shows his approach to quantizing MIDI to preserve groove and performance
  • Adds drum loops to his performed drums
  • Crafts his bass and 808 sounds using stock instruments in Live in real-time
  • Creates the initial chord progression and idea for Jared Evan to start writing with

Watch ill Factor, produce "Light Shine Through" from Jared Evan. Only on

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
  • Chorus-Ensemble
  • Delay
  • Drum Buss
  • Echo
  • EQ 8
  • Hybrid Reverb
  • Overdrive
  • Pedal
  • Redux
  • Reverb

3rd Party Plugins

  • FabFilter Pro Q
  • Modo Bass
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Roland Zenology
  • XLN Audio Additive Keys
  • RC-20 Retro Color
  • XLN Audio XO
Not a Pro Member yet?
Pro Memembership
Watch all videos for
$24.99 / month
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.

Assassins Creed Syndicate

Gwen Stefani

Kelly Rowland

Jessie J

What do you have to say?
Leave a comment
2021 Aug 29
why wont u just tune the 808? thats why your not feeling it its off pitch
2021 Jul 23
I tried Roland Zenology , it sounds great !! Thanks for sharing this
Castor X
2021 Jul 08
I´m on Ableton - Thank you very much
2021 Jul 05
xln/ableton marketing at it's best :D great video tho :)
Craig O
2021 Jul 03
Sincerely enjoying this so far! Really interested to see how this progresses and I'm picking up little tips here and there to help with my ableton/production workflow!