Start to Finish: Ill Factor - Episode 4 - Working With The Arrangement

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Now that the chord progressions and vocal ideas are in place for the track, ill and Jared continue exploring vocal ideas and crafting the song's structure.

In his episode of the exclusive Start To Finish Series featuring ill Factor, Jared Evan, Jimmy Douglass, and Dave Kutch, ill Factor and Jared Evan begin to combine their ideas in real-time and map out the arrangement of "Light Shine Through."

See how ill Factor:

  • Incorporates the arrangement view of Ableton Live into their creative process to begin mapping out the skeleton of the song
  • Continues to add production ideas to the track while Jared works on vocal ideas and lyrics
  • Creates "Vocal Chops" to be used as a production element along the way
  • Adds textures to the track using Output's "Arcade" plugin
  • Sketches out the song structure up to the bridge for Jared to lay down vocal ideas
  • Records Jared's initial vocal ideas as they flow
  • Starts adding creative effects like vocoders and more, even though the vocals are in rough form, to help inspire Jared and get the vibe of the track
  • Exports the multitrack and two-track for Jared to take back to the hotel that night to continue to write to

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

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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
  • Compressor
  • Delay
  • Drum Buss
  • Echo
  • EQ 8
  • Hybrid Reverb
  • Overdrive
  • Pedal
  • Redux
  • Reverb

3rd Party Plugins

  • Arcade by Output
  • FabFilter Pro Q
  • iZotope Vocal Synth 2
  • Nicky Romero Kickstart
  • Modo Bass
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Roland Zenology
  • Waves Tune Real Time
  • XLN Audio Additive Keys
  • RC-20 Retro Color
  • XLN Audio XO
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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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2021 Oct 20
Loving the modern vibes of this song!
John Francis
2021 Jul 05
wish there was more videos, this once a week is Bull
Craig O
2021 Jul 03
Really coming together! Looking forward to the ideas to come and more insight into the moves made! Will have to revisit the VocalSynth2 on Midi to effect the vocals....Was he playing notes on that midi track to effect the vocals?
2021 Jul 03
Great series. Ivan's talent is amazing, his creativity is insane and gives the impression that everything is so easy! I'm impressed by the workflow in Ableton. Thanks guys!