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A free Afrobeat / Amapiano Ableton pack made by electronic music producer Indigo Jung.
I’ve asked some of my talented producer friends to make free Ableton packs that give us a flavor of their sound, including some of their secret weapons. Indigo Jung is the first in the series! He’s a talented chap, boasting multiple collaborations and releases, whilst also running the Overrhythm record label with Aryton Hood.
Indigo Jung is based in Manchester, UK and has released under Sprechen Music, Fresh Takes, and their residency label, Over Rhythm. Jung has appeared on HATE mag, Verzilla, Maslow Unknown, and many more electronic publishers. Jung has made frequent collaborations with Ayrton Hood as part of the Business Unusual trio as well as many other artists in Manchester’s dance scene, such as Drowzee, Sam Goes to Tokyo, Sam Nizzle & Chris Massey.
His productions range from Tech House, and Techno to Afrobeat & Amapiano. Whatever the genre, I always find his productions to have loads of silky groove and emotion. Indigo has very kindly captured some of that style in this free Ableton Pack. He’s made us an Afrobeat drum rack, a Log bass Ableton instrument, and a bunch of free percussion samples.
Meanwhile… the pack:
Organic Grooves & Log Bass Ableton Pack
The pack includes an Afrobeat percussion drum rack, including the percussion samples.
Organic Grooves Drum Rack
For those wanting to add a little bit of organic afro flavor, here is an Ableton Drum Rack of some of Indigo Jung’s most delicate pieces of afro-cuban and pseudo acoustic percussion. (As well as a bonus collection of sound design samples from PS2 games and 90s TV Commercials).
In the download, Indigo has provided an Ableton project file that shows you an example beat made using the drum rack.
Log Bass Ableton Instrument
The pack includes the renowned Amapiano Log Bass with some custom controls to take the log bass out of South Africa and over to Berlin with control of effects and additive operators to play around with.
Why would I want that?
To add some tasty afro beat percussion and log bass to your productions!
In the Ableton Download:
- Indigo Jungs Organic Grooves – Ableton Drum Rack
- Jung’s Log Bass – Ableton Instrument
- 67 x Percussion Samples
- 79 x Sci Fi & Playstation Samples
- Ableton Project File containing example beats.
How Do I use it?
Simply install the pack by double-clicking on it / dragging it into Ableton.
Alternatively, you can follow my guide here: How to install my Ableton Packs.
Interview with Indigo Jung
Name: Indigo Jung, aka Arif True.
Occupation: Producer, performer, data analytics.
Current Release: Lost in Kreuzberg
Hey Indigo, thanks for doing this interview! So we’ve known each other a while, I’ve always admired the productions and music you make and perform; you’ve always got that combo of groove & vibe! Could you tell us what influenced the Ableton Pack?
Hello, yes – on the back of my Afrobeat presentation at Manchester’s Ableton User Group in October I thought I would collate some afro-cuban and pseudo-acoustic percussion samples in an Ableton drum rack.
The log bass is an amalgamation of a Cajon/tom-hit mixed with an 808. It’s a recent sound archetype in Amapiano and afro-beat. But that square bass sound with rich harmonics is a house music staple the classic: the “donk” sound. But with the log-bass it’s a lot more subtle.
Your productions are taking on an Afrobeat influence. What inspired the move towards that genre?
A few years ago I noticed a big shift in clubs to what people are dancing to. I noticed that the energy changes quite a lot when a track uses syncopated rhythms like afro-beat, dancehall, baile, afro-house etc.
After discovering producers such as Jae5, Sarz, DJ Maphorisa and Tems, I realised there was a lot further you can go with syncopation in electronic dance-music. I realised Ama-piano especially was doing something very different with rhythm compared to house, tech or garage etc – producing amapiano isn’t just moving your kick somewhere different; it’s completely changing the way you select and layer sounds rhythmically. Generally, most producers go for a “4 on the floor” framework, and that’s fine – but producing under a “trisello” framework like ama-piano is a little more explorative.
So, for a while, I have been fascinated with researching and practicing Afrobeat and using “tresillo” beat foundations on a track.
Ultimately – It’s all about the dancing, I think the tresillo makes you dance in a circular motion, where your hips need to swing and there’s more expression – whereas, 4 to the floor beats – techno, house, punk etc make you move in an up and down motion, and it’s quite rigid.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a project called Mars Direct – a full album by Ayrton hood, Shannon Linehan and myself in our punk, soul electronic outfit called “Business Unusual” – it’s an old project from our time together in lockdown – it will be out this year.
I am working on a project called DRIVE with Rainbow Guevara, which is a homage to urban, afro, hyperpop, and rnb. If you imagine a drug dealer crashing his car into a lake trying to impress his girl, the moments before they both drown – it sounds like that. Showcasing at the next electronic night Bleep 🙂
I am working on a film score for ’6th Midnight’ a short film by Connor Brimelow it’s about a girl who confronts death at a house party.
And I’m also working on a bunch of hip-hop tools a short compilation sort of weird “lo-fi beats to study to” type of thing, it’s just background music but very weird little beats. It’s called “ID Jung’s Rhythms Collection” and should be out soon.
How did your latest record, Lost in Kreuzberg, come about? Any particular influences?
Lost in Kreuzberg was mine and Ayrton Hood’s love letter to Berlin. You can read more about our influential trip to Berlin, and the production proves over on our label Overrhythm.
Where can we hear that?
On all good streaming services 😉
Do you have an idea going into your production sessions, or do they come out randomly while you work in the studio?
I keep notes if a track is nearly finished. But most of the time, if I am chilling on Abelton, I am experimenting with sounds and melodies or drum patterns – then saving them and using them in other projects. If a track needs X, I can think of where I have made something similar before and go grab it.
I’ve seen you play your music live quite a few times; what’s your live setup at the moment?
It’s just a push and faders to launch clips! I have a DX7 mini and an AKAI push. They do the job.
Have you found moving from producing in the studio to playing live?
I am very in the box, yeah. I guess live it’s a performance. Studio producing can be ruminated over, it can be myopic. Live is what it is, what’s going to happen in that space in that moment.
Has playing live influenced your productions?
I think Djing has more, I’ve DJed in bars every week for about 7 years, I think it firstly makes you understand what people like and challenges your own taste and it also gives you a good idea of what rhythms mix together well and what doesn’t. I keep notes of ecstatic dancefloor experiences and think, okay, if everyone felt THAT to THIS moment, why? And how can I make it even more impactful through my production?
Any essential plugins / secret weapons you want to share?
I use DIVA for my synths. I use SLATE for my mixing. I use SOULSEEK for drum samples. I use melody.ml in stripping records to stems for sampling!
You can listen to Indigo Jungs latest track here.
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