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Home Alone Remixed Live on Ableton, Launchpad; Mega APC Mashup

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Home Alone (Ableton Live Remix) from Keenan Gaynor on Vimeo.

It’s the holidays, a time for family, and to ponder when controller mappings meet one-shot clip triggering, cable TV, weird child neglect, and brutal violence against slapstick criminals. Yes, of course – it’s the time-honored tradition of Ableton Live and Home Alone.

There’s the 2010 original remix on Launchpad. But, unlike the Home Alone movie, the sequel’s even better. Last year, Keenan Gaynor quietly updated the remix on a Novation Launchpad Mini. And clearly he’s picked up some better techniques in Live. (Pro mode, anyway!) So, even though the original will have a special place in our nerdy Ableton-using holiday hearts, catch the refresh, too.

All of the music. All of the magic.

Just go easy on the Pepsi.

More:
twitter.com/keenangaynor
declanswell.com
keenan.gaynor.org

Bonus video: if Home Alone just isn’t enough holiday for you, Rich Lane does a mega-mash-up live on APC40, nicely butchering the goose of some of the most over-played tunes. Perfect if your guests have had too much Pepsi and you need to clear them out.

“Look what cha did, ya little jerk!”

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Get Christmas Bells Free for Ableton Live and Other Tools

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

There is so much bell action in this free download, there are bells combined with other bells. There are church bells, and there are Yamaha DX7 bells, synthesized through FM. It’s maximized Christmas soundware. Once you fire this up, it’s like an Egg Nog with a mulled cider inside and then a duck inside that.

And, incredibly, it’s the 114th Ableton pack release from Brian Funk, aka electronic musician (and certified Live trainer) AfroDJMac. That’s 114 free downloads – far more than we could ever hope to cover.

Because these are Ableton Live sound packs, you can actually open up the audio in any tool you like – minus the convenient mappings, but totally usable nonetheless.

Beyond the free downloads, there’s a sale on now with coupon code “half” getting you all Brian’s paid stuff for — you guessed it – 50% off.

I’ll let the video speak for itself. Merry Christmas, Brian!

More info: http://bit.ly/freesynth114
Yamaha DX7 Ableton Live Pack: http://bit.ly/dx7live
More instrument downloads, tutorials and music: http://www.afrodjmac.com

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Mabelton Audio releases Ableton Push and Arturia V Collection 4.0 Integration Pack

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Mabelton Audio has released the Integration Pack for Ableton Push and Arturia V Collection 4.0. This pack includes 12,530 fully configured racks which allow you to browse, load and control the [Read More]
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The Loop Loft releases “Dry Drums Vol 1″ – Ableton Live Pack

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The Loop Loft has announced the release of their latest Ableton Live Pack, Dry Drums Vol 1. This new loop and sample library features a collection of dry, fat and punchy drums tailored for Ableton [Read More]
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The Loop Loft Releases New Ableton Live Pack: Dry Drums Vol 1

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Loop Loft has announced the release of their latest Ableton Live Pack, Dry Drums Vol 1. This new loop and sample library features a collection of dry, fat and punchy drums tailored for Ableton [Read More]
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Wish Granted: Ableton Live Control The Way You Wanted It

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
This Novation hardware just got a lot more powerful and usable.

This Novation hardware just got a lot more powerful and usable.

You want to improvise with Ableton Live. You want to reach out and turn a knob, and know what it’ll do. You want to be able to grab controls that have something to do with clips that are playing.

Yeah, so Merry Christmas to us. Permit me being a little excited, as I am immensely grateful to the developers. It’s a rare case where you say “wow, I wish that this –” and then suddenly get what you asked for nearly before finishing the sentence.

Just last month, we saw a way to get grids in order using LaunchSync, a tool designed to make it easier to synchronize multiple controllers. Combine them for more control; synchronize them so that, for instance, the faders on a Novation LaunchControl XL can correspond to the clips on Ableton Push.

But we asked for more.

We asked for more hardware compatibility. Well, the creators gave it to us – for free.

We asked for more controllers. That’s available in LaunchSync PRO, which adds four pages of controls that follow the “Red Box” so you have more hands-on parameters with whatever you’re playing.

But, wait, wouldn’t it be great if your iPad could also sync up with your hardware. So, for instance, you look at touchAble, the most extensive iPad app for controlling Ableton Live, and have it stay in sync with whatever your hardware was doing. (That’s doubly useful, because the iPad can easily show more parameters and reveal clip names all at once.)

This iPad app (touchAble 3) just got a lot more powerful and usable, too. It now follows whatever you're doing with your hardware. So you can actually play, rather than squint at your gear and get confused.

This iPad app (touchAble 3) just got a lot more powerful and usable, too. It now follows whatever you’re doing with your hardware. So you can actually play, rather than squint at your gear and get confused.

I asked the developers at Isotonik and the one developer of touchAble to make it so, and… well, they did. It’s amazing. They did this in their free time, as independent developers, on their own. (I actually stuck them on a shared Facebook chat and watched as they buzzed back and forth.) So, please, go buy stuff from them, so they do this more often. (That script is only 5 pounds; touchAble is easily worth the App Store cash.) Here’s how it all works:

LaunchSync PRO & LaunchControl XXL Remote Script + touchAble 3… from Isotonik Studios on Vimeo.

And remember the Novation LaunchControl XL, the hardware I said was nearly a perfect selection of knobs and faders – limited only by software?

Well, it isn’t limited any more.

The LaunchControl XXL Remote Script lets you do powerful things with LaunchControl XL even if you don’t have Max for Live. For GBP9.99, the LaunchControl hardware does everything you wish it would.

  • You see a Ring Focus Box, so you know which tracks correspond to the faders on your LaunchControl hardware (instead of having to guess).
  • 24 pots control parameters of any in-focus device.
  • You can enable and disable devices, and select devices, parameter banks, and tracks.

Max for Live patchers get access to the User Two page so you can combine custom Max creations with the default functionality – you don’t have to choose.

Watch:

LaunchControl XXL – Part ONE from Isotonik Studios on Vimeo.

In fact, you’ve just gotten so much under the tree from Santa Claus, it’s good to take stock.

1. With touchAble 3 for iPad and LaunchSync, sync your iPad display with a wide range of supported hardware. (Max for Live required.)
2. With LaunchSync PRO for GBP4.99, add parameter controls, too. In fact, just go ahead and buy that, because doing so supports the development of #1. (Max for Live required.)
3. With a Novation LaunchControl XL and the GBP9.99 LaunchControl XXL script, get total control over everything from Novation’s faders. (Max for Live not required.)

Combine #3 with #2 and… you sort of conquer the galaxy, because everything is in sync and there’s control of everything. And that’s before we even get to Isotonik’s terrific step sequencer script for the LaunchControl XL. But even if you don’t own the Novation hardware, #1 and #2 are fairly revolutionary.

But there is no Santa Claus. Ableton doesn’t have magic elves. This is actually the work of Darren, Christian, and Lee. So do go buy this stuff, because, well, it’s fantastic. And tell your friends. Grab some egg nog and jam together on Live. God Bless us, every one.

Manuals, downloads, and more details on the Isotonik site, but hopefully I’ve made it clear why this is so cool.

LaunchControl XL / XXL

LaunchSync

See also the developer behind LaunchSync: Sigabort

And the cast of characters:

Get Your Ableton Grids in Order, Free, with Launchsync [but do pay those 5 pounds and get the fancier version and buy the developer a sandwich in the process!]

Novation’s LaunchControl XL Has the Faders and Knobs You Need for Ableton, MIDI [Obsessive Review]

touchAble 3 Controls Ableton Via Wire, Mimics Live Devices on iPad [Gallery]

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touchAble 3 Controls Ableton Via Wire, Mimics Live Devices on iPad [Gallery]

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Let’s get straight to it: there are two big problems with controlling Ableton Live from an iPad. One, relying on WiFi means risking disaster if a connection is unstable for some reason (OS updates, wireless interference, gremlins and demonic possession, whatever causes that). Two, you invariably wind up with remote controls for some things you need, but not others. It’s like having a remote control for a TV with half the buttons missing. You wind up going back to the mouse just because you can’t work out any way to turn such-and-such knob.

touchAble 3 fixes both problems.

There’s loads of stuff in this update, but … that doesn’t matter. All you need to know:

1. Plug in your Apple USB cable, and skip the WiFi whenever you want. See bottom. (Being able to choose wireless or wired – good.) Works on OS X and Windows.

2. Get the add-on (in-app purchase) Live Template Pack, and you get some 42 templates for Live’s instruments and effects that look like the on-screen ones, only adapted to the iPad. Use them, and skip the mouse. See top.

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(Note that you can’t use those devices on iPhone yet, but I suspect that’s a smaller group of you.)

Video:

touchAble 3 – THE IOS controller for Ableton LIVE from touchAble on Vimeo.

There’s also a recoded server that starts as a system service on both Windows and Mac. That way, you don’t have trouble if you’ve forgotten to start the server, and it re-starts automatically if Ableton crashes. (System resource use is apparently negligible – if you’re not connected; it’s asleep.) One missing Device from the templates that I’m sure a lot of you want – there’s no Looper. Apparently issues with Ableton’s support of that device in the Live API are to blame. (Yes, Ableton, please fix this!)

It’s clear to me that touchAble is the Ableton Live controller to beat. In fact, if you already own an iPad, it’s a must-have – now, certainly, with the add-on template pack. Conductr I think remains interesting, partly because it does less – focusing on big, tough-to-miss controllers that work well in live performance. But for an app that controls everything in Live, touchAble is what you want.

US$ 21.99 for the Live Device Template Pack.

And thanks to the new Bundles feature, they’ve put a combination meal of touchAble for iPhone / iPod and the iPad version on sale for US$ 28.99 for a limited time. Put those two together, and I think it’s well worth your fifty bucks, especially compared to a plastic controller that might not solve your problems.

http://www.touch-able.com

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touchAble-Operator-and-Keys

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Two more use cases:

You can split the screen between Devices.

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And, also as shared on the touchAble Facebook page, you can make custom templates. Here, one user went completely nuts:

touchableinsanity

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Mabelton Audio releases Ableton Push / DCAM Synth Squad Integration Pack

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Mabelton Audio has released its latest Push/VST integration pack, this time for FXpansion’s DCAM Synth Squad. It enables you to quickly integrate Ableton’s Push and the DCAM Synth Squad VST Plug-ins. [Read More]
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K-Devices updates AutoBeat and Herse Max For Live devices – Both currently -20% at Ableton

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

K-Devices has updated its Max For Live devices AutoBeat, a beat editor based on probabilities, and Herse, a step sequencer slicer and multi effect. Both updates include improvements and new [Read More]
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Get Your Ableton Grids in Order, Free, with Launchsync

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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In live electronic music, the endless free expanse of the computer screen tends to run up against the limited ability of your brain to tell just which freakin’ track am I on, anyway? In the studio, it can be annoying. Live onstage, it can be train wreck-inducing.

Ableton Live’s Session View has for years exacerbated this problem. You can limit your options to eight (or even four) tracks. But that doesn’t always work. You might need more than eight tracks for particular routings of audio or MIDI. And unless you use Device Racks and chains, you’ll also need extra tracks to switch instruments.

Launchsync is a solution to that problem. Instead of all of your controllers going their own way and controlling different parts of Live separately, they can now move in tandem. So, rather than doing scrolling on multiple devices and squinting at the screen to see where the heck you are, you can navigate on one controller and everything else follows.

Use cases:
1. One Ring to Rule Them All. Have every grid controller assigned to the same block of clips, and move around together (one clip at a time, or “paging” in bigger groups).
2. A Wider or Taller Grid. Make a bigger grid. For instance, a Push and a Launchpad, or two Launchpads could be next to one another, moving together – 16×8 or 8×16 or whatever you like.
3. Faders Synced with a Grid. Get your faders following your grid. I love Push, but I’ve hesitated to use it live because I can’t easily mix on it. Now, I can have my LaunchControl XL follow the launch grid of the Push.

It’s free, but requires Max for Live (included in Ableton Live Suite 9). I’ll say this, though, now with confidence – if you’re serious about using Live, just get Suite (or a discounted version of Max). Seriously. I haven’t talked to one person who regrets that. They’re getting it to use tools like this, even if they’re not patchers.

Compatible hardware:
Ableton Push
Akai APC40 (not sure yet about the mk2 series)
Allen and Heath K2 (via the additional Isotonik2
Novation Launchpad, LaunchKey, and LaunchControl (all models)
Livid Instruments Base (all models)

I’d love to see this work with tools like iPad controllers, too, so I’ve put touchAble in contact with Darren, the developer at Isotonik. We’ll let you know if they make it work!

Watch the video to make this clearer:

Thanks to the terrific Ableton Live Expert for this coverage and the video (I have to start reading your site more often)!
EXCLUSIVE to Ableton Live Expert – Free Novation Launchsync Max for Live plugin!

The original, here with hilarious wooden side panels. Photo (CC-BY) Paul.

The original, here with hilarious wooden side panels. Photo (CC-BY) Paul.

The Ring

I’ll back up for a bit of history. When Ableton and Akai announced the APC40 at the beginning of 2009, they added a red rectangle on the screen that gave you feedback on what it was controlling onscreen, allowing you to map its eight controller strips and grid of clip launchers to more than eight tracks. That box is technically called the Ring Focus Box (though I haven’t heard the name used much outside Ableton).

By fall 2009, Ableton and Novation added the Launchpad to the offerings. Immediately, they added the ability to have more than one Ring Focus Box, in different colors. That way, you could control more clips with additional connected controllers. Compatibility with the Ring Focus Box is dependent on installed scripts, and you need a particular manufacturer partnership with Ableton in order for Ableton to provide support for adding it, though various hardware and software have hacked their own compatibility. (It’s even possible to use simple user scripts to add your own.)

What’s nice about Launchsync is, by better controlling where that focus ring is, you may not need to look at the computer screen at all. You can instead rely on one piece of hardware for feedback or (soon, hopefully) an iPad visualization of clips. That’s better than a dinky colored rectangle on your laptop screen, anyway.

The importance of this feature means that I hope Ableton addresses the API for all hardware and control software (iOS, Android) in a consistent way for upcoming versions. Doing so would better standardize control support across the range of tablets and faderboxes and knobboxes and custom-built gear and whatnot that Live users now use.

For now, though, you have a very workable solution for a range of hardware. And it’s another reason I’m keeping my LaunchControl XL around. It may have been designed as the faders missing on the Launchpad – but it’s the faders missing on the Push, too.

http://isotonikstudios.com/launchsync/

“MAKING EVERYTHING PLAY NICELY TOGETHER JUST LIKE THEY SHOULD”

Word.

Follow up to yesterday’s review:
Novation’s LaunchControl XL Has the Faders and Knobs You Need for Ableton, MIDI [Obsessive Review]

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