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Sample Logic releases Rhythomatix for Ableton Live

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Sample Logic has announced the release of Rhythomatix, a Live Pack of hybrid loops and kits for Ableton Live. Rhythomatix is a collection of morphed hybrid tempo-synced audio loops and kits made for e [Read More]
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Learn How to Get Your Drum Machine’s Soul Back with Mad Zach, Ableton Live

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Mad Zach is not giving you a paint-by-numbers Deep House set. He wants you to play and tweak - and he's going to help us learn how to do it. Photo courtesy the artist.

Mad Zach is not giving you a paint-by-numbers Deep House set. He wants you to play and tweak – and he’s going to help us learn how to do it. Photo courtesy the artist.

It’s “the science of being imperfect” – and Mad Zach is one heck of a mad scientist at it.

We all know Ableton Live productions, even sometimes from fairly skilled music makers, can get painfully stuck on the grid. If that’s the disease, Mad Zach has the cure. Armed with Ableton Live and together with releasing a very special, very useful sound pack, this insanely-prolific DJ, producer, writer, and educator has some advice for how to get the soul and groove back in your machines.

CDM teamed up with our friends at Beatport Sounds to work with Zach on an instructional video that goes deeper into the craft of the groove. And I love what Zach has done with the tutorial. If you’re still learning your way around Live, I think you’ll still like it — just follow along the beginner and intermediate tutorials first before you tackle it. At the same time, if you’ve got a bit more production under your belt, it won’t insult your intelligence. I learned something, and I’ve been using Live since 1.0.

Highlights, as we “escape the grid”:
How to use the (oddly underused, misunderstood) Grooves section in Live
Extract an original TR-909 shuffle
Drawing in swing
Recording MIDI controllers

Now, some background:

Zach has been hard at work with Beatport on his Deep House Project, a sound library and construction kit both for live performances and music creation. It couldn’t come at a better time, I think: saying “Deep House” is only marginally more specific than saying “Techno.” It’s like saying “cheeseburger” or “pizza” – quality can vary.

The Deep House Project isn’t just a sound pack, a big box of LEGOs for making a generic toy. It’s a set of instruments, a gig and a half of material with hundreds of loops and analog synths and the like, and it’s designed around controllers so you can tweak everything, modify everything. You get 24-bit samples of the TR-909, Juno 106, Moogerfoogers, and British tube channel strip, drum racks, macros, synth racks, the lot.

In other words, you get a tool set that is tailored to the genre, but once you start twisting knobs and changing patterns and actually playing, you can come up with something that sounds … well, that sounds nothing like Mad Zach, in a good way.

I hope it catches on. The Beatport Sounds section is working with some great producers, but I know my heart sinks a little when I read the top ten list on some days – only because any producer expecting to download some top drops and make a track work is probably in for a rude awakening. And, worse, they’re missing out on half the fun. Now, not every piece of music needs to be experimental; there’s something beautiful about the way styles and genres build communities. But it should be possible to be original inside that genre, and this is that.

It’s that for one good reason: it’s built in a way that invites you to dig in and play. And Zach is one of the most active people on the planet carrying that gospel.

Here’s a look at the pack:

Have a go at that sound pack – it’s a stunningly-good buy:
Mad Zach’s Lab: Deep House

And do check the full tips/tricks/tutorials page with Mad Zach. It’s a tutorial on Deep House, but it’s also an Ableton Live tutorial, and offers insights whether you’re curious about dabbling in this genre or could care less (though it might get you hooked before you’re done watching, fair warning).

http://sounds.beatport.com/tutorials

We’ll have Q&A with Zach tomorrow on CDM, because I really wanted to know more about his work.

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Puremagnetik releases Kardoni – ARP Omni Soundset for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Puremagnetik has released Kardoni – a library of programs that deliver the legendary ARP Omni Mk2 right to your desktop. As one of the most prolific and versatile “stringers” of the late 1970s, the [Read More]
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Ableton updates Live 9 to v9.1.3

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Ableton has updated Live 9 to v9.1.3. Improvements and feature changes: Added control surface support for AKAI MPK225, MPK249, MPK261. Bug fixes: Fixed an issue which caused CPU spikes when moving a [Read More]
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How to Add a Tuner and Other Guitar Essentials, Free, for Ableton Live and More

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Computers – a category now very likely including the phone in your pocket – open up worlds of utility that previously required dedicated devices. Audio recorder? Metronome? Tuner? There’s really no reason that shouldn’t be right in the box.

That said, our friend Marco Raaphorst was musing on the absence of a guitar tuner in Ableton Live – and in the process, reminds us that that other Berlin developer has quite the freebie for anyone who needs a tuner in Live, or simply wants a whole load of cool effects whether they play a guitar or not.

Guitar Rig Player adds a fully-functioning guitar tuner to Ableton Live – the tuner Ableton left out. But it does more than that. You get a whole load of effects for instruments, enough stuff that producers who don’t play any instruments might want to give this a download. As with most things, it’s not entirely free. You have to give up your email address (though you aren’t required to opt into any newsletter), and you do have to install NI’s Service Center and enter a serial. That process was painless for me, though (having just repeated it on a brand new machine).

In exchange, you get not just a tuner, but a bunch of really capable effects and tools:

  • Jump Amp (British amp) and cabinet
  • Skreamer distortion/overdrive
  • Chorus/flanger, pitch modulation
  • Studio reverb
  • Delay Man vintage-style delay unit including chorus and vibrato
  • Twin Delay stereo delay
  • Parametric EQ
  • Shelving EQ
  • Pro-Filter, borrowed from the Pro-53
  • Limiter
  • Volume pedal
  • Tube compressor
  • Noise gate
  • Noise reduction

Note that you’ll need to go into Components > Products and select “Factory Selection” to avoid the demos of other things. Once you do that, though, non Guitar Rig users get a tasty selection of tools you can easily combine into some powerful chains.

Oh, and the tuner.

tuner

Speaking of tuners, Marco also endorses the Max for Live fp.Tune, as he saw on CDM in our previous Max for Live round-up. This is, naturally, more practical than Guitar Rig if you only want a tuner in your chain, as it integrates more neatly with Ableton – though it’s only free if you have Live 9 Suite. He also endorses smartphone tools, which have the advantage of working all the time – even when away from your lappy.

But I’m curious, now. How do you assemble your signal chains for guitars and other instruments? And what are you using for a tuner? Built-in tools, like those found in Reason and Logic? Hardware tuners? Guitar Rig and the like? Your iPhone or Android? Some combination?

I’d love to hear your workflows, so sound off. And check out Marco’s article among lots of other thoughtful commentaries on music and production:

How to tune a guitar with Ableton Live [melodiefabriek.com]

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Mabelton Audio releases Integration Pack for Ableton Push and ReFX Nexus2

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Mabelton Audio has released the Integration Pack for Ableton Push and ReFX Nexus2. The Nexus2 Integration Pack will allow you to: Find ReFX Nexus2 and all its factory presets inside your Push menu. Br [Read More]
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Free Bass Sounds from Modulars: Ableton Live Sampler Instruments, Free Loops

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Do you dream of wires but require some sounds … now?

São Paulo-based sound house Spektro Audio has shared a lovely Live pack full of multi-sampled bass instruments, free. They set to work on a very tasty-sounding Eurorack modular, then put together ten Sampler-based instruments in Instrument Racks, complete with options for filtering, distortion, and the like. Using their CV Toolkit, they triggered that same modular setup from their Live set. No specifics on what’s in their rack, but you’ll spot some nice modules from some of our favorite builders: Mutable Instruments (is that Braids?), Tip Top Audio, and MakeNoise.

Wired Bass – Free Ableton Live Instrument Pack

It’s all eminently-playable stuff. But they didn’t include sound samples, so I accidentally wound up with a new project: making loops over lunch. Here’s where the Keith McMillen QuNexus is just about my favorite piece of gear – it’s small and light enough that I just keep it around at all times. (And it does CV as well as USB.) So, here are a few humble selections. Because the sample library is Creative Commons ShareAlike, I’ve used the same license for the loops: use them as you like, but then release the results under the same license – and let the remixing begin. (Or just listen, marvel, and then decide you should download this and do much better.) You can download them from SoundCloud.

Anyway, as promotion, Spektro, this totally worked. There are a couple of really nice instruments there.

First, there’s the CV Toolkit, a handy tool for controlling analog gear from your computer (it’s twenty bucks entry for standalone or free for Max for Live):

CV Toolkit

There’s also a “dual rhythm generator” – basically, think a two-source clock – for ten bucks:
Spektro DRG | Dual Rhythm Generator

You’ll find tons more projects – free and cheap – including sample packs, Max for Live devices, and even a Reaktor device, on their projects page:

http://www.spektroaudio.com/projects/

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Grab Free Drum Kits for Ableton Live and Other Tools: Vintage, Vinyl, Synth, Pine Cone

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Sometimes, it takes just that one set of sounds to unfreeze your creativity and get a song started. And that’s why freebies are sometimes such fun: they’re even a bit more odd, a handful of offbeat sounds that just begs to be turned into … something.

The folks at Puremagnetik have been posting some gems to their Tumblr account. This just in: “Wicked Kits” is a collection of five drum kits pre-configured for Ableton Live. (As with any Live kit, there are raw samples you can use in any tool you like – Renoise, MPC, whatever.)

The emphasis here is definitely vintage, dirty, and weirdo synth-y – they’ve sampled some classic drum machines, synths, and vinyl to built the set. 808 and SP-1200 figure prominently.

Analog Bully is some out-there retro synthesized beatmaking goodness. Drty Brty, Dope Loafa, and Kid Glitch are grimy and ready to play. And Grinder Kit combines a bass with a drum kit (though breaking them out is also a decent idea). They’re all a bit crazy on the effects, so I started by turning most of the macro knobs down. (And yes, sometimes there’s more than one delay, with one delay labeled something other than delay, so watch out for that.)

Must-download, though:
Wicked Kits – 5 Free Drum Kits for Ableton Live

For more organic sounds – literally – look no further than their “Pine Percussion,” beautiful, woody sounds perfect for some experimental dance music or cinematic applications or other notions. The backstory:

A kit of percussion recorded in the hills of Israel’s Carmel region. While meandering through this fire destroyed forest, I came across a number of fallen trees, many with crispy blackened pinecones and brittle branches still in tact.

This Free Ableton Live Pack includes an assortment of these sounds all programmed into Drum Racks – optimized for (but not limited to) Push integration. Enjoy!

Pine Percussion

For previous Create Tree Music action:

Music for Plants, Music by Plants, in Two Eco-Themed Album Releases [Listen, Galleries]

Follow these folks on their Tumblr “log”:

http://puremagnetik.com/tagged/log

Lots of other stuff there from travels abroad, including a prepared piano and whales. I like that idea – I might have to start sampling everywhere I go, too.

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Mabelton Audio releases Integration Pack for Ableton Push and Reveal Sound Spire

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Following the integration packs for the Arturia V Collection, Sylenth, Diva, Synthmaster and more, Mabelton Audio has annouced the release of the Push/Spire Integration Pack. The Spire/Push Integratio [Read More]
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Puremagnetik releases Hyperbent – Circuit Bending Library for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Puremagnetik has released Hyperbent, a library of circuit bent sounds for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. Hyperbent includes over 80 circuit bent and electronics hacked instrument programs, over 200 [Read More]
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