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Blue Cat Audio updates Multiple Tracks Analysis Tools

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Blue Cat Audio has released an update for their multiple tracks analysis tools, adding the ability to save the characteristics of measured material to reuse them later as references for comparison. [Read More]

Avid updates Pro Tools to v12.2 – New Plug-ins, New Plans, New Lower Price

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Avid has updated Pro Tools to v12.2 and announced new Avid Access Plan options, including a new Plug-in Bundle. New Features and Improvements in Pro Tools 12.2 Pro Tools HD features now available [Read More]

Orchestral Tools releases The Nocturne Solo Violin for Kontakt

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Orchestral Tools has announced the release of The Nocturne Violin, which is part of Orchestral Tools’ new Soloists Series. The sounds were sampled from selected Berlin artists and designed to [Read More]

SIR Audio Tools releases StandardCLIP – Clipping Plug-in

Friday, August 14th, 2015

SIR Audio Tools has released the StandardCLIP clipping plug-in. StandardCLIP was designed to handle the audio clipping process as flexible as possible. StandardCLIP can be used as a dynamic tool [Read More]

KVR Giveaway: Win a Limited Edition GRAVITY Drive, preloaded with Heavyocity’s GRAVITY: Modern Scoring Tools

Monday, July 20th, 2015

This month we’re giving away a Limited Edition GRAVITY Drive, loaded up with Heavyocity’s new virtual instrument for Kontakt, GRAVITY: Modern Scoring Tools. Developed by Heavyocity’s award-winning [Read More]

Orchestral Tools releases “Berlin Strings Exp E” – Special Effect Strings for Kontakt

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Orchestral Tools has released the Berlin Strings Exp E for Kontakt. Berlin Strings Exp E – SFX is the final installment of the orchestral effect range within the Berlin Series. Because this collection [Read More]

NUGEN Audio launches Stereo and DSP Versions of True Peak Limiting Tools

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

NUGEN Audio has announced the launch of three new versions of its ISL 2 True Peak Limiter. The new versions include ISL 2st and ISL 2st DSP, designed specifically for music production and other [Read More]

These Tools Plus Live 9.2 Could Change How You DJ and Play Live

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


Ableton Live can be a fantastic tool for playing live, for improvisation, and for studio work. But while some people put together very effective DJ sets, it doesn’t always stack up to other software out there in terms of satisfying certain significant DJ techniques.

And that’s too bad. Because if your DJ aspirations include lots of creative juggling of beats, Ableton Live would seem perfect.

The DJ Collection from Isotonik Studios — the advanced Max for Live hackers who have been releasing a dizzying array of tools for customizing how Live works — provides some of the tools advanced DJs crave.

And by “DJing,” we really mean sophisticated beat juggling, slicing, and looping techniques — so quite relevant to anyone using improvisation and rhythm heavily, whether or not in a DJ set per se.

All of this gets really interesting as of Live 9.2. In fact, it was Isotonik who tipped me off to the fact that the Live 9.2 API had changed in some interesting ways. Now, it may not be clear to you why you should care about some arcane under-the-hood API calls having to do with how clips are triggered. And frankly, you don’t have to care. But because Max for Live developers were able to see daylight through these newly-poked holes, they were able to go spelunking in some new tunnels, as it were.

And what you will care about, some of you, is what you can do.

Isotonik Studios DJ Collection — DJ Hot Cue Universal MIDI from Isotonik Studios on Vimeo.

The DJ Collection bundles together all of these handy tricks into a single software add-on. If you use AKAI APC40 mkII or Ableton Push (or, soon, Novation’s Launchpad and Launchpad Pro), there are integrated solutions that immediately map this to hardware. If you prefer something else, there’s a generic universal MIDI variant, too, that you can use with anything (like that custom arcade-button-joystick affair in plywood you built).

Here’s what you can do, in brief (there’s a lot more detail on the official site).

Hot cues. Create and then play back hot cues on a single clip — rather than having to make a bunch of different clips just to have different cues. Then, see where those cues are via LED feedback on controllers.

Slicing. Credit to Serato: Novation Twitch has a beautiful, pre-mapped slicing effect. But if you’ve been jealous, now the Isotonik boys have brought it to Ableton. Take some sound, divide it into eight slices, then trigger them, with full quantization. (Push even works with eight tracks at once.)



Loop on the fly. Independent of the loop on the clip itself, you can at last loop on the fly — halve them, double them, move them, and set them to lengths as short as a 1/32nd note.


The upshot of all of this: you can at last slice up and cue clips freely in ways that weren’t possible before on a single clip. Sure, there are other ways of doing this — and if you’re comfortable with one of those ways, you can comfortably move right along here, nothing to see.

Likewise, by definition, a lot of this stuff is already easy in tools like Serato and Traktor — Serato, in particular, being good at the slicing workflows. So, from that perspective, it should (rightfully) justify your choice of DJ tool.

But at the same time, I think it is an impressive demonstration of what some subtle changes to Live’s API make possible. And for Live mavens, it’s fantastic news.

And combined with other tools only available in Live, this powerful set of tools — complete with all the documentation and sample files you need to get rolling — could be invaluable. At the price of a nice lunch in London, it’s a steal.

Isotonik DJ Collection [Isotonik Studios]

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Orchestral Tools releases Berlin Woodwinds Exp D SFX and announces Special FX Bundle

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Orchestral Tools has released the Berlin Woodwinds Exp D SFX and announced a special FX Bundle. Berlin Woodwinds Exp D SFX Collection expands their Berlin Series with playable multi-sampled [Read More]

Heavyocity releases “Gravity: Modern Scoring Tools” for Kontakt Player with Intro Offer (Up to $98 off)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Heavyocity Media has announced the release of Gravity: Modern Scoring Tools, a new hybrid cinematic virtual instrument for Kontakt and Kontakt Player. Developed by Heavyocity’s team of professional [Read More]