Category Archives: Gears & Technology

The 80’s is back and other stuff happening around the digital music world

New week means new round up in the past couple weeks. Anything you’d like me to feature? Hit me up on twitter.

80’s Bass Tutorial

This past week, the hottest film to hit the net is the Kickstarter funded 80’s revival KungFury. Complete with it’s full on 80’s inspired soundtrack, this film signify the return of that god awful decade. Attack Magazine have a full on tutorial on how to recreate that signature 80’s bass sound here.

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Drumsound & Bassline Smith: Limitless Technique

Cuddgz1jBpRsSFGvVZQy5Xg5KlFuH5E6F-b2KBZi_BwDrumsound & Simon Bassline Smith are legend in the drum & bass scene and they talk about current projects, and their legendary Technique Recordings label in their interview with Drum & Bass Arena.

Free Ableton Live rack – API 2500 stereo bus compressor emulation from Rayce Stipanovich

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One thing I love about Ableton Live is its ability to build custom rack both for instruments and effects. This time around Ableton Live Expert is giving a way a free rack that emulate the classic API 2500 stereo bus compressor. You can download them here.

A Guide To Clearing Samples In Music Production

copyright-sample-clearanceIn dance music production, you will almost guarantee to use some kind of sample. There are many myths regarding sample clearance floating around the web. Just like everything else, sample clearing myths is not exactly reliable. DJ Techtools brings you great article that might help clear out the confusion. You can read it here.

 

KUNGFURY: THE MOVIE

I mentioned this movie at the beginning of this round up. So, here is that movie. Enjoy the absurdity!

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More Ableton Controller and other things happening this week.

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LK Gives Your iPad or Android Tablet Easy Control of Ableton Live

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Here’s another contender to the crowded Ableton Live controller. I always stand by my statement that nothing beats physical controller such as PUSH, APC or Launchpad but unfortunately they are pricey. Well, pricey relative to apps alternative. At the moment, the leader of Ableton apps are TOuchable 3 and Lemur. But even by apps standard, they are quiet pricey at $20 and $50 respectively. There have been some FREEMIUM alternative such as Conductr and ths recently released LK by LivKontrol. According to Create Digital Music,

First, if you’re an Android user, LK’s Android tablet support alone means it just became your go-to choice if you have a tablet that isn’t an iPad.

Second, LK’s simplicity and modular design I find appealing, as you’ll see in screenshots here. LK’s narrower focus in its main controller view make it particularly accessible. Devices open below the clip/mix view and expand and collapse just as they do in Ableton Live. And dedicated views for MPC-style pads, an X/Y viewer, and MIDI control are clean and easy to understand.

12 ways to Stereoize and Control your Mix in Ableton Live

Staying with Ableton live topic, Askaudiomag have great tutorial on how to stereorize and control your mix. There are awesome tutorials here and you shouldn’t miss it.

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‘DnB can be whatever it wants to be..’ Interview with Digital and his latest Dispatch

If you’re into Drum & Bass, there’s a great interview conducted by my old friend Ryan Origin with the legendary Digital. He touch on how DNB is basically wide open and I think he meants to say DNB is awesome . Read the interview at Inflect.

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Chemical Brothers – Go ft. Q-Tip [Video]

Last but not least, here’s the latest single from Chemical Brothers featuring Q-TIp “GO”. The video is directed by Michel Gondry.

touchAble 3 is out now

I have yet to mess around with it but this new update looks promising. Looking forward to it.

What’s New:
You can now use a simple USB cable to connect 🙂
Access to devices in racks in racks in racks in racks in racks…..!
The new Live Device Template Pack (available as an in-app purchase) provides 42 well designed layouts for nearly every device in Live.

The device module can now follow the selected device in Live (Blue Hand)
Devices can now be loaded to any place of a track’s device chain using the browser and drag and drop.
You can now play notes with the keys of the piano roll within the MIDI Clip Editor in the scales tab.
Devices can be stretched to take 3/4 of the screens real estate.

Completely recoded Server. (Goodbye Java!:) From now on, the Server is running in the background as a System Service.

New Settings, including:
– Follow currently launched scene option.
– choose and assign different MIDI channels for Drum Pads, Keyboard, Isomorphic Keyboard and Piano Roll (MIDI Clip Editor).
– iPads & iPhones Link Mode: combine several Devices to one big control surface.
– Rotary controller sensitivity setting.
– Snap and Timed Snap Mode 4 different envelopes: Exponential, Linear, Logarithmic, Hanning.

Countless of bug fixes, optimisations and enhancements.
Get the latest installer at http://www.touch-able.com/downloads/ and follow the instructions in the quick user guide included in the app

Device/System Requirements:
* Compatible with all generations of iPad.
* Requires iOS 5 or later
* Ableton Live 8 & Live 9
* Mac OSX 10.5 and above or Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
* touchAble PC or MAC server software (downloadable for free)

Combined with its strong integration in Live, its seven different modules (Clips, Mixer, Devices, Keys, Pads, XY Pad, Template Editor) and a MDI Clip Editor touchAble 3 covers every control element of Live’s session view.
touchAble opens up a wide range of creative performance techniques beyond the typical knobs and faders paradigm. It takes a musical and seamless approach to controllerism, with all areas of the interface carefully designed and optimised for intuitive and efficient touch-screen operation as well as Ableton Live workflow. In short – it makes Live Sessions touchAble.

http://www.touch-able.com

First look at Traktor Kontrol S8

Here’s a first run through of Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S8 courtesy of http://www.djtechtools.com

Traktor S8 is coming!

New Traktor Kontrol S8. I hope it doesn’t cost as much as a kidney…

Mark Ronson: How Sampling Transformed Music

This not new but something that’s worth sharing. In this episode of Ted Talk, Mark Ronson (producer of Amy Winehouse) talked about how sampling transformed music, creating a whole new generation of musician.

Komplete Kontrol S-Series

Native Instruments recently revealed it’s latest hardware controller, the Komplete Kontrol S-Series. From what I see, this controller is aimed towards life performing, turning their flagship Komplete Bundle into a monster on stage instruments. The convinient of browsing  sounds from the entire Komplete instruments without having to go through each different software is a major thing for live performer on stage. It literally put the massive 12k + sounds of complete at their finger tips. With this controller you basically have almost any sound imaginable for live situation. There is also cool scale mode that will help the less trained musician to gained confidence to actually play live. Is it cheating? Maybe. But, that’s just the way technology is.

Is this essential? Not really. But it’s definitely usefull. And if you’re in the market for MIDI controller and the Komplete bundle then this is a no brainer. The controller it self is priced at $499 and compatible with Komplete 9 (some feature will not be available )and 10. It will be out and available on October 1st. There are different bundling prices for upgrade. For more information head to Native Instruments.

Check out this Hands on overview from http://www.djtechtools.com