Tag Archives: ableton

Create a Song using only Ableton’s Operator & Analog

An excercise in sound design, we’re going to build a whole song using only Ableton’s Operator & Analog. WIth these 2 synths we will create drums, lead, and bass with no samples whatsoever.

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HMGNC – Today & Forever (Random Remix) [Out Now!]

Today and Forever Remixes digital EP from HMGNC!
Now available on iTunes:

https://itun.es/gb/g0jM8

Get the interpretations of “Today and Forever” by 9 talented producers including yours truly, Random!

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!

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

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Conductr for Live

Recently I tried out the now FREE ‘Conductr’. It’s basically an Ableton Live controller app for iPad. After messing around with it I find this to be very straight forward and simple to use. Basically all you need to jam live on Ableton are there. The app itself use what it calls module. Each module have their own name which is self explanatory such as Mixer, clips, master and user. The user module is pretty cool because you get to create your own module using up to 8 parameter controllers from any device on any track featured in your Ableton Live set.

Of course, with all freemium software, you are limited to 2 user module. The paid version though will let you have unlimited amount of modules.the Master module is basically MASTER VOLUME, CUE VOLUME, A/B CROSSFADE and TRANSPORT CONTROLS. At this point I’m just scratching the surface of this awesome controller. Is it as powerful as Touchable or Lemur? Well, not at this point, the 2 apps I mentioned have quiet a head start and Conductr still have ways to go to catch up with them. But since this app is free, you really got nothing to lose to try it out.

More info go to http://www.conductr.net/
Download this app at itunes appstore here