Ableton made it official yesterday, with the release of a “public beta” update to Ableton Live 9, which brings dual monitor support, and a new melodic step sequencer, among other improvements:
- Live 9.1 introduces support for two windows, including the option to place the windows on different monitors.
- For Push owners, Live 9.1 introduces a brand new melodic step sequencer.
- Improved rendering: If you’re working at a high sample rate (such as 96 kHz), you can now downsample to lower sample rates (such as 44.1 kHz) with no loss in quality. Also, rendering now uses multiple cores, which can result in much faster exports.
The Live 9.1 update is available in public beta and is free for owners of Ableton Live 9.
With Push it’s simple to move between keys with the touch of a button. Explore new harmonies and phrases across 64 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads. Push’s hands-on step sequencer allows you to enter notes manually or play them in, and now you can edit automation with step-by-step accuracy.
Reloop will disclose new studio products at the BPM Show. Reloop Keyfadr and Keypad are especially designed and optimized DAW controllers for Ableton Live 9. The Reloop Studio Keyfadr combines some of the most useful control functions for music production into a compact and versatile DAW controller for producers and performers using Ableton.
Aside from its extremely compact dimensions, which make the controller fit comfortably into almost any laptop bag, the Keyfadr offers users a variety of intuitive possibilities; from being a control station for studio projects through to being a creative tool for a live gig.
The Keyfadr is made up of 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 faders, 16 rotary knobs and 8 endless encoders with push function, making this USB MIDI controller an indispensable creative tool. A unique highlight of the Keyfadr is its ability to help create complex compositions on the fly. The internal arpeggiator can build vivid sequences with flexible quantization possibilities that give subtle nuance to your sound, whilst the chord mode can punch out different combinations at the strike of a single key. Scale mode helps you hit the right key every time by playing the correct tones matched to the chosen scale.
Ableton Live Lite 9 comes included with Keyfadr, and the controller is ready to plug-and-play once the software is installed; getting you set-up and running in seconds, without having to make your own complicated mappings. Creating a live performance is easy with Keyfadr, as Ableton’s live clip view can be set to control all major clip and navigation commands using only the Keyfadr surface. Pressing ‘shift’ at any time allows you to set up a second scene, making it easy to switch between performance modes.
The Keypad is made up of 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 faders, 16 rotary knobs and 8 endless encoders with push function, making this USB MIDI controller an indispensable creative tool.
- Combines the most useful functions for music production into one device
- Keyboard: 25 mini keys with 9 playable octaves
- Control section: 8 Channel faders with endless encoders (pan), including 2 control
- knobs, (send/return) and three backlit function buttons (mute, solo, rec)
- Full integration and easy plug and play for Ableton Live 9
- DAW transport controls (play, stop, rec, scene up/down, play/ stop clips, overdub, set marker, marker left/right, cycle, tap, metronome)
- On board appregiator with multiple modes and internal/external midi clock
- Chord feature: Easily play the most common chords in this versatile mode
- Scale mode: Choose from four different scales and always hit the right key
- Shift button for second layer control and choose between two performance scenes
- Fully USB powered controller requires no external power source
- Other midi mappings available as download
- Ableton Live 9 Lite included (value upgrade opportunity)
- Drum pads: 16 velocity sensitive trigger pads with backlit LEDs
The Point Blank modular synth is based on the legendary EMS VCS3. The VCS3 was built in London in the late ’60s and there were a number of subsequent models of varying sizes. It was a popular synth and used by the Radiophonic Workshop (the ring modulator was used to process the sound of the daleks) through to Pink Floyd.
It’s a great synth to generate sounds and jam around with and the interface was really well thought out, featuring an innovative matrix which is still a neat way to patch the different synth sections together. It features three oscillators, a noise generator, a ring modulator, a couple of filter sections, audio input, envelope generator, spring reverb and an assignable joystick control – if you really wanted you could even hook up a keyboard!
The Point Blank modular synth is a simpler interface, but still offers three oscillators and noise generator, a filter section, ring modulator and X/Y controller. Unlike the VCS3, it’s possible to store your settings, and trigger the sounds easily (and in tune!) from a MIDI source. We’ve also included a slide control to emulate the smooth sweeps you could sometimes achieve with the original synth.
The modular synth is a free download for Point Blank Facebook fans.
This time the Dancing Bear is sequencing the Tinysizer!
Tinysizer ANYWARE-INSTRUMENTS ANALOG MODULAR MINI SYNTHESIZER is a fantastic complete mini analog modular synthesizer system.
The MFB Tanzbär analogue drum-computer has a tight step-sequencer and 16 instruments.
Recorded in Ableton Live – no additional effects.
Raz Mesinai (Badawi) is a composer, sound designer, instructor, and dub visionary. In this tutorial, Raz shows you how to create sub-heavy, 808-style kick drums using Ableton Live’s versatile software instrument Operator.
Ableton offered a sneak peak at an upcoming update to Live 9 at an event held with Kompakt Records in Berlin. Ableton offered a preview of Live 9.1 – a free update that promises dual-monitor support and other frequently requested features.
New in Ableton Live 9.1:
- Dual-monitor support – view Arrangement and Session views on different screens.
- New integration with Push – this will include step sequencing of melodies (not just drums), and step sequencing of automation
- Improved rendering when downsampling on export, which, depending on your workflow, may result in better final audio quality.
Ableton has not made an official announcement for Live 9.1, so details on the upgrade are to come, along with timing for the release
The Noisy Bar Violin is AfroDJMac’s 88th Free Ableton Live Pack. It is an instrument created with a sample of a violin, recorded in a noisy bar.
Free Download @ http://bit.ly/freesynth88
Here’s a sneak peek at the new TouchAble 2, details below:
touchAble – THE Ableton live controller app for iPad – available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store: http://www.itunes.com/app/touchable
touchAble 2 will be a free update for all touchAble users
touchAble 2 introduces:
- Complete rebuild of the app
- New and faster Engine
- New Graphic interface
- New server
- New Template editor module : build your own controllers pages
- New Midi editor/ step sequencer
- New Isomorphic keyboard
- New Step Sequencer with Chord & Drum modes
- New Browser lets access to your library
- Complete rebuild of XY pad module
- Hundreds of new features, change and improvements
Full compatibility with Live 8 and Live 9, Intro, Standard & Suite.
touchAble provides a powerful, intuitive and reliable multitouch control solution for professional use.
touchAble includes templates for lives plugins and is fully compatible with vsts, audiounits and instruments.
touchAble is supported by many professional musicians, performers, djs and composers around the world, who use touchAble on stage or in studio.
Track by Le K http://www.le-k.org
Tiesto – Take Me (kktp Remix) – with NI Maschine Mikro Mk2 and Ableton Live 9
Minimal System Instruments has released Glue Compressor: Drum Mixing, a collection of 42 presets for the Glue compressor in Ableton Live 9.
Glue Compressor: Drum Mixing is the first pack Minimal System have produced for Ableton Live 9, more specifically the fantastic new Glue Compressor. This plugin is designed to, as the name suggests “glue” your buss or master mixes together to create a more uniform sound much like the famous SSL Buss Compressor.
This new preset pack is designed for use on drum busses only and includes 42 presets crafted by our in house mixing and mastering expert. Covering all aspects of drum mixing this pack provides everything needed to get your drums sounding polished.
The presets pack costs £4.99 GBP.