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(Modulate This) Ableton Ableton Live ableton live 10 Ableton Push Synth: Ableton Wavetable Videos

Video Original Ableton Wavetable Preset “Numbers” on Push 2

A quick post to share a video of a new original preset that’s in progress on the most amazing @Ableton #Wavetable#synth. This one is inspired by Kraftwerk and it called “Numbers” 😀. #SaturdayNightSoundDesign.

This was made entirely with Push 2 without using a mouse. As I’m using Push I incorporate the touch strip, velocity and pressure into this sound.

In a related note I’m slowly working my way towards a whole pack of Wavetable presets so subscribe to be notified of my progress along with other Modulate This! posts.

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(Modulate This) Ableton ableton live 10 Ableton Push Improvisation Live Streaming Max for Live Sound Design

Improv with Ableton Live, Push 2 and Max for Live Devices FlexGroove and Granulator II

Here is video of an improv with Ableton Live and Push2 I streamed to Facebook Live earlier today. The video is a download from my FB live stream so low rez but you’ll get the idea.

I improvised it all on-the-fly. Prior to playing I setup a few tracks such as a Simpler containing a sample from a cylinder phonograph, a track with Max for Live Granulator II along with some drum racks. Ableton was kind enough to give me a copy of M4L device called FlexGroove.

FlexGroove

I’m just wrapping my head around it and in this piece I’m using it on the piano part of the piece to pull notes off the grid. I start using it at around the 3m50s mark. I’m really looking forward into digging deeper into this device.

FlexGroove is a Max for Live device for off-the-grid MIDI sequencing. Give parts an expressive push and pull, fluidly transition from one time signature to another, or play with unconventional swing patterns.

https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/flexgroove/

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In a related note I’ve been experimenting with OBS Studio on Windows 10 with Ableton Live and will share some tips on configuration soon. Subscribe to get notified of this and other posts via email.

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Video My Set at Beat Cypher July 25, 2019 Performing New Song at 382 BPM.

This week I composed a new pieced called “Press 3” which starts of at 80 BPM and makes it all the way to 764 BPM 😯. He

Here is a video snippet where I’m clocking along at 382 BPM.

Thanks J.L. Kane for hosting and Mechant Metrique for shooting this on his phone.

Soon after I did a live studio recording of the piece and released as the first episode in Season 3 of the Sonic Encounters Podcasst.

I’m using Ableton Live 10.1 Suite, Push 2, Novation Launch Control XL, Suface Laptop 2, Outer Spaces reverb (Max for Live), and U-HE Zebra 2 and Hive.

More on Beat Cypher here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1980133178941598

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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Ableton Live ableton live 10 Ableton Push Sound Design Synth: Ableton Wavetable

Video: “Predator” – An Original Ableton Wavetable Preset by Mark Mosher

Check out this video of new Ableton Wavetable preset I’m working on from “init”. I call it “Predator”.

FYI – Back in February I contributed 5 original presets to FREE The Round Wavetable Pack by AfroDJMac with sounds by AfroDJMac, Isaac Cotec, Thomas Glendinning, pAtches, Josh Spoon, Mark Towers. Some super cool presets in the pack :^)

For more of my articles on Wavetable visit the category https://modulatethis.com/category/synth-ableton-wavetable/.

Checkout my vimeo channel for more videos like this.

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Isotonik Studios Releases ADM DRUMS by AfroDJMac + A Video Walkthrough of this Epic Collection

Isotonik Studios and my friend and amazing sound designer AfroDJMac just came together to release ADM Drums by AfroDJMac. The collection contains drum samples and presets made over the years by the prolific AfroDJMac which were then curated and organized by Isotonik Studios’ resident Ableton Live Pack expert Animus Inviduous (aka PerforModule).

An amalgamated collection of more than a hundred and fifty Drum Racks, one thousand Drum Loops, and two thousand Drum Hits crafted by AfroDJMac over the years, organized into a single mega pack which installs the vast content into one’s Ableton Live Library in a usable structure for instantaneous creativity.

The end result is an epic Live pack containing 151 Drum Racks +1430 Loops + 80 MIDI Clips + 4 instrument racks + 2333 drum hits!

AjfoDJMac made a nice video walkthrough of the pack that’s which you can see on Vimeo.

First Impressions

I’ve received an NFR copy and so far I’ve only been able to spend on hour with ADM Drums but I’m pretty excited about the release so I wanted to do a post on first impressions.

Install is a one-step process and the Live Pack installs directly into Live’s factory packs folder. With this many racks, loops, clips – this is a real time saver both on install and when you go looking for things later.

 

While I’ve barely scratched the surface  – I’ve already found the drum racks very useful and inspiring. I especially dig “ADM COIN-OP Drums” and the VHS kits. There are five 64-pad kits in the “Experimental Kits” folder which are super fun – such as “ADM PO 64 Pad Drums” and “ADM Tension”.

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Ableton Push 2 Tip: When using 64-pad kits, press the “Layout” button on the right side to cycle through to 64-pad mode.

The organization of this pack is amazing and even includes an extensive Lessons File that gives you information on each kit and even links you back to AfroDJMac’s original blog post from when these packs were first released. This is pretty handy as you’ll be able to then watch the detailed videos AfroDJMac made for each kit.

 

Price is Price £59.00 which is about $77 US at the time of this article. My view is this is an amazing value when you consider that you are getting fantastic source material and meticulous racks (and more) by AfroDJMac – all wrapped with Isotonik Studios amazing organization. The end result are some inspiring kits you’ll be using right out of the gate –  and more importantly – all this organization will make it a snap for you to make your own custom drum racks.

Learn More and Buy

Learn more and buy at https://isotonikstudios.com/product/drums-afrodjmacs-grand-collection/.

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live ableton live 10 Ableton Push Video Tutorials

New Videos from Ableton to Help You Learn Live 10 and Push 2

Ableton has released a large number of new videos to help your learn both Live 10 and Push 2. You the playlists for these videos (along with their other playlists) by visiting https://www.youtube.com/user/AbletonInc/playlists.

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The latest videos are also featured on Ableton’s web site at https://ableton.com/learn-push and https://www.ableton.com/live/learn-live. The Learn Live page categorizes videos by Overview, Setup, Interface, Instruments & Effects, Workflows.

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I just finished watching the latest Push 2 videos. I use Live 10 and Push 2 almost every day and learned some new things – so I differently recommend watching these videos whether you are new to Live 10 and  Push 2 or a seasoned player.

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(Modulate This) Ableton Ableton Live Ableton Push Sound Design

Ableton Push Tip: How to Toggle Fixed Full Velocity for Pads

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I switched to Ableton Push as my primary controller four years ago then upgraded to Push 2 in 2015. It’s become my primary “instrument”. I love the pad sensitivity. However sometimes after a long day of typing at work, I want to play music without piling on repetitive strain. And sometimes I want to record full velocity then go back in an edit velocities after-the-fact.

Luckily, Ableton has provided a simple way to to toggle fixed using the “Accent” key.

The pads are velocity sensitive, but if you want to temporarily override the velocity sensitivity, press the Accent button. When Accent is enabled, all played or step-sequenced notes will be at full velocity (127), regardless of how hard you actually tap the pads.

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Enable Accent to Play or Record at Full Velocity.

Via https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/using-push-2/

Note, when you toggle accent, the accent button will blink.


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Ableton University Tour Makes Four Stops in Denver in May 2016!

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This spring, we’re visiting campuses across the globe as part of the Ableton University Tour: a series of free events at which our Certified Trainers will demonstrate the music-making capabilities of Live, Push and Link.

Open to students, faculty members and staff as well as to the general public, the meetups are a great chance for new or existing users to watch in-depth demonstrations of Live and Push – and to try them out for themselves with experts on hand to assist.

The events are taking place between March and May with dates for a number of universities already confirmed.

Ableton will be making four stops in Denver!

Denver, CO
Date: May 3
School: Metropolitan University of Denver
Details and RSVP: Eventbrite

Denver, CO
Date: May 4
School: Arapahoe Community College
Details and RSVP: Eventbrite

Denver, CO
Date: May 5
School: Community College of Denver
Details and RSVP: Eventbrite

Denver, CO
Date: May 6
School: Denver University
Details and RSVP: Eventbrite

The Denver events will feature:

Serafin Sanchez is an in demand multi-instrumentalist, electronic music producer, and composer based in Colorado.He started playing piano and age 5 and the saxophone at age 9. Ableton Live has been part of his creative process on stage and in the studio since 2005. He writes music for television and radio, as well as working as a freelance composer and arranger. He hold a Masters degree in Music from The University of Colorado at Boulder.

Serafin has taught electronic music production and songwriting using Ableton Live to at-risk youth with YouthOnRecord.org since 2007. He is also the founder of stem.ly, a site enabling the purchase of songs in individual stem format.

Serafin is available to bands and solo artists looking for on-stage solutions with Live. He also consults teachers and school systems looking to develop music technology curriculum. He has taught or consulted for The Art Institute of Colorado, Regis University, Music For All, Youth on Record, JeffCo Public Schools, Adams County Schools, and STEM Academy.

 

Thomas Faulds is a sound designer and percussionist based in Chicago, Illinois. Inspired by new technologies and production, Thomas is an active participant in the dynamic music scene in Chicago. Aside from recording and releasing albums, he works as an independent music tech consultant, teaching the inner workings of music production tools to students and professionals alike. Thomas believes in universal creative potential and actively introduces students to the vast creative possibilities afforded by modern music instruments.

Teaching students the secrets of recording, producing, playing, and releasing music with today's technology has become the single most important subject in his musical career. As an established private and group music teacher and active community organizer, Thomas' objective is to prepare students for participation in this evolving and exciting musical world. With a heavy focus on beat making, editing, and multi-track recording, he has used Ableton Live for the majority of his work (live and in the studio) for the past nine years, giving him extensive practical knowledge of the software.

To check for tour dates in your city visit https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/ableton-university-tour-2016.

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Ableton Live Ableton Push Musique concrète

Ableton Push Impov: Vinyl Needle Drops in Drum Racks (Real-Time & Step Automation)

Working with the Elektron Octatrack has gotten back into sampling big time. Some of the things you can do with an Octatrack – like per step automation – can also be done with Ableton Push when working in "Note" mode in drum racks.

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  1. One you turn on a note in the step sequencer, you can then hold the note down to acces all sort of parameters for devices. While holding the step…
  2. Adjust params to your liking. In this example I'm changing the pitch of each step in the step-sequencer.

You can of course record real-time automation by simply pressing the "Automation" button when in record or overdub mode. 

Below is an example audio snippet I put on soundcloud of doing such that. I sampled audio from random needle drops on vinyl into clips and used them to build a custom drum rack.  I then improvised using Push to perform and sequence these clips including per step automation of various parameters.

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Ableton Live Ableton Push Musique concrète Synth: Ableton Sampler

Manipulating a Percussive Soda Can Sample using Pad Pressure on Ableton Push #MadeWithLive

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I recorded the sound of a pen striking a half-full soda can. I loaded this into Sampler and went to the MIDI panel and mapped "Aftertouch" (pad pressure) to "Loop Length" with a value of -100. Now pad pressure modulate the loop length.

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Here is a video of this sound design work in progress – http://youtu.be/Ld5KWyGs9_M.

 

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Intro to Ableton Push at April 8 Boulder Synthesizer Meetup

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I’m doing an “Intro to Ableton Push” talk Tuesday April 8th at 7pm at the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup. Event is free but seating is limited so if you live in the Denver area and would to attend RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup/events/172555802/.


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(Modulate This) Ableton Push Contollerism Sound Design Synth: ElectraX

How to Use ElectraX Synth with Ableton Push Pad Pressure and Use Ribbon Controller Like a Mod Wheel

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I finally got my hands on a Push. I’m going through songs in my existing live show and tweaking synths to be even more expressive with Push’s aftertouch and ribbon controller. In this post I’ll be focusing on the wonderful ElectraX synth by Tone2 Audiosoftware but the same concepts apply to any synthesizer that allows for CC mapping in their Mod Matrix – including all the other Tone2 synths.

The image below (click to enlarge) illustrates how to map Push’s pad pressure (aftertouch) and ribbon controller in the mod matrix.

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Ribbon Controller

If you are using Ableton instruments, the ribbon controller on Push is hard wired to pitch wheel. One advantage to using third party synths is synths like ElectraX, Absynth, and others allow you to map MIDI controller information right into their mod matrix. In other words you can map the ribbon to anything you like

In ElectraX if you want to disable mod wheel so it doesn’t change pitch got to Settings and set “Pitchwheel” to off. Now go into the Mod Matrix and map Pitchwheel. In the example above, I’m using the ribbon to crossfade oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 volumes.

Pressure

To map pad pressure, which is really exposed as aftertouch, go to the Mod Matrix and map “Afterto.” to parameters. In the example above I’m using pressure to close the filter and increase filter resonance.

Keep Up with Push Posts

I’ll be doing many more posts on Push in the future so keep an eye on this category http://www.modulatethis.com/ableton-push/. You can subscribe to the RSS feed for this category here http://www.modulatethis.com/ableton-push/atom.xml. The ElextraX category is here http://www.modulatethis.com/synth-electrax/ | http://www.modulatethis.com/synth-electrax/atom.xml.

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Ableton 9.1 Beta – Dual Monitor Support, Push Melodic Step Sequencer

Others have reported on the Ableton Live 9.1 beta but I wanted to mention it here in light of the Maschine updates and since I use both Live and Maschine.

First off here is the announcement page – https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/live-91-announced-dual-monitor-support-push-step-sequencer-and-more/.

The big features are:

  • Dual monitor support allowing.
  • Push can new dew melodic step sequencing as see in the embedded Video below. This includes step sequencing with notes, chord, and per-step step automation.

Enter notes manually, or play them in, then edit each note in the sequence precisely – all via the hands-on interface of Push. Plus, you can now edit automation with step-by-step accuracy – maybe open up a filter for single notes, or add a splash of reverb to the last notes of a sequence.

Under the hood changes:

Finally, there are a couple of under the hood changes that we'd like to draw your attention to. Sample rate conversion during rendering is done using an extremely high-quality algorithm. 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. Ultra high-quality rendering and faster renders – now in Live 9.1. 

Incremental Updates

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competition  in this market is good and it's nice to see Ableton continue to add value to their controller with incramental updates. 

Ableton Push Tour: Experience Push for Yourself

Ableton has also announced a hand-on tour – more here  https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/ableton-push-tour.

Links

  • Join the beta – https://www.ableton.com/en/beta/
  • Read 9.1 beta FAQ –https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/9-1-beta-faqs/
  • 9.1 release notes and change log – https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/live-9-beta-release-notes/
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    Photos form the Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and Push Premiere Event the University of Denver

    I attended the Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and Push Premiere Event the University of Denver on Wednesday February 27th.

    Ableton Certified Trainer and electronic artist Orville Kline joins Darwin Grosse from Cycling 74 for a unique performance and presentation covering the new features of Ableton Live 9, the potential of Max for Live and exploring creative approaches for composition and performance using Ableton’s new hardware instrument Push.

    Here is a flickr set from the event.

    http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984

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    Video: Flight of the Bumblebee on Ableton Push

    Via http://bandesnaci.com/, via Create Digital Music… video of “Flight of the Bumblebee – Ableton Push “ by Yehezkel Raz.

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    Jeremy Ellis on Ableton Push at NAMM 2013

    Just found this video of Jeremy Ellis on Ableton Push at NAMM 2013. Watching Jeremy discover how to play notes on Push gives you a great sense of the isomorphic modes and expressiveness of Push.

    FYI – I’m installing the betas for Live 9 and Max for Live :^)

    Mark Mosher
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