Modulate This! – Best of 2009 Electronic Music Tech

Despite the economic downturn, 2009 was thankfully a huge year when it came to new technology for electronic music artists. Rather than try and cover every significant release, I’ll instead list some of my favorite products and notable trends. The Year of Ableton What a big year for Ableton. Live 8 with great new features... Continue Reading →

My Studio Setup: 1 Laptop/3 Configurations + Akai APC40 Eye Candy

Revised 7-3-2009, changes are in red.For over two years I've been completely laptop based and loving it. Here are some notes on the three configurations I run with my latpop.First, I'm running an HP DV6500T running Vista, Ableton Live 8 Suite, and various vsts (Alchemy,Sylenth1,NI Massive/Absynth 4,Gladiator 2,Dimension Pro, Morphine...) I run in one of... Continue Reading →

Video Tutorial: Ableton Live 8 + APC40 + Remote SL Controllerism

I’m the proud owner of the new Akai APC40. I’ve already integrated it into my workflow along with my Novation Remote SL. I’ve put together a video of how I’m using these controllers with Live 8. Watch the video on YouTube: <img style="BORDER-TOP-STYLE: none; BORDER-RIGHT-STYLE: none; BORDER-LEFT-STYLE: none; BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: none" alt="" src="http://newecho.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451cae869e201156fc42ea7970c-pi&quot; onload="var downlevelDiv =... Continue Reading →

Modulate This Takes A First Look at Max for Live

Last weekend I attended the Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts at the Atlas Center in Boulder, Colorado where I was lucky enough to be one of the first to see Max for Live in action. Cycling '74's Director of Engineering Darwin Grosse gave an hour and half seminar offering an preview of Max for Live.... Continue Reading →

Akai APC40 Overview, Links, Videos, Availability and Price For The New Dedicated Ableton Live Controller

Out of all the controllers announced in the 2009 Winter NAMM, the Akai APC40 is the one I’m most excited about. What is the AKAI APC40? It’s a dedicated controller just for Live and is intended to offer real-time control of Live’s session view. It features 109 buttons, 16 endless encoders with LED rings, nine... Continue Reading →

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