Overview and Time-Lapse Video of My Ableton Live Laptop Music Rig + Controllers

Over the years I’ve played hundreds of shows as a keyboardist using my trusty Apex column with various hardware synths.  In late 2009 I had a vision to create a new Ableton Live laptop-centric rig using only virtual synths running in Live. While I wanted to play some keys, I was really excited to addContinue reading “Overview and Time-Lapse Video of My Ableton Live Laptop Music Rig + Controllers”

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 featuresContinue reading “Modulate This! – Best of 2009 Electronic Music Tech”

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 inContinue reading “My Studio Setup: 1 Laptop/3 Configurations + Akai APC40 Eye Candy”

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

Options.txt: Improved Wacom Tablet Support in Ableton Live 8.0.2 + Entering Text into Kore2 and other VSTs

Better Support For Wacom Tablets in Live 8.0.2 For the past year, I’ve been using a Wacom Bamboo tablet as an alternative input device for a mouse. It works well with VSTs. However, in Ableton Live, the pen stroke length to move a knob through it’s entire range of values is too short. In theContinue reading “Options.txt: Improved Wacom Tablet Support in Ableton Live 8.0.2 + Entering Text into Kore2 and other VSTs”

Sonic State Behind the Scenes Video – Howard Jones, Robbie Bronnimann, and Laura Clapp On Tour in Australia

I found this series of vides via pedx1ng’s post on the Ableton Live forum, who found it on Matrixsynth. These videos by Sonic State cover Howard Jone's tour in Australia. I've re-blogged them here with annotation. I've always liked Howard Jones's music and the fact that he's not all about nostalgia but is still writingContinue reading “Sonic State Behind the Scenes Video – Howard Jones, Robbie Bronnimann, and Laura Clapp On Tour in Australia”

Novation Automap 3 Pro Unboxing and Time Saving Installation Notes

I blogged earlier about the release of Novation’s Automap 3. I just purchased the Pro edition and thought I’d share my notes on the install. Ok, it’s all software, but the term Unboxing still seems to fit. I took some wrong turns along the way so I hope these notes will save you some time.Continue reading “Novation Automap 3 Pro Unboxing and Time Saving Installation Notes”

Novation Automap 3 Is Now Available

  Automap 3 was announced at Winter NAMM 2009 and is now available. As of this release there are now 2 versions, free and pay. I’ve pasted details in from the Automap 3 Product page below. For me the Pro version seems the most compelling as it includes key stroke assignments and fully Auto-mappable XYContinue reading “Novation Automap 3 Is Now Available”

Modulate This! – Best Products of 2008 for Electronic Musicians

Hope you all are having a restful holiday season. I continuously strive for the leanest rig that will give me the best results. In this post I’ll offer a list products that make up the core of my rig. Consider this my “If I was stranded on a desert island” list for 2008.  Note thatContinue reading “Modulate This! – Best Products of 2008 for Electronic Musicians”

Novaton Music Automap 2.0 Now Available for ReMote users

Automap Universal 2.0 is now available for Remote and Remote Compact. Get the scoop here.

Videos on Moldover’s Approach to Controllerism (and the Freebird Button)

Checkout these mind blowing vidoes of controllerist Moldover discusising his use of Ableton Live with a heavily modified Novation Remote SL controller.

Kanye West plays ‘Stronger’ at the Grammys with Surprise Appearance by Daft Punk Playing JazzMutant Lemurs

Kanye West plays ‘Stronger’ at the Grammys with Surprise Appearance by Daft Punk. What were those cool touch-screen controllers? Check out this article…

Novation Nocturn Compact Intelligent Plug-in Controller – specs, price, availability, video

Fantastic controller with Aotumap Universal 2.0 and cool heads up display…checkout this video…

Happy New Year – Meet My New Controller the Novation reMote 25 SL

Ok, I’m a little late with my New Years wishes – but better late than never. Posts have been scarce as I’ve been off the grid for a bit with the holidays and all, but I will start posting articles again soon. I’ve also got some improvements in mind for the blog in 2008 thatContinue reading “Happy New Year – Meet My New Controller the Novation reMote 25 SL”

ArKaos VJ – Use MIDI and ReWire to Create Video for Live Shows or Rock Videos

If you are looking for a way to use VJ software sync video elements to music for a live show or a rock video check out ArKaos VJ. The software not only responds to MIDI, but also supports ReWire so that you sequence video elements from inside your primary music application ( ex. Ableton Live,Continue reading “ArKaos VJ – Use MIDI and ReWire to Create Video for Live Shows or Rock Videos”

The NEW ReMOTE SL COMPACT – A More Affordable Alternative to the Remote SL

$299.95 US Novation Remote 25SL 25-Key Compact USB Keyboard Controller $399.95 US Novation Remote 49SL 49-Key Compact USB Keyboard Controller If you’ve been drooling over Novation’s ReMOTE SL series keyboards but didn’t find them affordable then you might want to check their latest keyboard the ReMOTE SL COMPACT. According to Novation, "The ReMOTE SL COMPACTContinue reading “The NEW ReMOTE SL COMPACT – A More Affordable Alternative to the Remote SL”