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(Modulate This) Events Mind Map Mosher-Deane Synth: Micro-Freak Video Tutorials

Learning the MicroFreak Synth: Cheat Sheets and Recommended Videos

I recently bought the Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synrhesizer – yay!. I really like the design and it’s an amazing value for only $299.

In this post I’ll share some resources I’ve been using to learn it so you too can wrap your head around this featured packed and mobile synth.

I’ll include some cheat sheets I’ve made for a an upcoming presentation and performance at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup on Tuesday, October 8 as well as recommend some videos.

Heads up, I’ve also created a new category on my blog dedicated to theMicroFreak https://markmoshermusic.com/category/synth-micro-freak/.

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live ableton live 10 Max for Live Modular Synthesis Video Tutorials

Recommended Video – “What Is MaxForLive… And Why Aren’t You Using It Yet!?” by ELPHNT

Max for Live is an incredibly helpful solution that allows you to further customize and extend Ableton Live. While you can use it as a development tool, many people I’ve bumped into don’t realize it’s also extremely useful to artists who don’t develop.

For example, I’ve been using it for years now to use Ableton Live itself more like a modular and to extend Live through both free and commercial Max for Live devices from Ableton and third parties.

As Max for Live is a bit misunderstood so I wanted to spread the word about a video I discovered via Darwin’s Grosse’s “All Things Modular” Blog, It’s ELPHNT‘s YouTube channel and the videos covers about all sorts of use cases for non-developers.

It’s called called “What Is MaxForLive… And Why Aren’t You Using It Yet!?” and offers a great overview in just under 8 minutes. In the video he touches on:

  • What is Max for Live
  • How should use it
  • How to set it up

A Few Ways I’ve Used Max for Live with Free Devices

Tow Max for Live Devices – Granulator II device and a device that lets me map my wireless Xbox 360 Controller
Max for Live Granulator II and Convolution Reverb devices along with native devices.
This one requires a more knowledge but I wanted to include it as it illustrates how you can bring Max patches into Max for Live devices. This is my first try at it.

More by ELPHNT

Check out https://elphnt.io/ for tutorials and Live Packs.

In a somewhat related not both ELPHNT and I collaborated with Brian Funk on his The Round Wavetable Ableton Live Pack – 32 Free Wavetable Presets From 7 Producers.

Max for Live Links

Some of my Fav Commercial Max for Live Companies

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(Modulate This) Modular Synthesizers News Percussa Synth: Percussa SSP Video Tutorials

New Live YouTube Series on Percussa SSP Euorack Module by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) – Sundays at 6pm UK time (11am MST)

A new live video series by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) on the Percussa SSP Eurorack Module began on June 16th, 2019. the live stream/video is broadcasted on YouTube Live on Sunday’s at 6pm UK time (11am MST).

Visit http://www.youtube.com/matthsmatthsmatths to join and watch the stream.

Jump in the chat room as Matthew will be joined by Bert Schiettecatte, Percussa’s founder and lead engineer/designer, who will be there to answer questions about the SSP as the live stream unfolds.

The series is a live stream hosted by Matthew himself, where he will share his perspective on integrating the SSP into a professional music production context. The series will consist of multiple in-depth videos highlighting everything the SSP is capable of: sampling, granular and wavetable synthesis, external and internal CV modulation, MIDI control and CV generation, sequencing, effects processing, multichannel recording, FM and traditional subtractive synthesis. The videos will also cover polyphonic and multitimbral patch design. Each video will focus on a different aspect of the SSP.

The first three episodes are on YouTube. I’ve watched the first and was in the live stream chat room for the second one and thought it the series was a great way to both learn how the Percussa SSP works, what it sounds like, and how to create with it.

About Percussa and the SSP

Percussa makes hardware and software for forward-thinking professional musicians, sound designers and artists, since 2004. Percussa is known for its award winning AudioCubes product, a wireless patching and performance interface, Synthor System 8, a wireless digital modular synthesis system, and the Super Signal Processor (SSP) eurorack module, a high-end DSP module, modular-in-a-module and multichannel recorder/sampler, featuring 16 inputs and 8 outputs, at 32 bit resolution, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz.

About Matthew Hodson (MATTHS)

Acclaimed electronic producer Matthew Hodson, brings dynamic and intense productions, characterised for the controlled fusion of both ambient and aggressive electronica under the name of MATTHS. Recent MATTHS performances include opening for Wire; supporting Alex Banks (Monkeytown Records), Ulrich Schnauss and Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes). MATTHS has worked with the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop on their new material at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. In May, MATTHS also played 2 shows at the Superbooth Festival in Berlin.

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(Modulate This) Modular Synthesizers News Synth: Percussa SSP Video Tutorials

New Live YouTube Series on Percussa SSP Euorack Module by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) – Sundays at 6pm UK time (11am MST)

A new live video series by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) on the Percussa SSP Eurorack Module began on June 16th, 2019. the live stream/video is broadcasted on YouTube Live on Sunday’s at 6pm UK time (11am MST).

Visit http://www.youtube.com/matthsmatthsmatths to join and watch the stream.

Jump in the chat room as Matthew will be joined by Bert Schiettecatte, Percussa’s founder and lead engineer/designer, who will be there to answer questions about the SSP as the live stream unfolds.

The series is a live stream hosted by Matthew himself, where he will share his perspective on integrating the SSP into a professional music production context. The series will consist of multiple in-depth videos highlighting everything the SSP is capable of: sampling, granular and wavetable synthesis, external and internal CV modulation, MIDI control and CV generation, sequencing, effects processing, multichannel recording, FM and traditional subtractive synthesis. The videos will also cover polyphonic and multitimbral patch design. Each video will focus on a different aspect of the SSP.

The first three episodes are on YouTube. I’ve watched the first and was in the live stream chat room for the second one and thought it the series was a great way to both learn how the Percussa SSP works, what it sounds like, and how to create with it.

About Percussa and the SSP

Percussa makes hardware and software for forward-thinking professional musicians, sound designers and artists, since 2004. Percussa is known for its award winning AudioCubes product, a wireless patching and performance interface, Synthor System 8, a wireless digital modular synthesis system, and the Super Signal Processor (SSP) eurorack module, a high-end DSP module, modular-in-a-module and multichannel recorder/sampler, featuring 16 inputs and 8 outputs, at 32 bit resolution, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz.

About Matthew Hodson (MATTHS)

Acclaimed electronic producer Matthew Hodson, brings dynamic and intense productions, characterised for the controlled fusion of both ambient and aggressive electronica under the name of MATTHS. Recent MATTHS performances include opening for Wire; supporting Alex Banks (Monkeytown Records), Ulrich Schnauss and Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes). MATTHS has worked with the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop on their new material at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. In May, MATTHS also played 2 shows at the Superbooth Festival in Berlin.

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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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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

 

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(Modulate This) Lighting Video Tutorials

Video Demo: SlimPar 56 LED Light and Obey 3 Light Controller

On June 13th, I posted a review of the Slimpar56 and Obey 3 controllers. I had a few people ask me to follow up with a video showing the light in action. I added the video to the original post but wanted to do a separate post with the video for those that read Modulate This with a feed reader.

Watch embedded video.

Mark Mosher
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com

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(Modulate This) Synth: Alchemy Video Tutorials

Designing Sound Blog + Jim Stout on Organic Sound Design with Alchemy & Open Labs NeKo

Just wanted to pass along a sound design resource – http://designingsound.org/. Below is a cool video tutorial post from this site featuring one of my favorite virtual instruments Camel Audio Alchemy. The video is also interesting to me because sound designer Jim Stout is running Alchemy via an Open Labs Neko and the video gives you a good sense of how this system works.

Watch the embedded video.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
http://ww.modulatethis.com
http://MarkMosherMusic.com

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(Modulate This) Synth: u-he ACE Video Tutorials

u-he ACE Video Tutorial: Patch Cables 101

Click here to watch embedded video

I’ve been working a lot with u-he’s ACE modular synthesizer which recently released. It’s quite fantastic and made my recent Best of 2009 Electronic Music Tech list. ACE has a very nice clean and simple user interface where almost all programming is done on one page.

To program ACE you need to have a basic understanding of how the patch cable system works. To help you shorten your learning curve and to help you make more sense of the factory presets I developed the video above. It’s a step-by-step tutorial with a conceptual overview of patch cables and a walkthrough where I create two presets using patch cables.

Enjoy!

Links

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
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(Modulate This) Sound Design Synth: Gladiator Synths & Instruments (Virtual) Video Tutorials

Sound Design with Gladiator 2: HCM Synthesis Explained

Update: checkout the discount link on the right side of the blog.

I started using Tone 2 Gladiator 1 a year ago and recently upgraded to Gladiator 2. Gladiator 1 & 2 are based on a new type of synthesis called Harmonic Content Morphing (HCM). HCM offers a clever way to generate wavetables with a massive variety of harmonic content that can be modified over time. Tone2’s approach with HCM is quite unique so I put together this video which offers a step-by-step explanation of what HCM synthesis is and how to use it. These techniques apply to both Gladiator 1 & 2.

Watch Video on YouTube:

If you like the sound of Gladiator 2 but find it too expensive, you should check out Firebird+. Firebird+ only has a fraction of the the editing capabilities but is still quite a capable instrument for the price.

Links:

Mark Mosher
http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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Ableton Live Video Tutorials

Ableton Live Video Tutorial: How to Use the Step-Sequencer

One of the new features introduced Ableton Live 8 is the ability to step-sequence in the Midi Note Editor. This is covered only briefly on page 204 of the manual so I put together a 5 min. video tutorial to help you get your mind around how this feature works.

[Update June 17, 2020 This featured is called Step-Recording in the Live 10 manual and is documented here]

In the video I cover:

  1. How to arm the step recorder
  2. How to enter notes with a MIDI controller and the arrow keys
  3. How to sequence drums
  4. How to sequence notes and chords
  5. How to preview steps with the arrow keys
  6. How to MIDI Map a controller to next and back steps

Watch the video on YouTube.

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Ableton Live Commercial Video Tutorial Roundup

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Looking for full-on commercial video tutorial courses on Ableton Live?

Here is a list of some I’ve found. For most courses lists, I’ve only seen the free demo movies for each course. In each case I thought the presenter was knowledgeable, they were good teachers, and the videos had professional production.

In the case of Nick Maxwell's tutorials, I have access to all the movies and can say they are really great if you want to go beyond using Live as a DAW and actually use Live, Simpler, Sampler, and instrument/drum racks as an "instrument".

I’ve broken my list down into two categories 1) How to Use Ableton Live and 2) Sound Design with Ableton Live. Note: I’ve revised this article to contain a third category called 3) Ableton Live Technique. This category is for miscellaneous videos to help you take your Ableton chops to the next level that are not specifically targeted at sound design.

To help you pick the tutorial that is right for you I’ve provided some high-level info for each course. Checkout the free videos, and course listings using links below.

Add your finds to this roundup by commenting on this post.


1) HOW TO USE ABLETON LIVE

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http://www.grooveboxmusic.com/str/live-explained-vol-1.html
Author:
Craig McCullough
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
For: Those new to Ableton Live who want an introduction to all of Live’s core features
Tutorials & Run Time: 20 Tutorials / Over 3.5 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  : Digital Download + Disc $54.99, Digital Download $49.99, 30-day Online Pass $17.99, Membership

imageLive Explained Volume 2
http://www.grooveboxmusic.com/str/live-explained-vol-2.html
Author:
Craig McCullough
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: Picks up where Volume left off and covers more advanced features of Ableton Live.
Tutorials & Run Time: 20 Tutorials / Over 3.5 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital Download + Disc $54.99, Digital Download $49.99, 30-day Online Pass $17.99, Membership

image VTC Ableton Live 6 Tutorial
http://www.computer-training-software.com/ableton-live-6.htm

Author: Steven Smith
Level: Beginner
For: Those new to Ableton Live who want an introduction to all of Live’s core features
Tutorials & Run Time: 96 Lessons, 8 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 6
Format & Price:  Disc $99.95
Released: 2007-12-13


2) SOUND DESIGN WITH ABLETON LIVE

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Sound Design in Ableton Live
http://nickstutorials.com/sdacam.php

Author: Nick Maxwell
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: Those who want to learn radical techniques for creating everything from hard-hitting drums to complex atmospheres. Gain the knowledge to create unique, complex sounds!
Tutorials & Run Time: 5 Hours 
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital download or streaming video. For $7 you can get 1 and a half hours of the videos, (Developing a Sound Design Philosophy, Atmospheric Fly-by, Designing a Drum Kit, and Slicing Melodic Sounds). You will be given the option to purchase the remaining sound design videos for the $30 difference, as well as the option to upgrade to the full Megapack (both "Sound Design" and "Sampling and Slicing") for the $42.99 difference.

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Sampling & Slicing with Ableton Live
http://nickstutorials.com/sas.php

Author: Nick Maxwell
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: A no-fluff series on creating sample-based music in Ableton Live. Learn essential tools and creative techniques with this series. Get up to speed in no time!
Tutorials & Run Time: 2 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital download or streaming video. Purchase this 2 hour video series now for $25 and start learning instantly. Save 20% on your purchase of both "Sampling and Slicing in Ableton Live" and "Sound Design and Creative Audio Manipulation" through this special package deal. Get both series for $49.99!

3) Ableton Live Technique

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The Ultimate Ableton Tutorials 
http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/

Author: Jason Timothy
Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
An eclectic collection of tutorials on various Ableton Live topics. Easy to follow that even a complete beginner will be able to make great songs, remixes, mash-ups or DJ on Ableton very quickly! Offering

  • Ultimate Ableton Collection #1 – $37(Download)/$59(DVD)
  • Uiltimate Ableton Collection #2 – $37(Download)/$42(DVD)
  • Advanced Warping Collection
  • Ableton Mini-packs – $7:
    • Drum kit's and Sample Mini-pack
    • Drum Racks Mini-pack
    • DJ Mini-pack 1 and 2
    • Sampler Mini-pack
    • Operator Mini-pack

Tutorials & Run Time: Varies depending on package 
Live Version Used: Live 7 & 8
Format & Price:  Digital download, DVD


Add your finds to this roundup by commenting on this post.

Mark Mosher

www.markmoshermusic.com
www.modulatethis.com
www.twitter.com/markmosher

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Video Tutorial: How To Use Ableton Live Racks To Create Multi-Sampled Instruments

Watch Video: How To Use Ableton Live Racks to Create Multi-Sampled Instruments

I’ve seen questions recently in Modulate This comments, and on the Ableton Live forum regarding the creation of multi-sampled instruments in Ableton Live. This video tutorial is  step-by-step how-to video that walks you through the creation of a velocity switched multi-sampled instrument using Ableton Live, Ableton Simpler, Instrument Racks, and Drum Racks.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com
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(Modulate This) Polls Synths & Instruments (Virtual) Video Tutorials

Thanks for Participating in “What Virtual Synths Do You Own?” Readers Poll

imageFirst off thanks to all who have taken the time to take the readers poll on what virtual synths you own. I’ll leave the poll up for a while to keep collecting data. I also appreciate all the comments and links to synths not in the list.

A couple of early observations after look at the results so far.

Sound Design:
When I think about producing presets it’s clear that offering presets in native formats for the more popular VSTs and Live Pack versions for these and less popular synths makes the most sense.

I’m psyched that so many of you who own Live also have Sampler and Operator. I wasn’t sure the ratio would be so high.

Kore2 is not as popular as might have thought. I only have the free player myself and since I own Live and Absynth 4 I don’t end up using it that much. I think Kore 2 has potential, and I may do something with it, but for now Live Packs and native presets seem the way to go.

I was happy to see Absynth 4 fair so well – I personally love it. Sylenth1 and Predator are neck and neck. Camel Audio’s Alchemy is only 15% but it’s new and relatively expensive.  I personally think this synth will grow in popularity. I would have predicted Morphine being this low. Being additive it’s rather specialized. I’ll most likely use it to generate waveforms that I’ll then take into Live Packs. Circle is no surprise either. While it’s interface is really innovative I think it’s pricey and a lot of people have subtractive covered.

Video Tutorials:
I’ve been doing some research on video tutorials and there are a lot of fine tutorials out there on Ableton Live (I’ll post a list in the near future). At this point I’m thinking I’ll do some general videos on “sound design” on the more popular synths in the poll plus Alchemy (as it kicks ass) and perhaps some free synths. I have a few ideas on how to structure tutorials in a way that will help you build up knowledge that is transportable between synths and will experiment with some ideas around this.

Thanks again!

Mark Mosher
www.markmoshermusic.com
www.modulatethis.com
www.twitter.com/markmosher

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(Modulate This) Polls Synths & Instruments (Virtual) Video Tutorials

Reader Poll: Which Virtual Instruments Do You Own?

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In the coming months I’m planning on releasing FREE video tutorials on sound design with virtual instruments as well as FREE presets for virtual instruments. To help me pick which instruments to focus on please take a minute out of your day to take a poll.

Thanks,

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com
www.twitter.com/markmosher

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(Modulate This) Effects Plugins Video Tutorials

Video Tour of Image-Line’s Gross Beat Plug-in

Last night I bought Image-Line’s Morphine synth. As part of their holiday sale, I got their brand new plug-in Gross Beat for FREE ($99 value).

It’s a great plug-in – so much so I stayed up way too late experimenting with it. To help you get your mind around the plug-in and jump start your use of it, I produced a video tour.

Links:

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com

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Ableton Live Video Tip: Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Rapidly Rename Tracks

I just posted "Ableton Live Video Tip: Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Rapidly Rename Tracks" to YouTube. This is one of those simple tips that will both save time and allow you to stay organized.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com