Ableton Live Tip: Sequencing on the Fly and Insert Captured Scene

For some time, I've been using a fantastic keyboard shortcut in Ableton Live called Insert Captured Scene. It has the potential to save you a lot of time and allow you to further enhance your zen-like ability to create and sequence on the fly. Let me talk a little about an approach I often use... Continue Reading →

Free Ableton Live Pack by Dennis DeSantis

Eariler this year, Computer Music magazine had a special issue on Ableton Live 6 with an exclusive Live Pack designed by Dennis DeSantis. The issue sold out making the Live Pack difficult to come by. Good news, Ableton has made the Live Pack available for free on their web site, get it here - The... Continue Reading →

Hey Live Lite Users – Ableton Has Announced an Upgrade Path for ALL Lite Versions

If you have got Ableton Live bundled with another product, now is your chance to upgrade to the full version. In the past, upgrade paths were limited. Now Ableton is allowing upgrades from all bundled packages which include M-Audio, Digidesign, Korg, Line 6, E-MU, Focusrite, Novation, Tascam, Allen & Heath, Behringer and TC Electronic. By... Continue Reading →

Espionage and Other Free Presets for Ableton Live 6 by The Covert Operators

Looking for some free presets for Ableton Live 6? Checkout the Covert Operators download page at http://www.thecovertoperators.org/archives/category/downloads/. The newest download they offer is Espionage - a collection of sounds from from their past and future commercial projects. Presets include select sounds from SoundWrecks, Surgical Tools Vol1, and previews from the upcoming The Muses: Covert Midi... Continue Reading →

The Insider’s Guide to Ableton Live

Ableton.com just announced that "For the second year in a row, Computer Music magazine has dedicated a special issue exclusively to Ableton Live. The Insider's Guide to Ableton Live features a mix of both beginner and advanced tutorials, a special story on Live user groups and custom Live Packs made especially for the issue. The... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live Update 6.0.3 is Now Available

Ableton has released an update to Live - version 6.0.3. What's new in Ableton Live 6.0.3? It contains many bug fixes as well as some minor improvements. I'll high lite a few improvements and fixes below, but visit Ableton's form for a full list of changes here. The update is available here.    Some improvements... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live 6 Tip: How to quickly select a device in a chain or rack

Prior to Ableton Live 6, to select a device in a chain you had to use your mouse to scroll through the list of devices. This made finding and selecting devices rather tedious when a large number of devices were involved. This problem was compounded with the introduction of Racks. There is a new feature... Continue Reading →

Faderfox Control Surfaces for Ableton Live and Traktor Now Available in US

A German company called Faderfox has developed 2 control surfaces optimized for Ableton Live and 2 for Traktor. These control surfaces look fantastic. I was curious how we get them in the US, so I emailed Faderfox who told me that their products were being distributed in the us by ROBOTSPEAK in San Francisco.  I've... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live 6 – Uses for Instrument Racks

The concept of creating a patch with splits and layers is missing, or is difficult to configure on a lot of software-based virtual studios. With Ableton Live 6 this is now easy to achieve by using Instrument Racks. What can you do with this feature? Well you can create a patches that are made up... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live 6 – Overview of rack types, rack presets, and how to insert a preset

One of my favorite new features of Ableton Live 6 is the new "rack" feature. According to the manual, there are three different types of racks: MIDI Effect Racks contain only MIDI effects, and can only be placed in MIDI tracks Audio Effect Racks contain only audio effects, and can be placed in audio tracks.... Continue Reading →

Ableton Live 6 and Sampler now Available!!!

Ableton Live 6 and Ableton Sampler have released. Below are links related to each: Ableton Live 6: Ableton Live 6 Overview Page Press release for Ableton Live 6 What's new in Live 6 Video Ableton Sampler: Ableton Sampler Overview Page Press release for Ableton Sampler Sampler video Ableton is also offering discounts on instruments if... Continue Reading →

Video of new ableton instrument – Sampler

I mentioned in a prevous post that  Ableton announced a new sampling instrument called Sampler. According to Ableton "Sampler is a new sampling instrument that brings powerful multisample playback and profound new sound design capabilities to Ableton Live." Ableton just released this new video overview of Sampler. If for some reason the player does not... Continue Reading →

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