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(Modulate This) Polls Sound Packs Synth: Absynth

I’m Declaring Absynth 5 the Winner of the Modulate This Holiday Sound Pack Poll

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I’m making great headway on the sound pack work. I’m almost done with the Live pack version and need to get going on the second format. Since Absynth 5 has been in the lead from the start and hasn’t lost this position throughout I’m declaring it the winner! Thanks to all those who participated.

I think the results are a testament to the quality, and depth of Absynth and the fact that after all these years it’s stayed fresh and relevant. Kudos to Brian Clevinger and NI.

The other good news about Abysnth winning is I believe Kore 2 users will be able to load the sounds. I don’t own Kore 2, perhaps I can get someone to help me test – use my contact form if you want to volunteer.

So thanks for voting and if you voted for Alchemy or Blofeld and don’t own Ableton Live, you might want to pick up Absynth for $99 bucks – sale ends today. (Note: I’m not affiliated with NI and don’t benefit from you buying Absynth – just a heads up). I am quite familiar with programming for the runner up synths so perhaps in 2011 I’ll do some sound design work for those formats.

I’ve setup a new landing page for the Free Holiday Gift Pack. Head over there and subscribe to the comment feed for notifications.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Free Resources Sounds & Preset Libraries

Solid Sounds Free Live Pack for Ableton Live

Ableton just posted "Solid Sounds". It's  a free Live Pack for registered Live/Live LE users and contains over 400 MB of content featuring 400
loops, 128 Simpler presets and 12 creative instrument Racks in a
variety of musical styles. The library was created in collaboration with Loopmasters.

Samples are loaded under "Samples->Loopmasters".

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Simpler presets are under "Instruments->Simpler->Loopmasters".

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Racks are under "Instruments->Instrument Rack->Loopmasters".

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The racks are setup so that Macro knob 1 allows you to quickly scroll through layers in a rack. Very cool!

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Download this free Live Pack from http://www.ableton.com/solid-sounds.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Free Resources Synth: Ableton Operator Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Installing and Using Ableton’s Free “Designer Drums” Operator Live Pack

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Ableton has released a new free Live Pack called "Designer Drums". You can listen to a preview and download the Live Pack from here.

The cool thing about this collection of drum presets is that they are not samples but Operator synth presets. For the most part the installer integrates presets inside of existing folders so finding all the presets can be tricky. In this article I’ll walk you through installing and finding presets and offer usage tips.

OPERATOR OVERVIEW

For those unfamiliar, Operator is an add-on synth you can buy from Ableton’s web site. If you already own Live, it will cost you EUR 129/USD 159. Ableton is running a promotion for new users that’s pretty amazing – Buy Live, Get Operator for Free.

OVERVIEW OF DESIGNER DRUMS

Ableton’s blurb.

We’re giving all Operator fans some "Designer Drums", a free Live pack with brand new Operator presets. It features classic analog drums, a number of innovative percussive sounds and dedicated drum racks for
instant and intuitive beat-making.

 

DOWNLOAD "Designer Drums"

Download from here http://www.ableton.com/designer-drums. Extract the DesignerDrums_v01.alp file on to your computer.

INSTALLATION

From the file menu select "Install Live Pack…" and specify the DesignerDrums_v01.alp.

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The install requires 24.7 MB. 

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FINDING THE DRUMRACKS, CLIPS, AND INDIVIDUAL OPERATOR PATCHES

image The kit presets are implemented as Drum Racks. They are not installed in their own folder called "Designer Drums" and are instead integrated into "Instruments-> Drum Rack -> Kit" and the new presets are labeled with "(Operator)" in the end of the name. See example on the left.

There are a series of clips saved as live sets in "Library -> Clips -> Designer Drums".

The individual Operator patches that make up the drum racks are again integrated within existing folders in "Presets -> Instruments". For example, there are two 808 high-hat presets (open and closed) at "Presets -> Instruments -> Drum Rack -> Cymbal -> Hihat-808(Operator)".

 

DRUM RACK NOTES

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Most of the Drum Rack presets place Devices in a cluster around the same set of 16 locations which is fantastic if you are using a controller like a Trigger Finger. The Kick, Snare, Hihat Open, Hihat closed are in the same position for most kits which I really appreciate since I like to hot swap kits.

IN CLOSING

Operator had been around a long time and I’ve always liked it. This Live Pack really shows off the range of sounds that can be produced from Operator. Once you start working with the presets you’ll be amazed at the amount of work that went on behind the scenes to create this Live Pack. Thanks Ableton!

MORE OPERATOR LINKS

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com