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Los Angeles Ableton Live Users Group Meeting September 25th

FYI – The Los Angeles Ableton Live Users Group meeting is on September 25th. Producer/composer Owen Vallis who’s presenting is of Brick Table and Arduinome fame…two really
great DIY controllers!

Click the poster on the left for more details.

I’ve added a bookmark to the recommended sites links in the right column of this blog as well so you can easily find your way back to this users group.

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

When I use Ableton Live with my Novation ReMOTE 25 SL MIDI Controller, I feel like I’m using an instrument, not some software application. As with any instrument, the more time you put in, the more you transcend the instrument allowing you to focus on making music.

Moldover has taken this to the extreme by moding the Novation Remote SL controller and coming up with innovative processes for using Ableton Live. He’s taken to calling himself a "controllerist" and calls what he does "controllerism".

Check out the videos below – pretty mind blowing! While very few of us will take it this far, there are definitely some ideas here that can apply to anyone’s work flow.

Moldover was also kind enough to offer up his software presets here

View Part 1 of video on YouTube:

View Part 2 of video on YouTube:

Related Links:

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Notes on Upgrading from Live 6 to Live 7 on Windows Vista

  • I just upgraded from Live 6 to Live 7 and wanted to pass on some notes and tips about my upgrade. I have plenty of VSTs Synths so I opted to upgrade just Live 7 and pass on a Suite. I was on the hunt for some fresh drum samples so I did add Drum Machines to my order.


After downloading the 7 kit I ran setup. I was prompted to convert my version 6 library to version 7 and was warned that "older" versions might not work with the older library. Library conversion went well, and the install completed.


To install Drum Machines I had to download a separate .zip file. Within the .zip file there were separate files for each kit. This made installing Drum Machines much more time consuming than if there was some sort of unified installer.



After installing Live, it’s always a good idea to check the Live Packs page to make sure you have the latest versions. I mention this because It’s not an obvious step, and as you can see below, there are quite a few Live Packs updates for version 7. Again, I wish there was an option just to grab everything, as installing these one at a time took about a half an hour.



With everything installed I fired up Live 7 and started testing songs I’d done in 6. I randomly picked a half-dozen songs and all but one played back as expected. One song had a MIDI clip that played back differently than in 6. The Midi Track in question is driving an instance of Vanguard and the patch has extreme filter changes based on velocity. I think the cause is a new improvement in Live 7 – "The MIDI engine has been reworked, and we were able to significantly reduce timing error (jitter) of recorded MIDI". Clearly there is a slight difference in timing and velocity that is noticeable with this patch. I’m sure I’ll be able to simply tweak notes to get things back in order. One quick workaround I came up with was to fire up Live 6 and resample the MIDI clip into an audio clip and save the set. I then created a new instance of the set in 7.


One of my favorite things about Ableton is they don’t radically change the user interface from one version to the next – 7 is no exception. The default color "skin" has changed slightly, and you if you miss the look of version 6, you can go into "Preferences->Look Feel" and set the skin to "Default 6".


While upgrading took a little longer than I thought, I had almost no problems. Watch for future posts on using some of the Live 7 new features.


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Ableton LIVE 7 Now Shipping!!!


Ableton has released LIVE 7. I fell in love with the new features while beta testing and consider this a must have upgrade for existing users. If you’ve never used Live, you should download the demo and give it a try.

Here are some helpful links:

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Video of Ableton Live 7 New Features Preview from AES NY 2007

Nice overview video of a demo of new Ableton Live 7 features from AES 2007 NY.

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Video Shows a Glimpse of Ableton Live 7 and the New Drum Rack


The new Drum Rack goes WAY beyond Impulse. It combines beat slicing and midi-automapping of slices (like Fruity Slicer or pHATmatik PRO) with kit building. It also supports REX files. It has a great system for supporting multiple grouping of pads (looks like in groups of 16). There is a vertical scroll-bar interface that allows you to "focus" on sets of pads. The set that is in focus automatically maps to your controller – awesome.

Ableton has posted a video to it’s web site that illustrates all this and a lot more. It’s not on YouTube yet, but if you go here, then scroll down the page till you get to the section Introducing the New Drum Rack.

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Ableton Live 7 Announced – Release Date Before the End of 2007

Live7_001_sm_2 After much anticipation (and speculation on the forums), Ableton has announced Live 7. Along with Live 7 Ableton announced new add-instruments that integrate with Live. The release date is before the end of 2007".

After spending about 30 minutes on their site (it’s actually a fair amount of information to "get your mind around"), I decided to post a brief list of what’s new with some links so you could read more.

I’ll dig deeper into what appears to be a fantastic release in upcoming posts.

What’s New in Ableton Live 7

  • REX support
  • New Drum Rack (this looks fantastic!). The slicing feature fills a Drum Rack with the individual hits from REX or audio loops. The original sequence is represented as a MIDI clip, making it easy to replace, reshuffle or re-record the events and process them individually.
  • Time signature changes in arrangement and scenes view
  • Sidechaining
  • Automation lanes can be with reordering via drag and drop
  • Tempo nudge
  • Enhanced audio engine
  • New compressor
  • Video export
  • Device High-Quality modes
  • EQ Eight—new and improved
  • Spectrum device analyzer
  • Improved MIDI timing
  • Easy hardware integration (External Instrument device handles MIDI and audio routing and can be used to streamline the routing of hardware synths…External Audio Effect device routes audio to and from user-specified ports of your audio hardware…).

New Ableton Live InstrumentsAbleton_instruments

Ableton has partnered with various companies to integrate these new instrument right inside the Ableton work flow making these instruments something to consider even if you have some of these bases covered.

  • Tension is a physical modeling string synthesizer that allows you to create incredibly accurate reproductions of real instruments or design otherworldly hybrids.
  • Analog emulates the unique circuitry and irresistible tweak ability of vintage analog synthesizers. Able to produce everything from silky pad sweeps to earth-shaking bass.
  • Session Drums is a meticulously multi sampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session and puts you in the engineer’s seat.
  • Drum Machines offers a choice selection of classic drum machines, meticulously sampled to faithfully reproduce the original sounds.
  • Essential Instrument Collection 2—a choice selection of acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, bass, drums, orchestral instruments and more. Version 2 adds acoustic and electronic drums as well as presets optimized for better sound quality and faster loading.
  • Orchestral Strings-a comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Features solo and ensemble violin, viola, cello and double bass, all recorded in their natural positions within the orchestra, complete with a number of articulations.
  • Orchestral Brass is a thorough set of vivid and colorful brass instruments. Features solo and ensemble French horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba, with a unique set of articulations in multiple section sizes.
  • Orchestral Woodwinds delivers a variety of clear and vibrant wind instruments. Features solo and ensemble flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and English horn with a broad selection of articulations.
  • Orchestral Percussion captures the true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Features vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, cradles, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cymbals and timpani with a variety of articulations.

Ableton Suite
Ableton Suite combines Ableton Live 7 with Ableton instruments in a comprehensive bundle at a great discount. The download version of Ableton Suite includes Live 7, Sampler, Operator, Electric, Analog, Tension and Drum Machines. The boxed version of Ableton Suite additionally includes the Essential Instrument Collection 2 and Session Drums.

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