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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Ableton Live Ableton Push Sampling

Using Ableton Push 2 to Live Sample and Slice Vinyl and Audio

Lately I’ve been getting back into live vinyl sampling & slicing sessions using Ableton Push 2. The Push 2 workflow lets you slice by beat division, region, transient, and has a rapid flow for manually slicing.

I know quite a few people who own the Push but in past conversations I learned some of them were not familiar with this workflow so I thought I do a post on this to help get people up to speed.

Plus the Push is 5 years old and there are a sea of videos out there so I thought I’d save you some time curating a few task-specific specific videos to save you time. I also include some historical videos on the creation of Push 2 in regards to live sampling and slicing vinyl.

Recent Session

First up, here is a short clip from a recent session with an old lute album :^) All the melodic elements were sliced. Drums were from a factory pack.

Once you get the hang of things, live sampling and slicing is an organic and fun way to build unique new tracks, instruments, and drum racks. I love this quote from Push 2 Product owner Jesse Terry in this regard.

Why is sampling important to me? For me its about the search and rescue of forgotten moments of beauty.

Jessy Terry – Product Owner for Push – https://youtu.be/mlSfIxtkU5I?t=395

Live Sampling and Slicing a Primary Use Case

While Push 2 is a purpose-built hardware interface for Ableton Live it’s clear from one of the original launch videos from years back that live sampling and slicing was a primary use case. This video is not instructive bit gives you the vibe of the workflow.

Sampling Vinyl How-To Videos

First up is a video on recording audio by live sampling audio into a clip then converting to a simpler using just the Push 2 hardware.

This next video conceptually picks up where the last one left off with a sample loaded into a Simpler. The video illustrates slicing to transients and converting to a drum rack.

0m0s – Slicing a Simpler using Transients
1m22s – Slicing a Simpler using Beat Mode
2m42s – Slicing by a Number of Regions
3m35s – Manual Slicing Mode

Behind-the-Scenes Video with Vinyl Sampling Use Case for Push 2 from Ableton Loop 2015

Now that you know how to live sample and slice check out this cool behind-the-scenes video from the Push 2 launch session at Ableton Loop 2015 with Push 2 Product owner and designer Jesse Terry. His talk starts at around 03m40s but I recommend you just start at the beginning to hear Ableton CEO Gerhard Behles tee up the session.

Jesse Terry is the Product Owner for Push, working previously as a product specialist, Artist Relations manager, and on projects including the Bridge and the APC40.

It’s clear from Jesse’s presentation that his love for vinyl sampling heavily informed the design of Push 2.

If you carry on the video to 21m07s you’ll see the introduction of Ableton’s program to donate Push 1’s from trade-in programs and Live to schools and educational initiatives. At 27m35s Dylan Wood talks about the Sound Team’s work and the addition of analog modeled filters to Sampler, Operator and AutoFilter. Note these have since been added to other instruments in the lineup like Wavetable. At 41m00s we hear from Michaela Burgle who talks about flow state and introduces Ableton Link.

More on Sampling with Push 2

For more videos on Push 2 check out Ableton’s dedicated this page on their website with notes and videos on working with samples https://www.ableton.com/en/push/sampling/.

Go Forth and Slice

I hope this article helped saved some time for those getting sarted with Push 2 or reinvigorated you long-time Push 2 users to go forth and slice up some vinyl. If so take a moment to subscribe or leave me a tip to buy me a beer or coffee :^)


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(Mark Mosher Music News) Announcements Boulder & Denver Artists Carbon Dioxide Ensemble Events Festivals Sampling

Colorado Modular Synth Fest is Today + Giving Talk with Victoria and Tom Lundy on “Theremin, Musique concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!”

The Colorado Modular Synth Festival (CMSF) will have live music and interactive hands-on activities for kids and adults interested in synthesizers and electronic music.

The event will take place at Belmar Plaza (464 S Teller St, Lakewood, CO 80226) from 2-8pm and then 8-10PM at Crazy Mountain Brewery at Belmar.

We have over 18 performers and speakers scheduled. Artists are playing outdoors with a modular only or hybrid synth setups.

Korg, WMDevices, BlipBlox and Colorado Modular Synth Society will have family-friendly synthesizers to learn with and play!

Checkout the Facebook event page for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/2289165391178448/.

Talks Begin at 2:30 at Colorado Media School

Talks discussing synthesis 101, sound design and composition will take place at the adjacent Colorado Media School.

At 2:30 I’ll be giving a talk with my fellow Carbon Dioxide Ensemble members Victoria and Tom Lundy called “Theremin, Musique Concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!

More on the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration with Thomas Lundy, Victoria Lundy, and Mark Mosher. We focus  on live improvisational performance of Musique concrète. In this unique act Mark uses the Elektron Octatrack dynamic performance sampler to live sample Thomas Lundy as he manipulates a Copper Heart and other objects with dry ice. Victoria Lundy accompanies on Theremin. The only audio source for Octatrack other than drum samples is the input from the contact mic on the Copper Heart. We then support the show with interactive visuals with live camera input.

Check out this recent performance behind-the-scenes performance video in collaboration with filmmaker Taylor Dunne.

Learn more at CarbonDioxideEnsemble.com

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(Modulate This) Concert Journal Dino J.A. Deane

New Experimental Improv Release “Miracle Eater” by LSD

One of my improv mentors Dino J.A. Deane played an experimental improvized set with as part of the trio LSD at the Muse Performance Space in Lafayette, CO last Friday. The lineup was:

Sound Design- Dino J.A. Deane
Sax- Bret Sexton
Electric Guitar and Electronics- Farrell Lowe

They just released a recording of the performance on Bandcamp.

Dino was performing with two iPads running an audio interface and controller. Dino’s has a variety of posts on the topic of performing with iOS so rather than spoil the fun, I’ll direct you here http://jadeane.com/blog.

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Fear Cannot Save Us Podcast

Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 012 – Tonalities from Orbit #2

This is the Krell again. We are beaming a 2nd tonality to your station. Are you receiving?

Listen to this episode on Soundcloud. You can subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes, or use this RSS Feed for your favorite podcatcher so you never miss an episode.

If you dig this piece, leave a comment. Checkout my releases here. You can also make a donation to support my art here.

Credits

013 Tonalities from Orbit #2-cover

Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

This is another piece inspired by the ground-breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron on the film Forbidden Planet.  I use oscillators as the primary source for the piece.

Blofeld + Launchpad Pro + Octatrack
Blofeld + Launchpad Pro + Octatrack

The soundtrack is live improvisation using the Waldorf Blofled synthesizer with custom programs from INIT. The Novation Launchpad Pro grid performance instrument was used to perform notes with pressure on the Blofeld. In addition to live manipulation of the Blofeld through it’s hardware interface, I  live sampled and live looped the audio coming out of the Blofeld into an Electron Octatrack. From there I used the Octatrack’s chromatic mode, morphing with crossfader, and did live sequencing with trig automation. The Octatrack also provided additional effects.

I recorded a video of me performing this piece in the studio https://youtu.be/atDFO0YnnrI