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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Elektron Elektron Digitone Novaton

Video: Working on New Patterns with Digitone New Jump Step Sequencer Mode

Here is a 1 minute video of my Sunday coffee in bed session with Elektron Digitone new 1.30 OS.

I started off this session thinking I was going to learn all the 20+ new features that Elektron added in the recent 1.30 update (see my earlier blog post).

I printed out the release notes and started going through the features. Then I ended up spending the entire session on a new STEP RECORDING mode called Jump which is documented on p. 33 of the updated Manual.

Jump mode allows you to the use the LEN parameter to automatically advance the sequencer when notes are received. This includes entering single notes or chords from an external MIDI controller. In this session I was using a Novation Launchkey MINI MK3 which has become my go to portable keyboard. You can also use the arrow keys to move through steps which allows you to skip steps which are now rests.

More on Jump Mode

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Thanks Elektron!

I have to say Jump is super useful and fun feature. It’s also a bit nostalgic for me as it’s similar to the step sequencer in my first synth the Poly-800 – woo hoo! Nice work Elektron! And thanks for always bringing new value to our machines.

I guess it’s going to take quite a few more sessions to get through the new features which I’m sure will inspire many new patterns and songs.

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(Modulate This) Launchkey

I Mind Mapped My Fav Top Features of the Launchkey Mini MK3

I recently picked up a Launchkey Mini MK3. Wow – what an improvement over past generations.

The short of it is: the keys are super playable with a light synth touch, the pads feel like smaller versions of the Launchpad Pro MK3 and Launchpad X, and the knobs are small but probably the best feeling pots on a mini controller I’ve experienced.

Currently, I’m using it to as a keyboard controller for my trusty Elektron Analog Four via hardware MIDI and to simultaneously use a custom pad mode to control Resolume via USB MIDI.

There is a lot of other useful features which I documented in this interactive Mind Map.

View large interactive version of mind map here

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(Modulate This) Ableton Ableton Live Launchpad

New Novation Video on Using Launchpad Custom Modes

I’m a big fan of the new Launchpads and just saw that Novation just tweeted “Enrique takes you through everything you need to know about Custom Modes using Launchpad X and Novation Components >>>” https://youtu.be/eUJ2WnlC_WU

The methods shown in the video also apply to the Launchpad Pro [MK3] and Launchpad Mini [MK3].

With Launchpad Pro [MK3], Launchpad Mini [MK3] and Launchpad X, we’ve created Custom Modes, a feature that allows you to design custom layouts for whatever your specific setup demands. Custom Modes can be used to bring to life software and hardware (or a mixture of both), by providing a blank canvas for you to build unique control layouts. In this video, Enrique takes you through everything you need to know about Custom Modes using Launchpad X and Novation Components.

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(Modulate This) Launchpad

Novation Launchpad Pro MK3 vs Launchpad X Specifications + A Little Push 2 Thrown In

In this blog post I offer a spec comparison of the brand new Launchpad Pro MK3 with the Launchpad X. I also go beyond the specifications and offer lots of side-by-side pictures to give you more of a sense for the difference between these controllers. I’ll offer a few pics comparing the Launchpad’s to Ableton Push 2. I won’t be covering all the workflow and features as there are plenty of videos on that.

My History with Launchpad

For context, I’ve been using Launchpad controllers for almost 10 years. I’ll do a separate post on this soon. I started using the Launchpad X in October for Ableton Live, as my main Resolume Controller, and as a controller for of my iPad performances. I love the form factor, feel of the pads, velocity sensitive faders and custom modes.

Launchpad Pro MK3 in the House

When the Launchpad Pro MK3 was announced with deeper Live integration, more custom modes in a similar form factor as the X I went for it. Here is a short video I made of a song I made in Ableton Live while I was getting to know Launchpad Pro MK3 along with Percussa Audio Cubes.

Novation’s summary new features in Launchpad Pro MK3

Before we get started here is Novation’s marketing blurb on the MK3.

• Our deepest Ableton Live Integration: play,
record and produce your tracks, all without
touching your mouse
• 64 super-sensitive RGB pads: large velocity
and pressure sensitive pads for playing your
sounds expressively
• Powerful four-track sequencer: 32 step
patterns, scenes for arrangement, and
probability and mutation controls to keep
your tracks evolving
• Chord mode: easily explore, build, save and
play complex chords straight from the grid
and quickly find new harmonies
• Dynamic Note and Scale modes: effortlessly
play perfectly in-key basslines, melodies,
chords and leads. Launchpad Pro even
knows when you’re drumming and shows
your drum rack on the grid
• MIDI In, Out 1, Out 2/Thru: Control anything
MIDI in your studio directly from Launchpad
Pro
• Eight Custom Modes: use Novation
Components to customise MIDI mappings
for your unique performance needs

Size

The Launchpad Pro MK3 it’s just a little bigger than the X which is pretty fantastic news. On paper, the height of the Pro MK3 is .5mm taller but they look pretty much the same to me side-by-side.

Launchpad XLaunchpad Pro MK3
Height.68″ (17.5mm).7″ (18mm)
Widgth9.48″ (241mm)10.55″ (268mm)
Depth9.48″ (241mm)10.55″ (268mm)

It’s essentially the same case design with more height and width to accommodate the buttons on the sides of the RGB pads.

Launchpad Pro MK3 on the left and Launchpad X on the right
Height of Launchpad Pro MK3 on the left and Launchpad X on the Right

Connectivity

Launchpad X on the top and the Launchpad Pro MK3 on the bottom

They both have Kensington MiniSaver slots, and USB-C socket for connectivity to computer or hub for iPad use. The Pro MK3 has 3 additional 3.5mm jacks for in, out, and a second out/thru output (3 converter cables are included in the box).

RGB Pads

Pro MK3 on left, X on the Right

The pads seem identical in both in both size and feel. Lighting intensity seems identical to me. They are both Velocity and Pressure sensitive and can be set to transmit Polyphonic Aftertouch or Channel Pressure. As you’ll see in the picture below, the pads on the Pro MK3 are slightly lower profile as they seem mounted a little closer and flush to the surface of the case.

If you have never played the Launchpad X before, the pads feel quite similar to the Push 2.

Buttons

Launchpad X on left Launchpad Pro on Right

Launchpad X – 16 Buttons

The 16 Buttons on the top and down the right side of the Launchpad X feel the same as the pads to the touch but have more travel than the pads. They wiggle. They have a bit of a mushy stop when you hit button but don’t click like on a Push 2. Totally usable and fine, but not as refined as the Pro MK3.

Launchpad Pro MK3 – 42 Backlit “Tactile-Click” Buttons

The Launchpad Pro MK3 introduces backlit “tactile click” buttons. The buttons along the sides feel similar on the surface to the grid pads but have a more travel with almost no side-to-side wiggle and a nice button-like definitive click you can feel and hear when you hit bottom.

They feel very similar to the button on the Push 2 with maybe a little less give when you hit bottom. A bit more crisp. They look more more like a Push 2 with the way the text is displayed and more refined than X (which looks a little more a black mask on a an RGB button than punch-through text on a black button).

Weight

The weight for the Launchpad Pro MK3 isn’t listed in the specs on Novation’s web site or in the online stores so I weighed them on a kitchen scale (apologies for the flower on the scale).

If I round, Launchpad Pro MK3 is around 2.2 lbs (992g) and Launchpad X is around 1.8lbs (822g).

Basically there is almost no penalty in weight for the extra buttons and slight size size difference. In other words, unlike with the Launchpad Pro MK2 which I felt was thick and heavy, the size and weight between the MK3 and X shouldn’t be a limiting factor for those who want go for the extra features of the MK3.

Launchpad X vs Launchpad Pro MK3 vs Push 2

Just for reference, here are few pictures with these two launchpads compared to an Ableton Push 2. This is not a criticism of Push 2 as it has it’s own unique features and I feel the 2 in combination have some real benefits. BTW – Push 2 weighs in at Weight: 6.0 pounds (2,710g)

Push 2, Launchpad Pro MK3 and Launchpad X side-by-side.
Launchpad Pro MK3 Sitting over grid portion of Push 2
Launchpad X, Launchpad Pro MK3 stacked on a Push

Launchpad X vs Launchpad Pro MK3 Specs

Launchpad XLaunchpad Pro MK3
Pads64 Velocity Sensitive Pads with Polyphonic Aftertouch64 Velocity Sensitive Pads with Polyphonic Aftertouch
Velocity SensitiveYesYes
USB1 x USB-C1 x USB-C
Power SupplyUSB Bus PoweredUSB Bus Powered
Height.68″ (17.5mm).7″ (18mm)
Widgth9.48″ (241mm)10.55″ (268mm)
Depth9.48″ (241mm)10.55″ (268mm)
ConnectivityMIDI In, Out 1 & Out 2/Thru Ports (3x TRS Minijack to DIN MIDI Adapters included)
OS CompatibilityNovation Launchpad X is class compliant, so will work with any modern Mac and Windows PC. Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with external power is required for use with iOS.Novation Launchpad Pro is class compliant, so will work with any modern Mac and Windows PC. Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with external power is required for use with iOS.
What’s In the BoxLaunchpad X
USB-A to USB-C Cable
Safety Information Sheet
Launchpad Pro
USB-A to USB-C Cable
USB-C to USB-C Cable
USB-A Power Adapter
3x TRS Minijack to DIN MIDI Adapters
Safety information sheet
Stand-Alone SequencerNoPowerful four-track sequencer: 32 step
patterns, scenes for arrangement, and
probability and mutation controls to keep
your tracks evolving
Chord ModeNoEasily explore, build, save and
play complex chords straight from the grid
and quickly find new harmonies
Velocity Sensitive FadersYesYes
Modes– Session
– Mixer
– Note (includes drum)
– Four Custom Modes: use Novation
Components to customise MIDI mappings
for your unique performance need
– Session
– Note (includes drum)
Chord
Sequencer
Project
Eight Custom Modes: use Novation
Components to customise MIDI mappings
for your unique performance need, Sequencer, Project
Ableton Live Session OverviewNo. Sadly the Session button does double-duty as the Mixer mode button so you lose Session OverviewYes with long-press
Ableton Live Integration– Capture MIDI– Capture MIDI
– Record and play transports
– Fixed Length toggle and control
– Quantize clip
– Record Quantize
– Duplicate clip
– Double clip
– Clear clip
– Record Arm
– Mute
– Volume
– Pan
– Sends
– Device
– Stop Clip
– Undo
– Redo
– Click
– Tap
– Tempo
– Swing
Note and Scale ModesDynamic Note and Scale modes: effortlessly
play perfectly in-key basslines, melodies,
chords and leads. Launchpad Pro even
knows when you’re drumming and shows
your drum rack on the grid
Dynamic Note and Scale modes: effortlessly
play perfectly in-key basslines, melodies,
chords and leads. Launchpad Pro even
knows when you’re drumming and shows
your drum rack on the grid
Included SoftwareSee Novation Web SiteSee Novation Web Site

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Video My Set at Beat Cypher July 25, 2019 Performing New Song at 382 BPM.

This week I composed a new pieced called “Press 3” which starts of at 80 BPM and makes it all the way to 764 BPM 😯. He

Here is a video snippet where I’m clocking along at 382 BPM.

Thanks J.L. Kane for hosting and Mechant Metrique for shooting this on his phone.

Soon after I did a live studio recording of the piece and released as the first episode in Season 3 of the Sonic Encounters Podcasst.

I’m using Ableton Live 10.1 Suite, Push 2, Novation Launch Control XL, Suface Laptop 2, Outer Spaces reverb (Max for Live), and U-HE Zebra 2 and Hive.

More on Beat Cypher here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1980133178941598

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Ableton Live Artist News Howard Jones Robbie Bronnimann Show Report

Show Report: Howard Jones & Duncan Sheik at the Boulton Centre for the Performing Arts, NY 10/22/2010

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Last Friday I attended Howard Jones concert at the Boulton Center or the Performing Arts in New York. Here are a notes from the show.

Duncan Sheik
imageDuncan Sheik was the opening act. He sang and played his own accompaniment on acoustic guitar with some stories in between. Note – Duncan collaborated on Howard’s song, Someone You Need, and performed joined Howard's 25th Anniversary concert at the indigO2. Of course I enjoyed the hit “Barley Breathing”, my favorite song was “The Tale of Solomon Snell” off of his latest album Whisper House. It was  was quite fitting for the Halloween season. Sheik’s acoustic set offered an excellent contrast and complimented Howard’s show well.

Howard Jones1st song

Howard performed in an Electric 3 piece band configuration with Robbie Bronnimann playing keys, doing live arrangements and sequence playback, and live mixing with Ableton Live; and Jonathan Atkinson on electronic drums.

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The set list was an excellent mix of classic Howard Jones songs with newer songs from recent albums Revolution of the Heart and Ordinary Heroes mixed in.

One thing I really liked about this show was that although a lot of the songs were from Howard’s classic catalog, the show was not a “nostalgia act”. The arrangements were fresh and the performances were tight and had a vitality to them you could really feel.

Having Robbie doing the heavy lifting with Ableton Live and live mixing imagefreed up Howard up to focus on singing, playing and interacting with the crowd. It’s clear Howard is a seasoned artist who continues to take performance seriously and really connects with the audience. Jonathan Atkinson’s drumming also brought a human groove and interesting visual element to the performance.

My favorite song of the night was “Equality”. It started off with Robbie doing a real-time jam with all sorts of beat slicing using Novation Launchpad.

Later in the show, Duncan Sheik came back on stage and he and Howard did a version of Tears for Fears “Shout”.image

Taking a Bow

Live Rig Notes
imageAfter the show I got to meet and talk with Robbie Bronnimann about the show. He’s using Ableton Live running on a Mac with a Novation Remote SL MK II which he uses to play keyboard parts. He also uses the Remote SL as a controller for Live devices. He is using two Novation Launchpads to control mix, launch clips and scenes, and to control devices.

The entire rig is mounted on a custom tube system which is strapped to a V-Stand and can be packed into a flight case. Speaking of this, he mentioned that this is the only rig the entire band transport. Howard’s Fantom G8 and Jonathan’s drum kit – I believe it was a a Roland TD-20s V-Pro™ Series – are provided locally. So they show up and load their sounds prior to the show. Now that’ s a small carbon footprint.

Howard played all his parts from the Fantom G8. Patches either sounded either spot on from album versions, or where updated and freshened up but still worked very well.

Meet and Greet
Both Howard Jones and Duncan Sheik took time out after the show to do a meet and great for all attendees at the lounge at the back of the theatre which was really cool for the fans. After talking with Robbie, I did manage to get up there and was last in line and briefly met both Howard and Duncan who graciously signed my 25th Anniversary concert at the indigO2 DVD :^).

Great Show!
What a great night. The music and performances were fantastic and the crowd was really into it and often sang along. While this was the last show of this short American tour, I recommend you visit http://howardjones.com/touring.html to stay informed about upcoming shows.

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03_MarkMosher-Soundcheck-electromusic2010Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
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(Modulate This) Midi/USB Keyboards & Controllers

Novation Nocturn Compact Intelligent Plug-in Controller – specs, price, availability, video

Nocturn_001

From what I’ve seen coming out of the NAMM show, this looks to be the hot controller.

  • Automap Universal 2.0
  • 8 touch-sensitive rotary encoders. Each encoder has a bright eleven-LED ring.
  • 8 user-assignable illuminated buttons
  • Smooth 45mm cross-fader
  • A touch-sensitive rotary encoder ("Speed Dial") that takes control of whatever your mouse is focused on!
  • The buzz is this baby will only set you aback $100!
  • Due out in April

Probably the most interesting aspect of this controller is bundled software that features a "heads-up transparent control GUI" that places a "transparent control map across your computer screen, to be recalled or hidden at will."

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According to the video below, the "GUI" will be supported in future updates for the ReMote SL and ReMote SL Compact.

Video of Novation Nocturn in Action

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com

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The NEW ReMOTE SL COMPACT – A More Affordable Alternative to the Remote SL

$299.95 US Novation Remote 25SL 25-Key Compact USB Keyboard Controller

Novation Remote 25SL 25-Key Compact USB Keyboard Controller

$399.95 US Novation Remote 49SL 49-Key Compact USB Keyboard Controller

Novation Remote 49SL 49-Key Compact USB Keyboard Controller

If you’ve been drooling over Novation’s ReMOTE SL series keyboards but didn’t find them affordable then you might want to check their latest keyboard the ReMOTE SL COMPACT.

According to Novation, "The ReMOTE SL COMPACT MIDI controller is the first keyboard to provide an affordable route to automatic, instant and intelligent control of all major sequencers and all automatable plug-ins."

The Compact has fewer knobs, sliders and buttons making room for larger drum pads. It comes in 25 and 49 key configurations.

Features:

  • 144-character screen that can display up to eight assigned parameters at the same time.
  • Automap Universal allowing you to quickly assign and control parameters for sequencers and plug-ins.
  • Semi-weighted keyboard with after-touch
  • Speed dial takes control of whatever the mouse is focused on
  • Larger programmable drum pads than previous SL series keyboards.

What’s missing from other SL series keyboards:

  • No X/Y Pad
  • Joystick is replaced with pitch and mod wheels.
  • Fewer knosb, sliders, and buttons

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