Remotify- Full MIDI Power

Remotify- Full MIDI Power   Though Ableton’s MIDI mapping capability is a powerful way to control your projects, MIDI scripting allows for a more in depth sense of control. Enabling you with the ability to save MIDI mapped presets, transforming your controllers a bit closer to fixed instruments. Checkout Remotify to further your control over Ableton and customize it to your controller’s needs.

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Hooktheory- Learn Songs You Love

Hooktheory- Learn Songs You Love   One of the more difficult parts about learning music theory is application. Its difficult to know how to apply theory without hearing what works. Hooktheory is a song writing website that teaches you how to write music by showing you what components go together by applying the ideas to popular music. The idea is to get you familiar with what sounds good and why they sound good together. Hooktheory is divided into three parts: songwriting, music editing, and music analysis. In the songwriting series, you are taught the basics of theory, through listening to popular songs, so that you are able to get a quick, intuitive, introduction to musical structure. In the music editor you are allowed to write melodies and chord progressions, using numbers, which represent different musical intervals. Finally in the song analyses, you are able to choose from a vast library of songs, and see …

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Ableton Link- Jamming Gets Easier

Ableton Link- Jamming Gets Easier   Ableton seems to keep upping their game, time after time again. They’re like those bands you get hooked on, where everything they release seems to be golden. Link is now featured in Live Beta, an addition that allows you to wirelessly sync your computer up with others, making jamming as easy as picking up a guitar. All you need is a wifi connection and other players that are connected with Ableton, or any of the number of IOS apps that supports the addition. Since link is, (or will be,) integrated with the new Live update, there is no installation that is needed; Ableton is really stressing the effortless aspect of this whole thing. It’s designed to be as easy as possible. Live is working on getting as many IOS apps integrated with Link as possible, a line of apps are coming out soon with the Link integration …

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Motus- The Instrument that Moves

Motus- The Instrument that Moves   Movement, motion and music all combined into a sleek handheld device. Motus is referred to as a “creative motion enhancer,” which you can use as a dancer, artist and musician. Your motion influences how your sound is articulated which allows for a wide range of expression. Motus is compatible with Ableton live, so you are able to choose from a number of instruments and record your production. You are also able to create your own unique instruments which can come in handy if you are interested in sound synthesis. The Motus integrates your movement in three different ways, highlighting the key points to your movement: velocity, dynamics, and displacement. What Motus doesn’t rely on is optical sensors, which has been shady technology for a while now. By honing in on these three components the Motus makes for smooth motion integration. If you choose, you can …

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Wave DNA- Painting Music

Wave DNA- Painting Music   The inhibiting forces of writers block fades away when they are faced with Liquid Music, Wave DNA’s sequel to Liquid Rhythm. The Ableton-geared plugin uses a completely original workflow that allows you to paint melodies and chord progressions effortlessly. Instead of dabbling with a multitude of ideas, you can easily draw inspiration from the melodic patterns you create in minutes.     Liquid Music has five different musical controls: sketch, key, chords, voices, and rhythm. With these five key elements you have an intricate control over what you create. Sketch is the most powerful tool of the five, which you use to draw out your musical notation, choosing whether you want it to be anything from a bass line, to a accompaniment, or a chord progression. You can choose what types of chords you would like, (minor, major, diminished etc.,) and shape exactly how they are rhythmically …

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Izotope Ozone 7- Essential Mastering Tools

Izotope Ozone 7- Essential Mastering Tools   Izotope is a Cambridge, Massachusetts, based software company that creates award winning mastering and production software programs. Their latest release, the Ozone 7, is offered as standard or advanced version. Most of the upgrades you see on the advanced version are vintage emulators: vintage tape, vintage EQ, vintage compressor, and a codec preview; the Ozone 7 essentially has a load of throwback effects. Ozone 7 Standard, (also included in the Advanced version,) is geared with a vintage limiter, alternate export formats, and an upgraded maximizer.     One of the most notable features is the codec reviewer and the upgraded maximizer. The codec preview allows you to listen to what your mastered tracks would sound like in different high-end ‘industry-standard,’ codecs. You can preview within your DAW, so you can avoid endless exports and re-exports. You can make adjustments as to where your master …

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Livid DIY Midi Kits

Livid DIY Midi Kits   One of the most fascinating aspects of electronic music is the world of DIY projects that can follow behind. There are thousands of products designed to enhance your production, but nothing can compare to the sentiment of a homemade controller. Livid provides two starter kit for those who have no experience with creating hardware: the button box and the fader box. The controllers you create can be used for audio, video, and lighting, and are designed to be”plug and play,” controllers: meaning you can use them as soon as they’re built. The kits are loaded with everything you need: buttons, faders, sleek casing, an omni board, plus more. Each box is about 5 inches by 5 and about 2 inches thick, and is powered by a Brain Jr. motherboard, which makes for a small, compact, powerful little toy. To get yourself started into the DIY world …

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Skoove- Learn Piano the Easy Way

Skoove- Learn Piano the Easy Way   If you’re trying to step into the world of music production, but don’t have formal knowledge of music theory or proper technique, you may be interested in Skoove. Skoove is an online tutorial app that teaches you piano and music theory. Developed by Dr. Stephen Shulz and Dr. Florian Plenge, the program is geared for simplicity, aiming to stray away from conventional and classical forms of training, and to teach you in a relaxed and efficient manner. Learning a Language The program jumps right to. You set your midi controller, get briefed on how the app works and from that point on you’re playing the piano. The lessons workout in a ‘show and try,’ system, as in, you watch a video showing you what to do, then you’re given a chance to try. While you play, a scroll of notes roll along, on beat, and …

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Max for Live
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