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Metamorphosis – Free M4L Granular Looper

Metamorphosis – Free M4L Granular Looper   Dillon Bastan AKA Integrate Live is a musician/developer  from Los Angeles. He recently release a very cool and very free granular looper. Metamorphosis has a few options for playback mode: linear, sine wave, custom envelope (drawn with a multislider), and scan (which is a knob that can can through the samples). It has a built in filter and grain sequencer you can even record live input. Simply press “record” on the left. If the buffer is empty, make sure you resize it first to the desired length (in ms). Really great instrument that doesn’t require any MIDI notes to play because it’s based on playback mode and looping. You can come up with really interesting sounds in no time. And you can even drag & drop files!     Free from Maxforlive.com Check out his other music tools on his website and if you want …

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Protoverb- Free Experimental Reverb

Protoverb- Free Experimental Reverb   The biggest struggle digital reverb faces is to emulate a ‘real life’ reverb sound. Reverb affects could easily sit your sound farther back with competing noises, or add a tail of sound to make it ‘reverberate,’ but the attempt to replicate real life reverb is a bit more difficult. With that said, the sound of many reverb effects are generally accepted, and experimental reverb can prove to be stiff. U-He Protoverb is a free experimental reverb plug-in, that lets you randomize and get into tweaking your reverb sound. Results can be a real hit or miss, resulting in either warm organic sounding reverbs, to gritty unnatural digital sounding reverbs. Protoverb is laid out as if it is a reverb pedal, looking like something you’d find in the back of a used gear section, at a music shop in Echo Park. The idea behind the Protoverb is to randomize between two …

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Sound Recipes #1: Layered Future Synths (Free Download)

Sound Recipes #1: Layered Future Synths (Free Download)   Bright super saw synths can be heard in some variation in almost all styles of music that involve electronic sounds. Many popular virtual synths are capable of making this type of sound, synths like Sylenth1, Massive, Spire, Serum, Dune etc.   If you don’t have any of these plugins, or simply want to explore the potential of Live’s built-in synths, we got a step-by-step guide to take you through building this very useful sound.   For this sound we will use 3 layers inside an Instrument Rack: Stereo Saws/Squares Heavy Detuned Super Saws Noise Layer Stereo Saw/Square with Analog For the first sound we’ll use Analog. Go to Analog’s Global Section by clicking next to the master volume in the grey area. Here we will change the Quick Routing to the first option. This will set up Analog to send each Oscillator to it’s …

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Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova – Free Multi-Function Equalizer

Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova – Free Multi-Function Equalizer   Tokyo Dawn Labs has released a free parallel dynamic equalizer called the TDR Nova. Supposedly loosely based of the Nova-67P, (the bedroomproducersblog.com No. 1 freeware plugin pick,) the TDR packs as much of a punch with a cleaner interface. The Nova is capable of extremely precise refining and makes for powerful dynamic processing and is found with  preset manager, undo/redo, A/B, detailed documentation, copy & paste, which wasn’t found in previous TDR equalizers. The TDR is in the form of a user friendly drag and drop view which runs alongside knob controls which gives the user clean access to a wide range of parameters allowing for maximum processing control. The TDR Nova covers a range of capabilities from parametric equalization, dynamic equalization, frequency selective compression, to multi-band compression and wide band compression. A PDF manual is available for download for those who aren’t all that …

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Giving Tracks an AlterEgo- Voice Synthesizing Plugins (Free Download)

Giving Tracks an AlterEgo- Voice Synthesizing Plugins   AlterEgo is a new voice singing synthesizer plugin created by Plogue Art et Technology, Inc. If you are familiar with Plogue, you would know of their former plugin called Chipspeech. AlterEgo has a similar workflow to Chipspeech but offers less synth engines. AlterEgo is highly useful if you are looking to create a synthesized vocal melody. The AlterEgo download process is a bit fuzzy and getting everything going takes a couple of steps, so we attached a download tutorial below. Once you get daisy working the possibilities open up. The interface is user friendly. To get your computer singing, you simply type in a sentence and play, using a keyboard or midi interface. AlterEgo reads your sentence, syllable by syllable, note by note. You’re able to choose a voicing style from a load of presets seen above.   From there you can …

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MIDI Tricks #1 – Scaled Clips (Free Ableton Template)

MIDI Tricks #1 – Scaled Clips (Free Ableton Template)   The Fold button in Live’s MIDI editor can be used as a reference guide to show notes from a scale. This can help us come up with strong melodies, basslines, chords, and arpeggiators with minimal music theory knowledge. It’s simply a quick technique to make sure you’re in scale. Which notes should I play? First create a MIDI clip. Then draw all the notes of the scale you want to play in. All of them should be placed on the same time in the grid. In the image below I drew the notes of C Minor.   If you are not sure which notes fit in each scale check out this cool CHEAT SHEET. Next, select all the notes (CMD/CNTRL+A), duplicate them (CMD/CNTRL+D) and then bring them an octave higher (Shift+Up arrow). Do the same for an octave below so you’ll end up with three octaves. …

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Track Numbers – Big Project Management Made Easy (Free Download)

Track Numbers – Big Project Management Made Easy   Tired of looking at large menus searching for the right track? Every time we want to use Sidechain or simply route a track to a different track we need to click the drop down menu and search for the right one. Depends on the size of your project, This can be annoying. You can make everything so much easier and faster by using Track Numbers.   Track Numbers is a free MaxforLive device that will automatically add number all the tracks in your project. Yes, even if you have 200 tracks. This is not just any kind of numbering, this is dynamic numbering. What I mean by dynamic numbering is when this device automatically adds the # symbol before each track’s name. In Ableton Live, if you rename a track with the # symbol, it will number that track in its numerical order. …

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Free Ableton Project from Side Brain

Free Ableton Project from Side Brain   Our instructor Yeuda Ben-Atar AKA Side Brain did an interview for Splice.com. Splice is an online service that’s lets you share and collaborate with other Ableton Live users (now also supports Logic and FL Studio users). Think of it like Dropbox but specially programmed for your DAW. What’s cool about Splice is that it keep tracks of all the changes each collaborator has done. So it’s easy to manage projects with multiple participants without worrying of someone deleting a good part of the track. It also keep track on the plugins you are using so you can tell which plug-ins you need to Freeze. As part of the interview Side Brain released a free Ableton Live project you can download. Check it out here it’s a Remix for Paul Dateh – Incomplete which is a song out of his new Album. Check out Paul’s youtube channel, …

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