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Hack This! – Ableton Push 2 Interface Manual

Hack This! – Ableton Push 2 Interface Manual The Push 2, a powerful piece of hardware developed by Ableton, for Ableton, announced late last year, has moved the producer one step closer to creating music completely stray from computer. Although the piece of hardware is extremely powerful as it stands, out of the box, there is always room for fine tuning and adjustments that can tailor the capabilities more specifically to your preferences. If you are interested in getting a more greater look at your Push 2, take a look at the links below for an elaborately in-depth look at the hardware specifications. Great for anyone who is looking to create their own extensions and specifications. Click here for the Push 2’s in-depth manual.

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Ableton In The College Near You

Ableton University Tour Dates Ableton is beginning a tour under the label of Ableton University. Traveling to 38 different locations all around the country. Ableton University is yet another display of Ableton’s ambitious journey to pushing Ableton as, not only a powerful DAW, but as a new instrument. On April 18th Ableton University will be coming through Beat Lab’s home territory at Glendale Community College with the following schedule: 10:00am- 11:30am: Student workshop sessions (GCC students only) with Yeuda Ben-Atar (Ableton Certified Trainer) and Javad Butah (Ableton) 12:30-1:30pm: Public artist performance and presentation (non-GCC students welcome) feat. Yeuda Ben-Atar. Yeuda and Javad will then move to San Diego the very next day joined by Paul Dateh, a music educator, from Los Angeles, California, for a workshop at San Diego State University. Info below: 10:00am- 11:30am: Student workshop sessions (SDSU students only) with Yeuda Ben-Atar (Ableton Certified Trainer) and Javad Butah (Ableton) 12:30-1:30pm: Public …

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Use Drums as a MIDI Controller | Subaqueous

Use Drums as a MIDI Controller In this video Isaac Cotec, a certified Ableton trainer, explains how to convert live drums into a MIDI controller. The only thing you need is a free VST plugin called KTdrumtrigger, drums and some cheap mics, (Cotec uses a set of piezo mics that you can grab here at Amazon.) Check out the video to get a full explanation. Great for any musician trying to enhance their live performance or to add a human feel to your tracks.    

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Sound Recipes #2 – Trap Horns

Sound Recipes #2 – Trap Horns     In this video we check out how to take the Orchestral Brass Live Pack (free download for Ableton Suite users) and process it using only Live’s built-in devices and Free plugins. The Plugins Softube – Saturation Knob The free plug-in Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion that can be used anywhere you need some grit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop.       Nomad Factory – Bus Driver Bus Driver is an optical compressor that provides a wide range of compression effects, reminiscent of the best vintage compressors made in the ‘60s. Nomad Factory designed an Output Stage Soft-Clipping to eliminate digital clipping at any output level and produce a smoother distortion characteristic. This feature is in addition to the Tube-Driver Saturation Modeling included in Bus-Driver. …

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Palette – An Additive Controller

Palette – An Additive Controller   Palette Gear has been developing a photography geared controller system, which is also MIDI capable, that is structured in a completely original way. Palette works with a system of small, magnetic, add-on parameters, like knobs sliders, and arcade style buttons. The idea behind the project is to allow the user to be their own modular MIDI builder. Designed with a sleek finish and a receptive software called Palette App, Palette is an interesting controller system that minimize the excess in your controller options. Palette has four key components: the core, the dial, the button and a slider. The core is the brain of the group, enabling the controller to connect through USB. The dial is an infinite rotation dial. Palette is also equipped with a classic arcade style button, and a an ordinary slider. You are also able to color coordinate each piece, to help …

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EPROM Shares Some Secrets

EPROM Shares Some Secrets   Eprom is described as “unleaded physical power and giddy destruction,” by Resident Advisor’s, Andrew Ryce. To put it in other terms, EPROM is dirty. A veteran of the game and a master of his craft, his words should be listened to with careful attention. In the video below, EPROM runs walks us through his live setup and how he performs. Equipped with a Mac, Ableton, and a MIDI Fighter, EPROM shows us how to do it with sensible ease.  

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Beat Lab Presents: Moldover, The Godfather of Controllerism

Beat Lab Presents: Moldover, The Godfather of Controllerism   Beat Lab Academy recently hosted a workshop featuring a man who has been regarded as the Godfather of Controllerism. A renegade in the game of electronic music, a genius of craftsmanship, and an extremely creative musician, Moldover came over to show off some homemade controllers, talk a little bit about the art of creating them,  and how to push the boundaries of live performance in electronic music. Controllerism is the term used to describe the growing scene of developing and creating homemade controllers. With the widespread use of DAW’s that incorporate the use of controllers, and the multitude of ways that they can be used, it was only a matter of time until very bright and creative minds developed ways to create the most suitable controllers for their styles.     Moldover, a mad genius of sorts, has been developing DIY controllers …

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Ableton 1.0 Review (!!)

Ableton 1.0 Review (!!)   In the world and era of DAWs, frequent updates, the ever inventive market, and constant discoveries of sound, change the face of our favorite software we’ve come to know and love. It’s hard to recall or imagine how they came in original form. Today we’re going to throwback our personal favorite DAW to when it was a little baby. Check out the link below to see a review of Ableton v1.1, where it received a 10 out of 10 score by audiomac.net. When reading about the groundbreaking innovations Ableton brought to the table, it’s easy to catch yourself daydreaming about where software and electronic music will go and what can change the ever-changing game. Click the photo below for a vintage review!    

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