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The Missing Link – Update & New Features

The Missing Link has received some updates and we want to fill you in! This incredible device has been updated on the hardware AND firmware side of things that are both game-changers. The Missing Link is a box that lets you connect your analog gear to other Ableton Link compatible devices. What’s especially useful about this device is that it operates over Wi-Fi so you no longer have to worry about MIDI cables. If you haven’t heard of the Missing Link, you can read our article on it and our interview with the creator here. New Features USB-MIDI Back Panel First and foremost would be the new back panel! Ed Guild left us the below messages stating that he would happily replace the back panel allowing for a hidden upgrade he left us. He said that if your old panel looks like the image below… … you need a new …

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Free MIDI Files – Where to Find Them

Free MIDI Files – Where to Find Them MIDI files are the sheet music of the 21st century – they tell you the chords and melodies artists wrote for songs and the often even the drum arrangements. MIDI files can contain the inner workings of a complete song. In this article, we’ll share an awesome amount of places to find MIDI files for free. Visit These Sites We’ve assembled a huge list of resources for you to use on your search. Below is a list of websites with the best MIDI files to offer, all for the price of free. BitMidi BitMidi is an awesome resource for free MIDI files old and new. They have a wide range of songs in the classical genre and many in the contemporary Pop and Electronic world. Don’t sleep on this website! Midiworld Midiworld.com is the top resource for classical and jazz MIDI files. They …

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Captain Chords 2.0 – Composition Simplified

Captain Chords 2.0 – Composition Simplified Mixed In Key recently launched the most recent update to their Captain Chords plugin, Captain Chords 2.0. We’ve had our eyes on the whole Captain suite of plugins for a while now and with the update thought it’d be a perfect time to finally try it out and give it a proper review. Captain Chords 2.0 is just one of many in the Captain suite of plugins, so we’ll touch on the other plugins that come with the bundle later on in the review!     Captain Chords 2.0 has a clean interface that can be navigated easily and quickly, the very first screen you’ll see when opening the plugin is where you decide which key you’ll be composing your chords in (you have an option to not see this screen at the bottom). There are a number of different scales to choose from ranging from …

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All About Ableton’s Wavetable – MIDI Expression (Part 6)

All About Ableton’s Wavetable – MIDI Expression (Part 6) We continue our series of All About Ableton’s new Wavetable synthesizer. Today we’re covering the MIDI Expression! As always we included all the previous videos so scroll down for the latest video. Come back thursday for part 7! Part 1 – Oscillators Part 2 – Filters Part 3 – Envelopes Part 4 – The Matrix Part 5 – LFOs Part 6 – MIDI Expression

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Wave – The Wearable Ring MIDI Controller

Wave – The Wearable Ring MIDI Controller Ginki Instruments just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for their wearable MIDI controller – Wave. Wave is a MIDI controller packed into a ring, with multiple parameters for control – pan, roll, tilt, tap, plus 5 assignable buttons on the ring. Each parameter can be assigned to control any other parameter this is MIDI mappable. You can connect it to your DAW, music apps on your phone or tablet, or the Eurorack synth the Genki has created in conjunction with Wave – the Wavefront. Wavefront is an incredible feat – a synthesizer controllable by a Bluetooth MIDI controller, and one that you can wear! Wave isn’t the first wearable MIDI controller but Wavefront makes Wave an attractive option compared to its predecessors.         A few applications we can think of are adding vocal effects while singing, adding effects or launching samples while DJ’ing, doing cool pitch …

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5 Velocity Techniques + Velocity MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

5 Velocity Techniques + Velocity MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet   we continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Velocity MIDI effect can change incoming MIDI notes velocity in all sorts of ways. Set velocity to full with ease, randomize velocity, change your MIDI controller sensitivity or even practice hitting your drum pads hard enough. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Full Velocity Put mode to Fixed. Change Out Hi to desired output Velocity Randomize Velocity Turn up the Random knob (Up to 64 randomization) Change MIDI Control Sensitivity Adjust Drive and Compand to your liking Velocity Build Put Mode to Fixed, automated Out Hi Practice Hitting the Pads Hard Enough Put Mode to Gate, Set Lowest to desired level of difficultly. Great …

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3 Techniques + Random MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

3 Techniques + Random MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet We continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Random MIDI effect can randomized incoming MIDI notes. In combination with other MIDI effects you can get many different useful functions. Let’s check out a few of them. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Fill Maker A post shared by Beat Lab (@beatlabacademy) on Jul 25, 2017 at 6:25pm PDT 1 Note Drum Beat A post shared by Beat Lab (@beatlabacademy) on Sep 29, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT 1 Button Chord Progression A post shared by Beat Lab (@beatlabacademy) on Mar 26, 2018 at 2:12pm PDT Random Cheat Sheet We made a cheat sheet for you to quickly reference all the functions of the Random MIDI …

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Key Control – A Hardware Device for Locking Key and Scales

Key Control – A Hardware Device for Locking Key and Scales Artificial Noise has announced Key Control – a hardware device that can lock your keyboard to scales and musical keys. How cool is that? Those familiar with Ableton Live’s scale MIDI effect will have some experience in the arena of locking keyboards to scales and will attest to the convenience of such a thing. Now you can have a hardware box that could do the same trick for any MIDI controller or synthesizer with MIDI. The box transposes all notes in a chosen scale to the white keys and makes the black keys able to then play chords in the scale. It’s no one-trick pony. The device is simple to use, just plug your keyboard into the box and then your box into the destination (DAW, synthesizer, sequencer, etc.). You could also plug in a synthesizer with a keyboard into the …

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