Ableton Treats: Creative Diversity — 5 Live Packs

Ableton are back one again with a sweet treat: Creative Diversity — 5 Live Packs containing 1.5GB of sounds from international Ableton artists.

Ableton are back once again with a sweet treat: Creative Diversity — 5 Live Packs containing 1.5GB of sounds from international Ableton artists.

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Top 5 Ableton Partner Instruments We Are Most Excited About

The folks at Ableton have gathered up 25 of the best Live Packs and made them available in one easy-to-digest set of “Partner Instruments”. Here are our 5 we can’t live without.

Ableton have officially released 25 “Partner Instruments” and they are the furthest thing from disappointment. Here’s the scoop from the official Ableton website:

Exquisite instruments—custom-made for Live by our favorite sound partners. These instruments look and behave just like our own, and many are exclusive to Ableton Live. All work with Suite 8, Live 8 or Live Intro.

Here are a few (out of the 25) we are personally excited about:


1. Puremagnetik Retro Synths (EUR 59/USD 79)
The best of Puremagnetik’s catalog of classic analog and digital sound libraries, with more than 4000 samples.

Why It Rocks:

With countless Pro-Level Live Packs under their belts, Puremagnetik are no slouches when it comes to creating great sounds. These guys (and gals?) have painstakingly created multisamples directly from vintage behemoths such as the Minimoog, Roland TB-303, ARP 2600 and the Doepfer Modular.


2. Flatpack Electronik Drums (EUR 39/USD 49)
Over 500 synthetically generated drum samples, micro culture and atmospheres plus 10 rare and original drum kits.

Why It Rocks:

Enough analog drum sounds to keep booties shakin’ for years to come. Beautifully mapped out with control over individual drum hits (like we would expect less?). And as if Ableton is selling Gnisu Knives on late night TV, they throw out the “Wait! There’s more!” line, with 10 – count them – 10 classic drum machine recreations, sampled from the original unit. Yes, the 808 and 909 are there.


3. Toontrack Fibes Kit (EUR 29/USD 39)
Recorded by Morgan Agren on an old Fibes kit. A dirty, dry, vintage sound for hip-hop, alt. rock and country.

Why It Rocks:

Widen the palette of drum sounds with some dirty, beat up, vintage drum sounds. Real drums recorded by a Swede, what more can you ask for?! Could easily rival BFD for a fraction of the cost. I love to throw Saturator and Compressor on these to add even more grit!


4. Flatpack Textura (EUR 29/USD 39)
Diverse and emotive ambient textures that are otherworldly, cinematic, bizarre, peculiar, eerie, and lush.

Why It Rocks:

To cover the texture side of this well rounded list, we highly recommend Textura. Sounds that are perfect for transitions, intros, swells, you name it. Even create straight up ambient dreamscapes with just these sounds.


5. Soniccouture Synthi Aks (EUR 49/USD 59)
Raw and unstable, this library gives you horror klangs, zaps, snarling leads, basses, and fat, rubbery textures.

Why It Rocks:

We love Soniccouture because they’re not afraid to cater to the avant-garde and experimental crowd. It was hard to narrow it down to just one of their Instruments, but because of the “Jack Of All Trades” ability this one provides, we suggest start here. Twist the crazy sounds for percussive elements, or load the leads and basses for even more synth sounds to add to your arsenal.


Of course, for more information on the 25 Partner Instruments visit the official Ableton Live site.

chipPad For iPad: Live Glitchy Multi-Touch Loop Performance Goodness

earsmackmusic.com has just released a Multi-Touch Loop Performance app for the iPad called the chipPad. Read on for more details.

earsmackmusic.com has just released a new app for the iPad called the chipPad. Here are the details:

  • 8 stereo tracks
  • AIF/WAV support
  • up to 128 steps per track
  • saves sessions and loads them quickly
  • half/double speed
  • 4 mute groups
  • loop mode
  • reverse
  • per track volume faders
  • per track mute & solo
  • performance-oriented microfades
  • optional track info display
  • master volume fader
  • multi-touch
  • portrait or landscape
  • practically zero latency
  • built-in help and sample sessions
  • made for musicians who create their own music
  • supports audio files of practically any length
  • manage audio files using file sharing via iTunes
  • load audio, create some sessions, take it with you and jam on the commute
  • amazing performance feel

Here is the official website: http://earsmack.com/

German Ableton User Group In Goettingen: 6 May, 19:00 at Cafe Kabale

For all of our friends over in Germany: There will be a User group held at Cafe Kabale on 6 May. Read on for more details.

For all of our friends over in Germany: There will be a User group held at Cafe Kabale on 6 May. Here are the details:

Wo ist das Cafe Kabale? HIER KLICKEN FÜR EINE GOOGLE-MAP WEGBESCHREIBUNG FÜR DIE ABLETON USER GROUP- ‘STAMMTISCHE’ IN GÖTTINGEN!

Goettingen Ableton User Group auf Myspace

Elysia Releases Free Filter Plugin

Everyone one loves free stuff. Especially free stuff that is of high quality. Elysia’s new Niveau filter delivers on both fronts. Find out more.

Everyone one loves free stuff. Especially free stuff that is of high quality. Elysia’s new Niveau filter delivers on both fronts. Here’s the scoop:

Get the niveau filter section of our famous mpressor plugin – it’s free! Add punch to muffled snares, reduce the harshness from active pickups, create some wonderful Dub and LoFi sounds… there are so many ways to benefit from this little tool. It’s fast, efficient, and most important: it sounds great!

This filter is a specialist in changing the overall sonic character of a signal with ease. It features two comprehensive controllers and is capable of producing convincing results in no time at all. Whenever a classic shelving filter would be too limited and a fully parametric filter would be too much, the niveau filter is the perfect tool.

Its main function is to change the proportions between high and low frequencies. The principle is quite similar to a pair of scales: Dependent on the gain setting around a variable center frequency, the high frequencies are boosted whereas the low frequencies are attenuated (or vice versa) at the same time.

The center frequency can be shifted continuously between 26 Hz and 2.2 kHz or between 260 Hz and 22 kHz respectively (when the x10 switch is activated). The characteristics of the filter change in the extreme positions of the EQ Gain controller: the fully counter-clockwise setting will give you a low pass filter; fully clockwise position will result in a high pass filter.

Click here to learn more: http://www.elysia.com/software/niveau-filter/

Blip Drums Releases Ableton Live Drum Machine – “Magenta”

The great folks over at Blip Drums have released a new Drum Machine for Ableton Live known as Magenta. If their great drum libraries are any indication, this Drum Machine is sure to deliver!

The great folks over at Blip Drums have released a new Drum Machine for Ableton Live known as Magenta.

Here are some samples:

http://www.blipdrums.com/blipplayer/MAGENTA/all_night.mp3

http://www.blipdrums.com/blipplayer/MAGENTA/criminal.mp3

http://www.blipdrums.com/blipplayer/MAGENTA/flashrobot.mp3

http://www.blipdrums.com/blipplayer/MAGENTA/freeformblip.mp3

http://www.blipdrums.com/blipplayer/MAGENTA/partymouth.mp3

Magenta is a powerful fusion of Blip Drums’ world class electronic drum library and Ableton instruments and effects. Within Magenta is over 1000 original electronic drum samples contained within 16 drum pads. All samples are instantly available via uniqe “sample selector” knobs. This allows freedom to explore drum sounds during play back without the hassle of loading external samples. In addition, automation of the sample selector knobs allows musicians to explore a whole new world of rhythm programming.

Each of the 16 drum pads has it’s own set of 8 specifically designed sound shaping performance knobs giving the musician instant access to over 128 knobs that tweak every aspect drum sample. This moves Magenta away from simply being a drum play back sampler to a powerfully effective drum synthesizer.

The combination of Ableton’s powerful instruments and effects combined with Blip Drums world class electronic drum library creates a stunning “go to” drum machine for today’s eclectic mix of modern music.

tronaudio.com Shows How To Make A Dub Step Bass With Ableton Live

The folks over at tronaudio.com have posted this great video on creating a nifty dub step bass sound with Ableton Live’s Operator.

Courtesy of Synthtopia.

In this video, Andrew Snook of TronAudio, takes a look at designing a Dubstep Bass in Ableton Live:

I use multiple instruments to construct the sound. I use FM syntheses to create some really interesting tones and movement within the sound.

New Update Available: Ableton Live 8.1.3

Ableton Live 8.1.3 has been officially released. Head over to Ableton’s official update page for more details!

A new Ableton Live update, version 8.1.3, is now available.

This update is free for owners of Live/Suite 8, Live Intro and Live Lite.

To get it, select “Check for Updates…” from Live’s Help menu or visit Ableton’s official updates page.

R.I.P Guru

After battling health issues related to cancer, legendary MC and founding member of Gang Starr has passed away at the age of 43. His words will continue to inspire.

After battling health issues related to cancer, the legendary MC and founding member of Gang Starr has passed away at the age of 43 on April 20th, 2010.

He is survived by his son KC.

Guru will live on through his influential music, which helped pave the way for countless hip-hop acts. Consisting of the classic “one DJ and one MC” set up, Gang Starr released one quality album after another, leaving most other acts in awe of their skills.

Solar, a producer working closely with Guru before his passing had this to say:

“The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time — my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru.

He has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.””