Coachella Q&A: Richie Hawtin Talks About Using Ableton Live In His Setup

LA Weekly got a chance to catch up with Richie Hawtin at this years Coachella festival to discuss technology and the state of american electronic music.

LA Weekly got a chance to catch up with Richie Hawtin at this years Coachella festival to discuss technology and the state of american electronic music.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

LA Weekly: Are you still using Ableton Live software to perform?

Hawtin: We are using Ableton Live, Ableton is actually controlling and opening pages on the iPhone app. Where we’re at today technologically, there’s some unbelievable software that’s out there. We put together some off-the-shelf programs and customized how they interact with each other to create something different than anyone else is doing.

Read the rest of the interview here.

CreateDigitalMusic.com Interviews Jazz Mutant Cofounder

Numerous artists with loads of credibility have brought Jazz Mutant’s products on the road. Co founder Guillaume Largillier gives some insight into the future of these amazing devices

Here is a great interview by createdigitalmusic.com with some amazing insight into the world of multi-touch interfaces.

Here is a quick snippet from the interview:

On Designing for Touch, and the Music Tech Industry

Peter: I remember when I first talked to Darwin Grosse about Lemur, when it was being distributed by Cycling ‘74. Darwin just kept saying, “You know, I just think Star Trek: The Next Generation.” (That’s my recollection, Darwin; I hope I’m not misquoting you.) I tended to agree. It’s a cliche, perhaps, but this was clearly hardware that brought into our century part of an imagined vision of a much further-off future (the 24th Century). Was that a conscious influence? In an industry that has sometimes been aggressively traditional, is there a way to channel ideas from something as far out as science fiction?

Guillaume: Before answering your question, allow me to challenge your statement about the computer music industry. I think “ill nostalgic” would describe this industry much better than “aggresively traditional.” Most music software companies have kept being innovative over the last decade, but their creativity has been a slave to this nostalgic obsession. Emulating an analog channel strip, a tube amplifier, or a vintage synth is far from a trivial job. It actually requires as much engineering time and resources as developing a disruptive product such as Ableton Live or Max/MSP/Jitter! On the hardware side, the innovation killer is the price pressure. Despite a common misconception, the computer music industry is not and will never be a mass market. Companies such as M-Audio [Avid], Behringer, or Native Instruments may look like giants compared to JazzMutant, but they are nano-particles compared to large consumer electronic brands such as HP or Nokia. The volume and the gross margins are too small to amortize ambitious research and development plans. When we launched the Lemur in 2005, a lot of people predicted, and somewhat hoped, that Behringer would release a similar device at $200 within the next eighteen months. Five years later, the first serious competitor of the Lemur is about to land – Apple’s iPad – and its entry level price is $500.

Read the rest here: The Future of Multi-Touch: Behind the Scenes with Stantum, JazzMutant Co-Founder

Moguai Remix Competition – Win Ableton Products

Enter this remix competition from djdownload.com. To win prizes including Ableton products and a release on Mau5trap Records.

Here are is the contest description and rules from djdownload.com’s blog earworm :

Description

It’s time again for a big f-off remix competition.

So here it is… we’ve teamed up with the good folks at Novation, Ableton and SoundCloud and are happy to announce that YOU, yes YOU, could have your next release on Deadmau5′ own label — Mau5trap!

We’re giving you the chance to remix the first single ‘Nyce’ from Moguai’s new album ‘We Are Lyve’ out soon on Mau5trap.

Not only that. You can also win the new Novation Launchpad, a dedicated controller for Ableton Live, jointly designed by Ableton and Novation. Naturally, we’re going to include the full Ableton Suite 8 to get you pushing buttons.

Also, for the winner will be the awesome Novation ZeRO SL Mk II Controller, a one year SoundCloud Pro Plus account, Mau5trap merchandise, and 50 free downloads from us!

Prizes

Winner will receive:

  • Novation Launchpad (worth €199)
  • Novation ZeRO MkII (worth €269)
  • Ableton Suite 8 (worth €549)
  • A one year SoundCloud Pro Plus account (worth €500!)
  • Full release of your remix on the Mau5trap label
  • Mau5trap merchandise
  • 50 free downloads from DJDownload.com

1st Runner Up will receive:

  • Novation Launchpad with a soft case (worth €199)
  • Ableton Live 8 (worth €349)
  • A one year SoundCloud Lite account (worth €29)
  • Possible release of your remix on the Mau5trap label
  • Mau5trap merchandise
  • 30 free downloads from DJDownload.com

2nd Runner Up will receive:

  • Ableton Live Intro 8 (worth €99)
  • Novation laptop bag and a hoodie
  • A one year SoundCloud Lite account (worth €29)
  • Possible release of your remix on the Mau5trap label
  • Mau5trap merchandise
  • 20 free downloads from DJDownload.com

How to Enter / Terms & Conditions

  1. Buy the exclusive remix parts bundle for Moguai’s ‘Nyce’ from DJdownload.com
  2. Remix the track into your chosen style.
  3. Submit your remix through the SoundCloud Dropbox situated below. All entries MUST include full name, telephone number, email, and your genre of entry.
  4. The competition will run from the 06 April 2010, until the 06 May 2010. Users will be able to purchase the remix parts during this time.
  5. Tracks using uncleared samples from sources outside of the distributed parts will be disqualified. An ‘uncleared sample’ is a musical work, loop or sample that you don’t own the copyright for (ie. you didn’t create it).
  6. All remixes submitted for this contest become the legal property of Mau5trap. Your remix contest submission becomes the legal property of the record label hosting the competition as protection against the release of unauthorized remixes in the form of bootlegs or on other record labels.
  7. All trademarks and logos are protected. All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work are reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record, remix or remix parts is prohibited.
  8. By submitting your entry and entering this competition, you hereby give your permission for only the partners involved (Mau5trap, Novation, Ableton, SoundCloud) to be given your contact details for promotional purposes. If you wish to opt-out of this, you must email customerservice [-at-] djdownload [-dot-] com expressing this.
  9. These competition details, important dates, terms and conditions may be amended at any time without notice (but we will aim to give notice).
  10. You may upload your remix to Facebook / SoundCloud / MySpace and other social networks but it must be clearly named as a ‘Mau5trap remix competition entry’

eg:
Artist: Moguai
Track: ‘Nyce’
Remix Title: [your name here]’s Remix Competition Entry
Label: White Label

Send your remix entry here: http://soundcloud.com/djdownload/dropbox before 06 May 2010

Important Dates

  • 06 April 2010 – Competition Opens
  • 06 May 2010 – Competition Closes

Make Some Noise, Win Some Prizes From bangthedj.com

Enter this competition to win prizes, including beginner and advanced Ableton courses. Simply become a fan of the site on Facebook or Twitter, change your status, and you could be a winner!

Here are the official contest rules straight from bangthedj.com:

Ok, so to celebrate the launch of the site, we thought it would be good to make a little bit of noise, especially as that is what the site is all about, making noise.

So how would you like a whole bunch of cool DJ and production related prizes just for sharing the good news? Sound good? Yeah we thought so too. First of all let’s see what is on offer.

One lucky winner will nab all of the following:

* Both Beginner AND Advanced Ableton Course from abletoncourses.com (a £225 value!).
* Loop Master Sample CDs
* Complete DJ Master Course
* Copy of Platinum Notes (by Mixed in Key)
* Music Theory for Computer Musicians Book
* A Pair of Pacemaker Headphones
* Pioneer Pro DJ cap

All in all a fantastic collection of prizes.

Literally there is almost everything you need to kickstart your career as a DJ and Producer. These are handpicked resources that we think will help jump start your noise making!

That’s not all. Five runners up will also receive a Loopmasters sample pack of their choice, and the DJ Master Course.

So what do you need to do to bag this amazing bounty? Simply make some noise like we said. We want you to spread the word and let others know about it.

There are two ways to enter, use both to increase your chances of winning.

Facebook users, join the official Facebook group here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bang-the-DJ/104105866295912

Then post the following in your status:

“Want to win great DJ and producer prizes from http://bangthedj.com the new web-zine for Noise Makers? Check out the Facebook group for more info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bang-the-DJ/104105866295912″

Then tag Bang the DJ in the status (learn how to do that here).

Twitter users:

Follow @btdj and then send the following tweet:

Win great DJ and producer prizes from http://bangthedj.com the new web-zine for Noise Makers #win #bangthedj Follow @btdj & RT

Bebo users can join the Bang the DJ group here:

http://www.bebo.com/bangthedjdotcom

And then share it with your friends.

At the end of April, we will compile all the entries into one list, and then pick the winners at random. Our decision is final, don’t get upset if you don’t win, etc etc.

**UPDATE** WE HAVE ADDED NEW PRIZES FROM ABLETONCOURSES.COM

Due to this we will be extending the competition by one more week. Be sure to take part!

Free Ambient Ableton Live Pack From Togeo Studios

This isn’t exactly brand new, but since this site is a resource for all things Ableton, I thought I would share this great Ambient Live pack that you can download for free.

This isn’t exactly brand new, but since this site is a resource for all things Ableton, I thought I would share this great Ambient Live pack that you can download for free from togeostudios.com

Part 4 of the Dreamscapes series, another free Ableton Live pack from Togeo Studios is now available for download. Dreamscapes has always been one of our favorite and most popular series and part 4 is no exception. With another one hundred plus new atmospheric soundscapes, rythmic drones, airy pads and swirling background textures Dreamscapes 4 will provide you with an arsenal of soundscapes and effects to top off any music project.

These highly tweakable instruments for Ableton Lives simpler device can be used with almost any musical style and genre and will be a welcome addition to your sound library and music production toolkit. Perfect for film scoring, soundtracks, atmospheric or chilled out ambient and electronic mixes. Each intrument rack has an assortment of macro presets allowing you to quickly alter the sound and effects for a virtually unlimited range of tonal variation.

Download the pack here

Eskamon “Fine Objects” – Ableton Tutorial by ill.Gates

As a result of his free Live Pack full of samples used on the “ESKAMON” project, ill.Gates shows off some tips when it comes to working with Ableton’s Sampler.

To Download the free Ableton Live Pack for ESKAMON: “Fine Objects”, visit ESKAMON.com

Video tutorial shown here by illGates.com

ESKAMON is the new collaboration project between Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune) & Eskmo (Warp, Planet Mu, Ancestor). “Fine Objects” is the first single by the duo that’s set for release on Eskmo’s own imprint “Ancestor.”

“Fine Objects” is the result of the pair’s unique take on sonic exploration and the manipulation of field recordings. From the onset, the two went out with a recorder, gathering sounds from around the house, yard and studio. Material recorded out of the studio included sounds from a parking garage elevator, a broken harp and the droning tones from a discarded piano.

These were combined with more home-centric sounds to form the central theme to the song. With lumbering alien bass and intentionally dry, off-kilter percussion, “Objects” quickly grew into it’s own symbolic representation of taking “odd pieces” and allowing them to grow into something a bit more “refined and ablaze.”

As part of the release ESKAMON released a free WAV sample pack of the sounds created in the song. From these original WAVs, an Ableton Live pack was also created by ill. Gates for the project and given out for free with the release as well. This video is the tutorial ill.Gates shot to help explain the features he made on the Ableton side of the project.

Video Shows How To Use iPad As Ableton MIDI Controller

Ryan Noise, an Audio/Video artist from Atlanta shows us how to sync up the iPad to Ableton and use it as a wireless MIDI controller.

How to use APPLE IPAD to control Ableton Live wireless using “Midi , OSC, OSCulator, Touchosc and Python script ” or a Lemur Killer.

Directly from Ryan’s youtube profile:

“Just to let you know, You can download the python remote control scripts from
http://RyanNoise.com/LiveOSC.zip

This is until the new Script is done.”

Video supplied by: Ryan Nosise at http://www.ryannoise.com

Free Ableton Live Clinics In Chicago

Ableton Certified Trainer Thomas Faulds will be hosting free clinics at Guitar Center locations in the Chicago area. Feel free to bring your laptops and questions. This is a great opportunity to get some Ableton certified training for FREE!

Ableton Live Production Workshops With Thomas Faulds

Ableton Certified Trainer Thomas Faulds (http://www.myspace.com/abletonchicago) will be hosting free clinics at Guitar Center locations in the Chicago area. Thomas will cover the basics of Ableton Live’s award winning workflow.

He’ll also share personal insights and tips for getting the most out of your musical production and performance. Feel free to bring your laptops and questions. This is a great opportunity to get some Ableton certified training for FREE at your local Guitar Center!

3/10 – Highland Park Guitar Center
143 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
March 10th Wednesday evening at 6:30pm

3/13 – Chicago Guitar Center
2633 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614
March 13th Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm

3/25 – Country Club Hills Guitar Center
4271 167th Street Country Club Hls, IL 60478
March 25th Thursday evening at 6:30pm