It’s all about software for making music (with Ableton Live). For OS X and/or Windows as well as iPhone and iPad.

Remotify – Easily Create Your Own Control Surfaces for Ableton Live

By | July 29th, 2016|Apps & Plug-Ins|

If you have a boutique MIDI controller that doesn't come with a MIDI remote script for Ableton Live or if you want to add your own quick access controls instead of using the available control surface, this meant mapping parameters

Yeco – Super Sized Touch Screen Control for Ableton Live (Mac/Windows)

By | July 20th, 2016|Apps & Plug-Ins|

While most touch screen controllers for Ableton Live offer access via an independent device as a remote control, Yeco goes a different way. It's about having the multi-touch control interface running on the same computer as Live with full ten

LTC-1 – Free Ableton Live Track and Transport Control Made With Max for Live and Lemur for iPad

By | June 3rd, 2015|Apps & Plug-Ins, Max for Live|

Recently I've been reviewing quite a few touchscreen controllers for Ableton Live. LTC-1, a new and free controller for Live comprised of a Max for Live device and a Lemur project by DSRT Sound, takes a decidedly different approach. There are no drum pads, no keyboard, no Session View. Its focus is on controlling the tracks, 16 to be precise, and the transport in Live.

Conductr 2 – Intuitive iPad Controller for Ableton Live and Traktor

By | May 28th, 2015|Apps & Plug-Ins|

It's been a while since my last review of Conductr and since then it's really grown up. The initially four modules for Ableton Live were expanded upon with the Claydr MIDI Keyboard and XY-4D Pad. With the latest update the iPad controller got the possibility to control Traktor.

LK – iOS and Android Controller for Ableton Live and other MIDI-capable Gear (Review)

By | May 8th, 2015|Apps & Plug-Ins|

LK, an iOS and Android controller app for Ableton Live, already came out in early March. Formerly known as LIVKONTROL by Imaginando, LK has gotten a complete overhaul. With version 1.0.4 out now, it has gotten another bunch of improvements and a brand new feature: USB wired connection for both iOS and Android devices. A fail safe for when there are wi-fi interferences, a lot of live performers will appreciate.

Fingertip MIDI – iOS App for Easy Playing in Key

By | November 12th, 2014|Apps & Plug-Ins|

By now there are countless key layouts at our disposal. Traditional ones like the piano roll or the layout in fourths (string instruments, e.g. the guitar) that require knowledge in music theory as well as modern ones created to make playing easy even for those who don't know anything about it. Fingertip MIDI is virtual MIDI controller for iPhone and iPad that allows you to control any MIDI capable software. And it falls squarely into the second category.

TouchAble 2 vs. Lemur LiveControl 2 – Feature Comparison

By | May 14th, 2014|Apps & Plug-Ins|

Some of you have asked me to compare all the different iPad apps to each other in a post. There are quite a few by now and to make a comprehensive comparison between all of them would be a huge task. Instead, I've decided to concentrate on the two frontrunners - touchAble 2 and Lemur/LiveControl 2.

Auganizer – App to Organise your Audio Units (Mac only)

By | April 4th, 2014|Apps & Plug-Ins|

For those of you working on a Mac OS X with a big plug-in library there's now Auganizer. This app allows you to organise all your Audio Unit plug-ins however you want. This way you can come up with your own way of sorting them to find the ones you want to use in a production much faster.

Beat Making Made Easy – Liquid Rhythm (Beat Generator Plug-in)

By | February 28th, 2014|Apps & Plug-Ins, Max for Live|

For me, actually making the beats I heard in my head was the hardest part when I got started with producing. Liquid Rhythm, a beat generator made by WaveDNA, makes building beats and adding variations and breaks very simple.

Sound Chopper – Free Standalone App for Mac

By | October 14th, 2013|Apps & Plug-Ins|

Sound Chopper is an application built in Max/MSP and for Mac OS X by sound designer Matteo Cerquone. It allows you to manipulate and transform pre-recorded sound through its many sound effects such as pitch shifter, reverb, delay and looper etc.

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