Have you ever noticed that a sound is different when you run it through effects at a high or low level? That’s one of the reasons why gain staging is so crucial. However, 80% of the time I’m mixing someone else’s work,
While the Simpler now offers pad slicing, you still can't record into it, but need to drop samples in. This is where SlicR by Benjamin Van Esser comes in. It's a simple slicing device, great for some quick and dirty slicing. It's supposed to be used in conjunction with the included SendSlicR~ device. The device enables performers to play slices of live recorded audio (or pre-recorded samples) on the fly.
ModeAudio is a loop and sample provider that specialises in a number of soundware types, including audio and presets for Ableton Live. They offer a 500 MB sized download that includes music loops, drum samples, SFX samples, sampler patches, MIDI loops and field recordings taken from a number of packs across their catalogue.
There are always situations where you'd want to route the audio from another software, such as YouTube, into Ableton Live. This tutorial explains how you can achieve this on a Mac.
From September 12 to 14 the Perspectives Festival will take place in Berlin at //:about blank, celebrating female perspectives on electronic music and digital arts. There will be live performances and DJ sets, talks and also various audio and video workshops lead by female instructors.
This tutorial shows you in easy steps how the recording process in Live 9 works. If you want to record real instruments or vocals, you should consider getting a decent audio interface as a built-in sound card won't give you the quality, but high latencies instead which means you'll hear an annoying delay while recording.
This is video 4 out of 4 in my Ableton Live 9 Beta series which shows how to use the different Convert Audio to MIDI features in a creative way to start a song or track. This one explains how you can use these features explicitly the wrong way to achieve interesting and unexpected results when producing music.
This is video 3 out of 4 in my Ableton Live 9 Beta series which shows how to use the different Convert Audio to MIDI features in a creative way to start a song or track. This one is about the new 'Convert Melody to MIDI' function and how you can turn a sung melody into a bass line.
K-Devices, a French company developing Max For Live devices, has recently released Drumk 2. It's the update of their Max For Live device that allows for glitchy beat-oriented sample manipulation. As the name suggests, you can manipulate drum loops with it, but you can use virtually any two audio samples to get interesting results. I've played with it for a couple of hours and feel I've barely scratched the surface...
Any audio files first need to be analysed when you import them into Live. If you drag and drop long or a lot of samples into a Live Set at once, this might take quite a while. Not only does it take away time you could use for making music, if you add songs while playing a DJ set, you really can't wait around much.