Spektro Audio has released DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator, a Max for Live device capable of generating clocks and rhythms that can be used with analog synthesizers and drum machines via control voltage. By using a combination of two clock generators and an optional boolean logic operator, DRG can generate anything from simple clock divisions […]
Detunized has announced the release of Passing Trains, a sample library for Ableton Live and WAV. Passing Trains is a new library that delivers impressive sounds of Express, Freight and Passenger trains that approach, pass, stop and pull out. The recordings took place at several isolated spots in Saxon Switzerland near Dresden. This rock formation […]
Ableton has introduced the Recording Hybrid Kit, a free multi-sampled, multi-velocity Yamaha drumset by Drumdrops. The drums that comprise Recording Hybrid Kit were specially selected from several different Yamaha drumsets in order to provide a well-balanced and versatile Drum Racks. The individual drum voices were sampled at multiple velocities and are available in up to […]
Producertech intros House Production with Ableton Push Part I, a video tutorial course by Paul Maddox. This is a course for anyone wanting to get into producing House music with Ableton’s Push, by one of the most respected producers of the last decade, Paul Maddox. With numerous releases under his own name and also his […]
AskAudio Magazine has announced the ultimate survey contest for musicians with a huge prize pool of over $10,000 USD worth of music gear. AskAudio Mag has partnered with some of the most popular software and hardware developers in the business: Ableton, Novation, Focusrite, KRK, Blue Microphones and macProVideo, to offer readers the chance to win […]
“Puremagnetik has released Synbotik – A library of DK Synergy sounds for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic.
Synbotik brings the famous old-school, early digital flavor of the DK Synergy into this decade. With only an estimated 100 units still functioning in the world, this is a rare piece of synthesizer history that has now been reprogrammed for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. It even includes
Music software is at its best when it goes beyond cookie-cutter regularity, and spawns something creative. And sometimes, the path there involves retooling how that music is made.
That’s why I’m pleased to get to share this interview with WaveDNA. Liquid Rhythm is something unlike just about anything else in music software. It looks like a music theory class collided with a mandala. In colored patterns, arrayed in bars and wheels, you can produce all kinds of new rhythms, then integrate deeply with your host software. If you use Ableton Live, the integration goes further still. Whether you’re using Drum Racks or notes, you can automatically see what pattern goes with what, working in real-time with everything visible as you go. There’s a whole suite of tools with more than enough of what you could explore in any host. (Then, in Live, it just gets crazier.)
You can randomize and remix and shift, for quick ideas. (They had me at ‘randomize.’) Or, if you’re brave enough to enter the worlds of beat and pattern control, you can use the tools for fine-grained production of unusual musical ideas.
The suite: Plug-ins, patches. VST, AU, RTAS for any host. Or Max for Live for Ableton Live, now with full integration with Ableton Push hardware.
Palettes of rhythms. Paint with patterns, or make patterns in pitch and rhythm from clusters, in BeatBuilder.
Dial up rhythms. BeatSeeker displays various genetic possibilities of patterns in a huge wheel.
Accents, grooves. Design grooves and velocity by color in an accent editor, or re-groove existing materials with something they call GrooveMover.
MIDI without a piano roll. Yes, this common interface has become tyranny. It’s tough to describe, but they have a different view, one that provides manual control in a unique interface that goes its own direction – more like a genetic cell than a piano roll. (See the video, as it’s easier to see than write about.)
Integrate with Ableton Live clips.
“We’re a music software company that makes no sound,” say the creators in the interview here. Instead, they let you put rhythms where they don’t normally go. Sounds good to me.
Here’s a look at how their in-line editing works, and how the musical concept functions:
And a bit on how the beat generation process works:
And for Ableton users, here’s a look at that integration in Live 9 Suite:
We’ve been hearing from readers that many of you are tired of standard step sequencing interfaces. (I still like them sometimes, so watch this week for my review of the 2×8 grid of the BeatStep from Arturia, but I hear you.) So, this seems the perfect time to bring up WaveDNA – it isn’t four-on-the-floor. It’s… everything, on the floors, walls, ceilings, whatever.
I had hoped to write about WaveDNA for some time, but it was so vast, I never quite got the window. Fortunately, recently CDM’s own Marsha Vdovin, veteran journalist and music tech industry insider (among other roles), wrote an interview with the creators for Cycling ’74. (While it works as a plug-in in other hosts, the toolset is also a fine showcase of Max when integrated with Ableton Live 9 Suite, so it’s a natural to talking about Max.) Full disclosure: Cycling commissioned Marsha to write this story, and provided CDM with permission.
And I obviously need to get deeper into Liquid Rhythm. It makes me … almost a little afraid. Like I might disappear for some time and not be seen. But I could use some studio time. So if this story brings up questions, let us know. (And since some of you use Max and other patching environments, I’m sure the developers would be happy to talk to you about that. Now I have to make my stupid-simple generative rhythm patch work in Max for Live next…)
Here’s Marsha. -PK
Wave DNA is a Toronto-based company that has achieved great success with their Liquid Rhythm software. This innovative beat generator, which enables users to access the building blocks of ten quadrillion rhythmic patterns, integrates seamlessly with Ableton’s Live and is now updated to version 1.3.4 which introduces Ableton Push hardware integration. We sat down with the creators to discuss their use of Max in the inspiration, development and prototyping of Liquid Rhythm. Continue reading
Puremagnetik has released Synbotik, a library of DK Synergy sounds for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. Synbotik brings the famous old-school, early digital flavor of the DK Synergy into this decade. With only an estimated 100 units still functioning in the world, this is a rare piece of synthesizer history that has now been reprogrammed […]
Rankin Audio has launched Ableton Live Projects 2, a new sound library featuring 4 enormous tracks made from Ableton Live’s native plugins and NI Massive. A tearing Neuro DNB track with all the outrageous bass edits and switches the genre is so famed for. A low tempo, heavily swung, Glitch Hop bouncer laying the groundwork […]