Novation has launched its new SL MkIII keyboard controller series, offering easy control and highly customizable mappings for your hardware and software. Available in 49 and 61 key versions, the MIDI and CV-equipped SL MkIII features an internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer, a synth-style semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch, vibrant on-key RGB LED feedback and velocity-sensitive RGB […]
Ableton has announced the Probability Pack by Sonic Faction, a set of five innovative step sequencers and idea generators that add controlled randomization to any composition and performance process. Each sequencer has a unique way of adding subtle or extreme randomization to patterns for unpredictable outcomes. Use these sequencers to generate new ideas, create variations […]
Arturia has announced it is reissuing the popular “Black Edition” versions of its award-winning range of MIDI and CV sequencing controllers. Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available again in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and […]
“The Arcade Series is a collection of MaxforLive Generative Sequencers that can be used on their own or integrated with Ableton Live supported controllers. Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers each device takes it’s inspiration from the hours spent in front of flickering screens down the local Arcade.
Ableton Live: lug along hardware, or … be forced to use a mouse or touchpad. No more: touchAble Pro continues to unlock more and more of Live’s functionality, and now it’s available across touch platforms – iOS, Android, Windows.
That last bit in itself is already news. iPad owners have had plenty of great stuff, but … what if you’ve got an Android phone instead of an iPhone? Or a Microsoft Surface? Or what if you want controls to jam on a big touchscreen display – in the studio, for instance?
It’s possible to target all three of those platforms; the fact many developers haven’t tells you they haven’t yet figured out the business case. But with Ableton Live a massive platform, numbering millions of active users, and use cases that focus on making things happen, uh, “live,” the touchAble devs could have a winner.
And whichever platform you choose, there’s simply no way to put this much control of Ableton Live at your fingertips, with this much visual feedback. We covered this release in full earlier:
But here’s a recap of why it’s cool, whether you’re a returning user or new to the platform:
Piano Roll editing (top), and custom Devices (bottom).
Audio clip view with waveforms, including side-by-side waveforms
Piano roll view for pattern editing
Draw and edit automation
Custom layouts with Template Editor
Custom Device templates (even with third-party plug-ins and Max for Live, via an In-App Purchase coming soon)
And this matters. Now you can quickly whip up a custom template that shows you just what you need to see for a live performance – without squinting (it’s all scalable). Add in side-by-side waveforms to that, and you could twist Live into a DJ tool – or certainly a more flexible live performance tool, especially if you’ve got other instruments or vocals to focus on.
Plus a lot of other good stuff:
Transport, metronome, cues, and quantization
Clips and scenes and control looping
Arm, mute, and solo tracks
Mix, pan, crossfade, and control sends and returns
Play instruments with grid or piano-style layouts, with scales, note repeat, aftertouch, and velocity (based on finger position)
Control device parameters, using faders or assignable X/Y pad modules
X/Y Pad: assign physics, make and morph snapshots or record full gestures,
Navigate Live’s Browser, and drag and drop Devices or Samples to the set
Enlarge stuff – like this clip overview – and make the custom layout you need.
Side by side waveforms, and a bunch of clip options. Oh yeah.
Touch on Windows isn’t just about devices like Surface – it’s also big touch-equipped displays, so ideal for studio work.
Three new videos are out now to walk you through how it’s all working.
Zaplin Music just released an update of its music app Triqtraq – Jam Sequencer, featuring a refreshed graphical interface, various interface improvements and a free license for Ableton Live 10 Lite. Triqtraq is an award-winning mobile jamming sequencer for iPhone and iPad, that combines a fast workflow with advanced sequencing capabilities. It features multiple track […]
Zerodebub has announced the release of touchAble Pro, a software for complete, custom control of Ableton Live. touchAble Pro offers everything you need to produce and play, rebuilt to be deeper and more customizable than ever. Now available for iOS, Android and Windows, touchAble lets you access all of Ableton Live via simple, robust connections, […]