Sonic Bloom has announced the release of Grain Relay by Max for Cats, a granular delay processor that can transform your music into multi-facetted dimensions. Grain Relay combines granular delay, pitch shifting, reverb, downsampling and ring modulation in a single, easy to use Max for Live device. Grain Relay offers a vast palette to dial […]
Isotonik Studios has announced that Mark Towers’ Asteroids is available as a free download for a limited time. The Max for Live generative sequencer that can be used on its own or integrated with Ableton Live supported controllers. Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers the device takes its inspiration from the hours […]
Flintpope has announced the return of some free sound packs for Ableton Live, including re-released and updated titles as well as some new material. I hope you are keeping well! Need some free musical inspiration in lockdown? I’ve tried to take my mind off things by looking through my Ableton back-catalogue and updating them for […]
Credit where it’s due (“am I missing something” is right!):
If this is real – and not a mock-up that accidentally wound up on the page – it represents a landmark. That landmark might best be described as “what took you so long,” arguably, given that Apple Loops have been a feature of Logic Pro and GarageBand back to the reveal of GarageBand in January 2004. (Time flies!)
We can pretty easily analyze the screenshot. At the top, new icons appear to let you view a nonlinear Session View-style layout, the normal track arrangement, or both. (In this screen shot, the two are side-by-side.)
As with other copies of Live’s signature Session View, the horizontal and vertical axes are flipped. So whereas Live shows you tracks the way channel strips appear on a hardware mixer, vertically, Apple opt for a view more like a software DAW. Tracks are laid out horizontally, so that they match up with the arrangement.
Really, my issue with this is that you wind up with kind of a jumble of interface elements. That’s been the challenge in other DAWs trying to do the same. (An ill-fated effort in Cakewalk nee SONAR springs to mind; MOTU has tried the same in DP, but it’s a bit too soon to know yet how DP users are responding.)
Part of the appeal of Ableton Live is that the entire engine and software operation are structured around the idea, and the UI is clean and compact as a result. Here, part of the reason people may have responded that the image was fake was that it gives the user a lot to digest.
You’ll also see X/Y-pad effects at the bottom, including a filter and repeater – aping something that was in Ableton Live way back at the start.
I’m not sure how users will receive this. It could represent a blow to Ableton in the crucial education market, however, regardless – because it might allow education buyers to standardize on just Logic seats. But it represents a challenge independent software developers face, up against a company the size of Apple, when it comes to value.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t assume anything until there’s official word from Apple. Given this absolutely represents some kind of screw-up, it’s possible the screenshot itself is not representative of something Apple will actually ship.
And I wouldn’t worry too much about Ableton – the company has proven time and again that users are loyal to its workflow and simplicity, whatever the competition. Those of us sometimes swapping between Logic and Live might meanwhile just find this a welcome convenience. Time will tell.
Mainly I’m just sorry for whoever is working at home who may have, erm, just let this out.
“A multi-dimensional Granular Delay with Pitch Shifting, Modulation, Reverb, Ring Modulation and Downsampling. https://sonicbloom.net/en/products/gr…
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Loopmasters has launched a new collection of presets for the Operator synthesizer in Ableton Live. The Patchworx series AJ Mutated Drum & Bass – Operator Presets features 67 fresh sounds including tearing bass, phat synths, trippy SFX, thick pads and more. Front man of Mutated Forms, AJ Mutated has been responsible for some of the […]
RAUM 45 has set free its Roland TR-808 sample pack, featuring over 5,000 samples for Ableton Live’s Drum Racks. Due to the analogue structure, the TR-808 has its own soul … The sound of each TR-808 has its own character and with each trigger the drum modules produce a variable sound. The unstable timing ensures […]
“SM MIDI Arpeggio is a maxforlive MIDI device that slightly shifts (max 1/16) MIDI notes attacks in a MIDI clip. May be useful for keys arpeggios, guitar-like strums and MIDI humanization (with random).
More info and free download: https://www.sampleme.info/?p=1793”
Isotonik Studios has announced that J.J. Burred’s Factormini Max For Live device is available as a free download for a limited time. Factormini uses machine learning to decompose sounds into sets of elements, allowing you to rearrange and modify them. Factormini is the introductory version of Factorsynth, a powerful new type of musical tool that […]