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New Sonic Arts launches Easter Sale – Over 40% off bundle

New Sonic Arts has announced its Easter Sale, offering a bundle of Granite, Nuance, and Granite Aura at a discounted price for a limited time. Before the end of April, pick up our entire suite of products for an unbelievable price. With more than 40% savings, now is the perfect time to discover the outstanding […]

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LinPlug updates Alpha synth plugin to v3.3

LinPlug has released version 3.3 of its Alpha synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac. Built since 2001, version 3 since 2007, now its updated again. Version 3.3 is coming in 4 flavours. One of the most classic virtual instruments ever: our Alpha 3.3 Classic Synthesizer. Changes in Alpha v3.3 New, scale-able User Interface. New full […]

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Rhythm, Recoded in Plug-ins, Ableton Live: A Conversation with WaveDNA


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.

Full details (a free demo is available):

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.
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Joey Sturgis Tones releases JST Clip effect plugin

Joey Sturgis Tones has launched JST Clip, a powerful peak clipper built for sonic perfection. JST Clip is my version of a clipper that is built with the mixing and mastering engineer in mind. This powerful peak clipper is designed to be the last stage of dynamic control while preserving your transients and generating harmonic […]

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Plugin Boutique releases BigKick – Kick drum designer plugin

Plugin Boutique has announced the release of BigKick, a kick drum instrument plug-in in collaboration with Credland Audio. The drum kit is the rhythm and groove of any track and the kick drum is the hearbeat of the groove. We know how important it is to get the kick drum right in the mix. BigKick […]

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MeldaProduction updates effect plugins to v8.00

MeldaProduction has updated its effect plug-ins to version 8.00. 8.00 is a huge major update, which brings a complete GUI restructuralization, better & faster stylable and resizable GUI engine, GPU acceleration, powerful metering engine, and much more. It is highly recommended to install this update. Please use the newest installers from our download page. MMultiBandRhythmizer […]

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Reveal Sound updates Spire synthesizer to v1.0.13

Reveal Sound has released version 1.0.13 of its Spire synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac. Spire is a software polyphonic synthesizer that combines powerful sound engine modulation and flexible architecture, a graphical interface provides unparalleled usability. Changes in Spire v1.0.13 Add: Oscillator Type “SawPWM”. Fixed: Some DSP & GUI issues. Update: Factory Bank 5. The […]

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Xfer Records releases AAX for Nerve, Cthulhu & LFOTool

Xfer Records has announced updates for Nerve, Cthulhu and LFOTool, which are now available in Pro Tools AAX format. Cthulhu is now VST (32 and 64 bit), AudioUnit (both 32 and 64, and a MIDI FX version for Logic X), and ProTools AAX (32 and 64-bit for OSX and Windows). LFOTool and Nerve are now […]

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Plugin Boutique launches AAS Tassman 4 Flash Sale – 50% off

Plugin Boutique has announced a flash sale on the Tassman 4 modular synthesizer by Applied Acoustics Systems, offering a 50% discount for a limited time. Tassman is an extremly rich modular sound synthesis environment based on physical modeling. It is both an impressive collection of unique synths and effect processors, and a tightly integrated synthesis […]

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Glitchmachines launches Scope modular sound generator plugin & sample library

Glitchmachines has announced the release of Scope, a modular sound generator and effects processing plugin geared toward experimental sound design and electronic music production, bundled with a Eurorack modular synthesizer sample library comprised of over 1500 samples. Scope’s open-ended graphical patching system and diverse set of modules give you access to a new customizable processing […]

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