FREE: Tech Mega Pack samples & synths presets by Big EDM

Big EDM Tech Mega Pack

W.A. Production is offering Rekkerd readers another free sound pack! The Tech Mega Pack from Big EDM comprises a collection of Tech House samples, synth shots, fx, drum loops and software synthesizer presets. The pack includes 5 construction kits that aim to help learn the general mixdown of Tech House and the arrangement of the […]

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Sonic Sound Supply: Get New God Limited Edition Drum Kit for FREE

Sonic Sound Supply New God Drum Kit

Sonic Sound Suppy has created a limited edition drum kit, and Rekkerd readers can get it for free! Inspired by the Drake, with New God limited edition drumkit you’ll get everyone “charged up”! This kit provides AMAZING snares, hats, 808s, drum loops, and more! This pack will have you creating BANGERS from “Back to Back” […]

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Honoring Florian is a free library of Kraftwerk-inspired sounds for Ableton Live, TR-8S, more

This has been a season of obituaries, but when it comes to music, tributes can’t be silent. Francis Preve has a special set of free sounds on his Symplesound platform.

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Your snares are weak; here are the free snares (and kicks) you need in Live, from Dial F

What does it take to make snares hot again? This free Live rack, that’s what. Dial F aka David Abravanel has been cooking up new music and more sounds – and stick around for exhaustive kicks. It all started with Tom Hall, and a terrific snare synth built in Max/MSP – so yeah, if you’re […]

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Get Asymmetric with a ton of back-catalog Inigo Kennedy downloads, free

Another world, another time, in the age of … well, back when MP3 encoding still seemed like a pretty neat idea. Discover years of back-catalog goodies from Inigo Kennedy, and have a dreamy asymmetrical day.

Thanks to the amazing Kevin Kennedy aka FBK for the find – and, seriously, you should use the money you saved here to grab FBK’s latest on Bandcamp.

But Inigo Kennedy’s full spectrum of delicious production, introspective tunes, and easy-flowing odd-phrased grooves and frenetic futuristic machine creations produce just the kind of reveries a lot of us could use right now. I’m just beyond happy to have found this. And yeah, I’m enough of a fan that I went in with DownThemAll so … before you all hammer the server here, if you’re that sort of person, contact me.

I hope this gets more people into Inigo’s music / stick him into an envelope that says “open for booking contact when social distancing is over.”

You can pencil drop the collection – for instance, I just blindly queued up this beautiful track. “A Rune for Amelie”:

http://www.asymmetric.co.uk/mp3/Inigo_Kennedy_ASY_MP3_011_Beyond_Foundations_03_A_Rune_For_Amelie.mp3

Or speaking of “entertaining accidents,” – here’s “Entertaining Accidents.” (Again, picked at random.)

http://www.asymmetric.co.uk/mp3/Inigo_Kennedy_ASY_MP3_004_Entertaining_Accidents_03.mp3

Of course, I got just as much of a kick reading the vintage 2004 press release launching the platform. Ah, those innocent days. Of course, in 2004 they would have been really grateful that today we have moved beyond primitive 192k MP3 to … ugh, actually, yeah, we’re all streaming worse quality stuff over dodgy Bluetooth connections. 2004, we’re really sorry. Also, you’ll be surprised to … actually, just don’t ask. About a bunch of things.

Asymmetric|MP3 001 – In Parallel – 5th January 2004

Inigo Kennedy announces the launch of Asymmetric|MP3 – a new project to take advantage of the freedom of electronic distribution and make available MP3 releases of his distinctive music.

Free MP3 releases will regularly be made available via the Asymmetric website at www.asymmetric.co.uk

The title of the first release is In Parallel and this outlines the aims of the Asymmetric|MP3 project. The MP3 releases do not substitute for the vinyl or CD releases but will run alongside as both projects should inspire, support, strengthen and reinforce one and other. The MP3 releases are planned to perhaps introduce different ideas and may, in the future, also include alternative versions of tracks that have been or will be released on vinyl or CD.

The first release In Parallel consists of four new tracks. All of which touch on, and build upon, the distinctive elements that have made Asymmetric releases stand out in the past.

The MP3s will be encoded using LAME at an average bit rate of 192Kb/s in full stereo mode. Alternative versions will not be made available. The aim is to release MP3s of high quality to do justice to the music rather than compromise for the sake of small file size. The quality of the MP3s as they are released should be sufficient to sound good on anything from headphones to a large sound system via Final Scratch, etc.

(Final Scratch was the pioneering digital vinyl control system that helped lead to … uh, just ask your grandparents, kids.)

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Ableton are ready to get you off the grid with the new FlexGroove device

You’ve got tons of devices that let you tweak sounds of synths and effects with knobs. So why not warp time, too?

That’s the idea of FlexGroove, the latest add-on for Ableton Live and Max for Live. Just as you use envelopes and breakpoints to control volume or effects parameters elsewhere in Live, this tool lets you go in and speed up time, slow down time, and transform groove and meter just as easily.

Even as a big believer in words (words rock!), that is something that screams out for a demo. And once you hear this, you’ll get right away why you might want something that does this:

Speeding up (accelerando), slowing down (deccelerando), expressive give and take (rubato), and meter changes are essential building blocks of music in a wide variety of genres and cultures. So on some level, it’s weird that they tend to be hidden in machine music interfaces, in hardware and software – or at least relegated to working on just a master tempo track.

That said, putting them into a dedicated device like this means you can treat these elements in a focused, compositional mindset. And device creator Martin von Frantzius, a composer and musician himself teaching in Germany, has pulled out all the stops.

So you get six timing modes, each with its own presets:

  • Free time (drawn in with breakpoints)
  • Acceleration
  • Deceleration
  • Sine/half sine curves
  • Ratio – (which lets you do metric modulations)
  • Swing

And there’s a built-in pair of step sequencers, plus controls for humanization and velocity, plus probability.

Basically, you fire this up, then spit out clips. Some of the ideas here are really performative, so it’s a shame in a way that it doesn’t focus on playing these things like an instrument. On the other hand, I think for composers, someone adding excitement to a score bed, creating a dynamic break/drop in dance music, and otherwise spawning a ton of more interesting clips – it looks seriously addictive.

And it should also cure you of the dreary feeling of a bunch of on-the-grid monotonous and unmusical clips in your Session View. I just now got the NFR, but this looks worth 39EUR to me.

https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/flexgroove/

Got patches of your own, or favorites from maxforlive.com? Let us know! The more time-warping devices, the merrier, really!

And it’s great to see Ableton continue to use ableton.com as a kind of label for creative Max patchers.

Check out Martin’s page for tons of interesting teaching and engineering and violin and composition projects, like an online church-organ you can play, and — this, for more experimental time-bending with violin:

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Rekkerd Holiday Christmas Bundle: FREE Samples, Kits & Synth Presets

WA Production Rekkerd Holiday Christmas Bundle

W.A. Production has compiled a special bundle to celebrate the holiday season, and Rekkerd readers can get it for free for a limited time! Inspired by such artists as Mesto, Dropgun, Alok, San Holo, Odesza, Illenium, and Kraftwerk, the multi-genre What About: Rekkerd Holiday Christmas Bundle comprises three full packs: Future Bounce Bomb, What About: […]

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Free Downgrade turns Ableton Live into lo-fi wobbly vaporwave tape

Fidelity? High-quality sound? No – degradation! And if you don’t have a ragged VHS deck or cassette Walkman handy, these free effects racks in Ableton Live will sort you out.

Downgrade is the work of Tom Cosm, long-time Ableton guru. There are five effects:

Fluffer
Corrupt
Hiss
Morph
Flutter

— plus if you give him literally US$1 or more (you cheapskate), you get an additional Stutter rack.

Basically, you get loads of controls for manipulating downsampling, tape effects, saturation, distortion, modulation of various kinds, echo, vocoder, and more. It’s a sort of retro Vaporwave starter kit if you’d like to think of it that way – or an easy, dial-up greatest hits of everything Ableton Live can now do to make your sound worse. And by worse, I mean better, naturally.

Ableton have been gradually adding all these digital downsampling features (early on) and simulated analog tape and saturation effects and nonlinear modulation (more recently). Tom has neatly packed them into one very useful set of Racks.

Notice I say “Racks,” not Max for Live devices. That means these will mostly run on different editions of Live, and they’re a bit easier to pick apart and adjust/modify – without requiring Max knowledge.

Go download them:

https://gumroad.com/l/wmIbJ

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Use Ableton Live faster with the free Live Enhancement Suite

Day in, day out, a lot of producers spend a lot of time editing in Ableton Live. Here’s a free tool that automates some common tasks so you can work more quickly – easing some FL Studio envy in the process.

This one comes to us from Madeleine Bloom’s terrific Sonic Bloom, the best destination for resources on learning and using Ableton Live. Live Enhancement Suite is Windows-only for the moment, but a Mac version is coming soon.

The basic idea is, LES adds shortcuts for producers, and some custom features (like sane drawing) you might expect from other tools:

Add devices (like your favorite plug-ins) using a customizable pop-up menu of your favorites (with a double right-click)

Draw notes easily with the ~ key in Piano Roll.

Pop up a shortcut menu with scales in Piano Roll

Add locators (right shift + L) at the cursor

Pan with your mouse, not just the keyboard (via the middle mouse button, so you’ll need a three-button mouse for this one)

Save multiple versions (a feature FL Studio users know well)

Ctrl-shift-Z to redo

Alt-E to view envelope mode in piano roll

And there’s more customizations and multi-monitor support, too.

Ableton are gradually addressing long-running user requests to make editing easier; Live 10.1 builds on the work of Live 10. Case in point: 10.1 finally lets you solo a selected track (mentioned in the video as previously requiring one of these shortcuts). But it’s likewise nice to see users add in what’s missing.

Oh, and… you’re totally allowed to call it “Ableton.” People regularly refer to cars by the make rather than the model. We know what you mean.

Here’s a video walking through these tools and the creator Dylan Tallchief’s approach:

More info:

LES Collaborators:
Inverted Silence: https://soundcloud.com/invertedsilence
Aevi: https://twitter.com/aevitunes
Sylvian: https://sylvian.co/

https://www.patreon.com/dylantallchief
https://www.twitter.com/dylantallchief
https://soundcloud.com/dylantallchief
https://facebook.com/dylantallchief
https://www.twitch.tv/dylantallchief

Give it a go – will try to check in when there’s a Mac version.

https://enhancementsuite.me/

PS, Windows users will want to check out the excellent open source AutoHotkey for automation, generally.

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Repitch for Rekkerd: Plughugger delivers analog bass sounds of Analog Rytm

Plughugger Repitch

I am very happy to announce a new exclusive free sample pack by Carl of Plughugger. Repitch features a collection of sounds created with the Analog Rytm Mk I drum machine by Elektron. The pack includes 19 analog bass sounds made with the DualVCO machine in the Analog Rytm, recorded with the Ensoniq EPS 16+ […]

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