Exclusive: a gig and a half of finely-crafted Riemann techno sounds, free for 48 hours

It’s hard to get that deep, crowded club feeling right now in isolation. So here from our friend Florian Meindl and Riemann Kollektion is a big boost – and a master class in techno craft.

Honestly, I’ve said this to folks before, but I’ll say it again – it really says something to me about Riemann and Florian that these demo songs bang harder than most released music. It’s almost worth just browsing this 1.4GB collection of 24-bit sounds just to understand a bit about how his heard works. (I’ve been browsing through.)

So, for 48 hours, just for CDM, Florian has swapped over the price of one of his best sound packs – Best of Riemann 2019 Techno (24bit WAV – Loops & Oneshots). (Ah, I remember 2019 … so … fondly now …)

There’s now really no reason not to get started. Ableton has a free 90-day trial of Live Suite, just announced, which even includes Max for Live. (It’s normally 30 days.)

https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

Then you can read the free guides I wrote for Riemann Kollektion to get going:

Tutorial: Unlock hidden sound tricks in Ableton Live 10’s effects

Tutorial: Super Fast Arrangement in Ableton Live 10

Max for Live: the techno producers’ guide

Plus if you have some hardware – even some stompboxes will do – you should also check out Florian’s approach to analog effect chains in that tutorial.

Then stock up on the samples with the free Best of Riemann pack. And sorted.

For some more inspiration, here’s a bit of how Florian works live – very hardware focused, but something you could apply to other setups, as well, in terms of raw musicianship and sound:

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Loopmasters delivers dark, abrasive sounds with Industrial Dub sample pack

Loopmasters Industrial Dub

Loopmasters has released a forward-thinking sample titled Industrial Dub, featuring a collection of cross-pollinated low end sonics with a dark feel that will ensure your audience are taken aback. Industrial Dub brings a dark, abrasive palette to build upon the widely loved genre of dub music. Taking further influence from dubstep and industrial music, this […]

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Add these Max for Live devices for inspiration in Ableton Live – or learn to make your own

A surprising number of Ableton Live users haven’t discovered the power of Max for Live inside. Here’s how to get started – but, oh, you’ve seen it all before? Okay, smarty-pants, learn how to make your own devices, too.

Beginners and those needing some fresh ideas…

Anxious times can be a big barrier to inspiration. And that’s why this guide is useful now. Max for Live add-ons can be particularly useful not just for solving problems, but pushing you in a different direction or getting you back in a state of play. That’s been useful even for me – I was feeling stuck, and wound up finding some new tools that got me going again, just while writing this.

As long as you’ve got a copy of Ableton Live Suite, Max for Live is waiting for you. If not, it’s also a pretty major reason to upgrade.

I’m thrilled to again partner with Riemann Kollection to make a complete guide:

Read up, get started.

Max for Live: the techno producers’ guide

It starts at the beginning; no previous knowledge – what Max for Live is, how to use it, and how to get started with a lot of useful devices in a host of different categories.

Max for Live has an impassioned following, but I suspect a lot of users of Live are afraid to go there. Here’s the thing: you really don’t need to know how to use Max. The fact that Ableton baked in one the most mature and most powerful toolkits for making music production and live visual inventions means you can use the tools everybody else is making.

As it happens, ELPHNT also produced a two-part list of their favorite devices on maxforlive.com. I purposely ignored this list, and still imagined we would overlap. Speaking to the depth of the M4L world, not one device is on both lists. (I even plugged ELPHNT on my list, but it’s not in the Ableton.com story!) Read: [ Part 1 | Part 2 ]

… and those ready to make your own stuff

Okay, maybe you are curious to dig into Max and Max for Live and try customizing devices or creating your own from scratch? And, uh, maybe for some reason you find you have a bit of time on your hands? Well, you’re in luck.

Ableton has an official page with resources. Pay particular note to this line – “Access the Max for Live built-in lessons by clicking on the Help menu–>Help View.” That’s really where you most likely want to begin.

Max for Live tutorials and learning resources [Ableton]

But for a single video intro, try this:

or this –

or this –

More recently, Cycling ’74 also shared best practices in making devices, which would be useful if, uh, you want to share with others. (I mean, for yourself, be as horrible as you like!)

Multichannel audio is what is really useful in the most recent major upgrade:

Finally, because of the current crisis, you can shadow a college course in Max here. I once taught this course for CUNY. I would not be able to do it now – Max has changed radically since I did it, and I have forgotten a bunch – so I’ll be checking it out! There are some sharp tips in there. (and if you know Max a bit, crank up the speed and pretend you’re Data from Star Trek as you go rapid-fire through the parts you know.)

Overwhelmed?

Well, this is about play. So as I said, it’s totally valid to just grab a fun device or two and … try something.

So I still recommend my guide – as a break from dev work, or if you realize your brain is more tired than you thought and you got over-ambitious (never happens to me – I’m lying):

https://riemannkollektion.com/blogs/techno-producer-knowledge-hub/max-for-live-the-techno-producers-guide

See the complete Riemann techno producer knowledge hub for lots of advice.

Images courtesy Ableton.

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Resonance Sound releases Phobos Techno Samples & Soulful Vocals by Kasha

Phobos Techno Samples Vol 1

Resonance Sound has announced the addition of Phobos Records to its online store. An electronic music label that has received worldwide support from the most popular djs in the techno industry. Richie Hawtin played Phobos tracks at the most popular festivals in the world, namely: Time Warp, Awakenings, ADE, dotUp, Boiler Room. Phobos releases supported […]

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Save 50% on Lo-Fi Moods, Afro Soul Melodies, Cinematic Hip Hop & more

Prime Loops Deals of the Week

Prime Loops is offering 50% off selected sample packs for a few days only in its Deals of the Week promotion. The deals include: Cinematic Hip Hop: 490MB+ of mesmerising instrumental loops, evolving string sections, orchestral-inspired drums, foley-infused atmospheres, soundscapes & more, perfect for creating Cinematic Hip Hop. Afro Soul Melodies: 100+ deep & uplifting […]

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Kore House & Techno: 5,500 loops & samples and 200 Maschine Kits by Niche Audio

Niche Audio Kore House & Techno

Niche Audio has released a huge sound collection titled Kore – House & Techno, a celebration of over 5 years of packs for Maschine & more. Full of perfectly processed House, Tech House & Techno kits the collection comes with over 5.500 loops and samples and 200 Maschine Kits. The first 100 Kits are all […]

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Bass House Drops, House Vocal Glitches 8 & Sound Of Tomorrow by Hy2rogen

Hy2rogen Bass House Drops

Hy2orgen has released a collection of hard hitting Bass House Drops inspired by leading artists and labels in the game such as Hexagon, OWSLA, Musical Freedom, Spinnin’, STMPD and beyond. When making this scrumptious collection of ear candy we aimed to make it possible for the end user to fully customize each sound included. We […]

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5Pin Media Double Back2Back Sale: Get 60% off House & Techno packs

5Pin Media Back2Back Sale

Loopmasters has launched a limited time sale on selected 5Pin Media sample packs, offering a 60% discount on sounds from Staniz, Christoph, and more. The sale includes the following titles: Cristoph Progressive & Techno – Without exception Cristoph – Progressive & Techno brings the sound of the talented DJ/Producer himself to your fingertips with 1.6 […]

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Cyber sound design toolkit delivers 500+ modern Techno Cinematic sounds

VST Buzz Cyber

VSt Buzz has announced the release of a new Vault series sample library. Available in Kontakt and Wav formats, Cyber is a cinematic sound design and scoring toolkit designed for creating cutting edge electronic sounds for dramatic, high energy, cinematic music. CYBER is a cinematic sound design toolkit, combing sonic elements of techno music and […]

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Save 40% on Producertech’s Tech House and Techno production courses

Producertech Tech House Techno Sale

Plugin Boutique has launched a sale with 40% off on selected Producertech tutorial courses on Tech House and Techno music production. Producertech are the industry leaders for online music education, with insightful and extensive online production courses. This month, save 40% off and learn how to produce tech house & techno. The promotion includes the […]

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