On the new PLAYdifferently Model 1 mixer designed by Richie Hawtin, there's a unique approach to the actual mixing section. Instead of a 'traditional' 3-band EQ, there are two filters and a "parametric EQ". But for many DJs, the only way they'll be able to try this style of mixing is by shelling out over $3,000 on the mixer - so DJ Soo has created an Ableton device that allows anyone to try out a very similar workflow. Keep reading for a free download!
Today we're releasing two more videos from Ean's series on using the Roland AIRA TR-8 alongside Ableton Live in a live performance setup. The first video focuses on using delay on hi-hats for a fresh live drumming feel, while the second shows how just a bit of bit crushing can make rides sound really cool. All of the effects are MIDI-mapped, turning the TR-8 drum machine into a powerful live instrument!
We've got a brand new video in Ean's ongoing series about turing the Roland AIRA TR-8 into a super-charged performance and production tool by connecting it to Ableton Live. In part two, Ean shows off how a little bit of clever delay can dramatically change the sounds you're playing. With some MIDI mapping magic, it becomes a wild and fun performance technique - watch the full video inside.
The West Coast bass scene has been one of the most constantly evolving music worlds in the United States for the last decade, and one of our favorite producers in that world is Portland's EPROM. In today's How I Play video, we got a chance to get an EPROM interview and tour of his live performance setup featuring a DJTT Midi Fighter Pro! Keep reading to see how he uses it alongside Ableton Live.
The Roland AIRA TR-8 is an incredibly powerful standalone performance and production tool - but what would happen if you super-charged it with a bit of creative MIDI mapping and sound manipulation in Ableton Live? In part one of a new series, Ean shares his technique for taking the tom-tom channel on the TR-8, adding resonance to create a synthesizer-like sound, and then adding more effects on top. It makes for an expressive and fun performance tool - watch the full video inside.
We had a chance to shoot a How I Play interview with French producer and live act Rodriguez Jr. recently at Public Works here in San Francisco, and he took us on a tour of his live setup. His rig focuses around Ableton Live, with a few other bits of gear as well that allow him to do live improvisation and layering - watch the full Rodriguez Jr. interview inside!
Back in October, Novation announced the launch of a standalone production unit, the Circuit. Novation seems to be taking customer feedback very seriously on this device as there’s just been a new firmware update that fixes and improves upon the current iteration. As a bonus, they’re also working with Isotonik Studios to expand the sound horizon for the Novation Circuit.
For a new video series recorded at Riverside Studios in Berlin, we've asked talented studio producers to share their secrets on bringing live instruments into to electronic music productions. In this first episode, production duo Pan-Pot share how they record a traditional African kalimba into Ableton Live and resample it on the fly. Watch the full thing after the jump.