For Black Friday, many companies put on a super-sized holiday sale - many of which are some of the best prices that DJs and producers will see all year. This is especially true in the software and digital instrument world. We've rounded up some of the best deals out there for dance music tools, software, and technology in this article, read on to get to the deals.
Ableton has announced a brand new update to their hardware and software platforms today - the Ableton Push 2 hardware and Ableton Live 9.5. In this new update, Ableton has improved a lot of the elements of the Push, adding a new multi-color screen, new sampling workflows, and smoother pads. Read on for the full details.
We've seen a number of interesting mockups come out from designers over the years imagining the future of their favorite piece of dance music technology. Today we're featuring two redesigns of Ableton Live that take on the challenge of modernizing the familiar-but-aging interface of the DAW.
The team behind touchAble, the iOS controller for Ableton, is celebrating the app turning five years old and amidst the celebrations the team is offering an updated version of the app. TouchAble 3.1 improves upon the foundation of earlier versions with new features that were primarily requested by the user community which includes modulation wheels, variable font size, and more performance enhancement additions. iOS DJs and producers may find that touchAble is the most optimal and affordable way to control Ableton Live.
Ever wanted to use a cool patch across multiple cells in a soundpack? While Ableton’s Drum Rack will let you apply a Device Chain to all cells, or a single cell, it won’t let you assign it to multiple cells. In today's article, learn how DJTT soundpack designer Apoth has found a creative solution to do exactly that: Rack Patching.
At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
Many moons ago there was The Bridge - a joint effort by Serato and Ableton to link the two pieces of software. When The Bridge came out five years ago there wasn't a lot of reaction from the DJ world. The software wasn't revolutionary, but it was a useful tool that has since been forgotten (or put on the back burner) by both companies. However, Andrew Robertson has developed an Ableton Live device (based on research at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London) called the BeatSeeker to serve as a simpler bridge between Ableton and other music-making software.
Novation had enormous success with the original Launchpad thanks in large part to viral Youtube performances from artists like M4SONIC and Madeon. However the Launchpad started to show it's age with the release of AKAI APC40 MK2 and Ableton Push. Novation released the true successor to the original launchpad, the Launchpad Pro with RGB velocity sensitive pads, note mode, and several new mode buttons for extra control. Is it worth the upgrade? Mad Zach puts the Launchpad Pro to the test.