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.
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.
A common theme in recent years in the production world are producers who who want to not only make incredible music, but also strive to find a way to create their productions in real time, live performances. One of our favorites is Rheyne, who we've featured on the site many times before and who even wrote a fantastic roundup review of iOS production tools.
Novation teamed up with Isotonik to create a Max for Live device that easily syncs live devices.
A year ago we interviewed Max Cooper, with the 4D Soundsystem, and got a taste of a new immersive sound environment that allows producers to create music that moves throughout the physical space. Now there's a rendition of the system called simply 4DSOUND, which was brought into the Amsterdam Dance Event last week where multiple performers created an experience using the 4D sound system. Watch a short documentary about 4DSound below and read more.
Much like the impetus for Native Instruments to create Maschine and for Ableton to develop Push, Zurich-based artist Ander (just Ander) also wants electronic music to get out from behind the laptop. To do so, the tinkerer and composer made Station, a grid-based, LED-and-knob-driven, multi-unit controller that he runs with Ableton Live and Max for Live for maximum improvisational possibilities.
With over 1,000 free devices in the form of instruments, audio effects, MIDI effects and tools to extend the ability of Ableton Live, who could pass up using Max for Live? M4L devices come in all shapes - and if you want, they can be edited and customized to meet specific needs. Today, Lenny Kiser shares how to use 5 essential Max for Live devices to improve your productions and live performances.
Spotted by Mad Zach over the weekend is a patchbay controller that’s been prototyped for the past three years that allow its users to connect computer programs with a analog-style interface. Dubbed Illucia, the controller is an aluminium case with 16 jacks, 6 knobs and a smattering of buttons, knobs, and switches as well, all […]