J74 has announced StepLocker, a new Max for Live sequencing and modulation device.
StepLocker is based on the concept of parameter locking, whereby parameter settings can be associated (locked) to sequencer steps.
Besides the concept of it, one of the things I really tried to get right on this is the workflow. So in StepLocker parameter locking is very simple: Choose one or more steps in the sequencer, select a parameter in Ableton Live, set its value and lock it. You can do this for any parameter, in any device, in any track of Live.
On top of this I equipped StepLocker with classic step sequencer features, such as playback manipulation (step numbers, random step order, step lenght), value interpolation, value randomization and (post-locking) editing (such as copy, paste, erase).
- Up to 64 steps modulator with parameter locks for any parameter, in any device, in any track of Ableton Live.
- Intuitive user interface based on simple actions: just click, set, lock and sequence. No routing or long menu’s involved.
- Different modulation styles (Impulse/Hold, Gliding).
- Real time sequencing controls: free step number count, step duration, random playback order.
- Post-locking editing features: free editing of every recorded lock, randomization, shift values up/down, mute values, copy and paste sections.
- Possibility of recording the modulation as Session clip automation or Arrangement automation.
- Device state saved with the Ableton Live project.
The StepLocker device is available for $12 USD. Requires Live 9 or higher and Max 6.1 or higher.
More information: J74 / StepLocker
Producertech has announced the launch of its all-new Live Courses site, originally released back in 2009.
With core courses created by certified Ableton Live trainer Rob Jones, this site has become widely known as one of the best platforms for learning about the software and music production, at an affordable rate and during times that suit you best, all from the comfort of your own home.
With brand new tutorials made with Live 9, a vastly improved look and functionality, as well as updated technology that features optimum compatibility with all computers, tablets and phones, the new Live Courses is set to define new standards in online learning once again.
Accompanying the core courses on the site, for beginner-intermediate and advanced Live users, are a whole host of additional courses on certain styles of music or aspects of production, created by Producertech tutors Paul Maddox, DJ Fracture and Nicholas D’Ombrain, covering techno, tech house and drum and bass production, and also how to master professionally with Live’s built-in devices.
Live Courses is offering an introductory discount of 30% off all courses in March using the coupon code LCLCH30. Click on C on the Courses page to apply the discount.
More information: Live Courses
Amazing Noises has released GliderVerb, a free Max for Live device.
GliderVerb is a “reverberator with glissandos” simulating a room gradually changing its shape. It is an expanded version of an algorithm created by James McCartney for his Supercollider 2 programming language.
The original algorithm had no user-variable parameters: this device adds a series of parameters to create a wide palette of effects; from evolving reverberations to granular disintegration to smooth resonances.
GliderVerb is available to download at no charge. Requires Live 9 and Max for Live.
More information: Amazing Noises / GliderVerb
Delectable Records has announced the release of The Perfect Kick, an Ableton Live specific pack geared to a quicker creation of EDM Kick sounds.
This is a set of 80 presets Clips (20 for each Instrument Rack) with easy to use Macros designed to give the opportunity to radically modify and tune the sound quickly and with ease.
The instruments combine the versatility of the Operator synth used to create the body and sub of the kick with audio fragments specifically designed to give extra definition and help the kicks stand out in your mix.
The pack is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.
More information: Delectable Records / The Perfect Kick
Loopmasters has released Prima Tech House, a new sample pack by Niche Audio, featuring a collection of 15 Tech House kits inspired by the current scene, as well as giving a nod to the classic Tech House sound.
Each Kit has been created from scratch for both Maschine and Ableton Live formats which maximises the use of the host software’s onboard effects and compression.
Our Niche Audio genre packs are highly editable super presets allowing producers to get right to the DNA of the patterns and sounds, editing MIDI, samples, and mix. The kits are mixed just like a record with EQ, Compression, Delay and Reverb keeping the producer focused on the music and allowing instant sample changes in the mix.
Producers can use any of the kits or projects as a starting point to get their ideas down fast. Easily edit some midi notes, perhaps swap some samples and within minutes a completely new kit and pattern has emerged indistinguishable from the original.
The sample pack available for Maschine and Ableton Live, priced at £24.95 GBP. A Wav One Shots pack is £17.95 GBP.
More information: Niche Audio / Prima Tech House
James of Freemasons wrote in to share a tutorial on how to get NI Maschine and Akai MPC swings natively inside Logic Pro and Ableton Live.
Ever since the release of NI’s Maschine and more recently, the return of the Akai’s MPC range, beat production has taken a huge leap forward sonically and rhythmically. However, both of these machines use their own proprietary systems and protocols for swing quantise.
One of the biggest problems when using these inside DAW’s with your other VST’s and audio is that each has its own quantise system that is not (always) mirrored by the software, so quantising parts running alongside your chosen drum machine to the same swing has often been a case of guess work and time-consuming experimentation.
We always ran into this problem so decided to solve it, and after a few days of quite painstaking work, we have converted the swings from NI’s Maschine and Akai’s MPC into groove templates for Logic 9 / Logic X and Ableton live 8/9 (Maschine only, MPC grooves were already present).
We also created an instructional video showing how you can import these grooves into the applications and into your own Logic startup pages. We hope you enjoy using them as we do.
The groove templates are available to download here.
More information: Freemasons (Facebook)
Uppercussion has announced the release of Vocalisms, a collection of 58 drum kits made exclusively from sounds produced by the human voice and mouth.
The VOCALISMS drum kits feature all kinds of vocal percussion: beatbox, shouts, buzzes, chirps, hard consonants, exaggerated vowels, phonetic exploration and a lot of experimentation. Each kit includes the standard drums such as kicks, snares, hihats, cymbals and toms, but also melodic elements such as bass lip buzzes, tonal hits and other sung one shots.
The sounds in Vocalisms are 100% “orally originated”, meaning that no other non-vocal sounds were used and the human voice is the only sound source…even if it doesn’t always sound like it. The samples were processed in a plethora of different ways to give an even broader palette of drum kit sound possibilities.
- 58 drum kits in 4 categories (Advocal, Evocal, Havocal, and Provocal).
- 928 samples, 16 samples per kit (24-bit, 44.1 kHz).
- Formats include Ableton Live Pack, Maschine, Geist, Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Reason NN-XT, and single WAV samples.
- Sample folders are easily accessible and sorted by sound type.
- Total size is 120 MB.
- Additional Ableton Live Pack content:
- 58 Live Clips.
- 58 MIDI patterns (one in each Live Clip).
- 8 Macro assignments per kit.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $49 USD. The Ableton Live Pack is only sold through Ableton.com, priced at $49 USD / 39 EUR.
More information: Uppercussion / Vocalisms
Puremagnetik has introduced three new bundles in Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic formats.
An essential studio instruments collection allows you to put a quick band together with Puremagnetik’s most popular Packs. It includes:
- TrapKit – A vintage 1960′s Ludwig drum set recorded in a large reflective room with a vast array of microphones.
- PM Grand – A multi-sampled Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano that includes a library of advanced instruments and looped clips in various styles.
- Guitar Racks 1 & 2 – Contains an assortment of expertly captured acoustic guitar chord menus, articulations and looped phrases.
- Upright – A beautifully recorded double bass instrument that comes packed with a multi-sample palette of articulations including plucked and traditional bow.
- Big Bertha – A custom built 6-string electric bass that has a classic, deep and funky tone.
The legendary analog synths of the 70s and 80s for Live, Kontakt and Logic. Analog Heroes contains 7 packs and 3 GB of sounds from the following products:
- Juniper 1 & 2 – A collection of expertly crafted instruments based on Roland’s legendary Jupiter series analog synthesizers.
- TeeBee – The ultimate sampled Roland TB-303 – perfect for heavy acid bass lines, squelchy resonant leads and other thick analog sounds.
- Phonik – The celebrated Roland Paraphonic-505 right to your desktop. It includes the famous Orchestral and Synth sections of this legendary machine.
- Synth 700 – A complete Korg 700, expertly recorded and programmed with all of the details and nuances of the original.
- String Machines – Classic 1970′s string programs from the Roland VP-330, Roland RS-09, ARP Solina String Ensemble and Crumar Orchestrator.
- SixVoice- Includes over 30 multisample patches from the legendary Korg PolySix synthesizer.
Puremagnetik’s Century Bundle includes everything currently in the Puremagnetik catalog (a $1200 value) and everything Puremagnetik releases for the next 100 years, straight to your inbox.
Studioband is available for $49 USD, Analog Heroes costs $79 USD, and the Century Bundle is $299 USD.
More information: Puremagnetik / Bundles