AfroDJMac has launched the third year of his series of Free Ableton Live material with the release of Ocarina of Live, another free Ableton Live Pack.
I’m sure it’s pretty clear that video games have a large influence in my life. One of my first and favorite Live packs was the AfroDJMac Nintendo Rack. Probably my favorite video game series of all time is the Legend of Zelda. It has captured my imagination since I was about 5 or 6 years old, and I’ve purchased Nintendo systems exclusively to play Zelda games.
A good friend of mine, J-Rod, gave me a really nice ceramic Ocarina for Christmas a few years ago. It’s just like the one Link uses in many of the games. It even comes with a little booklet that teaches you how to play songs from the games. This week, I finally put this ocarina to good use. I sampled a couple of notes into Ableton and created an instrument that works especially well with Push. It has controls for the sample selection, filters, delay, etc. It even makes use of Push’s aftertouch to control subtle vibrato and the filter frequency. You can adjust it to sound true to the Ocarina, with slow attacks reminiscent of your breath blowing in. But it also can function like a weird electric keyboard, or under extreme manipulation, some kind of bizarre breathing organism.
The Ocarina of Live pack is a free download. It requires Ableton Live 9.
AfroDJMac has released Mom’s Piano, a new free Ableton Live Rack.
My mother has a beautiful baby grand piano. Though I’d feel a bit dishonest calling myself a pianist, I love getting a chance to sit down at this piano to bang out some melodies. As much time as I spend playing around with synthesizers and digital instruments, there really is nothing quite like the sound of an acoustic instrument.
Over the holidays, I sampled a couple of octaves on this piano, while my mother, grandmother, and aunt were in the kitchen having a conversation over a cup of tea. As the notes decay, you can hear their voices in the background, which I think adds a ton of character to this instrument.
Mom’s Piano by AfroDJMac – A Ghostly, Glitchy, LoFi, and Bursting-with-Character Piano for Ableton Live.
AfroDJMac has introduced his 71st free Ableton Live Pack, Drum Multi FX.
This rack is exactly what I use when I play live. It has both a high and low pass filter. As you turn the filter knobs, the resonance increases, making the effect more dramatic as you turn it up. Second is a Reverb/Delay knob. When the knob is in the middle, the signal remains dry. Turn it left and you add reverb. Turn it right, you add delay. Two FX on one knob, sweet! Third, we have a Bit Crusher/ Beat Repeat knob. Again, the middle is clean. Turning left does the bit crushing. Turning right activates a Beat Repeat. The further you go left, the bit crushing morphs. The further right you go, the repeat time changes. So on four knobs you get six effects. This is perfect when you need to make the most of your MIDI controllers.
The bottom four macros are your Beat Repeats. As soon as you turn the knob past zero, the Beat Repeat turns on. Each knob controls a different Beat Repeat with a different grid size. I like to map these knobs to a Momentary Midi button. This means the effect will only trigger while I hold down the button. To smooth out the sounds, each knob also triggers a subtle Chorus effect. I’ve found this helps mitigate any pops or clicks.
The Fender Rhodes is one of the most well known electric keyboards of all time. Unfortunately adding one to your collection will set you back a pretty penny. What’s more is that lugging one around to the gig is another nuisance many of us would rather do without. Luckily I have the solution for you, the AfroDJMac Rusty Fender Rhodes Ableton Live Pack!
This free Ableton Live pack will get you that classic Fender Rhodes sound conveniently inside your laptop computer.
The sound library for Ableton Live is a free download at AfroDJMac.
Merry Christmas all! AfroDJMac here with a special gift to help you celebrate the holiday season. I’m sure the peaceful sounds of a music box brings many of us back to our childhood. Turns out the soft and soothing chimes also make for some interesting Ableton Live instruments!
Saturday I was a Christmas party where I found a beautiful Charlie Brown Christmas snow globe. I snuck off to a quiet portion of the house and sampled it on my iPhone. From there, I created the 3 Ableton Live instrument racks I am now sharing with you. I think they all have a lot of character and organic movement to them, with the combination of the plucked notes mixed with the cranking mechanism inside the globe.