AfroDJMac releases free Mode Audio Drums for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has launched Mode Audio Drums, free Ableton Live pack featuring big EDM drums and unusual found percussion sounds by ModeAudio.

Mode Audio has been kind enough to send me two excellent drum racks to share with you. First is the Power Tools drums, which are high quality, room-shaking drums for many different styles of EDM drums.

And if you are into found percussion, where everyday sounds become drum sounds, you’ll enjoy the Undercover Kit. Both Drum Racks are but a small taste of Mode Audio’s Power Tools Drums and Undercover Found Percussion Sample Packs.

The pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Mode Audio Drums

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AfroDJMac releases Univox Bass Lucy free Ableton Live Pack

AfroDJMac has released Univox Bass Lucy, a free Live Pack featuring a sampled Univox bass from the 70′s.

AfroDJMac Univox Bass Lucy

I’ve had a lot of experience recording this bass, and I’m often torn on how to best record it. Running it through a bass amp is usually my first choice, but I also really like how it sounds coming out of my guitar amp. So what I did while sampling was run the bass through an SWR bass amp and my Fender Deluxe tube guitar amp. Also, I put up an AKG C414 mic in the room to capture both amps simultaneously. On the Ableton device, you can mix the three signals together to meet your taste.

When you pluck a string on a bass, it will always sound slightly different. So to emulate that, I recorded 3 different samples of each note that I recorded. I set the LFO in Sampler to play any of these three samples at random. That means that any melody you play will always sound slightly different. Even a MIDI clip will never loop in exactly the same way with the same samples. You will always get a bit of subtle variation, just as you would with a real bass player.

The Univox Bass Lucy pack is available as a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Univox Bass Lucy

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AfroDJMac releases 100th Free Ableton Live Pack: Electric Guitar Synths

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AfroDJMac has announced the release of Electric Guitar Synths, the 100th title in the series of free Ableton Live Packs.

I’m very pleased and excited to share the 100th Free AfroDJMac Ableton Live Pack! It’s been quite a journey and I am happy to have you here reading and playing with these toys! For this collection, I return to my roots as a musician, the electric guitar.

I was doing a little recording and wanted some fast palm mute plucks. I eventually got the part, but it was pretty difficult to get these rapid fire 16th notes sounding tight, even after almost 20 years of playing guitar. So I decided to create some sampled instruments to do the job.

The Electric Guitar Synths pack for Live is available to download free of charge. Requires Ableton Live 9.

More information: AfroDJMac / Electric Guitar Synths

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AfroDJMac releases free Jingle Bells for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has released Jingle Bells, a free Ableton Live Pack.

It’s become a tradition around here to create an Ableton Live Pack especially for Christmas. Nothing really evokes the feelings and memories of Christmas quite like the sound of jingling bells!

This year I have decided to sample my sleigh bells. I did so using Rode NT5 mics, which I recently had modified by Michael Joly (he can turn entry level mics into high-end works of art). So to celebrate, I’ve created not one but four different instruments for your holiday pleasure.

The pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Jingle Bells

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AfroDJMac releases Easy Multi Band FX free Live Pack

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AfroDJMac has launched Easy Multi Band FX, a free Ableton Live Pack.

When you start running your sounds through effects, you run the risk of killing some of the important frequencies within that sound. The most obvious example is on bass sounds. A lot of times I add distortions or reverbs on a bass and the sound either loses its low-end or becomes muddy. If only there was a way to put my distortion on the higher frequencies and leave the bass frequencies alone so they can stay powerful…

Of course there is a way! This technique, commonly referred to as “multi-band processing”, allows you to split up the different frequencies of your sound (in our case Highs, Mids, and Lows) and affect each one separately. So I’ve created a Free Ableton Live Rack that divides your sounds into three sections, Low, Mid and High (you can adjust what the frequency range of each section) and allows you to place effects on each band separately.

The Easy Multi Band FX Pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Easy Multi Band FX

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