AfroDJMac has released another free Ableton Live Pack: Gated Reverb.
The 1980s brought us some pretty cool production techniques. I often try to emulate them in Ableton. One of the more timestamped effects is gated reverb.
Producers wanted huge drum sounds, but didn’t want the drums washed out in reverb. The solution was found by placing a gate after the reverb. This will suddenly silence the reverb once it drops to a certain level. Think Phil Collins’ “Coming in the Air Tonight.” If you have ever wanted your drums to sound like they were being played by Godzilla in the Grand Canyon, this is the technique for you.
The Gater Reverb Rack is a free download at AfroDJMac.
AfroDJMac has introduced Dual Mic Dual Cabinet, a free Ableton Live pack that lets you emulate multiple microphones and speakers with Ableton’s cabinet FX.
This Ableton audio FX rack is designed to emulate having two different cabinets and two different microphones amplifying your sound. Created with two chains, each featuring Ableton’s cabinet effect mapped to macro knobs for easy control. Practical and easy way to change the sound of any instrument or vocal.
I’ve released a new Ableton Live Collection and 4 track “Wind Chime Ambience EP,” all created with samples from beautifully hand-crafted-and-tuned metallic wind chimes.
The Ableton Live Pack includes 5 Instrument Racks, 4 Drum Racks, 4 Effect Racks, plus 10 additional presets. These Ableton Racks are quite diverse and easily manipulated with macro knobs. A couple of the instruments use wind chime samples that were recorded directly to reel to reel tape, adding to the organic feel.
Also included are the Live Projects for each of the 4 tracks on the” Wind Chime Ambiece EP.” This gives full access to how the tracks were created and how the different instruments can be manipulated to create a wide variety of sounds.
These wind chimes were sampled for the Wind Chimes Synths for Ableton Live, as well as the “WindChime Ambience EP” by AfroDJMac.
The Wind Chime Ambience EP is available to purchase for $5.99 USD.
AfroDJMac has introduced the RubberBand Synth, a free sound library for Ableton Live featuring a contact mic recorded rubber band.
So, for my first endeavor with my new contact mic, I decided to try to record a rubberband. As you can see from the video, my cat, Theo, was just as excited about this project as I was. The resulting sound was a much cleaner, punchier recording than I was able to achieve with a condenser mic (I tried to do this months ago, but it wasn’t sounding very good).
I recorded the samples into Ableton Live, did a little high pass filtering to remove some sub bass frequencies, and dropped them into Sampler. From there, I added some effects, an FM oscillator, and an arpeggiator to create this, the 65th Free Ableton Live AfroDJRack. Check out the video below for an in-depth walkthrough and just below that is the free download, enjoy!
The RubberBand Synth for Live is a free download at AfroDJMac.
AfroDJMac has released Easy Sub Bass, a free Live Rack designed to easily add sub bass to any synthesizer in Ableton Live.
Sub bass is an important part of many types of electronic music. It is not so much heard as it is felt. It can give a track tremendous power.
For this free Ableton Live Pack, I have created an instrument rack that features two different chains. The first contains a simple sine wave synth that provides the sub bass. The second chain is almost empty, leaving room for you to drop any instrument you’d like to add a little sub bass to.
Side chaining is a very effective way to get your tracks to react to each other. I wrote an article about sidechaining for Sonic Scoop’s blog, check it out for some background and creative uses. Anyway, Ableton Live has three devices that can be side chained together: The Compressor, The Gate, and The Auto Filter. This week will deal with the Compressor.
AfroDJMac has released a new free library for Ableton Live: Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle.
Last week I received an email from Oliver Chesler, aka The Horrorist, who writes an extraordinarily useful and informative blog called “Wire to the Ear.” He is always amazingly on point and up to date, whether with production advice, great music, or the latest audio/ iOS gear. Oliver asked if I do request for Ableton Live Instruments (which of I try my best on); he was looking for samples of cassette tape hiss. While there’s an assortment of plugin emulators of the tape sound (including Ableton’s Vinyl distortion which I used on this freebie), as we all know, there’s nothing quite like the original. Funnily enough, just the day before I was looking for samples from vinyl records, and one of the samples I got the most use out of was just the vinyl crackle right before the music starts playing. So, naturally I thought Oliver’s suggestion was a good one.
After busting out my old Ka-Boom Box, and dusting off what remains of my cassette tape collection, I started sampling empty sections of the tapes. While I was at it, I took out some vinyl records of varying condition, sampled those, and grabbed a few minutes of tape noise from my Tascam Reel to Reel (the bad boy used on the Super Tape Drums Ableton Pack). I’ve used those samples to create a pretty excellent Ableton Live Pack for you all!
AfroDJMac’s Ableton Live Instrument #60: Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle.