AfroDJMac has released Vinyl Crackler, the 56th download in a series of free Ableton Live packs.
Make your samples sound as if they were recorded off a vinyl record with Vinyl Crackler.
I made this effect rack to emulate the vinyl crackles and pops inherent to samples recorded straight off a record. It’s based around Ableton’s Vinyl Distortion plug in and is perfect for adding vinyl crackle to drum samples and having that crackle cut off as soon as the volume of the drum sample reaches a specified threshold, emulating the cutoff created when sampling from vinyl. The macro knob assignments allow you to customize the vinyl sound and how it begins and cuts off. I hope you like it, I think it’s super handy.
The Vinyl Crackler is a free download at AfroDJMac.
AfroDJMac has released the Roland Juno 106 Ableton Live Pack, a collection of instrument racks for Ableton Live featuring the sounds of the Roland Juno 106 classic polyphonic analog synthesizer.
Juno 106 Ableton Live Pack demonstration by AfroDJMac
I was very excited to get my hands on the Roland Juno 106. Instantly I was impressed by its warmth and character. It wasn’t long before I started programming and sampling patches. The result is this Ableton Live pack.
It contains 22 unique Ableton Instrument racks, each one created with a unique preset from the Juno 106. I’ve added controls for 8 macros to each instrument, which allows them to be manipulated and twisted into new and ever changing sounds.
The sound library is available to purchase for $6.99 USD.
AfroDJMac has released Korg-asbord, the 52nd download in the weekly series of free Ableton Live Packs.
This week’s download features 5 different synths for Ableton. The first three come from a song I have been working on called “This is on Your Mind.” I created the sounds using the Korg iMS-20 iPad app and brought them into Ableton to finish the track. They feature a thick gritty bass sound, a cutting lead sound and some dirty drums. I would say they have a somewhat 8-bit feel.
The fourth synth was made with a sample of the Korg Monotron Duo, supplied by one of my readers, Hamtone. This synth is made of two different Monotron Duo samples and a sine wave sub bass sampled from Ableton’s Operator. Finally, as a special bonus, the last one is a sampled upright bass synth that was sent in by another one of my readers JM-DG. It’s an amazing instrument that I think is so well done and useful that I am releasing it exactly as he sent it to me.
The Korg-asbord Live Pack is available to download from AfroDJMac.
AfroDJMac continues his series of free Ableton Live AfroDJRacks with the release of Hip to be Square, a gritty and fat square wave synth made with the Moog Slim Phatty.
This week’s free Ableton Live Rack was created with my Moog Slim Phatty analog synthesizer. It’s simply an unfiltered square wave. I think it’s a good example of a nice pure sound coming out of the Slim Phatty, that gives you a good idea of what this synth sounds like. The square wave is probably my favorite sounding wave just because it reminds me of old video games. I gave the synth a bit of over drive on it’s filter, and it makes for a thick and gritty square. Inside Ableton, I set up some macro controls for attack, release, lo pass filter frequency and resonance. There’s also an arpeggiator in there to help you get some nice retro video game sounds. Finally, I added a Redux, for bit crushing, and some chorus and delay.
The Hip to be Square sound library for Ableton is a free download at AfroDJMac.
Sonic Scoop has published A Study in Resampling: Part 1, an article by AfroDJMac.
As part of my column on SonicScoop.com, “Sound Smack with AfroDJMac,” I’ve published the first article in a study of resampling in Ableton Live.
Resampling is a really powerful way to recycle sounds, instruments, and musical ideas into something entirely new. So download the Ableton Live Set below, complete with two drum racks I resampled from chords I played with my Teenage Engineering OP-1 Rack, two slice to midi presets, and the sample audio files that include a rhythmic pattern made with the AfroVolt Pack. Then, please head over to SonicScoop.com to read the full article, I think you’ll find it inspiring.
AfroDJMac has released Unusual Percussion, a free Ableton Rack.
For this week, I collected sounds from some interesting sources and then put them into an Ableton drum rack. Then I coupled them with effects that will take them further into the obscure. In this rack you will hear keyboard keys, long cardboard tubes, plastic objects being hit, vinyl crackles, glitchy noises created with Ableton’s Operator synth, a lighter, and a couple other miscellaneous things that are escaping my memory at this moment. All in all, it’s 126 different percussive sounds. And they can all be mangled in infinite ways…
The Unusual Percussion Ableton Rack is a free download from AfroDJMac.
AfroDJMac has released Master FX Rack, a free library for Ableton Live.
So, I use this rack to do high and low pass filtering, add some reverb, bit crush the signal a bit, and put a subtle flanger over the mix for movement. It also has a control for a beat repeater, which is nice for glitches and stutters. And the final component is a combination high pass filter and delay. As you turn up that knob, the signal is simultaneously hi passed with a delay on top. Turn it all the way up and you only hear the delay and none of the original tracks. I find this useful for ending one song and beginning another. These effects are great for keeping a groove interesting. Sometimes just some movement in certain frequencies or little effect can be enough to keep the audience engaged without disrupting the flow of your songs. Now of course this rack has the ability to completely mangle your audio, so if that’s what the situation calls for, let her rip! I have found its true strength lies in a subtle dose. Have fun and enjoy!
The Master FX Rack for Ableton is available as a free download.