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.