AfroDJMac has released a free New York Style Compressor for Ableton Live.
I have built a super handy Ableton Live audio effect rack for New York Style or Parallel Compression, and offer it to you as my newest Free Ableton Live Pack!
It works by compressing the audio (usually squashing the daylights out of it!) and mixing that processed signal with the original. The compressed signal has the fullness that a compressor offers, but the original maintains the dynamic range that the compressor can destroy. The end result is you get to have your cake and eat it too, the best of both worlds.
To achieve this effect in Ableton Live, I have built an Audio Effect Rack that has two chains: one with a Compressor (plus a Saturator for a little extra flavor), and one chain that allows the audio to pass through unaffected. The download link is below. The eight macro knobs allow for control over the most commonly used parameters (Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release…) as well as an overall volume that allows you to mix in as much of the compressed signal as you like. I particularly like this effect on drum tracks, because it beefs them up while preserving their impact. Feel free to get creative an use it on all kinds of tracks (I’ve had a lot of success with vocals and acoustic guitars).
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.