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.
AfroDJMac has posted the Justin Bieber Super Fun Ableton Pack, a new free sample library for Ableton Live.
Surprisingly over the course of NAMM so much awesome new gear was released and discussed, but no one mentioned the groundbreaking Justin Bieber Keyboard Guitar by Paper Jamz! Fear not however, I’ve got the scoop on this $15 treasure :) !!
This week I took the Paper Jamz Justin Bieber Keyboard Guitar toy, which boasts a synth engine, drum samples and Bieber vocal snippets, and sampled them into a couple of very usable Ableton Live Racks. This download contains a synth that functions very nicely for ambient tones, a drum rack of some seriously lo-fi drum sounds, a drum rack loaded with some entertaining Justin Bieber samples that can be mangled via the macro knobs, and also a slice to midi preset that I find pretty useful.
One thing I have discovered is that Bieber is capable of stirring up the emotions of not just 7-13 year old girls, but also those of Ableton Live producers and electronic musicians and artists everywhere. So, with this release I ask that you open your minds and enjoy this exercise in interesting-sounds-can-come-from-anywhere, and I think you will be pleased with the results :)
The Justin Bieber Super Fun Ableton Pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.
Voltage Disciple has announced the release of the AfroDJVolt Glich Pack, a sound library for Ableton Live in collaboration with AfroDJMac.
This pack contains unique and original glitch type drum sounds derived from the Moog Little Phatty as well as original AfroDjMac and Voltage Disciple samples of found sounds and pure generative drum sounds.
The pack also contains the Impulse Sequencer which is a Launchpad based drum sequencer that can be used with the included Impulse Kits to produce on the fly drum patterns. A Novation LaunchPad is required to use the Impulse Sequencer.
The pack also contains a sample folder of up to 400 24bit wav files of all the samples used in the pack to help you produce further sounds in other productions.
Also included is the AfroVolt Impulse Pack with 11 Impulse kits for you to use with the Impulse Sequencer.
This Pack is a large and extensive set of tools for use within Ableton LIVE and represents our mission statement of hi quality and value for money for the LIVE user.
AfroDJVolt Glitch Pack features
4 Ableton Live Drumracks Sets with over 20 sounds in each drumrack with macro controls for each drum sound in the rack as well as a global set of macro controls for extensive effects and customisation.
40 midi clips , 10 in each Drumrack set to help get you started with the sounds.
400 24 bit drum and percussion samples.
The Impulse Sequencer, plus 11 Impulse kits for you to use with the Impulse Sequencer as well as your own productions.
The AfroDJVolt Glitch Pack for Live (requires Live 8.2 or higher) is available to purchase for $20 AUD.
AfroDJMac has released the Snake Drum Synth, a free Ableton Live Rack.
It was created with an instrument I believe to be called a snake drum (at least that’s what it says on the bottom of it!) Basically it’s a hollow wooden box with slots cut into it, which are hit with a mallet to create a musical tone. The sound is similar to a marimba.
I’ve sampled it and stretched out across the keyboard, expanding its playability from its original six notes. Being that the samples are stretched to the extreme at the higher and lower octaves, some interestingly unexpected things happen to the sound. Expect some surprisingly deep and heavy sub bass sounds and odd glitchy chirps at the higher octaves. As usual, I have added some audio effects to further alter the capabilities of this sound.
But that’s not all!
While experimenting with the instrument, I recorded some especially bizarre and far out sounds and resampled them into a drum rack for a little special bonus :)
The Snake Drum Synth for Ableton Live is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.