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.
Peter Kirn talks with Sebastian Dittmann, CEO of developer Audanika, developer of SoundPrism, the app they describe as something they are not entirely sure of what it is. From audanika.com: "We think it might be a musical instrument but we're learning new stuff playing with it every day… which sometimes goes beyond the scale of that."
Peter Kirn writes:
Using an array of rectangles arranged in a harmonically useful way, and color coding for pitch, SoundPrism is a glimpse of a more graphical future for music software design. (Nor is this necessarily limited to the iPad in the long term – in addition to Windows 7, Ubuntu 10.10 is getting official multitouch support, which I think both validates Apple’s work and suggests we’ll see more platforms for this kind of interface.)
And, bonus, it all demonstrates why arranging pitch by the Circle of Thirds can be ideal. I got a chance to talk to the developers of SoundPrism about the thinking behind the software.
Resampling is an incredibly simple yet powerful technique in digital music production. The idea is straighforward: Record the output of one or multiple tracks into a new, editable audio file. It’s not much different than rendering your composition, except here you’re actually going to incorporate the new file into the current song.
Leon Theremin (born Lev Sergeyevich Terme) was born on this day, August 15th, 1896. To help celebrate I’m going to do a bit of a stream of consciousness post and will offer some links on Leon and his wonderful instrument and some notes on my use of it.
Hang in there till the end of the post as I’ve created a Soundcloud set called “Theremin Action” which is a collection of all the songs from REBOOT and I Hear Your Signals that use that Theremin sound or Theremin as a Controller.
Mark controls virtual synths in Ableton Live using the Theremin and Percussa AudioCubes