AfroDJMac has launched the third year of his series of Free Ableton Live material with the release of Ocarina of Live, another free Ableton Live Pack.
I’m sure it’s pretty clear that video games have a large influence in my life. One of my first and favorite Live packs was the AfroDJMac Nintendo Rack. Probably my favorite video game series of all time is the Legend of Zelda. It has captured my imagination since I was about 5 or 6 years old, and I’ve purchased Nintendo systems exclusively to play Zelda games.
A good friend of mine, J-Rod, gave me a really nice ceramic Ocarina for Christmas a few years ago. It’s just like the one Link uses in many of the games. It even comes with a little booklet that teaches you how to play songs from the games. This week, I finally put this ocarina to good use. I sampled a couple of notes into Ableton and created an instrument that works especially well with Push. It has controls for the sample selection, filters, delay, etc. It even makes use of Push’s aftertouch to control subtle vibrato and the filter frequency. You can adjust it to sound true to the Ocarina, with slow attacks reminiscent of your breath blowing in. But it also can function like a weird electric keyboard, or under extreme manipulation, some kind of bizarre breathing organism.
The Ocarina of Live pack is a free download. It requires Ableton Live 9.
Detune has announced the Korg M01D, a music workstation for the Nintendo 3DS.
The KORG M01D is a music workstation based on the KORG M1 the world’s first widely known music workstation. The M1 was released in 1988 by KORG Inc., one of the most famous and leading electronic musical instrument companies.
The KORG M01D reproduces the M1’s unforgettable digital sounds of the 80s such as the “M1 piano”, still heard on many songs today.
With 24 voice-polyphony, over 300 sounds and an easy to operate sequencer, the KORG M01D helps you play and create your music at any place, and at any time, in a palm-size package!
Korg M01D features
8 part multi-timbral synthesizer with 342 sounds (max 24 voices). Includes all of the original sounds from the KORG M1, selected sounds from the KORG 01/w and some all new sounds developed for the M01.
Master effects: Reverb and Delay.
8 track/max 64 step sequencer for 1 scene/ up to 99 scenes.
Sound browser, Mixer, Keyboard.
Easy input “KAOSS” mode for notes, chords and drums using the touch screen.
Exchange song data with other Nintendo 3DS using Nintendo local wireless communication and via the Internet.
3D viewing of M01D on the 3D Screen.
The M01D will be available this May in Japan, and Summer 2013 worldwide. Price TBA.
AfroDJMac has released Gameboy Glitches and Synth, a free Ableton Live Rack.
8 bit squelches and bleeps lovers come see this weeks installment of my Free Weekly Ableton Live Racks series!!
**Thanks to BedroomProducersBlog who assembled these fine samples using an old black Nintendo Gameboy running the LSDJ software, and who were kind enough to allow me to share with you my creations using those samples. [Visit BPB, it's a great resource for information, releases, samples, etc.]**
This week, since I’m feeling generous after some cyber-love from Ableton and Create Digital Music, you get two free Ableton Instrument racks. The first is a drum rack loaded with all of these fine Gameboy glitchy noises, drops, risers, arps, and UFO sounds. Secondly is a playable synth based on one of those wonderfully gritty samples. Both are racked up in an exciting little effect rack that helps you finesse or destroy these sounds to suit your own personal productions!