Whitebox Synth Makers has announced the release of Whitebox Mallets, a free Max for Live device for Ableton Live.
An update of my Pixiephone from a while back.
What’s new? Added BUZZ, SPACE and FILTER to get more variety and some extra dirt. More control over short release and deader resonances.
Capable of sounds ranging from wooden marimba to metal glock to harpsichord.
Don’t get excited though.
But do look at www.whiteboxsynthmakers.com for more free Ableton and Max things.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Whitebox Mallets
Whitebox Synth Makers has announced Tenser 2, a free drone instrument for Ableton Live Suite.
A remix of the old Tenser rack I made last year, aimed at being an interesting drone producer, if such a thing is possible… This has the addition of Rainbow FX 2 which features Erosion, Resonator, Vocoder, Grain Repeats, Glue, Ping and Corpus.
Listen out for that creaking bass on the demo. All the sounds apart from the drum loop were made with this rack.
Tenser 2 is a free download. Live 9 Suite required.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Tenser 2
Whitebox Synth Makers has released Arcturus, a free-jazz automaton device for Ableton Live 9.
This is a continuation of the experiment in generative music started below here in “XY”. This has a much smaller megabyte footprint as it’s software not sample-based and it takes off in a jazz rather than orchestral style.
Love it or hate it, you’ll need Suite to enjoy it as it uses TENSION, M4L, GLUE, ELECTRIC and AMP.
The Arcturus pack for Live is a free download.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Arcturus
Whitebox Synth Makers has released XY, a free sound pack for Ableton Live.
Freedom from sequencing! This instrument plays on it’s own and in a remarkably realistic way if the samples are chosen carefully. I like to think the selection of eight sounds bundled with this pack do the job.
The rack starts by using Whitebox KEY PAD’s dial idea to mix between two different samples using a tweak on their relative filter frequencies.
The samples chosen here are between 5 and 8 minutes long and are percussion performances from Ableton’s ORCHESTRAL MALLETS PACK. This is a bonus if you don’t have Suite…
Then it adds Max for Live’s frankly AMAZING Device Randomiser on both samples to mess with the playback on start and end points (tweak-able to the nth degree).
The heart of the instrument is turned on when you hit PLAY: an M4L random sequencer (renamed YX here) creates a user-variable random set of midi events. Both samples have very little repetition and have a lot of material to choose from so the overall music produced has an uncannily live quality and non-linear feel.
So hit play and sit back. When it gets on your nerves drop some different sounds in from the clips included… and play along on the keyboard!
The XY Live Pack is a free download (540MB). Requires Live 9 plus Max for Live or Live 9 Suite.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers
Whitebox Synth Makers has released Meanwhile, a free sound pack for Ableton Live and Max for Live.
Thinking of randomising sounds in an Eno-esque way I put four samples into a rack (naming them as vaguely as possible AFTER BEFORE DURING EARLIER) and used Max’s brilliant Device randomiser on three of them. One remains fairly straight to provide a sense of a root note.
Then I added a specific (variable) effect to each sound.
- “After” has redux on/off
- “Before” has filter room reverb
- “During” has electric distortion
- “Earlier’ has the Brooklyn resonator. Mess around with this until it makes some biscuits. FREE till your cows come home
Meanwhile is a free download. Requires Ableton Live and Max for Live.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Meanwhile
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