A week ago I wrote an article on Granular synthesis and showed off a few tools I used. I got a few request to show off the Max For Live Patch I use from Amazing noises. I put together this little intro video to give you an idea of how you can use it in sound design and how powerful of a tool it is.
Over the years a lot of people have asked what headphones I like to use. A good pair of headphones will be with you for a while. You might mix on them, travel, perform, or just use them with your iphone.
I have the AKG K 271 MKII and find them really uncomfortable. I just don’t use them much, and they do not travel. Over a year ago I got some In Ear Monitors
In-ear monitors are earbuds are great to use for stage instrumentation, live performance, recording, or studio mixing. I have a pair of the Elite Core EU-4. They only cost 80 and have treated me really well.
The reason I like these is because they are small, block noise while on stage, and sound pretty good. I prefer studio speakers for mixing, but they work. For live performances they have been fantastic and you can’t beat the $80 price. You can get them at Amazon.com.
If you have earbuds / headphones you like I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Adding tube pre-amp or running a sound through a cab can really add unique character to a synth. It’s actually hard to find really good VST’s that hold true to such hardware effects. The people at igniteamps actually made a whole host of awesome and free VST’s.
Nrr-1 Custom 3 channels tube preamp is an amazing effect to add to leads or dirty up your sound. They also have some guitar pedals. overdrive, tube amps, and more for free at there site. These are also for Mac as well as windows (a rarity for free plugins).
I realized today that I have not talked about Kontakt and how amazing it is. I have been absolutely loving Kontakt as a way of manipulating and creating massive sampled instruments. Kontakt makes it super easy to take recordings of an instrument and turn it into a sample library you can load in kontakt for your production.
In the words form Kontakt themselves:
Unprecedented power, a vast instrument library, effects and an advanced sampling framework plus deep editing capabilities: Connect with the industry standard software sampler!
- Over 1,000 instruments and 43+ GB of samples
- Featuring effects from SOLID MIX SERIES
- 37 new filters, incl. resonance filters
Ok, so now that I have talked about the amazing VSt that can work with Ableton or any DAW, I want to highlight a free Kontakt instrument I found. Over at Luxonix they released a free multi sampled Cajon. I use the Cajon in a lot of my music and love this library. It’s a free download, so check it out.
Have you ever wanted to make the perfect music for a sausage fest. Like total bro’ed out loud music? Well this is the thing for you… Sausage Fattener.
Seriously though, this is an amazing VST. It’s only $30 on their site and has a lot of uses. The Sausage Fattener VST adds a nice mixture of Harmonic Exciting, Wave shaping, and compression. It’s really easy to use. I find “overusing” this to add a crunchy element to my kick or bass as a juxtaposition to my other lighter elements is awesome.
Here is DADA Lifes words on the VST:
The Sausage Fattener only has two knobs. But don’t be fooled. With those seemingly simple parameters you can create loads of different sounds. Use the Sausage Fattener on a single channel with moderate settings as a musical compressor. Turn it up and you have a dirty bastard of distortion. But you can also use the plugin on a bus (for example all the drums and the bass) or the whole track as a mastering plugin.
The Sausage Fattener is used by Tiësto, Kaskade, Diplo, Laidback Luke, Chuckie, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, Hardwell, Angger Dimas, Frank E, Zedd, Lazy Rich, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Marcus Schossow, John Dahlbäck and many other DJ/producers.
Grab this VST. You won’t regret it.
This new plugin from Klanghelm.com came out and I am loving it. It’s an amazing saturation and distortion VST effect. Best of all… It’s free.
This VST adds some rich and subtle saturation. I have been using it on drums and pads to great effect. Love the sonic quality of it. IVGI reacts dynamically to the input signal and well and it even the react dynamically and to the drive setting. This gives it amazingly clear and crisp effect.
Check out http://www.klanghelm.com/IVGI.html and download the IVGI for free.
The Harmonic Runner is a Max for Live spectral device which controls amplitude, phase and timing of the components of the sound spectrum. It can add a rich effect to any audio. I have been using it for sound effects, adding interesting texture and have been experimenting with it for my Ambient Sets.
Here is a video I made with a little walkthrough:
Recording MIDI in Ableton Live can be hard to navigate live. The video Below goes over the basics of using a MIDI Translator to control Ableton Live to make this a lot easier.
To Do This:
First Download Bome’s MIDI Translator: http://www.bome.com/products/miditranslator/overview/classic
After you Install this you can set your MIDI controller. Then Set whatever signal you want by pressing it and then set the Outgoing. I set the outgoing to Right, Left, Up, Down, and Enter.
By Setting a Key on your MIDI controller to enter it will then start to record your MIDI on the track. Then enter again will play the MIDI loop in time.
This technique has opened a lot in my live set and opens up WORLDS of possibilities with Keystrokes.
ICON sent me some midi controllers a few weeks back and I just finished this review of the i-controls. It is a great alternative to the korg nano, which seems to break a lot on me. Here are the videos I made on reviewing it, and an instillation help.
Review of the i-controls
Installing the i-Controls in Ableton Live
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