Max for Live Plugins – A whole New World

If you haven’t dived into Max for Live for all there plugins… You are straight up mad! There is a some AMAZING free plug ins that will blow your mind. People like Monolake are putting these together just to share them.  Here is a list of some of the rad ones I have played with. If you haven’t checked them out then this is a tease to get you diving in.

doppler monolake

Circular Doppler 1.0 plugin

Two virtual microphones rotate around a single sound source. Doppler delays, distance dependent amplitude modulation and filtering included. Movement of source and microphones synced to song position. This allows 100% reproducible effects.

superlooper

SUPERLOOPER v 1.0

Its a live-loopstation featuring auto export of recorded loops,syncing to and from LIVE and a second,floating interface.and more… you may use multiple instances for creating complex multi track looper setups.


iannixtomidi 0.1

It is a simple but interesting way to create soundscapes, drones and various sick bass or sound design effects. with the software Iannix. IanniX is a graphical open-source sequencer, based on Iannis Xenakis works, for digital art. 

Tracer Visual Simple video mixer

Simple Video Mixer 0.8

Simple Video Mixer that lets you fade between two videos.

 

There are also an endless amount of other cool plugins and effects that can be found at Max For Live. Check out their library and level up to a whole new world!

By | August 31st, 2011|Gear Review|0 Comments

Automatic Ableton – Automate opening up Live

When I open my Ableton live set I always have to do a few things… To start I open device manager in windows and turn of my wireless internet (latency issue), then I open my Midi trix program, then open the set. Sometimes I need to do other things, and it adds up over time to get my studio time and ableton running for my live set.

There is a rad new Hack for Ableton and it is already on Mac’s. It’s called Automator. There is a rad video below on how to set this up by dubspot.

I also found a way to do this on my PC using a free program called Action(s). Same basic idea.

You just call in action. If you need some extra rad things you can also automate opening up specific live sets by opening that file and so on.One useful extra tool is the “keyboard and mouse” action(s). 

This is a simple hack, but can be really useful when the stress of starting your live gig is happening. Especially if you have a complected live start up.

 

By | August 31st, 2011|Gear Review|1 Comment

Tracking your movements for Midi

Just found this today and it blew my mind!  There is a free program online for tracking your faces movements and translating them into midi controls. You can use it for LFO’s and all sort of cool things.  The program is called FaceOSC. Below is a video on what you can do with  it and setting it up.

FaceOSC from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

By | August 31st, 2011|Gear Review|1 Comment

Ableton Hack with Action Scripting

Sometimes when you are working on a live set there are little hacks you would love to see. Like a button you press that changes all your effects to a certain mix you like, or plays your clips in a sequence as well.

Last week I found an AMAZING hack that does just that and way more! Oh and it’s free!

Clyphx

ClyphX is a MIDI Remote Script for Live 8.1.5 or later that provides an extensive list of Actions related to controlling different aspects of Live. These Actions can be accessed via X-Triggers (Session View Clips, Arrange View Locators or MIDI Controls). Each X-Trigger can trigger a single Action or a list of Actions.

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By | August 31st, 2011|Gear Review|3 Comments

Rad Free VST Synths for Windows

Finding good free synths always feels like scraping the bottom of a barrel. There are all sorts of good ones, but there is also a lot of crap. Here is a list of VSTI’s I have used and loved. These are all for Windows Only.

Rez

 

Rez a Rad Monosynth

 

Rez is a seemingly basic synth, but it’s capable of a very wide range of sounds. While Rez has a bunch of cool features, the beating heart of Rez is its filter. It’s made from multiple chained filters acting as a single powerful filter and it’s highly resonant, providing Rez with its distinctive character. Top that off with distortion, a phaser, various oscillator modulations, delay, and arping. 

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By | August 25th, 2011|Gear Review|1 Comment

Midi Tricks and Midi Routing

One thing that is SUPER annoying in Ableton live for PC users is that when you start up Live you can’t plug in new Midi devices without restarting. I ended up hacking a way that I can plug midi devices in and out and wanted to share that.  Also using this MIDI routing you can do some really cool tricks.

Midi Yoke and Miditrixs

To do this hack you will need to download Midi Yoke and Miditrixs. Below is a little description of both pieces of software.

Midi Yoke for Multiple Midi

 

MIDI YOKE is a MIDI Patch Cable driver. This allows you to connect the MIDI output from one program to the MIDI input of a different program or even device. MIDI Yoke can be configured to provide a varying number of MIDI Ports (from 1 to 16). In addition, each port allows multiple opens of both input and outputs: up to 4 openings per port. This flexibility provides for almost any configuration imaginable.

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By | July 15th, 2011|Gear Review|0 Comments

Aphex Big Bottom Bass

Getting a big sounding and resonating bass can be a tricky thing. Even using every trick in the book with software nothing compares to some good old hardware. In this article I wanted to feture a secret peice of hardware that I have been using to add a hell of a low end punch. It is the Aphex 204 aural exciter with big bottom.

For a bare minimum set up having an analog compressor, good sound card, and the Aphex you can get some banging bass. So on to the Aphex:

Here is some basic info I found from the Aphex website:

Aural Exciter

For more than 35 years, the Aural Exciter’s patented technology has been the audio professional’s secret weapon, a powerful way to improve and enhance sonic quality more naturally than with equalization.

For individual sounds or entire mixes, the Aural Exciter brings out detail, clarity and imaging that elevates your sound without adding level. For vocals and spoken dialog, it can dramatically increase intelligibility. For individual instruments, it adds punch and presence. And on mixes, it adds power, presence and sparkle. The Aural Exciter is the ideal solution for breathing life into MP3s and other compressed audio files.

Optical Big Bottom

The Optical Big Bottom adds a deep, powerful low-frequency punch, without the unwanted level boost that comes from adding traditional EQ. Deeper, more resonant bass response with tighter articulation helps to extend low frequency power and spectrum without the build-up or driver-damaging tendencies of bass EQ.

 

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By | July 13th, 2011|Gear Review|0 Comments

Smartphone Wireless Midi Controller

Turning your android smartphone into a midi controller is easy and an awesome way to add more knobs and buttons to your live setup. Also having this as wireless means you can do some cool stuff for dialing your sound and such.  This article is going to lay out all the things you will need to install and run this app.  These are the instructions on how I did this on my Droid phone and PC laptop.

The FingerPlay App

FingerPlay MIDI is a MIDI controller for Android. Any changes made to the controllers on your phone are transmitted over the WIFI network to a receiving computer using either OSC messages or its own FingerPlay format. The MIDI messages can then be sent to any music software capable of receiving MIDI input.

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By | July 7th, 2011|Gear Review|6 Comments

Sound Cards?

There is a sea of sound cards and sailing through that information can be overwhelming.  To help navigate I want to go through the cards I have worked with and what I suggest.

First above all else… FUCK M AUDIO!  I have had a lot of m-audio gear including usb midi, sound cards, and the like. Don’t bother with M-audio. Always a waste of money and time. I could go into my experiences and why… but trust me and lets move on to “real” gear.

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By | May 25th, 2011|Gear Review|13 Comments
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