Review of the i-controls by ICON

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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By | October 12th, 2012|Gear Review|1 Comment

i-creativ review and using Ableton Live

A week ago i-CON sent me one of there new MIDI controllers called i-creativ.  It is a fantastic MIDI controller with tons of cool and unique ways of controlling Ableton Live for a live set or in production.  Here are two videos on the i-creative. The first is a review of the device and then how I use it in ableton live.

Review of the i-creativ MIDI Controller


i-creativ with Ableton Live 


Here is the Ableton Live set used in the video as an example.

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By | September 1st, 2012|Gear Review|8 Comments

Free Waveshapers and Adding Color to Your Mix.

In this article I wanted to go over some free Waveshapers I like to use to add a little flavor or cruch to the mix. These are great free VST’s that will give you a wider sonic tone to play with.

To start lets define what Waveshapers are and then below will be a list of a few free VST waveshapers I like.

In electronic music waveshaping is a type of distortion synthesis in which complex spectra are produced from simple tones by altering the shape of the waveforms. Waveshapers are just that, they reshape the waveform and create different sonic effects.



By | May 9th, 2012|Gear Review|0 Comments

Flux for Spatialization

Over the past few months I have been using a new Free Plugin VST I found and it’s been amazing. Its from the company called Flux and the the VST is called Stereo Tool.  This Plugin is amazing for dialing in your elements to get a great soundstage and placement. Its super easy to use. Here is an image below.

This lets you increase the stereo width, pan the element, gain the right and left separately and more. I am now getting in the habit of putting this on every track in my production. Super useful and wanted to share it with you all.  To download it for free follow this link:

By | November 29th, 2011|Gear Review|0 Comments

Live Performance Midi Controllers

I wanted to share with everyone what my set up for my live performance is in terms of gear. I believe in minimal yet effective set up and want to share them with you.

I use 2 pieces of gear, other than my soundcard, I use the Korg Nano and the LPD8. Below is a review of these as well as a little about my set up.

Korg Nano Midi Controller

korg nano


By | September 2nd, 2011|Gear Review|3 Comments

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.



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

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 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.


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