IMSTA Festa 2013

This Saturday there is a free event any musician in the NY area will enjoy. At IMSTA Festa you will see booths and rooms where music tech companies set up. This year Ableton, NI, D16, Alesis, Arturia, M-Audio, Propellerhead, SSL, Steinberg, Celemony and many more will be there. In addition there are panel discussions through out the day. I’ve been on a panel in the past but this year I will just be watch and playing with the new toys on display. Registration is free!

“On September 28th, the International Music Software Trade Association and SAE Institute New York will partner to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology. IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of top music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. IMSTA FESTA is known for bringing heavyweight music industry professionals under one roof for this limited engagement. Our panels bring together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology and much more. IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.” – imsta.org

For more info: imsta.org/imsta_festa_2013NY

Spectrum Sampler

I really like this new Max 4 Live Device Spectrum Sampler. It’s great for breakdowns, into/outros or the basis for an entire track. I remember when it would take half a day to create glitch results like this. Mac or PC for 4 Euros.

“Spectrum Sampler is a Max for Live device which samples and holds spectral components of the incoming signal. It can create inharmonic resonances, artifacts, dusty noises, drones, gliding sounds: a wide palette of amazing noises.” – amazingnoises.com

For more info: amazingnoises.com

via Richard Devine

Ableton Live 9 Skins

Madeleine at Sonic Bloom has posted 6 beautiful Ableton Live 9 Skins that are free to download. Red for while making a love song. Black for on stage!

“I’ve created 6 new skins for Ableton Live that you can download for free. They work well with Live 9 and also previous versions. This set of skins adds more dashes of colour than the last one, but without being too shrill. Enjoy!” – Madeleine

For more info: sonicbloom.net/en/6-free-skins-for-ableton-live-9

Zero to Deactivate

I was looking in the menus of Ableton Live 9 and noticed that there is a keyboard shortcut for Deactivate Clip(s). Highlight a clip and hit the numeric number 0 and it becomes deactivated. Was this there in previous versions of Live? Now let’s get Ninja status ok? Highlight a MIDI note and hit the numeric 0. See that? It works there too! It’s incredibly useful so commit that to memory. Happy music making.

“To deactivate, or mute, a note (or notes) in the MIDI Editor, select it and press [0]. The Deacti- vate Note(s) command will mute the note, making it appear gray in the display. Press [0] again to reactivate notes. You can de- or reactivate all of the notes in a single key track at once by clicking a key on the piano roll and pressing [0].” – Ableton

For more info: ableton.com

The Wobblatron

“The Wobblatron. Wobble, tweak, modulate, filter, scream, wibble, wub wub streaming audio into new exciting things. Run any audio through it and turn it into sub-atomic bass!!!” – Ned Rush

The Wobblatron by Ned Rush is a very cool new Ableton device that lets you do more than just Wobble your sound. Check out the video to see it in action. I can see this getting a lot of use. Available now for $25.

For more info: nedrush.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-wobblatron-by-ned-rush

Ableton Live 9 and Push Released

My favorite piece of software on the planet as been updated today. Ableton Live 9 is now available. I’ve found Live to be extremely stable especially compared to Cubase from which I was using previously. In fact on my laptop machine which I keep a bare bones set up for my live show I’ve never had a crash. Session View is a true song writers dream and I think the new audio to MIDI feature will also be wonderful. It is silly to fall in love with software and argue for it on forums but when you stare at it all day and it helps you why not. Right now I am personally less interested in Push. I will check it out tonight at the Tekserve event (link).

“Live 9 and Push are here.” – ableton.com

For more info: ableton.com

Live 9 at Tekserve

I love tech meetups. I always pick up a few tips and tricks and it’s nice to meet people in person. Tekserve is one of my favorite stores in Manhattan and in March Ableton and Shocklee are gathering there to show us Live 9 and Push. Ableton’s Huston Singletary, Adriano Clemente, Heinrich Zwahlen and Brian Jackson will be presenting. It’s good if you RSVP in advance. See you there!

“We’re proud to present a very special evening on Tuesday March 5, 2013 – New York City’s first look at the new and much anticipated Live 9 & Push Instrument! You’re invited to join us for a big celebration featuring presentations by Ableton Certified Trainers and hosted by Hank Shocklee & Ableton’s Huston Singletary.” – shocklee.com

For more info: shocklee.com/nyc-live-9-push-preview-event

The Knobulator

Ned Rush contacted me this morning leting me know about his new Max 4 Live device The Knobulator. I’ve mentioned another one of his devices Supacut previously (link). I like simple fast inspiring effects and putting a bunch of wild parameters on one knob makes a lot of sense. The key to make loops continually interesting/not repetitive is a thousand little edits and effects here and there. This guy can help make that process some fun. $20 USD.

“MaxForLive device for mashing up audio in realtime. Turn the knob and the effect comes on, stop turning it and it turns off. There are other options. Great for live performance as well as audio productions.” – Ned Rush

For more info: nedrush.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-knobulator-by-ned-rush.html

X-Mas Tree Synth

Is everyone in a good mood for X-mas? AfroDJMac surely is and he’s created an Ableton Live Pack created out of a Charlie Brown Christmas Globe. It’s a proper X-mas gift meaning its free.

“Saturday I was a Christmas party where I found a beautiful Charlie Brown Christmas snow globe. I snuck off to a quiet portion of the house and sampled it on my iPhone. From there, I created the 3 Ableton Live instrument racks I am now sharing with you. I think they all have a lot of character and organic movement to them, with the combination of the plucked notes mixed with the cranking mechanism inside the globe.” – afrodjmac.com

For more info: afrodjmac.com/charlie-brown-x-mas-tree-synths