Harvestman, Tiptop and More

wimp whamp from Nick Ciontea on Vimeo.

Nick Ciontea is living in Chicago, IL. Here he happily performs a sequence using some very nice modules. I like how the rack is a little too high for him as he twists dials. That, the beard and the sound make this a good Saturday synth video.

“all modular, beat repeat and reverb in ableton, tip top oscillators, harvestman, tiptop, makenoise filters/lpg, rene and z8000 sequencers” – Nick Ciontea

photo credit: analoguehaven.com

The Automaton buffer effect sequencer is available.


Automaton Overview Pt. 2 – Effects… from Audio Damage on Vimeo.

I like Ableton’s Beat Repeat plug-in , Monome hardware, the iPhone and random sequencers so how am I not going to fall in love with Audio Damage’s new plug in Automaton? It was released over the weekend for $49 and is available Mac/PC VST/AU. On Twitter, Audio Damage’s Chris Randall proclaimed this was their fastest selling plug-in to date.

“Automaton is a unique look at buffer effects, allowing you to experiment with artificial life within your DAW. With four separate effects (Stutter, Modulate, Bitcrush, and Replicate) driven by a cellular automata sequencer, Automaton is capable of adding subtle seemingly random fills and “humanizing” effects, but if you like, you can crank the sequencer up to eleven, and watch as your DAW becomes a petri dish while Automaton makes complete hay of the track you’ve inserted it to.” – Audio Damage

Check out the Automaton discussion over at KVR: click here
Follow Chris Randall on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chris_Randall

Audio Damage: Automaton

Three wicked Ableton Live Beat Repeat presets.

In the Nitzer Ebb song Let Your Body Learn one of the lyrics is “The Music of Drums!”. I always liked that line and concept. You can make great songs with just a drum machine and a few effect boxes. I often make songs by creating sounds solely from effects. Ableton Live’s Beat Repeat plug-in can take any audio and spew it into something wild and worthy. Here are three presets I created for Beat Repeat that you may like too:

Lazer Station
Lazer Station - Beat Repeat preset



Four Four Echo
Four Four Echo - Beat Repeat preset



EBM Sequencer
EBM Sequencer - Beat Repeat preset




I like to automate the Mix/Insert/Gate options. Don’t forget to adjust the filter and pitch decay to your liking.

Download the presets: click here