There is a nifty Ableton Live 9 keyboard shortcuts website tool available at keycommands.info. Shortcuts are broken up by tool set and a keyboard displays the keys you should press when you hover over a shortcut.
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).
Garageband for iPad was announced along with the iPad 2 yesterday. It could be considered the first mainstream DAW to go tablet. I like that Apple is pushing the creation/full computer side of the iPad with it’s own apps. Garageband for iPad is in decent company along with iPad versions of iMovie, Pages, etc… You have to wonder if Ableton has a team working on iOS software.
“GarageBand for iPad gives you all the tools you need to lay down fresh tracks and record music anywhere you go.” – apple
Propellerhead is one of my favorite music software companies. I use pretty much everything they have released so far with joy. Their ware sounds great, doesn’t crash, has a nice Swedish aesthetic and is priced right. It’s been glaringly obvious the one piece of kit they lacked in their arsenal was a way to record actual audio. Better late than never is the motto of the day because our favorite virtual rack guys have stepped up to the plate. If this is going to replace your DAW or not will depend on your personal taste and workflow. My guess is it will be a nice tool to jump in and out of just like Reason is.
“Welcome to Record, Propellerhead Software’s brand new recording software. Record gives you unlimited audio tracks, world class effects and mixing gear, and a whole new take on music recording. With an intuitive, straightforward interface and a hands-on approach to capturing performances, Record was designed for musicians – not audio engineers. This is recording done right.” – Propellerheads.se
I miss the song fade out. It was implemented in the age of recording to tape as a solution to song without an end. I feel fade outs worked really well on many songs. Modern DAWs let us choose our song length right down to the split second. Why not finish your next song with a fade out? With today’s computer automation it’s as easy and drawing a line on your master channel.
A recorded song may be gradually reduced to silence at its end (fade-out), or may gradually increase from silence at the beginning (fade-in) For example, the songs “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf and “Hey Jude” by The Beatles both fade out. However, “Born to be Wild” fades out in a matter of seconds, whereas “Hey Jude” takes over 2 minutes to completely fade out. Fading-out can serve as a recording solution for pieces of music that contain no obvious ending. – Wikipedia.org
Come to think of it why not try a fade in? This makes your listener feel like he’s entering a situation already in progress. Great for songs that have a live or street feel to them. The album Stella by Yello is a good example. Do you have any favorite songs with a fade in or out?