Ultraloop

A few months ago I purchased the full version of Native Instruments Reaktor solely to use Twisted Tools amazing S-Layer plug-in. They have just released a new plug-in called Ultraloop and it’s also extremely tasty. Imagine a polyphonic loop sequencer matched with Effectrix and you start to get the idea. To jump right in and see why I am excited about this one start watching the video above at 1:50. I think the real key to Ultraloop is to use your own song material in the plug-in. For breakdowns or remixes this will be quite fun. Ultraloop requires the full version of Reaktor and is $69 USD.

“ULTRALOOP is a first-of-its-kind loop remixing sampler with a fast and intuitive visual workflow for Native Instruments *Reaktor. ULTRALOOP combines advanced loop layering, comping, effect processing and automation techniques to generate new grooves, riffs and song ideas. You can use ULTRALOOP with the included factory sample library or to remix your own samples, injecting new life into any existing loop library.” – twistedtools.com

For more info: twistedtools.com/shop/reaktor/ultraloop

Reggie Watts

Here’s Reggie Watts doing a piece he calls Binary Existence. I think all musicians get diarrhea of the mind. We babble and have moments of awesome babble. Reggie manages to capture some pretty good moments. He’s getting a lot of buzz because he’s opening for Conan O’ Brian’s tour. Well deserved I think… Not long ago I drank some very sugar packed red juice and began beatboxing, mouth 303ing and screaming I am a robot over and over. I think I went on and on for 20 minutes. If I only had the best 3 of it on tape maybe I could be opening for Conan too. Ah well more likely it would have just been a source of ever ending embarrassment.

“Reggie Watts is a Brooklyn-based comedic/musical performer. Watts’ shows are mostly improvised and consist of stream of consciousness standup in various shifting personas, mixed with loop pedal-based a cappella compositions. He also performs regularly on television and in live theatre.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: reggiewatts.com

Quick tip: Loop to selection Ableton Live shortcut.

In any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) an important keyboard shortcut to learn is “Loop to Selection”. In Ableton Live’s Arrangement view select a clip you want to have looping and hit Command-L. The Loop Brace surrounds the clip and Looping is turned on. Command-L also works inside Clip View. Hitting Command-L will work on selected Midi notes or audio waveforms.