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

Ableton Live Auto Sidechain Plugin

There are a few ways to very easily get sidechaining going in Ableton Live. Sidechaining triggers a compressor on the master bus or channel using a kick from a different channel. This causes a pumping effect ala Daft Punk. Used subtlety it can make sure the sharp transients of you kick always sit above the mix by itself. Live’s built in Compressor has sidechaining and you can also simulate the effect using Autopan. The Point Blank Music School has a nice free Max For Live drag and drop device available to download: click here. If you have Max For Live why not grab it? Take a look at the video above for the demo.

“Point Blank instructor and course developer Daniel Herbert has created this Max For Live custom auto sidechain plugin for use in Ableton Live. Watch the video to see how it works, what makes it unique and and how to set it up.” – pointblankonline

For more info: pointblankonline.net

Webcam Interface for Ableton Live

m4l.lab.videomusicbox from liubo on Vimeo.

Liubo Borissov is a professor at Pratt in Brooklyn. He has created an interesting music box/piano roll interface for Ableton Live using a webcam and Max 4 Live. You can download the source code here: 2rem.net/projects/m4l/lab.videomusicbox.zip

“video music box with max 4 live” – liubo

There are other webcam audio controllers out there… check out my post from April 2008: click here. For more info on Max 4 Live: www.ableton.com/extend