Ableton Tutorial: Making beats with Arpeggiators

Mr. Bill – Tutorial 2 : Making complex drumbeats using arpeggiators from Bill Day on Vimeo.

It’s interesting to peak into someone’s left brain meets right brain work flow. You can pick up a few Ableton tips and tricks in this video and see how pushing pixels turns into sound.

“So in this tutorial i have used Ableton’s Simpler, Arpeggiator and utility to create some complex beats out of simple ones. The idea here is you don’t have to program everything by hand if your more into the idea of chance music or your just lazy or want to control things in a different way!” – Bill Day

I never knew that dragging a audio selection onto a MIDI track would automatically create a Simpler with the audio set up. Did you learn anything new?

For more tutorial from Mr. Bill: mrbillstunes.net

inkQuencer

inkQuencer from Sebastian Thielke on Vimeo.

Geeky and cool.

“InkQuencer is a step-sequencer that plays music based on camera input. People can draw patterns on paper and then play back the pattern by holding the drawing in front of the camera. The program receives the images from the camera and draws a saled down, 32 by 30 pixel isometric version. On each beat from the metronome, the scrubber runs through a new column of pixels and plays a sound if the pixel is black.” – Sebastian Thielke

For more info: Sebastian Thielke

The DSP Project Reverse Reverb

Reverse Reverb from Rupert Brown on Vimeo.

I like these type of online music tech shows so I hope The DSP Project gains many episodes. I use this reverse reverb effect quite often. Sometimes I add a distortion unit after the reverb to really make the effect scream. Definitely check out my post: The Kick Boom, Thunderverb song writing element.

“In this episode I will show you how to create the reverse reverb effect in Ableton live (but technique can be used in any DAW) and put it into context by using it in a real project.” – Rupert Brown

Ever use this technique in your own productions?

Groove Monkee Twisted Beats

I’ll admit to a production secret: sometimes I use MIDI files containing drum patterns. I cut my teeth in the early 90s making beats on countless records using various drum machines and sequencers. However, like an old boxer I always seem to throw the same punches. The only way for me to get some totally new grooves is to rely on Herbie Hancock or others who sold their patterns. Well ok often I use randomizers but that’s the not the point of this blog post. Today Groove Monkee released a new set of prefab drum beat MIDI files. This one’s called Twisted Beats and you get 800 for $29.95. If you order today (Wednesday Feb 10, 2010) you can get $10 off with the code: twitter10

“Twisted Beats is a unique collection of over 800 four measure MIDI loops for contemporary music with Rock, RnB World and Fusion influences. A wide range of old and new school influences are represented here: Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Meters, Paul Simon, Prince, etc. The grooves were played by a professional studio drummer or expertly programmed in order to get exactly the right feel. We’ve selected only beats with an infectious “feel” or “groove”; this is NOT just a random collection of unusable beats.” – groovemonkee.com

For more info: click here

via gearwire.com

Analogue Solutions Europa Sequencer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TywnYgaA_3c

Looking for a Roland TR style sequencer you can use with anything? Viola the new Europa Sequencer has got what you need. If it had a random mode I would have bought one on the spot. I can see a lot of Vermona DRM1 owners grabbing these. Price: UK £499

“This is the pre-prod unjit (99% finished), used here with Blofeld adn DR670 drums. Showing drum editing, octave shift, mute, transpose. This sequencer is really easy to use and tunes can be created so quickly.” – ASUKLTD

For more info: www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~concuss/

Tenori-on with Analog Gear


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGL4hSC7ek4

Novamusik hooks some Tenori’s up to a Vermona DRM-MKIII and a Doepfer A100 Mini System. I don’t love the song they create but this is the way to use Tenori-On’s! Click to 1:06 in the video to see the great action. Thanks Chuck!

“The guys of Nova Musik playing with some new toys that just came in… First thing we thought of? Can we hook these things up to the modular? The answer is yes, and much much more.” – novamusik.com

Do you want a set up like this too?

Argon Synthesizer for iPhone


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ13uNxdKjk

With the Apple Tablet all but imminent Apps like the Argon Synthesizer just make me drool with anticipation. The Argon is $2 and has some nice reviews going for it in the App store. iTunes link: click here

“ARGON consists of three Oscillator, one filter, one amplifier, one saturator and one Delay. High-quality 32bit floating point Synth-engine. Delay Effect. 16 Step Sequencer. 512 user preset. 64 factory preset.” – iphone.icegear.net/argon/

For more info: icegear.net

Sugar Bytes Consequence

Sugar_Bytes-Consequence


http://www.youtube.com/v/_sJrZ1nHBOo?hl=en_US&fs=1

I like almost all the plug-ins from Berlin based Sugar Bytes. I can see thier new plug-in Consequence being really useful. Sometimes it’s good to have a virtual helper in the room. You know the scenario: You’re in the studio and you hit middle C, next it’s D# and up to G. You can’t seem to hit any new keys. Your melodies are your melodies and you can’t seem to go anywhere else. Consequence can help by having it’s “Sound Generators” spit out sequences, chorus, envelope curves, etc… It can’t hurt right?


http://www.youtube.com/v/0bO_8-G6stQ?hl=en_US&fs=1

“The word Synquencer describes the combination of a powerful synthesizer and complex step sequencer which creates pitch-, modulation-, and trigger data. Consequence uses 16 chords to play them in sequence, extract melodies to trigger a unique sound section with lots of available instrument sounds and intelligent trigger interpretation. The Consequence VST plugin sends MIDI data, so all kinds of MIDI-compatible gear can be controlled by Consequence.” – Sugar Bytes

There is a demo version available. Consequence is $199.
For more info: sugar-bytes.de

LepLoop a tiny analog synth and sequencer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FxJ4bxeSMw


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzEb6KnChIA

LepLoop is very small. It’s only a little large than the palm of your hand! It’s also a fully analog synthesizer and sequencer from Italy. I really like this concept so my fingers are crossed Tony will get this into at least a small production run.

“LepLoop It’s a small synth protype I’m developping with my friend Peppo. The idea was to have a compact live analog instrument. The circuit it’s an original design. The synth can produce 3/4 sound at the same time kick, noise hh, snare, bass, melody” – tonylight

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For more info: http://tonylight-leploop.blogspot.com/

Six synthPond compositions.


Six synthPond compositions from wiretotheear on Vimeo.

My favorite music application for the iPhone is called synthPond. Above is a video of six compositions I created using synthPond. Using “effector nodes” and “reactor nodes” that can orbit around each other while changing pitch you can create some wonderful sequences.  A big thanks to Zach Gage for creating such a  terrific app! I can’t wait for future versions of synthPond.

Get synthPond: iTunes

Related post: SynthPond Spatial Sequencer for the iPhone.