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Review: Isotonik Studios FactorSynth For Ableton Live
Using machine learning to analyse loops and let you reinterpret and rearrange them in very advanced ways, FactorSynth is something special. G.W Childs put it to the test.
G.W. Childs IV
Aug. 3, 2018
Here's TheThing, An Affordable Max4Live Step Sequencer
Get more control over your sequences and make unusual and interesting patterns with this new and highly affordable device for Ableton Live.
May. 15, 2018
Ableton Live 10 Tutorial: Echo To Infinity
The new Echo effect in Ableton Live 10 has far more interesting abilities than first meet the eye. In this tutorial, dub aficionado Noah Pred shows you why he think's it's the best echo on the block.
Apr. 12, 2018
Sonic Faction Announces Mod Squad - 20 Affordable New Modules For Ableton Live
What better way to expand your arsenal of instruments and effects in Ableton Live than with a great bundle of modules for under $70?
Jul. 7, 2017
Go Psychedelic By Uncovering The Secrets Of Ableton Live's Flanger Effect
Thought flanging was just for retro sounds? Think again! Noah Pred explains how it can liven up almost any part.
Feb. 27, 2017
Creating the Ultimate Filter Effect Rack in Ableton Live Using Waves Metafilter
Ableton Live user? Stop with the Autofilter. Waves' Metafilter is an excellent, more powerful alternative with built-in delay line and a 16 step sequencer. Noah Pred shows how to make the most of it.
Oct. 14, 2015
Free Ableton Live Instrument Packs from Isotonik
The good folks over at Isotonik are giving more freebies away this weekend… this time in the PMX series they’re providing free reeds and organs for Ableton Live.
Jul. 19, 2015
Using Third-Party Plug-ins for Live Performance with Ableton Push
It may not be common knowledge, but did you know that Ableton Push can give you deep control over your third-party plug-ins? Tadhg Leonard shows how.
Aug. 19, 2014
Cluster Sound Releases Pathos Multi-Sample Pack for Ableton Live 9
What to do if you want lush, powerful, organic pads, strings, keys and synths in the vein of the much vaunted Korg PS-3200 analog synth? Cluster Sounds' Pathos Live Pack might well be the answer.
Nov. 25, 2013
Review: Autobeat Drum Pattern programmer for Ableton Live
Generating patterns, drum beats & fills in Ableton Live has never been so satisfyingly easy, thanks to K-Devices M4L MIDI device: Autobeat. G W Childs puts this 8x 16-step sequencer device to the test
G.W. Childs IV
Nov. 24, 2013
Randomizing Effects and Devices with the Max For Live Device Randomizer
There's something so satisfying about randomly stumbling upon sounds and fx you'd never have consciously created. Gary Hiebner shows how to use the Randomizer Max for Live device to good effect.
Nov. 12, 2013
Using the Pitch Plugin to Trigger Drum Racks in Ableton Live 9
You're playing live. Triggering samples in Ableton Live 9. But you've got 132 to choose from... Yikes! Tadhg Leonard shares some super tips on using the pitch plug-in to trigger samples in an instant!
Oct. 30, 2013
WaveDNA’s Liquid Rhythm Beat Generating Software
Want to shake up your beat creation techniques? WaveDNA's Liquid Rhythm just received a major update with new tools that amongst other things can suggest new patterns in Ableton Live or standalone
Oct. 16, 2013
Sound Design: Vocode Like Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Using Ableton Live and kHS ONE
Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was arguably one of the albums of the summer. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs explores how to emulate their vocoding style using Ableton Live and kHS ONE.
G.W. Childs IV
Sep. 30, 2013
Harmonic Sound Design with Ableton Live's Vocoder
Understanding how Ableton's vocoder works will allow you to create, not only robotic voices, but so much more harmonic content. If you're into sound design this is a must-read article!
Jun. 12, 2013
What Makes EQ8 in Ableton Live 9 Shine
One of the most heralded additions to Ableton Live 9 is the new EQ8. It's been completely redesigned and rethought with certain features you simply must check out.
G.W. Childs IV
May. 30, 2013
Get Unstuck with Ableton Live 9’s Glue Compressor
Need to bring the elements of your mix together and create a tighter, more cohesive sound? Of course you do! Gary Hiebner’s demonstration of Live 9’s Glue Compressor will have you stuck on it for good
May. 15, 2013
Creating a Multiband Distortion Unit in Ableton Live
Why do musical modders love Ableton Live? Simple, because you create your own effect unit racks. In this tutorial Gary Hiebner shows how to create a multiband distortion unit in Ableton Live.
Apr. 22, 2013
5 Free AudioPlug-ins You Really Should Know About
Visiting the music studio of a friend often results in a plug-in comparison conversation. Not all plug-ins will empty your wallet or bank account though, as G. W. Childs discovers in this article
G.W. Childs IV
Mar. 9, 2013
8 Awesome Free Audio Plug-in Synths for Mac Musicians
It’s that time of year - your wallet rinsed by the holiday season, and nothing inspirational under the tree. So, find yourself a bargain or two, and maybe reinvigorate your inner composer...
Jan. 1, 2013
Ableton's Frequency Shifter Device. What is it and How Do I Use it?
Simple can be super, as Ableton's Frequency Shifter Device proves. In fact, it's often overlooked for sound design purposes... when in fact, it could be exactly what you need. Rory Dow demonstrates.
Dec. 18, 2012
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