Downtempo Synth Jam With Ableton Live

Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s another live looping synth jam by Rheyne, recorded 3/22/13.

All loops were recorded live, nothing was pre-recorded, using analog keyboards, USB controllers, iOS devices and Ableton Live.

Technical details below. 


  • iPad running Lemur, wirelessly controlling Ableton Live
  • 2x iPads running Sunrizer
  • DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter 3D (in MF3D Launcher mode)
  • Oxygen 49 controlling Sunrizer via an iConnectMIDI
  • KMI QuNeo controlling NI’s Kontakt (drums)
  • Dave Smith Instruments MoPho keyboard
  • Akai APC20
  • iTouch running Lemur, wirelessly controlling Ableton Live
  • Novation Launchpad
  • Moog Prodigy
  • Fender Rhodes connected to an MXR Wylde Overdrive
  • PreSonus 1818VSL connected to a Macbook Pro

Download via SoundCloud.

via RheyneMusic

11 thoughts on “Downtempo Synth Jam With Ableton Live

  1. Classy. Unlike a lot of electronic players, this guy has a sense of tension and release. Its an actual composition with feeling to it, rather than the sound of interlocking washing machines. Looping has its own little boundaries, but this is a good example of how to stretch them. I’ll bet he can fly that rig to the store for some milk.

  2. Agreed, looping is a different beast, and one that he’s a master of.
    Also, I really dig the way he’s set that QuNeo up, and the sound of that Rhodes is just…..aaah, lovely.
    Very good all round.

  3. I always like Rheyne’s improvisations. A lot of people just loop or sequence things and go, but he does a great job of shaping his music so it actually goes someplace.

    The rig is smart, too, not tons of gear, but obviously all the he needs. And these videos make me want to set up some mood lighting for my music room!

  4. Any idea what template he’s using in Lemur to control Ableton? Is it custom, or something you can download somewhere?

  5. I was amused to see him run back for a flurry on a real Rhodes. Another thumbs up, for giving it some added, non-synth texture.

    1. He said in Youtube comments that they’re just your standard DJ lighting cans that you can buy at any music store.

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