AfroDJMac is back this week with something for Synthtopia readers – an 808 rack for Ableton Live:
This week I have a rack that is made from an 808 Kick drum sample. It allows you to play the 808 bass drum as a pitched instrument, so that it stays in tune with your tracks. It can also be used for bass lines, and, at higher octaves, makes a nice electric keyboard type instrument.
In the video I go over how I made it, so that you can apply the technique to any sample, and then I dissect the individual components of the Ableton rack. Thanks for your support and enjoy!
Not sure what’s up with the vocal mic audio on the video this week – AfroDJMac may have taken our “less discussion and more percussion” rant too literally.
Anyway – you can get the details and the download at
the AfroDJMac site. And, if you like what’s he’s doing with his weekly Ableton Live downloads – don’t forget to let him know.
Free Music Friday: 808 State has a freebie for you – the 21st anniversary remix of Cubik.
You can preview it above and download it from
the index page of their site.
And, yes, they want your email address…….
Why are they celebrating the 21st anniversary? Did somebody forget the special day last year and end up in the doghouse or something?
Posted in Free Music |
Tagged 8-bit, 808, 808 State, chip, chiptune, dance music, free download, Free Music, free music download, remix, Roland TR-808, techno, techno music |
iPad Music Software: Retronyms has introduced Tabletop – a new virtual studio that turns an iPad into an expandable modular music environment, where you can mix and match different devices.
More than a dozen devices are available, including samplers, mixers, effects and sequencers. Tabletop lets you patch together the virtual gear to create beats, compose songs or perform live.
15 unique Devices at launch
300 sounds (multisample instruments, loops, phrases)
Record sequences, arrange into songs
Adjustable quantization (pre- and post-record)
Recordable parameter automation
Overdub and replace record modes
Trigger sequences and patterns live
Multitouch instruments and devices
Sampling (internal mic, line in)
Import your own sound library, save presets
Support for imported .mid phrases
Insert and send/return (master) effects
44Khz, studio-quality audio
Sync 2 iPads running Tabletop or other apps with WIST
Import sounds from dozens of apps with AudioPaste
Note: Tabletop comes with a basic set of modular devices, which will be expandable via in-app purchases.
Gridlok: Pad Sampler
M8RX: Tone Matrix
RS3: Polyphonic Stereo Keyboard
Mr. O: Master Output
Goblin MX8: 8-Channel Mixer
Spinback: Turntable Player
Recorder M2: All-Purpose Input Recorder
Filtr LP: Low-Pass Filter Effect
T101 – Triggerator: Sequence and Perform
Tabletop is an interesting concept for an iPad app – taking the idea of Propellerhead Reason and re-imagining it for multitouch computers.
Check out the details and demos below and let us know what you think of Retronyms Tabletop!
available now for $4.99.
Posted in Software Sequencers, Software Synthesizers & Samplers, Virtual Musicians |
Tagged 303, 808, Apple, iOS, iPad, iPad Music S, iPad Music Software, modular, music, Retronyms, Retronyms Tabletop, synth, synthesizer, Virtual Instruments, virtual studio |
This post is a complete waste of your time, isn’t even about something new and features the happy synth pop tune
Popcorn, a relentless earworm.
This means that if you view this video you will have Astro Cat’s image burned into your mind, along with the relentlessly jaunty switched-on melody.
And you’ll be wondering, “WHY AN 808?”
You have been warned.
2011 NAMM Show, Rob Papen announced a new virtual drum machine, Punch.
Punch combines drum synthesis with sample support to create a best-of-both-worlds percussion instrument.
In this sneak preview, Rob Papen himself walks you through the capabilities of Punch.
Pricing is expected to be around £104.
Posted in Software Synthesizers & Samplers, Virtual Instruments |
Tagged 808, 909, Clap, crash, drum machine, punch, Rob Papen, Rob Papen Punch, sneak preview, software |
Video for the track
Occam’s Razor taken from the debut electronica album Invisible Landscapes by Divine Matrix, out soon on ADmusic.
Posted in Music Videos |
Tagged 808, 909, AD Music, drum and bass, electronic music, electronica, IDM, LFO, Roland, synth, synthesizer, trance, Wav |