Francis Prève Releases Pro-2 Patch Collection

Francis_Preve_WeebleIn conjunction with the release of his new EP, “Weeble”, Francis Prève has put together a collection of Simpler patches from the Dave Smith Instruments Pro-2, one of the synths he used on the EP.

Prève explains:

“For those who aren’t up to speed on the Pro-2, it’s Dave’s latest monophonic synthesizer, based on the Prophet 12 architecture – but with new features like paraphonic mode, an Oberheim SEM style state-variable filter, and loads of modulation amenities. [Here is Prève’s Pro-2 review for Keyboard Magazine].

“Several of the patches are based on existing Pro-2 presets, a few are heavily tweaked.”

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GenoQs Machines Octopus Sequencer + Ableton Live

This video captures the ‘mother of all sequencers’ – the GenoQs Machines Octopus – controlling Ableton Live 8. 

According to GenoQs, “User experience and musical creation are the centerpieces of the Octopus design: a no-compromise machine built from metal, wood, and modern real-time software technology. The thoroughly structured user interface, its stunning looks, the materials and our care going into hand-assembling every unit make each Octopus a unique piece to stand the test of time.” Continue reading

Sonic Faction Beatdown Refill Packs Available

SonicFaction-Beatdown_refill_backsSonic Faction announces their new Beatdown Refill Packs, 4 new drum instruments for Ableton Live.

Inspired by and categorized by the varied electronic music scenes in Berlin, Los Angeles, Miami and Sydney, the Beatdown Refill Packs tout “drum sounds from the underground.”

Key features include:

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Live 8 Updated For Novation Launchkey, Axiom Air Mini 32

novation-launchkey-midi-controllerAbleton has updated Live 8 to version 8.4.1.

Here’s what’s new in Live 8:

  • Added user satisfaction survey. After several hours of usage, Live will ask you to rate the software.
  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey series.
  • Added control surface support for M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32.

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Faderfox UC3 – ‘The Swiss Army Knife Of Controllers’



Faderfox has introduced a new MIDI controller, the UC3 Universal Controller, that they call ‘the Swiss army knife of controllers’.

UC3 is a universal controller for all kinds of midi controllable software on Mac, PC and iPad.

The Faderfox UC3 has 8 push-encoders and 9 faders, all switchable to 8 groups that allow to control a total amount of 136 control parameters. All controls are independently programmable by a small display.

The factory settings are designed to be perfect for controlling music and video software products out of the box, but they are freely assignable. The UC3 also comes with a control surface script for Ableton Live 8.

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How To Play EDM On Your Guitar

Reader Jesse Gilsbach (3rd Earth) made this video to demonstrate how guitarists can play EDM and other of electronic music, using a standard guitar.

Gilsbach uses a Roland GK-3 pickup, connected to a Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer. This is connected via USB to his computer, running Ableton Live 8.

UFO Controller Lets You Have A Close Encounter Of The Musical Kind

The UFO is an ultrasonic MIDI controller designed to let you control your music software and external synthesizers with hand gestures.

The UFO controller uses five ultrasonic sensors and captures gestures, based on distance detection. The vertical movement of your hand above any of the sensors is converted to standard MIDI data.

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