Free Max For Live Kit Connects Ableton Live to Arduino, Mindstorms, littleBits and More

Today, Ableton announced their new Connection Kit, a free toolkit for music makers who want to use Live with technologies such as Arduino, LeapMotion, littleBits, Lego Mindstorms EV3 and OSC.

Connection Kit developers pose the question:

“Ever thought about using your webcam to control a synthesizer? Imagine creating a soundscape using weather data from the web or stock market fluctuations, or even turning musical elements into physical actions through motors and servos.”

The new connection kit enables users to connect, control and monitor Live using various interfaces and communication protocols.

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New ‘Ableton-centric’ Soundware Company, SympleSound

symplifiedAustin-based producer, sound designer and educator Francis Prève has unveiled a new ‘Ableton-­centric’ soundware company, SympleSound, at this year’s SXSW.

The first products from the company are its Analog Collection – a set of extensively multisampled versions of vintage analog synths, like the Oberheim SEM and RolandSH101, along with some newer (but discontinued) models like the Moog Little Phatty and Doepfer Dark Energy Mk I. Continue reading

New Max For Live Loop Slicing Tool For Ableton Live’s Simpler

AZ-Labs has introduced Auto Slicer for Ableton Live – a slicing utility that makes Simpler cut your loop into equally sized slices from lengths of 1 bar to 1/32nd. Continue reading

Free ‘Stank Pack’ For Ableton Live, Ableton Push

BeatDrop_Stank-Pack_For_Ableton_LiveCanadian Ableton-Certified Training Center, Beat Drop, has recently released a free “Stank Pack.”

The sample pack draws on a collection of classic and modern gear, with drum sounds sampled from the Oberheim DX and Roland TR-8. Bass lines were crafted with Oberheim’s OB-8 and Novation’s Bass Station II. Leads were made with the Novation Bass Station II. Pads were created with the Oberheim OB-8. Effects were made with the OB-8 or the Bass Station II. The samples’ signal path was a Focusrite 2i4 interface fed directly into Ableton Live.

Each pad contains a Simpler that provides the ability to shape envelopes, control LFOs, control filters and alter playback mode. Two return tracks were made within the Drum Rack to add space with reverb and delay.
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Ableton Live iPad Editor

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Developer Momo Miller let us know about a new project, Ableton Live iPad Editor.

With the Ableton Live iPad Editor, you can control the scenes, volume, sends, recording etc., from your iPad. Or you switch to the step sequencer, where you can edit tracks or make new tracks.

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