Livid Instruments has begun taking orders for their Ds1 MIDI mixer. which they first previewed at this past winter’s NAMM Show. Livid developers describe the Ds1 as a “rugged, portable solution for computer-based mixing, production and performance.”
The Ds1 works with any software that supports MIDI. Templates will be available for digital audio workstations such as Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Logic and more. The mixer uses the familiar layout of an analog audio mixer to introduce MIDI control, and affords more options for signal routing and sound processing when using digital audio workstations, allowing the user instant access to their mix, effects, and instrument parameters.
Novation today introduced Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.
According to Novation, the Launch Control XL helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live.
Here’s their official demo video: Continue reading
Patchworks has released a new version of Conductr, its Ableton Live control app for the iPad. Conductr 1.1 is now a free download, with additional features that can be unlocked via in-app purchases.
Here’s what the developers have to say about Conductr: Continue reading
This 30 min video, via Ben Hovey, is an overview of Ableton Live 9 basics. Continue reading
Yesterday, Ableton released two new synthesizers, Ensemble and DiGiTAL. These Max for Live instruments are available from Ableton’s new Pack partner, Max for Cats.
Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam, via A Box In The Sea, explores using gestural control (with a Leap Motion) and Ableton Push as controllers for Reaktor and a modular synthesizer. Continue reading
Producer and sound designer Francis Prève has released a free Ableton Live Instrument based on the Novation Bass Station II.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
“A few months back, I reviewed the Novation Bass Station II for Keyboard Magazine.
As modern analog synths go, the BSII packs a lot of analog power into a small footprint. So while I had it in my studio, I couldn’t resist snagging a few samples of it to share with everyone.
For those who aren’t up to speed on the Bass Station II, it’s a dual-oscillator analog monosynth with a sub-oscillator and tons of nifty filtering modes, along with a nasty little distortion. As the name implies, it excels at bass, so that’s the focus of this new pack.” Continue reading
Surreal Machines,a new company co-founded by Ableton’s Matt Jackson and collaborator Pete Dowling, has released Dub Machines – Analog Echoes in Live, a new pack of two Max for Live delay effects, Magnetic and Diffuse.
Modeled on classic tape-echo machines, Magnetic features multiple physical tape models and three virtual tape heads to choose from. Using convolution reverb, impulse responses from a variety of classic reverbs and machine noises are also available. Continue reading