Sonic Faction Debuts Archetype Ableton Live Instrument Bundle

Today Sonic Faction has come out with a massive new offering for Live users – the Archetype Ableton Bundle, a collection of 8 custom-designed instruments for Ableton Live 9 Suite.

The Archetype Bundle’s eight instruments (Beatdown, Sickness, Evilfish, Hatchet, Clone, Pulsator, Whoosh Machine and Rogue-One) run the gamut of vintage and modern instruments, which are manipulated and controlled with Archetype’s creative controls and interfaces.

Archetype also includes 2 Max for Live step sequencers, Synth and Drum, to use with Push, APC40 and Launchpad, to take hands-on control of your sound.
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Live improvisation With iPad, Tupperware & Ableton Push

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Perplex On, captures a live home studio improvisation with an iPad using the drumsynth Impaktor (with the help of ‘pimped Tupperware’), Ableton Push, Reaktor’s Serenade controlled by a Leap Motion Sensor and an induction coil for recording some electromegnatic noise.

Technical details:

  • iPad connected to an Akai EIE for Midi and Audio In/Out,
  • generic Tupperware pimped with piezo feeding the Impaktor app,
  • illuminated by Arduino-driven RGB-LED-Stripes responsive to the frequency/volume,
  • Leap Motion controlling the Reaktor Patch “Serenade” (the tiny stick is just for the show)
  • Ableton Push doing Ableton Push things


  • 00:05: Recording some electromagnetic fields with an induction coil
  • 00:40: Playing around with POLYRHYTHMUS, an awesome Max4Live sequencer (Link:
  • 01:30: Leap Motion controlling the Reaktor patch Serenade, a virtual string synth
  • 02:32: Drumming with Impaktor for iPad, fed by an external piezo mounted in Tupperware
  • 05:20: Recording and mangling some strings in Samplr
  • 09:00: Glitching the drums coming from Impaktor with Turnado
  • 09:25: Recording some vocal pads

Five12 Releases Numerology 4.0 Step Sequencer


Five12 today announced the fourth major release of Numerology, its modular step-sequencing environment for Mac OS X.

Numerology is a music sequencing and audio plugin environment which uses an approach based on modular step sequencing.

In addition to numerous modernization and usability improvements, Numerology 4.0 adds several new features that expand it’s capabilities in two areas central to its workflow: hardware control & modulation. Continue reading

Ableton Intros Time And Timbre Percussion Instrument

Ableton has released Time and Timbre, a Max for Live percussion instrument and ‘time engine’ that they say is the result of three years of development by the duo Skinnerbox.

The pack consists of five individual drum synthesis modules (Timbre) and a polymetric sequencer (Time), as well as a built-in mastering plug-in (Master Blaster). Continue reading