Novation Launch Control XL Review

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Novation recently introduced the Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.

Novation now offers a wide variety of controller options for Live:

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It’s great to have so many options – but where does the new Launch Control XL fit in?

Nlaunch-controlovation released the original Launch Control, right, last year. It’s a smaller MIDI controller, designed as a companion for the Launchpad S.

The Launchpad S is primarily an 8×8 grid controller. The original Launch Control is designed to be an add-on that brings 16 knobs and 8 pads to your system.

The new Launch Control XL is still designed to be a companion to the Launchpad S, but the XL version takes everything about the original up a notch.

How does this fit into your Live workflows? Let’s take a look… Continue reading

10 Ways To Improve Performance In Ableton Live

ableton-liveToday’s computers blow away the computers that were available in 2001, when Ableton Live was first introduced.

Back then, if your computer had a 1 Ghz CPU, 256Mb of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, you had it pretty good. Now, processors are 30-40 times faster, computers have 100 times as much RAM & terabyte hard drives are common.

But, as computers have gotten faster, our DAWs have added features and our expectations have gotten higher. So, even with today’s faster computers, you’ll still run into situations where you need more power than your computer has to give.

In this article, guest author Doug Beney offers 10 ways to improve performance in Ableton Live. And, if you want even more information, we’ve included a collection of resources at the end of the article that you can check out.  Continue reading

touchAble Live Controller Updated To Version 3

touchableDeveloper AppBC has released an update to touchAble, its iOS Ableton Live control app.

touchAble, available for both iPad and iPhone, that offers advanced control of clips, mixer, devices and more in Ableton Live.

touchAble 3 is designed to be easier to connect and set up, offers access to devices in racks and more.

Here’s the official intro video to touchAble 3: 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

Free Ableton Live Drum Pack

free-ableton-live-drum-packModeAudio, in collaboration with AfroDJMac, has released a free Ableton Live pack – ModeAudio Drums.

The pack contains 32 drum samples from ModeAudio’s drum library, 2 Drum Racks, 2 custom drum clips, AfroDJMac’s additional track of 12 automated FX clips, plus an Ableton Live 9 template project to contain them.

Here’s AfroDJMac taking the pack through its paces: Continue reading