AfroDJMac is back with a free Live Rack that features ‘dreamy, glitchy’ piano:
I’ve got a pretty cool free Ableton Live Pack for you. It’s made with samples of my Mom’s Piano. It’s not your traditional piano sound however. It’s got a lot of tweaks to give it character and charm. You can hear my family in the background of some of the samples, manipulate the timbre of the sound drastically, and use aftertouch to alter the pitch slightly. I think it’s a lot of fun and I hope you do too.
AfroDJMac has introduced The Mega Brute Collection for Ableton Live – a commercial collection of 50 instrument racks, made from samples of the Arturia MiniBrute.
Here’s what he’s got to say about the collection:
The idea behind the Mega Brute Collection is to expand the capabilities of the hardware synth while using its rich analog sound. The Ableton instruments add many diverse effects and polyphony, allowing for the entire range of sounds from basses, leads, to pads and rhythmic arpeggiated patches. The download comes with a 4 song instrumental EP I’ve created, using only instruments and effects from the Mega Brute Collection. I’ve also included the Ableton Live Project files the EP was created in, to give an inside look as to how these instruments can be used in a production.
AfroDJMac has released a new Ableton Live Collection created from tuned metallic wind chimes, WindChime Synths:
The Ableton Live Pack includes 5 Instrument Racks, 4 Drum Racks, 4 Effect Racks, plus 10 additional presets. These Ableton Racks are quite diverse and easily manipulated with macro knobs. A couple of the instruments use wind chime samples that were recorded directly to reel to reel tape, adding to the organic feel.
AfroDJMac created an EP, WindChime Ambience, that demonstrates the WindChime Synth pack. You can preview it below:
Here is a 2 minute Ableton Live Tip, via AfroDJMac, on how to use Ableton’s Frequency Shifter Plugin to emulate the subtle pitch variations found on many analog synths.
“This is a cool tip for making your tracks less-perfectly-in-tune, like most real world acoustic and analog instruments,” he notes.
Fairly simple stuff – but adding ‘imperfections’ and randomness to your soft synth patches can make them sound a lot less clinical. This isn’t limited to Live – you can create similar effects with pitch-shifting effects in any DAW or by using a random LFO to modular the pitch of oscillators in synth patches.
AfroDJMac has released a new collection of free instruments for Ableton Live, Minitaur Madness:
It’s my birthday so I have a present for everyone! It’s 3 free Ableton Live instruments made with the Moog Minitaur.
Francis Preve of Academik Records supplied samples of his Minitaur and I racked them up into three instruments: an FM type synth, Filter Envelop synth, and Dirty Destruction Bass synth. There’s tons of analog character in here. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday to AfroDJMac! If you’re a Live user, download the free Live Pack from his site and let us know what you think of it!