Mutant Synth Pack Channels Iconic Synths

Today Sonic Faction debuted their new Mutant Synth Pack, a collection of classic synthesizers for Ableton Live. The pack features meticulously sampled iconic synths, reactivated from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

The bundle includes new 3 instruments:

  • The Clone, based on the classic Roland SH-101
  • Puls8or, sampled from the notorious Waldorf Pulse+
  • and Rouge-One, modeled after the legendary Sequential Circuits PRO-ONE.

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Free Live 9 Updates & Max for Live Push Integration From Sonic Faction


Sonic Faction has released free Live 9 updates for all of its Ableton Live instruments. And for Max for Live users, they have updated their Step Sequencers to work with Push, APC40 and Launchpad.

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The Beatdown Step Sequencer For Akai APC40

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Sonic Faction has introduced The BeatdownThe Beatdown Step Sequencer for the Akai APC40 and Ableton Live.

This custom device comes with the Beatdown library and lets you program beats and note velocities,while saving and recalling patterns in realtime. It also features realtime looping, FX and groove manipulation for killer live performances.

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The City Is London – Live Projection Mapping Mashup

Just in time for the London Olympics, Chris Evans-Roberts (Ithaca Audio) sent word of this impressive live projection mapping multimedia mashup.

“Today we released our new London themed projection mapping mashup,” says Evans-Roberts. “We used Ableton Live with Max for Live, and Akai APC40, Resolume Arena, MadMapper, two projectors and three laptops for the performance.”

You can download the mashup via Ithaca Audio on Facebook.

Check it out and let us know what you think of it!

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Glitch Factory – Ableton Live APC40 Performance Template

Australian producers Mr. Bill and Will Marshall have teamed up to create a live performance template for Ableton Live, complete with MIDI remote script for the Akai APC40.

Included with this is a stems-based template for the APC40, designed to help producers begin performing their own material live on stage.

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DJ Template For Akai APC40

Reader Will Marshall sent word that he’s updated his DJ template for Ableton Live and the Akai APC40.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

After a long hiatus, I’ve recently released a new version of my (unexpectedly) popular DJ Template for Ableton and the Akai APC40, which was covered on Synthtopia in 2010.

The new version has VU meters and a custom remote script, as well as a supported/paid version for users who need a hand getting things working.

The above video offers a walkthrough of the DJ template. The video below covers installation and setup:

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Live Audio/Video Mashup – Rolling In The Beats

Rolling In The Beats is a 24 video APC40 + Ableton Live audio video mashup, created by Chris Evans-Roberts. Roberts is the Managing Director of UK music/sound design firm Ithaca Audio, but he apparently finds time to make awesome audio video mashups.

Technical details and sample references below.

But before you dig into the backend details, check out the craftsmanship in this thing and let us know what you think of it!

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Free Ableton Live + Max For Live Effect Sequencer For The AKAI APC

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Synthtopia reader Connie sent word of APC FX Sequencer - a free Max For Live effect sequencer patch by Mark Egloff.


The FX Sequencer turns your APC into a Effects Sequencing Machine that lets you use up to 8 Audio-Effects to generate sound effect patterns that range from subtle variation to extremely glitchy sounds.

To use the APC FX-Sequencer, simply load the device onto an Audio track. The APC FX-Sequencer automatically configures your connected APC40 or APC20.

Then, add up to 8 Audio-Effects directly to the right side of the APC FX-Sequencer device. The APC FX-Sequencer automatically recognizes the added Audio-Effects.

Finally, add some audio-loop and launch it.

After connecting, the top four rows of the APC’s button matrix toggle 32 steps of the currently selected Audio-Effect, while the clip stop buttons allow you to switch between the different Audio-Effects. Many of the APC’s other controls are also reconfigured. The “?” button launches built-in documentation that details how everything works.

The patch is a free download.

If you give Egloff’s APC FX Sequencer a try, let us know what you think about it!