Ableton Live guru AfroDJMac let us know about a free Live Pack that he’s shared, Little Drummer Boy.
It’s a set of 5 free Ableton Live Instruments, based on a Little Drummer Boy Christmas Ornament.
Here’s what he has to say about them:
One instrument is a Drum Rack of percussive sounds made from recording of the crank mechanism to the Little Drummer Boy. The other four are melodic instruments playable across the keyboard.
They have a great charm and character to them!
The melodic instruments are pretty cool because they loop in time with your music, thanks to Simpler’s new warping engine. You get to choose the speed at which the notes loop and layer them together. There’s also a granular version, in which the sample is stretched out far past its original length. It makes for some really cool textures.
I’ve also included a couple of reversed sample instruments. These are my personal favorite, as the sound of the Little Drummer Boy because a bit otherworldly and very interesting. Here’s a quick example of what the instruments sound like:
Here’s his video demo:
The Little Drummer Boy Live Pack is a free download from the AfroDJMac site, where you can also find four additional holiday-themed free Live Packs.