Winterpark’s Toy Harmonium Ableton Live 9 pack

So I recently found this funny little keyboard at Camberwell Market. It’s a Toy Harmonium probably from the late 50’s or early 60’s.

I was immediately drawn to it not only because of the awesome colours on the keys, but also by the completely crazy whirring noise that it makes even before you press any keys down!

It sort of inspired me to make a sample based instrument from it. So… enter the new Ableton Live 9 which I have been playing around with.

I created this sample-based instrument using the Toy Harmonium and a bunch of the new Max for Live gadgets that are in Live 9, and also a kind of generative music type demo.

Download it here!

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If you like what you hear and want to support the creation of these instruments, please consider donating a dollar!

and have a little listen to the way it sounds below.

and see it being used as part of a Live in-studio Winterpark performance

19 comments

  1. Peter Bailey · March 12, 2013

    thats so cool thank you for posting.

  2. Pete Horam · March 13, 2013

    Thanks. Sounds great but how do you install it?

    • Matt · March 13, 2013

      It’s a .alp file. Live 9 should automatically unpack it and then you can open the live set it creates.

  3. Brian Jeremiah · March 15, 2013

    thanks man, we’ll see where this goes after I finish the 8 different songs I am already working on .. well, maybe I will just start another LOL

  4. greg lon · March 18, 2013

    Cheers Matt. Great to see you out there man. Well done. Cool toy too!
    Catch ya, Greg Long

    • Matt · March 24, 2013

      Hi Longy! good to hear from you. Hope you are well 🙂

  5. I love this pack. It’s super useful. THanks so much for posting it.

    I’m also using it to teach myself about some of the new Live 9 devices. I know you probably don’t want to give away all of your secrets, but could you tell me what the Envelope Follower on the generative track is modulating? I hate that with Max plugins, you can’t hover over with a mouse and see.

    Thanks again for posting this!

  6. jasonhats · March 24, 2013

    thank you for this. Very cool

  7. Scott · May 20, 2013

    cool little keyboard —
    thanks for sharing!

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  8. Rob · June 22, 2013

    Please help with installing.

    This is what happens when i install it http://i.imgur.com/cFaktNE.png
    So it does not “It’s a .alp file. Live 9 should automatically unpack it and then you can open the live set it creates.” like you said.

    When i install it on whatever location i can’t find it anymore within Ableton search (meaning ABleton can’t find it anymore….).

    Please help!

    • Matt · June 22, 2013

      Hi there, only ‘Official’ alps install in Live 9 automatically, and place themselves in the Packs folder. It is an issue that is out of my control unfortunately.

      But to answer your problem… once you get past that dialog box asking you where to install, choose a location. Then go to that location in your browser, and open the Live Set that the .Als installed.

      If, after playing with the instrument, you want to keep it, I recommend that you save it into your User Library in the ‘ambient and evolving’ category. This way it will appear in the automated browser searches.

      Best of luck, and enjoy!

  9. slm · February 8, 2014

    hi, in 64bit Live 9.1.1, Max 6.1.6
    trying to open this Toy Harmonium live set crashes live.

    • Matt · February 8, 2014

      Hey Slm, I’ve just downloaded it, and opened it up the .alp in 64 bit with 9.1.1 and 6.1.5, and it works fine. A little slow on the install… have you had luck yet? I havn’t got max 6.1.6 as of yet.

  10. dksionzyk · December 14, 2015

    Do you need suite to use the Harmonium? Or just Max for Live?
    Thanks

    • Matt · December 15, 2015

      Not the full suite, but you do need Sampler, Live 9 and Max for Live.

  11. bdeetheone · April 17

    is it possible to reupload this need badly

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