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.
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 responses to “Winterpark’s Toy Harmonium Ableton Live 9 pack”
thats so cool thank you for posting.
Thanks. Sounds great but how do you install it?
It’s a .alp file. Live 9 should automatically unpack it and then you can open the live set it creates.
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
Cheers Matt. Great to see you out there man. Well done. Cool toy too!
Catch ya, Greg Long
Hi Longy! good to hear from you. Hope you are well 🙂
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!
Hi Craig, It is modulating the EQ8 with a Low Pass Filter on the Toy Noise track. Glad you like it!
thank you for this. Very cool
cool little keyboard —
thanks for sharing!
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….).
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!
hi, in 64bit Live 9.1.1, Max 6.1.6
trying to open this Toy Harmonium live set crashes live.
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.
Do you need suite to use the Harmonium? Or just Max for Live?
Not the full suite, but you do need Sampler, Live 9 and Max for Live.
is it possible to reupload this need badly