Here are a couple of Midi FX plugins that I created for the Enable Music Theory for Electronic Musicians session I presented at in December.

The idea is to have a series of Midi FX racks which allow you to use single key strokes or button pushes to create lush evolving chords.

With *Epic Chord Rack*  you can switch between major and minor, and increase the harmonic overtones of either the Harmony, or Tonic notes in the chord, as well as control to tweak the Maximum velocity out, which can come in handy if you start pushing the velocity messages up too high.

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*Note Remover* uses a trick of three velocity plugins in a row, with various settings to randomly remove the number of notes that the chord plugin splits out.The Macros give you the option to have either more or notes in the chord as well as an output velocity level.

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*Re-Voice* basically ensures that all notes will always sit within about a two octave range, no matter what the incoming note message is. You can assign an octave range via the Macro.

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*Racked Scale* is a couple of scale plugins conveniently grouped together and macro-mapped so you can change between Major and Minor Scale shape, transpose your scale anywhere within a two octave range, and change into any of the diatonic modes within a major or minor scale via the Base Macro.

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GRAB THE LIVE SET HERE

If you have any further questions, feel free to write a reply and I’ll do my best to answer! and if you find this useful, and want to support the creation of these FX, please consider donating a dollar!

cheers, Matt

So I’m doing a presentation at Face the Music conference tomorrow… if you can’t make it.. this video is about 3 minutes of an hour and a half session that I’m doing with the very talented Tim Shiel, about incorporating Ableton Live and Music Tech into your Live Show.

I’m talking about using Ableton as an FX processor and looper, and Tim is talking about how he used Ableton Live in Gotye’s live show.

Conference details here

This is a post for the Ableton Live nerds out there…

I’ve discovered a way to provide dedicated visual feedback functionality for the looper device using the Push User page.

First you need to set up the preferences so Live is sending note information to Push’s user port, and that Push’s user port is set up to send remote messages. This way, Push can remote control Looper, and it also allows for visual feedback in user mode.

Instead of just a regular audio input, I like to group the external instrument rack within a drum rack so I can get visual feedback as to where I am in a 4 bar phrase in native Push mode.

The added benefit with using the external instrument, is that you are able to use a midi clip to send note and velocity information to the push user port channel 1, which then will light up the pads in User Mode.

The ascending notes in the midi clip, send messages to light up push’s top 4 rows, just the same as the drum rack does, with one row representing one bar.

I’ve also created a set of 8 buttons in the bottom left hand side that each correspond to a function I want to map to the looper device, overdub, play, stop, undo, clear, etc…

You can download the Live Set I’m using in the video here.

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I had a rather significant birthday a few months back, and amongst some really cool gifts, I received a boxful of bells (thanks Mum and Dad!). They’re those sort that are decorative/ornamental, and if you check out the picture below you can probably see why they ended up in the Op Shop 😉

But they sound great if their own strange way, and I’ve been intending to record them and then slow the dinging sound down to create weird soundscape instruments from them. So, today I finally got around to sampling and manipulating the recordings, and am pretty chuffed with the results. I’ve turned these bells into two instruments; the first plays rhythmic glitchy patterns, and the second is more atmospheric.

You can hear what both these instruments sound like together via the Soundcloud player below

and If you use Ableton Live 9 Suite, you can download the WInterpark Music and Sound Vol.3 file to play them as much as you like.

Enjoy! and if you like what you hear, please consider donating a dollar!

In Vol.2 of Music and Sounds, I’m giving away is a fun little Ableton Live Pack that uses a single drum loop created using the Atmos Drum Rack that I gave away last month, but instead of making drums with it, I tried to be as geeky as possible, and actually created three different keyboard instruments from this drum loop. An 80’s Casio type synth, a Drawbar Organ and a Lush sounding Band-Pass Atmospheric Pad.

“WHAT???!!!” I hear the music nerds cry out in awe and excitement!

“UMMMM??? I have no idea what the hell you are talking about” I hear everyone else mumble…..

Think of it this way, it’s like a magic trick, where I pull a rabbit out of a hat, but the rabbit is actually a drum loop and the hat is the keyboard sound… actually, no, hang on…. It’s more like the rabbit goes into the hat, and then is pulled out as three different doves, that then all fly off in different directions.

Maybe just have a listen to this little audio demo, and all that will make a bit more sense.

So…if you run Ableton Live 8 or above, download the Winterpark’s Music & Sounds Vol.2 Ableton Live Pack to check out these magical doves… I mean instruments.

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If you like this, please consider donating a dollar!

Hi all! I’ve just given away a free track, and made a free drum rack for all the Ableton Live music nerds on my email list, but I thought I’d share the drum rack here to all the people who swing by the website.

So… I recently presented at an Ableton Beats Masterclass in Melbourne and as part of this I spent a bunch of time putting together this cool little drum rack, using the same ambient guitar setup and the OP-1’s drum synth. It’s pretty cool for creating slightly wonky hip-hop inspired down-tempo electronica, and I like to share…

Download Winterpark’s Music and Sounds 1. Ableton Live Pack.

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This one works in both Live 8 and 9 standard versions.

Enjoy! and if you like this, please consider donating a dollar!

:)Matt