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.
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.
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.
This one works in both Live 8 and 9 standard versions.
Enjoy! and if you like this, please consider donating a dollar!
My Toy Harmonium Instrument is featured in their Downloads section… well actually it’s sort of like a feedback loop, where you can click on the link, and then their link clicks back to this site…. 😉
Thanks again Abe’s for the show of love.
On this coming Sunday I am presenting and performing at the Ableton Live 9/Push Launch event in Melbourne. I’m presenting about the Toy Harmonium instrument I made that was featured on www.ableton.com.
I’ve been busy putting something together to perform at it that uses the Generative piece that I created for the Toy Harmonium Instrument, and I’ve kind of done a bit of a live mashup with a track off my last album Sunday Morning called “Gotta Sleep Now’.
This live version features Live 9, a Livid Block, Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 synth, Live Guitar looping and processing, as well as vocal samples by the wonderful Susannah Legge.
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!
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
Just received my new little OP-1 synth all the way from Sweden this morning.
Portable music making is going to even easier now with this!
Been a bit quite lately, mainly because of the holiday season and all that has gone with it. Currently enjoying some time off, and re-jigging the studio a bit, getting rid of some old gear (to make way for new gear!)
Taking some time to make some nice little audio sketches that sound a lot like the beginnings of another WP E.P. that i’ll try and get together later this year.
Hey.. just to let you know… that with the new year has come new prices for my music via bandcamp.
All albums are now $5 for digital download or $8 (+shipping) for download and CD copies.
Why you ask??? well… when you buy via bandcamp, it goes straight into the artists pocket!… itunes and other providers all charge a fee, so I am able to sell to you cheaper via this site.
A few people have asked if they can get the remixes in better formats than what iTunes provides, so here they are! All ten of the remixes that are associated with the Sunday Morning album, by wonderful remix artists Montag, 333, Heroine, Chris Brann, AM, Dan West and Ray Mang.
10 tracks for $5, or get em individually for $1 each.