• Mark Towers Ableton Push

    Mark Towers’ Live Track Creation on Ableton Push

    Aug 6 • Articles • 1850 Views

    Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers was on hand at this year’s Music Tech Fest to give a live demonstration of his Ableton Push workflow. Watch the video below, as Mark makes a track from scratch using Push, without the need to look at his computer screen:

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  • Carl Craig remixes “Live Machines” live on Maschine

    Jun 25 • Articles • 1067 Views

    Native Instruments caught up with Carl in Amsterdam to talk in depth about his Maschine production techniques. Watch him in action performing his “69” techno classic “My Machines” live with Maschine at the center of his setup.

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  • Novation Launchkey

    Novation Launchkey – Next generation instrument for computer and iPad.

    Jan 30 • Articles • 60259 Views

    Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads that trigger and stop clips – and launch scenes – in Ableton Live. As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launchkey app and the Launchpad app* – plus the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.

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    Novation Launchkey 25 || Novation Launchkey 49 || Novation Launchkey 61

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  • Novation Launchpad

    Novation Launchpad – Quick Review

    Oct 17 • Articles • 5114 Views

    Quick Review: Novation Launchpad
    Novation’s dedicated controller for Ableton with a 8×8 grid.
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    Novation collaborate with Ableton to present a tightly integrated control surface just for Ableton Live. At first glance, you’ll notice that there’s no faders or knobs but only buttons. That’s all you really need though. The tri-colored (amber, red, green) 64 buttons on its 8 x 8 grid comfortably triggers your clips while giving you instant feedback as well. In the session mode, the clips denote an 8 x 8 grid on your Ableton session view, amber clips on the Launchpad represents an existing clip, red a recording clip while green is a clip that’s playing. You can move the grid left, right, up or down with the arrow buttons on the top of the Launchpad. Each vertical strip represents a channel while you can trigger multiple clips on the same scene by the master scene trigger buttons on the right side of the Launchpad. Why would you need a Launchpad to trigger clips you ask? Well, you can only trigger a few clips at a time with a mouse (if you’re really fast), but imagine the spontaneity & versatility if you could trigger as many clips as your fingers could, giving you a more natural performance. Apart from trigger audio or midi clips from Ableton, the Launchpad lets you control more than that. The mixer section gives you the option to mute, solo or arm your channels, and the master scene trigger buttons on the right turn into Volume, Pan, Send A & Send B pages. Understandably it won’t be the smoothest transitions since you’re only incrementing by chunks of 8 steps, but having access to these pages in one controller is incredible! For more flexibility, the User 1 page turns into a MIDI keyboard-type layout where all the 64-buttons have notes & User 2 page is completely customizable by your own personal mapping. If you didn’t know, you could daisy chain a maximum of 6 Launchpad’s together as well. It’s amazing, just check it out below.

    See, the Novation Launchpad first entered the picture as an official Ableton controller, and still is today. It’s just that people have decided to use it more than an Ableton controller by taking it off the standard mapping and re-mapping it to make it their own, sometimes not even for music! We’ve seen the Launchpad being used to play Tetris! Since its a great little MIDI controller at its core, the endless possibilities of its use is quite exciting, plus it’s got a great price for what it can do. If you don’t have Ableton, Launchpad comes with a free licensed version of Ableton albeit a stripped down one.

    Reviewed by: Praveen Achary
    Available on: Euphoric Magazine – Issue #4 – July 2012

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  • Focusrite Forte

    Focusrite Forte – Portable 2 IN x 4 OUT USB 2.0 Audio Interface

    Sep 7 • Articles • 2696 Views

    In 1989, Focusrite unveiled what has since been considered as sonically the best recording console in history: The Focusrite Forte. Only two Fortes were made, but the smaller Focusrite Studio Console, which used the same audio circuitry, ended up in studios from South Africa to Japan and Los Angeles, where a Studio Console is still running the show in Studio A at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood.  In today’s age of Interfaces and DAWs, the Forte name returns, representing the very best in mobile interface technology.

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