January 3, 2014
There were a lot of great new musical instruments, audio software developments, and music technology that came out this year. As NAMM 2014 approaches, we wanted to take a retrospective look at some of our favorite releases from the past year. While this is not an exhaustive list, and there were certainly some things that got left off, we encourage you to post your amendments in the comments below so we can all revel in all of the great releases of 2013. As we gear up to cover all the secret new products from NAMM 2014, here are our top 10 picks of 2013 in no particular order.
Ableton Push & Ableton Live 9
Arguably one of the top releases this year was the Ableton Push controller as well as the update to Ableton Live 9. The Push controller was one of the most talked about pieces at Winter …
September 24, 2013
The Behringer modular MIDI controller in the CMD line that can be described as an Ableton Live workhorse has got to be the CMD LC-1. Before the CMD LC-1 there were only a couple of controllers that could integrate this well with Ableton’s session view for launching clips. These included controllers like the Akai APC 40 and we are beginning to see more Ableton integrated controllers such as the proprietary controller Ableton Push. Now with the Behringer CMD LC-1, there is an affordable, modular solution for performers to control their Ableton Live sets.
Andrew Luck does a great job of going over the way Ableton integrates with the CMD LC-1 in the video above, but it’s worth mentioning some of the construction features of the CMD LC-1 for those looking to grab one.
The overall construction of the CMD LC-1, as well as the other modular MIDI controllers in the …
September 19, 2013
We’ve been covering the Behringer CMD line of modular MIDI controllers for some time now. Mostly we have shown how they integrate with the included Deckadance 2 DJ software, but the beauty of these controllers is that they can be mapped to nearly every performance software on the market. One of the more popular performance softwares of the last few years has been Ableton Live. Ableton allows for tight organization and control of clips within it’s session view, which has powerful applications on a stage in a performance capacity. We asked Behringer product specialist Andrew Luck to walk us through how the CMD controllers can work and integrate with Ableton Live.
For this video, Andrew focuses specifically on the Behringer CMD DC-1. The DC-1 has an endless rotary encoder and 8 backlit buttons at the top for navigating your clips in the session view. Below that are 8 endless …
September 17, 2013
So, I’ll be the first person to tell you I’m a hardware guy. I don’t “do” purism, and you’ll get my computer out of my studio ONLY if you are handing me a newer/bigger/better one. However, when it comes to sound, my computer mainly amounts to being the editing and summing facility. In that arrangement, my computer is where effects are applied and things are locked in. I do it for a few reasons, among them being that I love not even worrying about my CPU load once during the course of very dense productions. That said, as much as I can appreciate a good software instrument, I typically would rather have the hardware equivalent any day. That’s why I was deeply troubled this past January when I was watching Arturia’s Mike Hoska bang out some of the best sounding beats I’d heard from hardware or software from a little …
September 4, 2013
A company called Nektar made some headlines a while back when they announced that they were developing a controller that was made specifically for integration with Reason. In the time that has passed since then, the Panorama series has seen a few iterations of the device, including the P4, which we made an overview video and demo for. More recently, Nektar announced the Panorama P1, a slimmed down version of the keyboard controllers that removes the keybed in favor of a compact solution. I was personally very excited to see it released, as I have more than enough sets of keys around the house, and really enjoyed their controls for use with Reason. Updated and perfectly suited for working with the updated Reason 7, the P1 is a dream to work with. The controls feel more conveniently placed, and I discovered along the way that the P1 quickly …