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 …
August 15, 2013
Ableton’s Push has been turning lots of heads since its announcement last year, and now that it’s out there, there’s no shortage of opinions about whether it is the greatest thing since Ableton or something one can live without. I love mine, and have been using it to simplify the process of driving my hardware (guided by Ableton) based studio. One thing I have noticed some folks grousing about is that Push isn’t set to handle all their favorite plugins out of the box. What this complaint overlooks is the very simple and easy to use “Configure” dialogue available in the track view for third party plugins. I’ve been living off of the freedom and ease afforded to me for configuring third party plugins as I use the Korg Legacy suite almost non-stop when on the road.
In this video I try to show how fast and easy it is …
July 11, 2013
Those who have a smart phone or a tablet may have noticed something strange while browsing the internet. There are usually two webpages made for any device. The first one is the webpage that most of us are used to – these are meant for full sized screens for use with mice and keyboards. The other version of the website is actually designed for mobile users. There is usually less on the screen to play with, since it would be hard to navigate with too many small links on the main page. The text and pictures are also resized so that they are viewable on a tiny five inch screen. Web developers have learned that people are more likely to use their phones to browse if they can actually read the content.
This is also what is happening with touch screen software these days. Simply porting their software to the …
June 6, 2013
Having been working with MIDI since the early 90s, I have sequenced using multiple methods, from CV to computer based sequencing. Hardware sequencers held a special place in my heart, but it sure was nice to move operations over to a computer and no longer be toting disks full of SysEx and other off proprietary data around. That said, as time has gone on, I have found my favorite work environments to work in to be Reason and Ableton. Sometimes I start a project in one and finish it in the other, sometimes I ReWire Reason into Ableton, and sometimes projects happen fully within one or the other. However, since Live 9 came out, I’ve been doing almost all my work in Ableton. It isn’t because I lost any love for Reason, and I am loving version 7 so much I am currently ReWiring it into …
May 22, 2013
While it seemed obvious that Ableton Live 9 would power my studio as well and flexibly than its predecessor (with some improvements), there were some items back in the announcement for Ableton Live 9 and its accompanying hardware curiosity that left me with questions. As a hardware synth loving kind of a guy, my first and most immediate questions revolved around the level of integration with external instruments. In the months that have passed, I have acquired the Push controller and answered these questions for myself. Over the next few weeks, we will be doing some videos to show you how to duplicate the more interesting uses for plugins and external instruments we have been finding while working with Ableton Push, as well as digging up more ways to use Push as a tool for creative performance.
In this video, I am simply creating using my own startup template, …