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 …
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 …
May 25, 2013
It is safe to say that Ableton is preferred by many producers and DJs who have been known to tinker with tracks for their personal use. The argument that one DAW is better than another is somewhat outdated and old; the better argument should be about what one program has over another. Basically, even DAW is built with the intention to record and mix music. You don’t actually need a DAW to create music if you have live instruments and the ability to record, but DAWs give you the opportunity to add instruments that don’t actually exist in real life, and it gives you the ability to edit live mistakes etc.
Before Ableton was as good as it was, many beat makers used FL Studio, which was known as Frooty Loops back then. FL was much simpler to understand and at the heart of the program was a simple beat …
May 23, 2013
Any successful DJ who has his own following knows that they got to where they are because of skills as well as an identity. Copy cat DJs are all over the place, and smart listeners are tired of hearing the exact same 16 bar blend over and over again, so they need to come up with something new to keep the people interested. When a DJ begins cutting their own tracks and samples, that’s when the magic happens. It blends not only their technical ability behind the decks, but it also creates music that is non-linear and unexpected. This is the natural progression for any DJ who begins to get tired of the day to day grind of mixing music.
Should a DJ spend time producing? Certainly, but the question comes down to how much time they want to spend moving between the two activities. Learning how to produce …
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, …