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Ableton Live 7.0.3 Free Update Available

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Ableton has released Live 7.0.3, a free update for registered users. You can download the update from http://www.ableton.com/latest_versions or by using the 'Check for updates...' command from Live's help menu.

What's in Ableton Live 7.0.3?

Improvements:

  • Updated manuals.
  • Two new Lessons: “Compression and Sidechaining” and “Session Drums.”
  • Added control surface support for the Akai MPD24. The volumes of tracks 1 to 6 are mapped to the faders. The encoders are mapped to macro controls. The order of the mapping is based on the feedback of this forum poll: http://www.ableton.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=82431
  • Support for dynamic adjustment of the plug-in buffer size for Audio Units.
  • On Mac OS X, Live now supports up to 256 input & output mono channels of the selected audio device.
  • It is now possible to drag a complete folder with presets and/or samples from the Browser onto a Drum Rack's pads.
    Updated texts.
  • Improve the performance when loading large presets.
  • Support for the Record LED when using the Remote SL as a controller surface.

To see the complete list of improvements and Bug Fixes visit - http://www.ableton.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88519

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com


FL Studio 8 Now Available - Get 10% Off

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Image Line just released FL Studio 8.  While I don't use it as my primary DAW, I do use the killer step sequencer for programming loops from time to time. Image Line's policy of free updates (yes, free) has made it a "no-brainer" for me to stay current. I've just downloaded version 8 and can report that it runs fine on Vista and opens my old projects back just fine.

New user pricing depends on which edition of FL Studio you choose (see links at bottom of post). Use this Modulate This link and save 10% all Image Line Products.

So what's new in FL Studio 8?

  • Flsynthmaker FL Synthmaker - create & share your own FL instruments.
  • One-click-recording using Edison wave editor plugin.
  • Slicex, a new drumloop slicer & re-arranging tool.
  • Soundgoodizer is a 'maximizer-enhancer' plugin based on the Maximus sound-process engine.
  • Fruity Limiter for maximizing & compressing final mixes or individual tracks.Slicex_ezg_1
  • Wave Candy is an audio analysis and visualization tool with Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer and Peak Meter.
  • An update to Directwave
  • Slip editing and resizing tool has been added to the Playlist for all clip types.
  • More...

More info:

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com


Celemony's Direct Note Access Pitch Correction for Melodyne 2 Lets You Edit Notes Within Chords

View video on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE-wrYK8JSY.

Celemony's Melodyne is an established tool for pitch shifting, time stretching, correcting the intonation and timing of singing, audio quantization, producing harmonies, and remixing and restructuring the melody, tempo or timing of existing recordings.

The video above shows a technology preview of their new Direct Note Access (DNA) which will allow you to access and edit individual notes in polyphonic audio material!!! The demo is pretty mind blowing.

Applications for this sort of technology are:

  • Edit individual notes within polyphonic material
  • Reshaping harmonies and rhythms
  • Tune a guitar after recording
  • Correct harmony vocals that are out of tune, or fix their timing
  • Turn major chords to minor (and vice versa)
  • Switch tone scales
  • Mute single notes
  • Remix volume levels after a performance has been recorded

This feature set will be available with Melodyne 2 which is due out in the Fall of 2008. According to their webiste, "The full version will cost US$399 (349 Euro); the update from Version 1 will cost US$129 (129 Euro). Customers purchasing Melodyne plugin after the 12th March 2008 will receive the update free of charge.

More info: http://www.celemony.com

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com


Modulate This! Interview with Ramin Sakurai of the Supreme Beings of Leisure

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The Supreme Beings of Leisure are an electronic/trip-hop band based out of LA, California. According to their entry on Wikipedia “The release of the first Supreme Beings of Leisure album sold over 250,000 units with very little promotional touring. Instead, SBL opted to use the internet to market and promote the album, being the first band to ever do a "Virtual Internet Tour", and among the very first to use Flash animation for their videos. The "Supreme Beings of Leisure" peaked at 47 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart according to allmusic.com, and is in the top 100 of the Trip-Hop Dance & DJ music category according to Amazon.com sales ranking.”

The band is currently a DUO made up of original members Geri Soriano-Lightwood (Singer/Songwriter), Ramin Sakurai (Multi-Instrumentalist, Programmer).  In addition to working with SBL, Ramin produces, remixes, and composes music for artists, television and movies.  After a  5 year extended break SBL released its third major studio album, 11i, on February 12, 2008 with Rykodisc Records.

imageI recently had an opportunity to ask Ramin a series of questions about the making of 11i, and on the affect of technology on his process for making music.

Enjoy the interview and visit www.myspace.com/supremebeingsofleisure for more info on the band.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com


Mark Mosher: What was the primary music production software you used in the creation of 11i?
Ramin Sakurai:  That would've been Protools versions 6-7. Some of the songs started off in other programs like Live or Reason but they always ends up in Protools.

Mark Mosher: Can you give us brief overview of your studio rig?
Ramin Sakurai: The main studio rig consists of a Protools HD3 with two 192 i/o's and a G5 dual 2.5ghz. I run a 3.1ghz PC for GIgastudio. I use quite a bit of outboard gear as well. I believe a record can be recorded and mixed entirely in the box but you need a little help with some analog gear. I use Avalon, multiple API, NEVE-type preamps along with various compressors.

Mark Mosher:  How has the advancement of music production software and ability to produce from a laptop changed your workflow for this album?

Continue reading "Modulate This! Interview with Ramin Sakurai of the Supreme Beings of Leisure" »


Nine Inch Nails (NIN): GHOSTS I-IV Now Available

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Nine Inch Nails has released Ghosts I - IV, a collection of  36 track instrumental Tracks. The collection contains "almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over a ten week period last fall".

NIN is using an interesting pricing model:

  • A free download of Ghosts I (the first 9 tracks)
  • $5 download of Ghosts I - IV (all 36 tracks)
  • $10 2xCD set
  • $75 Deluxe Edition Package are available.

All files appear to be DRM free!

According to the FAQ page for the Ghosts I-IV, the songs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License. There is a teaser on this page about an "exciting partnership experience".

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Go to nin.com for more information.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com


Link for 10% off Image Line's New Toxic Biohazard VST Synth

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Image Line, the makers of Fl Studio have released Toxic Biohazard, the 4th generation of their Toxic line of software synths. The synth runs on Windows XP/Vista as a VST or on Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or OSX 10.5 (Leopard) as a VST or AU.

For new users, this synth will set you back $99 (use this link to save 10%). Existing users can upgrade for free.

What's new?

  • Improved sound quality
  • "Physical Envelopes" that allow you to model how sounds in real world decay & resonate etc...
  • Integrated effects such as tube-like distortion, to warm stereo delay, reverb, flanger, and phaser.
  • A hybrid synth engine combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • A complete rebuilt FM engine adding warmth
  • Alias-free oscillators with low CPU consumptom
  • An integrated simple sequencer (64 steps, which can be divided into two independent, 32 step modules to allow double-polyphonic patterns. Using our own "Smart Sequencer" technology, when a chord is played, the module defines that chord, and tunes the pattern accordingly.)

Visit http://www.image-line.com/documents/toxicbio.html to learn more, download a free demo, and listen to samples songs created with Toxic Biohazard. Image Line has also published a nice set of video tutorials on Toxic Biohazard here.


Videos on Moldover's Approach to Controllerism (and the Freebird Button)

When I use Ableton Live with my Novation ReMOTE 25 SL MIDI Controller, I feel like I'm using an instrument, not some software application. As with any instrument, the more time you put in, the more you transcend the instrument allowing you to focus on making music.

Moldover has taken this to the extreme by moding the Novation Remote SL controller and coming up with innovative processes for using Ableton Live. He's taken to calling himself a "controllerist" and calls what he does "controllerism".

Check out the videos below - pretty mind blowing! While very few of us will take it this far, there are definitely some ideas here that can apply to anyone's work flow.

Moldover was also kind enough to offer up his software presets here http://moldover.com/controllerism/index.php?action=downloads.

View Part 1 of video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2McDeSKiOU

View Part 2 of video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dznjQIarboY

Related Links:

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmosehrmusic.com