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Modulate This! Pages - Pages Dedicated to Topics

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I've started creating dedicated Blog “Pages” - These are dedicated index pages for topics. They don’t appear in the normal blog post flow and have short URL’s you can bookmark.  The first dedicate page is for u-he’s ACE http://www.modulatethis.com/ace.html. Swing on by and join the conversation. Note you can subscribe to comments on these pages.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher
Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
Buy on iTunes


Using Ableton Live to Add Velocity to Incoming MIDI Notes from Tenori-On (or Launchpad)

In this YouTube Video, I demonstrate how to use Ableton Live 8 and the Velocity MIDI device along with a dummy clip to add velocity to incoming MIDI notes that are a fixed velocity. I illustrate this with the Tenori-On but this concept will work with any MIDI device.

Once velocity is introduced into the equation you can then do all sorts of interesting things with modulation. In the video I use velocity to modulate the filter frequency with Circle. Of course you could just as easily use this to play different samples in a velocity split with Sampler and so on.

Update: Note this same technique will also work for adding notes to incoming MIDI from User Mode 1 from a Novation Launchpad which is also fixed velocity.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
Buy on iTunes


"Circuit Path" - First in the "One Patch Performance" Video Series

One Patch Performance
Over the years I’ve produced some very detailed step-by-step videos with voice-over on sound design and music technology. To balance things out, I’m launching a new video series called “ONE PATCH PERFORMANCE”. 

In this new series there will be no voice over just sound and music. The videos are intended to show what's possible when you go constrain your tool set to one synth and one preset with many modulation routings mapped for performance. Ultimately I hope to inspire others to extend their craft by "going deep" and transcending technology. I’ll also start showing controller use in future videos.

“Circuit Path”
In this first video I thought I’d start of with a very brief and  simple performance utilizing the fantastic Ableton Operator. The song is called “Circuit Path”.

Programming Notes
The synthesizer used in this video is the FM/Subtractive Ableton Operator.

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I create a custom preset. Along the way I set the Volume Envelope Loop Mode to Beat so while I press a note it repeats.






 



 

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I loaded Operator along with FX (EQ Three, Chorus, Beat Repeat, and Filter Delay) into an Instrument Rack so I could assign Macro Control knobs making it easy to tweak parameters in real-time. For example “Plastic” increase these level of oscillator 2 which increases Frequency Modulation and changes the character of the timbre.

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Plastic Gate is assigned to Osc-B Envelope Rates.

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Time Travel is assigned to EQ Three GainH controlling brightness.

Performance Notes
I went into Arrangement View in Ableton Live, hit the global record button, held down a note then started performing with the Macro Control knobs. In the video you can see my knob movement in the automation lanes.

Start Tweaking
Hopefully my brief notes are enough to get your creative juices flowing. So what are you waiting for, fire up your DAW and drop in a Synth and start tweaking!

Links

  • Modulate This post on Ableton Operator
  • Sound Design in Ableton Live: Operator by Nick’s Tutorials 
  • Operator Mini-Pack by Ultimate Ableton Tutorials
  • Official Ableton Operator page

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
    Louisville/Denver/Boulder

    http://www.modulatethis.com
    http://www.markmoshermusic.com
    http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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    Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
    Buy on iTunes


    New Photo Album and Notes On Social Media and "Home Turf Brand Equity"

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    I just started publishing pictures into a photo album off of one of my hosted accounts. There are some fun pics of me with gear and wearing swag in different locations.

    I’ve posted some of these shots on various social media sites in the past and some shots are exclusive to this album.

    Obviously, there are huge PR advantages to posting images and music on various social sites. However, don’t forget to re-post this information on your own web sites as well. Social sites come and go, so duplicating posts on your own sites means you won’t lose out if a site goes away. Also, posting on your own sites helps you build “home turf brand equity”.

    By the way, I think I just coined a phrase :^).

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    Enjoy the pics. More to come…

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
    Louisville/Denver/Boulder

    http://www.modulatethis.com
    http://www.markmoshermusic.com
    http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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    Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
    Buy on iTunes


    Ableton Live 8.1 Now Online - New File Format Introduced

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    I just saw this on the Ableton Forum:

    We just released the latest Live 8 version, Live 8.1.
    The main focus of that 8.1 version is the release for the "Max for Live" product.
    Additionally, Live 8.1 contains a bunch of bugfixes compared to Live 8.0.9. (A corresponding change log will follow soon).
    Please ONLY update to Live 8.1 if you own a Live 8 full or suite license, as 8.1 does not yet support Lite and Intro licenses. Live Lite and Live intro support will be included in a later bugfix release.

    I also saw the following note on this download page:

    Live 8.1 introduces a new file format - documents saved with Live 8.1 or newer will not be able to be opened in older versions of Live.

    Links

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
    Louisville/Denver/Boulder

    http://www.modulatethis.com
    http://www.markmoshermusic.com
    http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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    Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
    Buy on iTunes


    A Video Roundup of Sampling Past and Present

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    I’ve been sampling since the 80’s when I got an Ensoniq Mirage. I’ve since moved on to software and now use Ableton Sampler, and Camel Audio Alchemy for sample-based work these days. I still find sample-based sound design fascinating and recently found some cool videos which illustrate how far we’ve come over the last few decades.

    PAST
    First, I stumbled across a Synthtopia Post “Bob Moog Introduces The Fairlight CMI” which had four videos, one of which is shown below. “Bog Moog Fairlight Part 2 on YouTube:

    Next is a great video of Peter Gabriel using the Fairlight in 1982. The video has some awesome footage of Peter Grabriel and company recording found sound and manipulating sound from the Farilight. He also discusses the use of non-lyrical human voice in music.

    Next a 1984 video with Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.

    PRESENT
    Using found sound with Absynth.

    Next is a nice tutorial video of using Alchemy to create a multisampled instrument.



    Last, a video of Robert Henke using my favorite Ableton Sampler:

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
    Louisville/Denver/Boulder

    http://www.modulatethis.com
    http://www.markmoshermusic.com
    http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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    Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
    Buy on iTunes
    Buy on Amazon MP3