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Ableton Push Impov: Vinyl Needle Drops in Drum Racks (Real-Time & Step Automation)

Working with the Elektron Octatrack has gotten back into sampling big time. Some of the things you can do with an Octatrack - like per step automation - can also be done with Ableton Push when working in "Note" mode in drum racks.

Push-step-automation

  1. One you turn on a note in the step sequencer, you can then hold the note down to acces all sort of parameters for devices. While holding the step...
  2. Adjust params to your liking. In this example I'm changing the pitch of each step in the step-sequencer.

You can of course record real-time automation by simply pressing the "Automation" button when in record or overdub mode. 

Below is an example audio snippet I put on soundcloud of doing such that. I sampled audio from random needle drops on vinyl into clips and used them to build a custom drum rack.  I then improvised using Push to perform and sequence these clips including per step automation of various parameters.

Mark Mosher 
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
 
http://www.markmoshermusic.com 
http://www.aiwinter.net 
http://bouldersynth.com (meetup)


Manipulating a Percussive Soda Can Sample using Pad Pressure on Ableton Push #MadeWithLive

Soda-can

I recorded the sound of a pen striking a half-full soda can. I loaded this into Sampler and went to the MIDI panel and mapped "Aftertouch" (pad pressure) to "Loop Length" with a value of -100. Now pad pressure modulate the loop length.

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Here is a video of this sound design work in progress - http://youtu.be/Ld5KWyGs9_M.

 

Mark Mosher 
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
 
http://www.markmoshermusic.com 
http://www.aiwinter.net 
http://bouldersynth.com (meetup)


Boulder Electronic Music Events: Thursday April 24 Ableton University Tour + Mixed Signals Concert Friday April 25 at 8pm

I wanted to turn you on to a few electronic-music events that I will be participating in this week in Boulder.

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Boulder, CO
Date: April 24
School: University of Colorado, Boulder
Time: 11am (faculty meet), 2pm (break-out sessions - student only), (Public Event @ 6:30pm)
Presenter(s): Mark Mosher (Artist), Ben Samples (Artist), Dave Hillel (Ableton)
Venue: University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, Room# N1B46, 18th & Euclid, Boulder, CO 80309-0301
RSVP: No RSVP needed
More Info: Eventbrite

Ableton is proud to partner with University of Colorado at Boulder for the Ableton University Tour, a day and evening of student workshops and public presentations held at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, CO. Students are invited to join Ableton representatives and Certified Trainers for an afternoon of break-out sessions exploring composition, sound design, production techniques and performance utilizing Ableton Live and Push. Day time activities will be followed by a free evening presentation open to the public, featuring performances, tips and tricks and unique approaches for music-making from artists and Ableton experts. Special guests for the Boulder event include Mark Mosher (Artist), Ben Samples (Artist) and Dave Hillel (Ableton).


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I’ll be performing a concert set at the at the Dairy Center for the Arts next Friday April 25th at 8pm. In this concert I’ll be performing songs from my cinematic alien invasion album series including songs from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us which is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon,and CDBaby. Joining me in this concert will be Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) on modular synthesizer systems,  and Victoria Lundy on Theremin.
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westword-best-ofWhere: Dairy Center for the Arts (map | official site)
When: Friday April 25th at 8PM
Tickets: $12 in Advance (
on sale now) | $15 at the door
FB Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/227848874087048/

 

 


I’m helping to organize this show and we’re going to use a similar show format that was used for award winning Watt? Show (see this post on our Westword Magazine Best of Award). In this format each artist play a set. As with our Watt? show. We’ll also be back in the wonderful Performance Space at the dairy which has elevated show seating and comfy seats. There is a bar and snack bar in the lobby and you can bring your wine or beer into the theater. It’s just a great way to see a show of this sort. 

We’ll kick the show off  with Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) performing a set that features original pieces on analog modular synthesizers. Next up will be Victoria Lundy will be playing a variety of classical and original ambient pieces on Theremin. There will be a brief intermission followed by my set with will also include “invader cam” which is an synchronized interactive visual performance.

Something new we’ll be adding in this show is that we’ll have visuals for all three performances. We’ll close the show with a collaborative piece we worked up at a recent rehearsal.

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To give you a feel for what the show will be like, here is a soundcloud set with music from all the artists.

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We rehearsed the flow and progression from modular, to theremin, my all digital set followed by a collaborative piece and worked really well so I hope you’ll join us for the show.

Get your advanced tickets here.


mark-mosher-fear-cannot-save-us-cover-final (550x550)Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.FearCannotSaveUs <<< New Cinematic Electronica Albums
www.soundcloud.com/markmosher


Intro to Ableton Push at April 8 Boulder Synthesizer Meetup

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I’m doing an “Intro to Ableton Push” talk Tuesday April 8th at 7pm at the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup. Event is free but seating is limited so if you live in the Denver area and would to attend RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup/events/172555802/.


mark-mosher-fear-cannot-save-us-cover-final (550x550)Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.FearCannotSaveUs <<< New Cinematic Electronica Album


How to Use ElectraX Synth with Ableton Push Pad Pressure and Use Ribbon Controller Like a Mod Wheel

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I finally got my hands on a Push. I’m going through songs in my existing live show and tweaking synths to be even more expressive with Push’s aftertouch and ribbon controller. In this post I’ll be focusing on the wonderful ElectraX synth by Tone2 Audiosoftware but the same concepts apply to any synthesizer that allows for CC mapping in their Mod Matrix - including all the other Tone2 synths.

The image below (click to enlarge) illustrates how to map Push’s pad pressure (aftertouch) and ribbon controller in the mod matrix.

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Ribbon Controller

If you are using Ableton instruments, the ribbon controller on Push is hard wired to pitch wheel. One advantage to using third party synths is synths like ElectraX, Absynth, and others allow you to map MIDI controller information right into their mod matrix. In other words you can map the ribbon to anything you like

In ElectraX if you want to disable mod wheel so it doesn’t change pitch got to Settings and set “Pitchwheel” to off. Now go into the Mod Matrix and map Pitchwheel. In the example above, I’m using the ribbon to crossfade oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 volumes.

Pressure

To map pad pressure, which is really exposed as aftertouch, go to the Mod Matrix and map “Afterto.” to parameters. In the example above I’m using pressure to close the filter and increase filter resonance.

Keep Up with Push Posts

I’ll be doing many more posts on Push in the future so keep an eye on this category http://www.modulatethis.com/ableton-push/. You can subscribe to the RSS feed for this category here http://www.modulatethis.com/ableton-push/atom.xml. The ElextraX category is here http://www.modulatethis.com/synth-electrax/ | http://www.modulatethis.com/synth-electrax/atom.xml.

Mark Mosher
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Ableton 9.1 Beta - Dual Monitor Support, Push Melodic Step Sequencer

Others have reported on the Ableton Live 9.1 beta but I wanted to mention it here in light of the Maschine updates and since I use both Live and Maschine.

First off here is the announcement page - https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/live-91-announced-dual-monitor-support-push-step-sequencer-and-more/.

The big features are:

  • Dual monitor support allowing.
  • Push can new dew melodic step sequencing as see in the embedded Video below. This includes step sequencing with notes, chord, and per-step step automation.

Enter notes manually, or play them in, then edit each note in the sequence precisely – all via the hands-on interface of Push. Plus, you can now edit automation with step-by-step accuracy – maybe open up a filter for single notes, or add a splash of reverb to the last notes of a sequence.

Under the hood changes:

Finally, there are a couple of under the hood changes that we'd like to draw your attention to. Sample rate conversion during rendering is done using an extremely high-quality algorithm. If you're working at a high sample rate (such as 96 kHz), you can now downsample to lower sample rates (such as 44.1 kHz) with no loss in quality. Also, rendering now uses multiple cores, which can result in much faster exports. Ultra high-quality rendering and faster renders – now in Live 9.1. 

Incremental Updates

Ultimately competition  in this market is good and it's nice to see Ableton continue to add value to their controller with incramental updates. 

Ableton Push Tour: Experience Push for Yourself

Ableton has also announced a hand-on tour - more here  https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/ableton-push-tour.

Links

  • Join the beta - https://www.ableton.com/en/beta/
  • Read 9.1 beta FAQ -https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/9-1-beta-faqs/
  • 9.1 release notes and change log - https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/live-9-beta-release-notes/
  • Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
    Boulder, CO


    Photos form the Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and Push Premiere Event the University of Denver

    I attended the Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and Push Premiere Event the University of Denver on Wednesday February 27th.

    Ableton Certified Trainer and electronic artist Orville Kline joins Darwin Grosse from Cycling 74 for a unique performance and presentation covering the new features of Ableton Live 9, the potential of Max for Live and exploring creative approaches for composition and performance using Ableton's new hardware instrument Push.

    Here is a flickr set from the event.