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"Sounds from a Distant Outpost" Ableton Live Pack Experiment Update - New Compositions + 1000 Downloads and Counting


Note: I'm updating this soundset so it's currently offline.

On December 17th, 2010 I released the Sounds from a Distant Outpost FREE Live Pack. Now, a little over a month later there have been over 1,000 downloads! Update on 6/13/2011: Just about to hit 2,000 downloads :^).

The most exciting thing for me is that a two people have REALLY dug into the 12 instruments in the Live Pack and have taken the time to compose tracks using ONLY instruments from this pack.

I’ve attached their two songs plus a third I created below. It’s pretty fantastic that while we didn’t directly collaborate all the works are quite different yet sound they all sound like they are telling stories from the same universe.

I think it would be pretty cool to create an album or score a film with multiple composers sharing the same custom yet limited instrument palette like this.

“Subdude's First Excursion To The Outpost”
First up is an awesome offering by James Tobin (aka Subdude), Denver, USA -

SoundsFromADistantOutpost-Subdude'sFirstExcursionToTheOutpost by Subdude

Next a wonderful track by Jason Anderson from Bottnaryd, Sweden -
Contact (via Outpost Extreme) by JAnderson 

“Outpost Encounter”
This is a track I created to kick off the idea of everyone composing from this live pack.

Outpost Encounter by MarkMosher

Thanks James and Jason for your wonderful contributions.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO

Your Modulate This Holiday Gift is Ready - "Sounds From a Distant Outpost" Ableton Live Pack Plus Samples


 Update: I'm updating this soundset so it is currenlty offline.

I'm very excited to announce that your FREE holiday gift is now ready for download! It is an Ableton Live Pack called Sounds from a Distant Outpost.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world.  These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting "edge" to any sound or music project.


The  source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well  as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content.  The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings. I've also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don't have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.

This project is also a social experiment. Rather than just provide a Live Pack, I've created a dedicated social microsite so you can share your notes and work with the library. I’ve also offered a SoundCloud drop box so you can share your original sound or music compositions.

I've had a great time creating - to coin a phrase - this  "story-based sound design with social remix" experiment.

I hope you enjoy your gift. I'm looking forward to your notes and creations.

As always, thanks your support. Have a happy, safe holiday filled with electronic music!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist

FREE Sound Pack Update


A quick note to say I’m making great headway on your holiday gift. Just to be clear, it’s a gift to you for the holidays, not a holiday themed sound pack. No sleigh bells here ;^).

I’ve finalized the instrument racks I’m going to include. There will be 12 instrument racks. They are very deep and have fully mapped modulation routings for the macro knobs, velocity, aftertouch, and mod wheel. I'm color coding the macros, creating "Info Text" and a usage manual as well.

Most instrument racks are make use of Ableton Sampler and all use original harmonic waveforms I’ve created through field recordings, re-synthesis, and synthesis (additive, analog…).

At this rate I should release the Abelton Live Pack version next week sometime so you'll have it to enjoy during some holiday down time.

Mark Mosher

I'm Declaring Absynth 5 the Winner of the Modulate This Holiday Sound Pack Poll


I’m making great headway on the sound pack work. I’m almost done with the Live pack version and need to get going on the second format. Since Absynth 5 has been in the lead from the start and hasn’t lost this position throughout I’m declaring it the winner! Thanks to all those who participated.

I think the results are a testament to the quality, and depth of Absynth and the fact that after all these years it’s stayed fresh and relevant. Kudos to Brian Clevinger and NI.

The other good news about Abysnth winning is I believe Kore 2 users will be able to load the sounds. I don’t own Kore 2, perhaps I can get someone to help me test – use my contact form if you want to volunteer.

So thanks for voting and if you voted for Alchemy or Blofeld and don’t own Ableton Live, you might want to pick up Absynth for $99 bucks – sale ends today. (Note: I’m not affiliated with NI and don’t benefit from you buying Absynth – just a heads up). I am quite familiar with programming for the runner up synths so perhaps in 2011 I’ll do some sound design work for those formats.

I’ve setup a new landing page for the Free Holiday Gift Pack. Head over there and subscribe to the comment feed for notifications.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO

VLOG - 2010 Holiday Soundpack Session #1

Some behind the scenes HD video of sound design work I'm doing for the 2010 Modulate This Holiday Gift Soundpack.

Watch embedded video

Mark Mosher VLOG–2010 Holiday Soundpack Session #1

In this video I’m working on an instrument rack that will end up in Ableton Live 8 Livepack format so anyone with any edition of Live 8 will be able to access the patch. The sound in the video start with found sound which I resysnthesize with an additive synth, then resample back into Ableton Sampler. Then lots of programming.

I will then use the same samples to create a version of the patch in either Absynth 5, Alchemy, or Blofeld depending on the results of the reader poll.

Why did I pick Absynth5/Alchemy/Blofeld for potentials in addition to Livepack? They all support using your own samples as OSC source and every patch I'm working is rooted in found sound, or re-synthesis/resampling so harmonic content is original.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO

The Elves at Modulate This Are Working On a Holiday Gift Sound Pack for You - Vote for Your Synth Format


The elves at Modulate This are working on a holiday gift for you - a free sound pack! As you know it's a busy time of year for elves, so we need some feedback on where to focus our sound design magic. Ableton Live 8 Livepack format is a given. Also, you can download last year's holiday gift here.

Note, I'll be sharing notes on the work as I go in the comments of this thread. You can subscribe to just the comments of this post by clicking here.

If you can’t see the poll below, use this link