Via vinyl synthesis, Type has innovated playing and sequencing a vinyl record like a synthesizer with the new features of Ableton Live 11. Vestax PDX-3000 and Technics SL-1210 turntables are impressively used to sync the beats of two distinctively different tracks to demonstrate the possibilities of vinyl synthesis. The Vestax PDX-3000 plays the melody of Daft Punk‘s 1995 single “Da Funk,” which morphs into the bass arpeggio of Donna Summer‘s 1978 classic “I Feel Love” because the analog pitch of the Technics SL-1210 changes the speed of the drums and Ableton Live 11 — via the Tempo Follower feature — stays in sync.
To pull off this impressive feat, a few pieces of hardware are required. Foremost, a turntable with MIDI pitch control — the Vestax Controller One / PDX-3000 or Reloop RP-8000 — is essential. An audio and MIDI interface is needed to connect the audio from the mixer and control the MIDI turntable. As well, a MIDI controller is key.
Ableton Live 10 Suite / 11 Standard requires MIDI Envelope, Utility, and Auto Filter plugins to allow for this work to occur. Plus, a vinyl with a synth tone in the locked groove — commonly found in Battle Breaks / DJ Tools is key to allowing this DJ skill to be performed.
The tools and skills he used in the demo are available for free on his website. Type has also included a detailed breakdown of how he accomplished this.
Watch the three-minute video above.
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Ableton has released the public beta of Live 10.1, the latest update to their popular music production and performance software. The update will feature workflow improvements, device enhancements, and more.
Upgrades to Live’s workflow include a resizeable arrangement overview window, pinch zooming, and streamlined keyboard shortcuts. The EQ, delay, and wavetable devices have also been enhanced, and the program will feature VST3 plug-in support.
The Live 10.1 release date has not been announced, but the beta is currently available to all Live 10 owners.
Learn more about Live 10.1 on Ableton’s website and watch the introduction video below.
Lanzado en 2015, el controlador Push 2 de Ableton se ha mantenido como una herramienta popular para la producción de música y presentaciones en vivo. Hoy, Luis Martínez hace un recorrido del Push 2 para mostrar cómo funciona. Míra el video arriba en un nuevo episodio de Consejos y Trucos de DJcity Latino.
English translation (traducción en inglés):
Released in 2015, Ableton’s Push 2 controller has remained a popular tool for both music production and live performances. Today, Luis Martinez does a walkthrough of the Push 2 to show how it functions. Watch above on a new episode of DJcity Latino‘s Consejos y Trucos.
Step1 put down an impressive routine, combining sampling, scratching, and finger drumming to create a track. In an additional video, she explained how she integrates her DJ setup with Push, then breaks down how she mapped the project in Live.
A veteran in the turntablism scene, Step1 is best known for producing a battle record called Bikini Wax with DJ Shortee in 2007. Bikini Wax is the first battle record to be released by a female DJ. Step1 owns the Sequence One music school in Oakland.
Watch her performance and walkthrough videos below.
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Ableton has announced Live 10, the next version of its popular music production and performance software. A significant release, Live 10 introduces four new devices, workflow improvements, a redesigned sound library, and more.
The new devices are Wavetable, Echo, Drum Buss, and Pedal. Wavetable, Ableton’s new synth, is derived from analog synths and other instruments and sounds. It has the potential to compete with popular wavetable synths like Serum and Massive. Echo brings together the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device, Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, and Pedal brings the sound of analog stomp boxes.
Live 10 offers a variety of workflow improvements for every stage of the creative process. They include an updated interface, a feature called Capture, which helps producers turn spontaneous ideas into music, the ability to edit multiple MIDI clips, and more.
The software also comes with a redesigned and reorganized sound library that includes new collections of packs.
Live 10 will be available in early 2018. In the meantime, Ableton is running a discount offer now until the release in which all Live 9 editions are 20% off. The purchase of any Live 9 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 10 edition upon release.
Learn more about Live 10 on Ableton’s website and watch the introduction video below.
Released nearly two years ago, Link is a wireless technology that keeps music devices in time over a local network. It enables DJs, producers, and musicians to sync together via Link-enabled DVS software such as Serato DJ and Ableton Live and DAWs like Ableton Live, Maschine, and Reason.
John mixes four tracks in the video, going back and forth from Serato DJ and Ableton Live. He drastically changes the tempos to show how Link keeps everything synced.
According to his website, he used cue point mapping and “miditablism” techniques in the demonstration. Miditablism is a style that combines classic turntablism with modern DJ tools.
The files he used in the demo are available for free on his website. He has also included a detailed breakdown of how he did it.
Watch the two-minute video above.
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