Two more freebies for your music making pleasure and a hefty discount off any Ableton product – if you’re quick! Continue Reading
Rather than use the basic waveforms in a run of the mill synth, why not create your own rich basis for your instrument to get a completely unique, harmonically full synth sound?
This week get free Korg analogue bass samples, a free Ableton FX instrument, and get excited about Reason Rack Extensions! Continue Reading
Maybe you’re in England and are so excited by the tropical heat we’re having that the likelihood of you being anywhere other than sprawled out on the grass is about as high as the weather holding out for longer than a couple of days, but nonetheless, it’s Assignment time! Continue Reading
Create a powerful personal song creation tool in Ableton Live with this Pocket Tip… Continue Reading
Today we’ve got a really cool free download for Ableton Live – a drum rack filled with completely original, professional quality samples and a heap of technical behind the scenes type routing that will enable you to sound absolutely fantastic without having to do anything (except use it to make cool patterns, of course!). It’s designed for an eclectic slice of electronic musicians, and sounds fantastic for future garage, bass music, beats, and so on. It’s called Future; check out a few demos below, all of which were made solely with Future! Continue Reading
This week’s Around the Web is a compilation of a few of our favourite news items of the week – read on for free plugins, workflow keyboards, and updates to the Ohm Force range with a discount to celebrate!
This week’s Pocket Tip is a neat trick that will save you tons of time in Ableton Live. While we were making the guide I couldn’t help but play around with some of the things it made easier for me to give you guys a little gift on us – a super slicing preset! Carry on reading to download it free! Continue Reading
You’ll be forgiven for being thus far oblivious to Bitwig. They’ve been quietly beavering away at developing their flagship product, Bitwig Studio, since their inception in 2009, and only just approaching beta. With a team comprising some notable ex-Ableton brains, it’s no surprise that Bitwig Studio has more than a couple of things in common with Ableton Live. Here’s the video:
Bitwig Studio though has a number of features that Live users have been wishing for either en masse or in niche for some time – here are a few of the most interesting features we’ve picked out of the information we’ve had thus far:
- Full cross platform support: Windows, Mac, Linux
- ‘on note’ automation editing that looks similar to Cubase 6′s VST note expression (we’re waiting for confirmation on the exact functionality of this, but it’s confirmed that it can control per note panning, timbre, and volume of included instruments)
- Onion skinned automation lanes showing multiple parameters simultaneously
- Split pane workflow of clip/groove based sequencing and linear sequencing
- Clip based effects automation sequencing
- Block style pattern sequencing, ala MPC, FL Studio, Maschine etc
- Non exclusive mixer tracks that will play audio and software instruments on a single channel
- Multiple document editing, allowing copy and paste between documents
- Multiple window support
The future for Bitwig Studio is a spinning coin of opportunities and threats: It’s very similar in many aspects to Ableton Live, and thus is likely to get someone’s back up somewhere. If Live can essentially integrate what Bitwig are doing close enough to the release of Bitwig studio, especially now the cat is somewhat out of the bag, it could see Bitwig Studio struggling to gather steam. That said, with Ableton Live’s next big update presumably being Live 9, the iterative nature of Ableton’s product development seems to have hampered its once unshakeable stability and if Bitwig Studio’s ground up design means it’s rock solid yet still fully featured, it could reap the rewards of a defection or two.
We’re certainly excited to see and hear the extent of the included instruments and effects, and there’s even plans to include a Reaktor/Max like instrument editor after launch. We’re thinking ahead here, but if Bitwig Studio can be installed on an ultra-low footprint Linux install and manages to sound as great as it looks without relying on third party plugins… well, let’s just leave it at ‘we’re excited’.
More information as we have it – which will be soon. Let us know what you think – are you thinking about it as an Ableton Live beater, or is it unnecessary to draw that close a comparison?
When it comes to live performance, there’s not a lot of DAW software that can hold a cande to Ableton Live. Logic has a separate app (MainStage), and there are plenty of standalone apps/programs that work well for live use (Kontakt/Halion and so on), but a seamless connection between studio and live use is pretty much Live’s domain. Image Line are looking to move in the live performance direction, though, and here’s a video of their alpha release. As you can see, the performance is recorded as it is performed – similar to recording from Live’s clip view to the session view – and whilst there’s a lot of work to be done it looks to be a good direction for one of Windows’s premier recording solutions. In fact, with the native (well, dynamically ‘bottled’) Mac version on the way, maybe FL Studio is going to start to get a little more buzz in 2012. Let us know what you think!