After much anticipation, Bitwig Studio, the DAW software that takes Ableton Live's ball and runs with it, has arrived to reinvigorate your music-making life. This comprehensive music production and performance platform goes heavy on user-friendly workflow features and light on clutter. The whole point is to unleash your musical creativity. But can it hang with the veterans of the industry? Is it just a re-designed Ableton Live copycat? We've sweated the details to let you know.
One of the most obvious places for controllerists to appear is behind a drum kit. Drummers have been working MIDI controllers into their rigs for over 20 years. Today we're sharing a performance by a drummer, DJ Seap, who's integrated a full Ableton rig into a live performance drum rig.
With over 1,000 free devices in the form of instruments, audio effects, MIDI effects and tools to extend the ability of Ableton Live, who could pass up using Max for Live? M4L devices come in all shapes - and if you want, they can be edited and customized to meet specific needs. Today, Lenny Kiser shares how to use 5 essential Max for Live devices to improve your productions and live performances.
Akai's APC line of Ableton Live controllers has seen a complete refresh just in time for the Musikmesse convention in Frankfurt, Germany. There are three new controllers that each target their own potential users. The original lineup was used by live performers around the world, and until Ableton's Push was released were considered the most integrated controller option available for Ableton users. Check out all of the details we have so far of each new unit below.
Berlin-based developers Zerodebug released touchAble 2 for iPad last November (read our review of the software here), which was widely considered to be one of the best low-cost options for Ableton controllers on a touch device. Today they’ve put out a new version of the app for iPhone/iPod Touch users, touchAble Mini, which offers a very […]
Having the ability to control powerful effects during crucial moments in a set - and in Ableton, setting up instrument racks of unique effects is useful both during a show and in the studio. In today's video tutorial, Ableton Certified Trainer Lenny Kiser shares his technique for a crafting pitch build effect - perfect for modulating vocals or building up to a drop.
At NAMM we got first-person looks at Bitwig Studio’s integration with controllers from Novation, Livid Instruments and Nektar, whose Panorama P1, P4, and P6 models should be deeply entwined with the software from Bitwig’s launch day. At first glance Bitwig’s layout looks extremely similar to Ableton Live, the program Bitwig’s founders worked on before splitting […]
Last month, French house producer Fred Falke came to San Francisco to perform at Mezzanine. We jumped at the chance to chat with him in the DJ booth about his Ableton Live performance setup and how he plays live (occasionally self-accompanying on bass guitar). Watch the interview inside to learn how he lays out his […]