Monthly Archives: November 2009

Max/Msp for Live with Ableton Live 8.1 Final REVIEW (max for live)

This is a review of „max for live“ using Ableton Live 8.1 FINAL and max/msp 5.1 on a Mac OSX 10.5.8 Core2Duo Intel MacBook Pro. As I am a frequent user of all kinds of visual DSP systems for quite a while now: pure data (PD), max/msp, vvvv, nord modular OS, etc. – so I am quite dazzled what max for live has to offer. (Read the full Entry to see the Review)


Instruments, Audio Effects, Midi Effects – but of course, this is not all of the cake. Imagine you can create user-interface elements however you please and also assign MIDI to that interface parts. This brings Ableton Live huge steps forward: the possibility to extend ableton to include a full featured audiovisual prototyping environment and to interface with the world: be it sensors, webservices or other Ableton Live installations.

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8Bitone and Vocoder Synthesizer SV-5 for iPhone


via wiretotheear: going 8bit with yudo iphone apps

8Bitone is a combination of a nonlinear audio editor and a chiptunes synthesizer. Vocoder SV-5
8Bitone (iTunes link) and Vocoder Synthesizer SV-5 (iTunes link) look like very nice and compact audio tools for the go. There so many other junk iPhone apps out there that actually something retro-fresh like those two apps really make my day. Together with the Nintendo DS I can build a minimal space sound studio soon ;)

see also:
* 8bitone on myspace
* – a closer look
* matrixsynth: behind the mask
* 8bitone review on

Owl Project: electronic musical instruments made of wood

Owl Project is a collaborative group of Manchester based artists who share interests in human interaction with technology and process led art. Over the last few years they have become known for a distinctive range of wooden musical and sculptural instruments that critique human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.

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Free TC Electronic M30 Reverb Plugin Download

m30_reverbtc electronic is giving away their M30 Reverb Plugin for free (compatible with Windows XP SP2, Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard)

“The M30 Studio Reverb is a simple to use, great sounding reverb that is powered by AlgoFlex™ – a new high definition TC technology that enables hardware quality and predictability to be ported to native software.
TC Electronic has been at the forefront of effects development for decades, and our reverb algorithms can be found in the best recording and mixing environments in the world. With its great sound M30 is a unique addition to VST- or AU compatible applications running with Mac or PC.[…]
To get your free reverb simply submit your name, email and country […]”

They claim you can unsubscribe from their newsletter, so quite a bargain. I just downloaded the plugin; as i really like the quality of the TC plugins, I can recommend this one. (see also a Video Review on Youtube for the tc m30)

The Future Sounds Like This: 10 Magnificently Modern Musical Instruments


via weburbanist: “The study of musical instruments (’organology’ – no, really) is the study of the human condition. Every culture is defined by its own distinctive set of trills, whistles, parps, honks and beats, and every corner of the world has evolved its own location-specific indigenous instrument to renew a sense of cultural identity through noisy self-expression. And instruments evolve – never more so than now, in the midst of a technological revolution that has opened up entirely new ways to make music. So settle back and compose yourself as we look at ten new instruments that look set to accompany us into the world of tomorrow.”

/mode +v noise workshop in Arnolfini, Bristol (UK) DEADLINE: 16 November

“/mode +v noise is an intense 3 day workshop for up to 10 participants, looking at how to build an Internet chat based music platform.
The workshop will give you the opportunity to create your own software sound synthesiser and different chat bots that will be used to manipulate and turn your chat into a music score. To achieve this, we will use free software such as Python, Supercollider, Puredyne, Emacs and more!”
(via rhizome)

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SoundCloud: New features, new premium accounts and more flexibility

SoundCloud gets cheaper. The new minimal paid account is now 29US$ per year. Lots of changes for the previous PRO users, since there are 5 account types now (they are called PREMIUM Users as of today). My current account – previously PRO LITE – has now changed to a PREMIUM SOLO account. They changed the counting of uploads from file counts to total length in minutes. Long-time PRO users got a mail yesterday, were they were given 60minutes extra as a gift (although this “gift” does not really show up in the upload panel, yet UPDATE: after mailing with soundcloud this seems to work as announced now. I got 12hrs 9min). soundcloud-uploader-after-update Read more about all the changes in the article detail.
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Beta: Ableton Live 8.1 with Max/Msp for Live

How cool is that? registered users of Ableton Live and Max/Msp can sign up for the beta program of Max for Live (it’s actually only a click, much different from Google Wave ;)
The only problem is: you need to own Ableton Live and Cycling74’s Max/Msp 5 (which i actually do).
For now you can watch the Video from the Ableton Site, until i can post some hands-on-pictures and a full review (to be available in the next days).

Ableton Live 8.0.9 Update (minor)

Ableton Live was updated to version 8.0.9. Read the Changes from Live 8.0.8 to Live 8.0.9 below or find the previous ChangeLogs in the Ableton Forums. This is a minor Bugfix release, that deals with the Axiom Pro and the Oxygen 3rd generation controllers; small Bugs regarding the Sampler and Volume automation were also squashed, but not much more.
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Able10 – 10 years of Ableton: Giveaways and a final release date for Max for Live

“2009 marks Ableton’s 10th anniversary, so let’s raise a glass: thank you to all of you who’ve joined the journey so far and here’s to ten more years of ideas, innovation, hard work and staggering, beautiful music. We’re celebrating with a host of special offers, new products and giveaways. We’ve got something for everyone, so join the party at:

Most of all, 20% off Live 8 and Upgrades, some users even get free Upgrades, and 10 Free Downloadable Live Packs from Various Artists. Sadly for Ableton Suite owners there is no special discount or goodie – but for people owning Live 8 or 7 – or even the Lite versions – now it’s a good time to Upgrade! The release for Max for Live was set on the 23rd November 2009 and a new stripped-down Ableton for starters is ready: Live Intro.
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