Novation’s Launchkey Series Adds 88-key Edition

Today Novation announced Launchkey 88 – Novation’s first 88-key MIDI keyboard controller.

They say that the Launchkey 88 “elevates musical performance and song writing” with 16 velocity-sensitive pads and an 88-key semi-weighted keybed designed to capture the player’s expression.

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The entire Launchkey range has deep integration with Ableton and a continuum of sizes including the portable Launchkey Mini, 25-, 37-, 49-and 61-key models. An 88-key MIDI keyboard has often been requested by the Novation community, and now Launchkey 88 fulfills this need and brings a premium 88-key keybed, created with Novation’s 30-year history of MIDI keyboard design.

Premium keys. Launchkey 88’s premium semi-weighted keybed sets it apart from the rest of the Launchkey range. Launchkey 88 features Novation’s best feeling keymech to date, which developers say is “the result of meticulous refinement and testing.”

Versatile connectivity. Launchkey 88’s connectivity makes for dynamic live performances when controlling external synths and hardware. Performance eatures include the powerful Arpeggiator, Scale mode, and three Chord modes.

Deep integration with Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase and more allows creators to work uninterrupted, and essential mixer, transport and navigation controls aid in easy music making for all other major DAWs, including Studio One, Pro Tools and Reaper, via HUI.

With a comprehensive software bundle – including Ableton Live 11 Lite, virtual instruments, plug-ins and sample packs–musicians can start creating immediately.

Pricing and Availability

Novation Launchkey 88 is available now and is priced at £379.99 (Inc. VAT) / €369.74 (Ex. VAT) / $399.99. Product specs and additional information is on the Novation website.

EboSuite 2.0 Lets You Treat Video Like Audio In Ableton Live

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Superboth 2022: The developers of EboSuite, a collection of video plug-ins for Ableton Live, have introduced EboSuite 2.0 – a major update that adds live video recording, which opens up new ways of performing and working with video live.

Since EboSuite was introduced, the developers have also expanded the number of plugins it offers from 6 to 54. They describe the collection a “the most advanced software to generate, play, manipulate and mix visuals in Ableton Live.”

“If you know Ableton Live, you know EboSuite,” they say. “It’s that simple.”


  • Treat video like audio
    • Play video in Session View.
    • Edit video clips using Warp Markers, Loop, Start/End etc.
    • Use Live’s audio mixer as a video mixer with blend modes
    • Mix video using Live’s crossfader with visual crossfade effects
    • Position, scale and rotate video tracks to make a visual arrangement
  • Get creative with video
    • Trigger video live or with MIDI clips
    • Pitch and tune video with different tuning modes
    • Simulate video scratch
    • Realtime time-stretching
    • Slicing, Velocity to opacity, audiovisual ADSR
    • One-shot, Loop, PreRoll, and more …
    • Fully automatable
  • Create your own visuals
    • ISF support, more than 1500 ISF effects and generators available for virtually unlimited visual possibilities
    • 34 image control, utility effects, and creative distortion effects incl. Luma/Chroma key, Mask, Blur
    • Organize effects in groups
    • Parameter smoothing
    • Easy to combine with Live’s audio effects, fully automatable
  • Other features:
    • Connect multiple webcams or iPhone and iPad cameras
    • Support for many video codecs (HAP, H264, MPEG4, PJPG, etc.)
    • Convert video to the HAP video codec within Live
    • Support for grouping, racks, linking
    • Create polyscopic compositions
    • Compile MIDI clips to a movie file within Live

Pricing and Availability

EboSuite 2.0 is available now for MacOS for 159.00.

Free Ableton Instruments Feature The Eerie Sound Of The Musical Saw

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Sound designer Mike Longo of has shared a free collection of Ableton Live Instruments based on the eerie sound of the bowed or musical saw.

Hand saws can be played as a musical instrument by bowing the edge, creating a haunting vocal sound, similar to the sound of a theremin.

Here’s what Longo has to say about the free Live Instruments:

“A friend of mine named Jessie, who’s in a band called Sugarskull Piledriver/Choosy Moms, has been playing the saw for a little while. I requested at one of their gigs that he bring his saw with him, so I could sample it. We went to the basement of the club and got a few quick samples, and I was able to make some pretty crazy sounding Ableton instruments out of it, that range from haunting to plucky.

I don’t know if you would always think it was the saw as you hear them, but its definitely a unique quality nonetheless. Hope you enjoy it! I’ve been having fun playing around with them and creating some atmospheric ethereal sounds. This jam was whipped up using only the Ableton Saw instruments and a drum rack.”

Pricing and Availability:

The Ableton Bowed Saw Instruments Live Pack is available now as a free download.

Ableton Intros Free Microtuner For Live

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Ableton today introduced Microtuner, a free MIDI device for Live that lets you import, edit, and generate microtonal scales.

With Microtuner, you can load scale files, create custom scales, and morph between tunings in real time – all with polyphony, MPE, and Lead/Follow modes to sync scales across instruments.


  • Tap into a broad range of scales and tuning systems with Microtuner’s import function, or build your own from scratch with a customizable scale generator.
  • Import and sync tuning files – Microtuner supports Scala tuning files, which you can download for free from the Scala archive. Just drag and drop a scale or folder of scales into the device to get started. If using multiple instances of Microtuner, you can sync tunings across instruments with the device’s Lead and Follow modes, or by connecting it to an MTS-ESP client plugin.
  • Edit scales and notes – Any tuning file you import can be customized. Tweak individual notes, transpose entire scales, or modify base frequencies as needed. The Scale Editor’s Follow button allows for incoming MIDI notes to set the pitch you’re working on, so you can play sounds out as you edit them. Finally, a Revert button reloads scales back to their original state.
  • Create new scales – The device’s Generator panel features three parameters for crafting scales: number of pitches, octave frequency ratio, and pitch distribution randomization. Use up to 128 pitches to build nuanced microtonal systems, or play with octave frequency ratios to explore some of the many scales that aren’t tuned to equal temperament.
  • Blend scales and add expression – Two separate scale decks mean you can blend two scales in real time using the device’s dedicated slider knob. Create shapeshifting arpeggios, recasted chords, and morphing melodies as you move between tunings. Combine this with a polyphonic synth that supports MPE to add even more expressive depth to your sound.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

Microtuner is available now as a free download. Live 11 Standard (version 11.1 or higher) & Max for Live required.

Free ‘Spooky Theremin’ Instrument For Ableton Live

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Synthesist and Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Funk shared a free Ableton Live pack featuring a classic ‘spooky theremin’ sound.

In the video tutorial above, Funk demonstrates his sound design process, synthesizing the theremin with Ableton Live’s Wavetable and then adding expressive controls with pressure and the modulation wheel.

You can download the free Live Pack via Funk’s site, where you’ll also find hundreds of previous Live Packs and sound design tutorials.

New Customizable Controller For Ableton Live, Open-Control

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Developer Pierre-Antoine Grison has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of open·control, a customizable control surface for Ableton Live.

Grison is a producer on Ed Banger Records as Krazy Baldhead, an Ableton Certified Trainer and has previously used Kickstarter to fund production of the State Of The Loop pedalboard for Ableton Looper.

open-control is available in three formats – Pocket, Boxed & Maker – so that both the hardware and functionality of the controller can be customized to meet your requirements.

Grison says that open·control was born with two main goals:

  • It should show information not available on other MIDI controllers, such as Scene names, Marker names, Variations, etc.
  • It should let the user decide what actions each button and knob should perform, and do that easily, without any MIDI-mapping or scripting knowledge.


  • Bright LED Matrix display
  • 6 Buttons or Switch pedal inputs
  • 6 RGB LEDs for visual feedback
  • 2 Knobs or Expression Pedal inputs
  • MIDI In and Out ports
  • Standard USB

Video Demo:

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Pricing and Availability

open-control is being funded via a Kickstarter campaign and it is available to project backers with the following pricing:

  • Pocket version : 69€
  • Boxed version : 129€
  • Maker version : 59€

Note: Crowd-funded projects involve risk, so make sure you read details at the project site.

Ableton Intros Live 11.1 Beta With Apple Silicon Support

Ableton today announced Live 11.1, now available as a beta release, an update that adds support for Apple Silicon Macs and a variety of other improvements.

Ableton Live 11.1 adds native support for Apple computers running on the M1 Silicon chip.

This release also comes with a wide variety of improvements, including an updated Shifter device, which adds a new mode for real-time monophonic pitch shifting, as well as delay, an envelope section, an LFO and glide functionality.

Two new Max for Live utilities, Align Delay and MIDI Shaper are also added. Align Delay allows artists to compensate for lag when sending signals throughout their system. MIDI Shaper generates modulation data that can bring more expression to MIDI performances.

Additional features include improvements to comping, updates to Clip handling, and more.

Live 11.1 is available now as a beta release – which means that it’s still in the development process and you could encounter bugs. Full details are available at the Ableton site.

Ableton Live PitchLoop89 Masterclass With Robert Henke

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This series of videos is a free masterclass on PitchLoop89, a new pitch-shifting delay device introduced in Ableton Live 11.

PitchLoop89 is included in Live 11 Suite and can be downloaded directly from Live’s browser. Live 11 Standard users with a Max for Live license can also download it in the browser.

The two-part masterclass was created with the assistance of Ableton and features Robert Henke, developer of PitchLoop89.

Henke is one of the co-founders of Ableton and co-creator of Ableton Live; is active as a composer and performer with his project Monolake; and has held teaching positions at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, and the Studio National des Arts Contemporains – Le Fresnoy, in Lille, France.

Henke was inspired to create PitchLoop89 by the rare Publison DHM 89 pitch-shifting delay from the ’70s. In this masterclass, Henke discusses the unique features of this rare effects unit, how it inspired its software counterpart and using PitchLoop89 for sound design.

In Part 1 of the PitchLoop89 Masterclass, embedded above, Henke discusses the Publison DHM 89 and how it was the inspiration for PitchLoop89; introduces the features of PitchLoop89, capturing audio and controlling the device with MIDI.

In Part 2, embedded below, Henke takes a look at using PitchLoop89 as a sound design tool with drums and also at Push integration.

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PitchLoop89 Audio Demos:


Free Max For Live Instrument, Spectral Shiatsu, Lets You ‘Massage’ Sound

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Sensel, the creators of the Morph multi-touch controller, today introduced Spectral Shiatsu, a free instrument for Max For Live that lets you ‘massage’ sounds.

Spectral Shiatsu uses the Morph’s ability to detect touch and pressure to give you a new way to interact with sounds. If you don’t have a Morph, you can use Spectral Shiatsu with a mouse or touchpad.

Here’s how it works:

When you load a sound file (or picture) into Spectral Shiatsu, it analyses it and creates a map of all the frequencies and their volumes over time.

This sonograph is then mapped to the Sensel Morph, so you can ‘massage’ the sound, pressing softly to play a small part or harder to play more of it.

“Artists and designers are all quite familiar with ‘massaging’ and ‘teasing’ their work,” says Sensel’s Peter Nyboer, “so we found a way to make this metaphor literal. You will definitely uncover some really unusual sonic textures, possibly even learning something about the nature of time and sound.”

Here are some examples of Spectral Shiatsu in action:

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Pricing and Availability

Spectral Shiatsu is available now as a free download. Source code is available via Github.

Roland Fantom v2.5 Adds Ableton Live Integration & More

Roland has announced a free update for owners of the Fantom 6, 7, and 8 synthesizers.

Fantom Version 2.5 adds classic organ sound and playability with Roland’s Virtual ToneWheel engine, plus extended DAW control with integrated support for Ableton Live music production software.

Fantom’s new Virtual ToneWheel engine emulates the sound-generating process of a real tone wheel organ and includes several tone wheel types with adjustable percussion, key click, leakage, and more. There’s also a rotary effect, with variable speed, brake control, and tube distortion characteristics. Fantom’s touchscreen, sliders, knobs, and keyboard action are automatically configured to provide hands-on sound control and playability.

Fantom now also features official integration with Ableton Live, expanding on the previously included support for Apple’s Logic Pro X, GarageBand, and MainStage software platforms. Via Fantom’s high-resolution touchscreen, it’s possible to view and launch clips in Live’s Session view, access Live’s mixer parameters, and trigger transport functions. And with Fantom’s knobs, sliders, and pads, users can operate Macro Controls, control mix levels, play Drum Rack, and more.

To download the Roland FANTOM 6, 7 and 8 Version 2.5 update, see the Downloads section of the Fantom section of Roland’s site.