Organizers of Ableton Loop – a series of events for music makers – have announced plans for a new online event, Loop Create, scheduled for June 26–27, 2021.
Past Ableton Loop events have featured educational sessions, interviews, live performances, master classes, art installations and more:
Here’s what the organizers have to say about Loop Create:
“Loop Create is a one-day online event for music makers, designed to bring people together across different time zones. Attendees can expect to gain new insights and techniques to use in their own music-making process, try out new ideas, and share the results with a community of creators from all over the world in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
Hosted on Ableton’s own microsite for Loop events, the program will start at 11am (CET – Berlin) and run throughout the day. Each of the sessions will then be repeated, so that attendees can join in from wherever they are and catch the full program in a configuration that suits their local time.
As with past Loop events, the program will include a variety of sessions in different formats, as well as opportunities for attendees to meet fellow music makers in facilitated conversations. Sessions will be hosted by a lineup of artists, musicians, technologists and educators, invited to share their individual insights and methods. Past events have featured the likes of Simon Reynolds, Kelela, Richard Devine and Equiknoxx.”
Loop Create is a free event, and it’s open to anyone who wants to attend. Registration opens May 26. See the Ableton site for details.
Dutch software developer Showsync shared this introduction to Videosync, described as ‘a visual engine for Ableton Live’.
Videosync enables you to treat video as audio inside Ableton Live. You can create visuals using Warp Markers, Racks, Macros, Simpler, Automation, Modulation and more.
Videosync’s instruments generate content intended as a source for mixing, blending, keying or displacement. Simpler rhythmically triggers your video content, and the External In instrument fetches input from Syphon or any external video source.
Other features include:
Multiple outputs – Use Live’s Return & Master channels as Syphon outputs, allowing up to 13 channels of video output into other applications.
Networked playback – Increase redundancy and spread workload in your live shows by running Videosync on a separate computer.
ISF shaders – Support for Interactive Shader Format, and ships with a plugin SDK to easily develop your own video plugins.
Native video playback – Uses macOS high-performance video playback frameworks, to render video at the highest resolutions and frame rates that your system supports.
Format support – Support for all standard video formats, as well as HAP.
Native Apple Silicon support – Videosync ships as a universal binary for Intel and Apple Silicon.
Here’s an introduction to getting started with Videosync:
Pricing and Availability:
Videosync is available now, with pricing starting at $99 USD. A demo version is also available.
Fors has introduced Chiral, a new MPE-enabled Max for Live device inspired by early electronic performance instruments.
The core of Chiral operates through the unconventional distortion of a sine wave, known as phaseshaping. Through the built-in three-dimensional oscilloscope, the twisting of your waveform is displayed holographically, reminiscent of a Moebius strip.
Chiral is designed to take full advantage of all the expressive and performative possibilities opened up by MPE integration in Ableton 11.
Variable Slope Generator
Contouring Tone Filter
Celestial Space Reverb
Crunchy Dirt Saturator
Up to 16 voice polyphony
Vast Modulation Matrix
Single Cycle Waveform export
Pricing and Availability
Chiral is available now as a Max For Live device, compatible with both Ableton Live 10 and 11, for €25.
Ableton let us know that they are hosting two free webinars that they say will offer ‘the ultimate introduction’ to Ableton Live and Push 2.
The free webinars – scheduled for the 16th and 23rd March, 2021 at 19:00 GMT – will be hosted by Simon Lyon, Producer, Certified Trainer and Product Expert for Ableton UK & IE.
You can sign up for the events via Eventbrite:
Here’s what they have to say about the events:
“The 90-minute sessions will see Simon showcase and explain how to utilise Ableton Live and Push 2 to make music production fast, fluid and flexible. These sessions will be ideal for music makers who want to learn the fundamentals of Live and Push 2 and get to grips with production, discover how to turn their creations into finished pieces, or perform their work live.
Over the course of the two free webinars, topics covered will include getting started, setting up, plus a guided tour of the software’s features and tools. By the end of the sessions participants will have the building blocks for capturing audio, mixing, beat making, performing, sound design, mastering and more at their fingertips.
Plus, Simon and a team of Ableton experts will be on hand to answer any questions you have throughout the sessions.”
Midierror has introduced METROSTEP, a note trigger sequencer which is designed to be ‘instantly playable’ – with 3 timing divisions, 3 velocity modes and a variable sequence length of 1-32 steps.
It offers a variety of features, including forwards/backwards/ping-pong playback, randomized values and an independent sequencer clock.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Each step of the main sequencer represents a retrigger timing, with low speeds at the bottom and high speeds at the top. Notes can be triggered in triplets, whole notes, dotted notes and all combined.
Velocity is controlled in three ways: fixed (all notes have the same velocity), random (between a minimum and maximum value) and sequenced (drawn below the notes triggers).
You’ll find it instantly playable for many creative uses – particularly for creating hi-hat and percussive patterns. It’s been specially designed to be used on multiple tracks so numerous instances won’t conflict like with other Max4Live patches.
The sequencer clock can run at a rate independent from the note triggers and will operate in forward, backward and ping-pong modes. All values can be randomised using the tiny R buttons for ultra chaotic, unpredictable playback.”
Symplesound has introduced Tonepaper, described as “the world’s first suite of sound design products for both consumers and producers”.
Tonepaper is available as a three-hour ambient album, a collection of Ableton Live presets used to create the album, a collection of cinematic Xfer Serum presets and an assortment of free ringtones and alerts for both iOS and Android.
The Tonepaper 1 album – available from Spotify, Apple, and Amazon – is equal parts design and composition. Consisting of eighteen tracks, each 10 minutes in length and optimized to flow into any other track on the album, Tonepaper 1 was created to enhance your live/work audio space in the same manner that custom home lighting provides balance to your visual environment.
Since every track is 10 minutes long, Tonepaper can be used for discreetly timed events, like meditation, studying, yoga, and introspection. If you need a single hour of ambience, use a six track playlist.
Supporting the album are two preset packs. The Ableton pack for Live 10 Suite (and higher) encompasses every channel used to create the Tonepaper album, while Serum Tonepaper goes beyond the album’s textures with 100 presets specifically crafted for soundtrack work, melodic techno, progressive, chill-out and ambient production.
Finally, the Tonepaper collection includes a free downloadable set of 50 ambient ringtones and alerts for both iOS and Android.
Pricing and Availability
Symplesound Tonepaper is available now, with intro pricing (through January 1, 2021 )of $34.99 for the Ableton library and $29.00 for the Xfer Serum pack.
Ableton today announced Live 11, a massive update to the popular music creation and performance software.
Live 11 introduces a huge array of new features, including flexible comping tools, support for expressive performance with the MPE standard, new devices, creative randomization options, live tempo follow, new sound libraries and more.
Here’s what’s new:
Comping – Live automatically organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. The best parts of these takes can then be stitched together for the desired final result. Comping can also be used as a fun way to explore sound and the sound design process.
Linked-track editing – Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously.
MIDI Polyphonic Expression Support:
MPE support – Lets you add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures more easily.
Expression View (above) – You can now edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of takes or do sound design in new ways by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.
MPE-capable native devices – Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator have been updated to support MPE. You can now control parameters per note for these devices, as well as third-party plug-ins.
Hybrid Reverb – Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs, making it possible to create effects from accurate real-world environments to those that defy physical reality.
Spectral Resonator – Breaks the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials, then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or a note in subtle or radical ways. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.
Spectral Time – Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency- based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effects. The Freeze function captures and holds a slice of audio – either free-running or in time with the beat – for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.
Inspired by Nature – Six ‘playful’ instruments and effects, created collaboration with Dillon Bastan, that use nature and physics as their inspiration.
PitchLoop89 – Created in collaboration with Robert Henke, this device creates ‘jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato’.
Features for the Stage:
Live Tempo Following – Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band, instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow.
Macro Snapshots – Musicians can store the state of Macros for later recall – a fast way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during performance.
Rack improvements – Racks can be configured to have between 1 and 16 Macros, Macro states can be randomized with the push of a button.
Tools to add Chance:
Note chance – Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate variations to your patterns that change over time.
Velocity chance – Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
Improved Follow Actions – Follow Actions can now be linked to the clip length, be set to jump to specific clips and be enabled and disabled globally. Scene Follow Actions make evolving arrangements possible.
Voice Box – A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.
Mood Reel – Evocative layered instruments that combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.
Drone Lab – Tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multi-sampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.
Upright Piano – Upright Piano is close-recorded for an intimate feel – a classic sound that is at home in many styles of music. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
Brass Quartet – This instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
String Quartet – This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
More Additions & Updates:
Refined clip editing – Musicians can edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll.
Improved CPU metering – Live now shows current and average CPU usage. Per- track CPU meters show which tracks in a set use the most processing power.
Keys and scales – Allow musicians to use scales directly in Live’s MIDI editor as a guide or reference by seeing which notes are in key or folding the piano roll to show only those notes.
Improved Clip Detail View – New tabs and fold-out panels in the Clip Detail View provide a clearer overview of and access to relevant parameters and properties of audio and MIDI clips.
Updated devices – Devices already in Live – including Redux, Phaser-Flanger, and Chorus-Ensemble – now have expanded ranges and new modes, adding more sound and making each device more musical and usable in every session they’re used in.
Updated Core Library – Live’s Core Library is expanded with new drum kits, Instrument Racks, Audio Effect Racks, Grooves, presets, and loops, all with a focus on contemporary music production.
Updated Packs – Selected Packs from Live’s current library now include new MIDI drum grooves, MIDI chords, licks and basslines played by professional keyboard players, mix-ready presets and more.
Here’s the official video intro to the new features:
Pricing and availability:
Ableton Live 11 will be available in early 2021. Here are the details on pricing:
A discount offer is running now until the release of Live 11. During the promotion, all Live 10 editions are 20% off. The purchase of any Live 10 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 11 edition upon release.
Ableton Live 11 will be available for purchase from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
Existing Ableton Live owners should log into their accounts to check upgrade pricing.