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2
Apr
APC40 MKII

New APC40 MkII – The Ultimate Ableton Live Performance Controller?

So another month, another great new product for Ableton Live.
Akai have just launched a new professional controller for Ableton Live… the APC40 Mark 2.

Using the Mark 1 for months, I can say hand on heart what a great product!

Here are some of the specs of the new Ableton Performance Controller,

- Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live with visual feedback
- Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
- 5×8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status, color coding, and more
- 8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls map to Ableton directly
- Send button cycles through all 8 send busses for advanced routing options
- USB-powered and plug-and-play setup for maximum portability
- A/B crossfader can be assigned on the fly for dynamic mixing
- Revised knob layout with in-line controls for smarter workflow
- Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops & Toolroom Records launch packs (downloads)
- See more at: http://www.akaipro.com/tradeshows/messe2014#sthash.NP0A1JbU.dpuf

18
Nov
Ableton Live Icon

Liven Up Your Live Icon

If you’re a little tired of the the default Live icon, you wouldn’t be alone – after all, it hasn’t really changed that much in the last few years. Here’s a selection of the best user created Live icon replacements you can use to brighten up your desktop.

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11
Nov
Ableton Live 9

What’s Coming in Ableton Live 9

It’s been a loooong time since Ableton Live 8 was released – 2 years, 4 months and 9 days to be exact. There was a lot of speculation that Live 9 would be released at this year’s NAMM show, featuring 64 bit support and a range of other new features. Still, there’s been no whisper from Ableton as of yet. So: when is Live 9 really coming, and what can you expect from Live 9?

Bear in mind that the following is purely speculation – although, as a software developer myself, I’m prepared to say that it’s fairly confident speculation.

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24
Feb
365 Live Tips

365 Live Tips

Live tips – if you didn’t have enough already, then here’s 365 more! One each day would keep you going for a year. And that’s exactly how it was done: last year, Jon Marguiles started a (crazy) project by writing a Live tip each day of the year.

I don’t know how he did it – 365 tips is a serious amount – but he did. So read on for a year’s worth a Ableton Live goodness.

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21
Feb
How To Set Up Sidechains In Live

How To Set Up Sidechains In Live

Some of the effects in Live have a hidden ability: sidechaining. Compression is sometimes used with a sidechain, although you can apply the same technique to other effects too – gate and autofilter effects also have a sidechain option.

Here’s what sidechaining does and how to use it in Ableton Live.

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17
Feb
Ableton Live: Mac or PC?

Ableton Live: Mac or PC?

Ableton Live runs on both Windows and OSX – but which one runs Live the best? Here’s some of the pros and cons of using Live on each platform, along with some interesting performance stats.

Here we go again, the infamous debate: Mac vs PC…

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15
Feb
Free Audio Plugin Of The Week

Free Audio Plugin Of The Week

Good orchestra sound sets are very hard to find, especially non-expensive or free collections. This week’s free plugin is an orchestra sound library created by Mattias Westlund, and is comparable in quality to good commercial libraries. It really is a one in a million find!

If you want orchestral sound sets to use in your music, don’t waste your cash on expensive sound libraries – check out this great free alternative.

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