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NI Komplete blown out at $399?!? What does it mean?

So this NI Komplete Special is definitely the talk of the music production blogs today. It’s a great deal IMHO, but it raises some questions… Q1: It kind of makes everyone who dropped $1200 on Komplete recently feel like a chump, doesn’t it? Q2: Does this mean NI is hard up for cash? Q3: Is […]

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Who wants to build Paul Stretch for Power PC????

My posts about Paul Stretch may be the most widely-read thing I’ve done on this blog. I know that my build for Intel/OSX has been downloaded many times. Unfortunately I don’t have access to a PPC Mac and I can’t be arsed to figure out how to cross-compile a PPC build, or do a universal […]

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Now What Indeed? #ableton

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#Ableton Q: Start a track before 1.1.0?

Notice my clever hash mark — because my posts get forwarded to Twitter … I’m becoming a blog/facebook/twitter whore.  My friend Dylan wrote “Here’s a problem I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now: say you want to drop a track in from the very start instead of fading it in  slowly, but it starts […]

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Ableton Live How To: Re-clocking tracks

Someone asked me this on twitter: “Is it possible to fix a tracks tempo in Ableton and then export it for use elsewhere?” The answer won’t fit in a tweet, so I’m posting here. It’s not a big deal but it’s not 100% obvious how to do this. If you only ever deal with Live, […]

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More samples — the hallway session samples

http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/hallway-samples.zip Objects involved: Screwdriver, Steel Thermos, Spraypaint Can, Rubbermaid Shelves, Sheetrock Wall, Stair Rail, Wooden Legs That Used To Hold Up Kitchen Island, Sniffing. Recorded with a Pacific Pro Audio Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, Presonus Tube Pre, RME Hammerfall DSP + Multiface, 24-bit, 44.1 Khz. All samples normalized, a few really quiet ones treated after […]

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Thing I’ll Never Do #392387 — Pay $495 To Make Music with Lisp

http://www.symboliccomposer.com/page_main.shtml Symbolic Composer has a certain appeal I guess, if Max/MSP seems too easy or inflexible. I’d even consider messing with it — if it was free! But $495??? Keerazy. Remember to make ANY SOUND with SCom, you write a lisp program. They have a giant library with loads of interesting stuff in it, and […]

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WTF — Ableton Live Suite 8.03 == 1.3 Gigabyte download???

I guess I know why it’s so huge, but jeez, maybe they could split the application file from the included content? That is a 45 minute dowload at 400Kb/second! Imagine someone on dialup trying to get it!

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DJing in Live — Limiters are not the answer!

This is a common ‘helpful tip’ about playing live or DJ’ing with Ableton Live — ‘put a limiter on the main output bus.’ After recording a set last night (which you’ll hear about when I get approval from one artist to use a track) I have spent some time rendering, tweaking, and then re-rendering a […]

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Akai APC40 First Impressions

My APC40 came yesterday, and I spent a few hours fiddling with it last night… The build quality is impressive. Almost absurdly so — the knobs are big and solid, the faders are smooth. The hard rubber end cheeks are some designers wet dream — they seem to have no purpose except to enhance the […]

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AudioMidi has APC40 in stock, shipping today

AudioMidi is one of those online retailers, like NewEgg that once you find it, becomes your vendor of first resort. I can’t recommend them highly enough — competetive prices, prompt shipping, and first rate customer service. I ordered my Akai APC40 yesterday, and called them to ask if they were backordered and when they’d ship, […]

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Ableton Live 8 Extracts Grooves from Audio

Groove Quantization was one of the ‘big deal’ features added in Ableton Live, and I suppose if I’d read all the marketing shiznit more carefully I would have figured it out before now, but as usual I only learn by doing. [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-LiveGrooveQuantize.mp3] http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-LiveGrooveQuantize.mp3 So what I did here: 1. Load the track “Amazon” by El-B […]

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Dave Smith Mopho goes Keerazy with Random Patch Generator

This is Dave Smith Instruments’ Mopho playing some patches generated randomly by the Mopho Pro Editor. The Mopho Pro Editor is like any other editor for external MIDI instruments: It’s kind of buggy and ill-documented, and half the time something about it doesn’t work and you can’t figure out why. But when it does work, […]

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Perspective on Cycling74 dropping Pluggo support…

This started out as a comment on This CDM post but grew to the point I moved it here. Peter Kirn took this announcement as an opportunity to discuss free/open alternatives, which is great, but personally, I’ve really come to value the increased quality of software made by people who do it commercially over the […]

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HOWTO: Build PaulStretch on OS/X (or elsewhere)

GO HERE FOR LATEST AND GREATEST A commenter asked for help building Paul Stretch for his G4 Powerbook. I didn’t bother with a PowerPC build for OS X; but if you’re familiar enough with programming to build stuff from source it’s not too difficult. Instructions after the jump — I know most of you would […]

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Paul Stretch (extreme audio time stretching) for OS X to download!

GO HERE FOR LATEST AND GREATEST It has links to a more recent build, the PPC build, etc. Yesterday I couldn’t spell OS X Developer and now, I are one! With some help from my friends on the CMake mailing list I finally got a running standalone OS X application built out of the Paul […]

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Repost: Free Program for Extreme Time Stretch

Sorry for repost, but apparently, this post got trashed in my Blog SQL database. Eff me silly, computers suck. Apparently the post showed up long enough for MKB to comment on it, but then went to the great bit bucket in the sky. The quaintly named Paul Stretch is a program that does extreme time […]

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If it isn’t hardware, don’t fake it up in 3D Studio

I’m linking to this product without any particular enthusiasm Black Magic Loop Creator. What irks me is this image: How many times have I seen a pic like this and thought ‘ooh cool!’ only to find out it’s imaginary? Just fucking stop it! What’s even worse, when I first see certain pieces of actual hardware, […]

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Loudness Wars Part 2 — RMS, and Home Mastering for Idiots

What’s all this about RMS In my last post, I threw around the term RMS a lot, and not everyone may know what that means. You can read up on it on Wikipedia but I can break it down for you here quicker.

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How to make Reaktor Knobs Automatable in Ableton Live

So the target demographic for this post is the intersection of three sets: Ableton Live Users Reaktor Users People wonky enough to try and automate VST plugins with envelopes. Still with me? OK. I was contacted by an Internet acquaintance because he wanted to use the Reaktor Effect that emulates the Roland RE201 Space Echo, […]