Plate reverb presets for Ableton Live

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bleton takes a hands-off approach to their audio effects. Whereas commercial audio effects will sell their effects with dozens or hundreds of presets (sometimes they’ll sell a few hundred presets separately), Ableton gets away with much less. I think the reason for this is to encourage producers to become intimate with an audio effect and explore its sonic capabilities and possibilities … Read More

noisemakerPlate reverb presets for Ableton Live

More keyboard shortcuts on a Mac

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I’m a big fan of making keyboard shortcuts wherever I can. Ableton isn’t that friendly with customising keyboard shortcuts—not unless Max for Live can do it for you—but there are other software that will let you customise how you use Live. Enter Karabiner. Karabiner has been around for some time under the tongue-twister name KeyRemap4MacBook, but Karabiner perhaps better indicates … Read More

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Complexity and the DAW: Managing and staying in control

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This post takes a different approach to my previous ones, to talk about something that all computer musicians have to deal with: complexity. We all know that the computer is capable of far more processing, calculations, and data than the human mind is capable of, and this means we can now create music with a degree of complexity hitherto impossible … Read More

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Interview with Glenn Kotche (Wilco)

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At Noisemaker Academy, we were commissioned by blend.io to adapt all of the stems from Anomaly to a beat-matched, playable session, ready for mashing up in Live. We caught up with Glenn recently to discuss the Anomaly project, his creative process for writing, and making Anomaly publicly available as an Ableton Live Set. You’ve generously put Anomaly up on blend.io for … Read More

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Looper Part 2: Building a Live Looper Set

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I’ve often looked for great ways to replicate the experience of using a looper pedal using Ableton Live, with all of the extra added functionality that Live brings in terms of customisation, effects etc. This video outlines a nice workflow for creating an Ableton Live set for live looping acoustic or pickup/input instruments. In this example I’m using a condenser … Read More

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Musical Sound Design for Contemporary Opera

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This is a video from 2011 for the Sound Design work I did for the opera Into the Shimmer Heat, by David Pye and Lee Buddle. It incorporated some custom max for live devices and a large Live set with automated clips, a custom hack for Live 8 that is now standard in Live 9. Videography and Editing by Derek Ho of Urban … Read More

noisemakerMusical Sound Design for Contemporary Opera