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Chain Selector Display – Live Performance Utility

Chain Selector Display Ableton’s Instrument Racks allows us to quickly switch between instruments in a Live Performance thanks to the Chain Selector. At the request of Flying Lotus (2020 Producer of the Year nominee), we have developed a custom live performance utility that shows the currently selected chain in a big pop up display. It is now available publicly for the first time. Check out the video for more info. Video Tutorial Requirements Ableton Suite 10.1.30 or higher Max 8.1.8 Installation 1. Download 2. Copy to your user Library/Presets/MIDI Effects/Max MIDI Effects * This works both on Mac and Windows Claim Your Download in the Box Below The Beat Lab Academy Blog has a huge number of free downloads and a way for you to learn how to use them. Click here to check out our course catalog for Super Producers and DJ’s.  

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Keyfinder for Live – Key Detection for Ableton

Keyfinder for Live   Ableton Live 11 has introduced the long-requested feature Comping. We are still waiting for pitch correction (Auto-Tune) and key detection (exp: Mixed in Key), until then, Max for Live to the rescue! In collaboration with Omar Costa Hamido, we created a Max for Live devices that connect with the free Keyfinder app from Ibrahim Sha’ath to give us Key Detection directly inside Ableton! Setup is fast and easy. And it even renames the clip with the key after it finishes the analysis. There are images of the Circle of Fifths and the Chamalot Wheel for easy reference to be used in Harmonic Mixing, sampling, and remixing. Simply load the device to an Audio Track. Load audio clips, Launch the clips and hit Find Key. Video Tutorial Requirements Ableton Suite 10.1.30 Max 8.1.8 * Although successfully tested on a windows machine. The free companion app Keyfinder is …

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Beat Lab Guide – Performing with Your Computer Keyboard

This class was developed for Moorpark College and Calarts during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow students to create Live Performances using only their computer keyboard. Special thanks go to Nathan Bowen(Moorpark College), Jordan Hochenbaum(Calarts), and Javad Butha(Ableton) for making this happen. Ableton Keyboard Layout Your computer Keyboard can be used as a MIDI controller in Ableton. First, turn on the Computer MIDI Keyboard.     Up to Live 9, it’s on by default. If it’s not, you can turn it on with a click. From Live 10, it’s now off by default. To turn it on, either click on the icon or press the M key.     The A, S, D, F…. row will play the white keys. A is C, S is D, D is E, F is F, and so on. The W, E, R, T…. row will play the black keys. W is C#, E is …

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Ableton PUSH – Go Beyond with Max for Live (Free Download)

Top 12 Max for Live Devices for Ableton PUSH Ableton PUSH 2 is the most comprehensive controller for Ableton Live. So much so, it feels like an instrument in its own right. With all that the PUSH has to offer, you can go above and beyond with the help of Max for Live. So if you own Ableton Suite 10. Check out these awesome free devices.   Expression Control   This device is Built-in the Core Library and is often overlooked. It gives us access to the most common MIDI Expression control. Most notable for us PUSH users is the Aftertouch (Pressure Sensitivity). This can give us the ability to map the Aftertouch to anything we want. Some common mapping would be to the Filter Cutoff, Fine Tune (Pitch), and Reverb amount. Use the Ableton search bar to find this device under the Max for Live Catagory. Aftertouch Vibrato   …

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Should I Buy It? – Guitar Rig 6

Should I Buy It? – Guitar Rig 6 Native Instruments are back with their Komplete 13. One of the most notable additions is the long waited Guitar Rig 6! Now offering new design, 3 new amps, 15 new effects and a revamp browser. This multi-fx plugin is not only for guitarists. Let’s check out if we should buy it.     Breakdown Guitar Rig Pro has been around for years as a one of the most customizble plugin for guitarists and bassists out there. With the surge of other guitar Amp plugins, the popularity of Guitar Rig dwindled down. But now with version 6, it’s trying to grab the spotlight once again. Version 6 features the same layout and functionality but with a new design.     The browser was completely revamped we can now tag our favorite presets, filter by input type, FX types, Amplifiers, Genres, and Artists. The …

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Performing with Limitations: How to Perform Using Live and a Computer Keyboard

Performing with Limitations: How to Perform Using Live and a Computer Keyboard During these wild times, it’s been a delight to see musicians worldwide adapt and overcome. We’ve been ushered in a new era of live streaming with artists’ courses, live performances, and even music festivals. This being the new state of things, not all of us have elaborate performance rigs to showcase our music. This article will show you how to set up your Live session to perform music using only your laptop keyboard. This article is borrowed from a class developed by Yeuda Ben-Atar for Moorpark College and Calarts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks goes to Nathan Bowen(Moorpark College), Jordan Hochenbaum(Calarts) and Javad Butha(Ableton) for making this happen. Ableton Keyboard Layout Your computer Keyboard can be used as a MIDI controller in Ableton. First, turn on the Computer MIDI Keyboard.     Up to Live 9, it’s …

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MIDI Tricks – Scaled Clips (Free Ableton Template)

MIDI Tricks – Scaled Clips (Free Ableton Template)   The Fold button in Live’s MIDI editor can be used as a reference guide to show notes from a scale. This can help us come up with strong melodies, basslines, chords, and arpeggiators with minimal music theory knowledge. It’s simply a quick technique to make sure you’re in scale.     Which notes should I play? First create a MIDI clip. Then draw all the notes of the scale you want to play in. All of them should be placed on the same time in the grid. In the image below I drew the notes of C Minor.   If you are not sure which notes fit in each scale check out this cool CHEAT SHEET. Next, select all the notes (CMD/CNTRL+A), duplicate them (CMD/CNTRL+D) and then bring them an octave higher (Shift+Up arrow). Do the same for an octave below so you’ll end up with three …

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Top 12 Effects for NI Reaktor (Free Download)

Top 12 Effects for Native Instruments Reaktor Back in 2018, we posted about Top 12 Instruments for Native Instrument’s Reaktor. Native Instruments Reaktor has been around for ages and the factory effects that come with it like Molekular, The Finger, and The Mouth to just name a few, are incredible. But Reaktor is a complete DSP environment to build your own instruments and effects. And the online user library has been growing for over a decade so we decided to round up the best ones from recent years. We chose ones that not only sound good but also have a friendly and good looking interface. We also added links to all the developers so if you like the device make sure to check their other devices there are probably some hidden gems we are not covering in this article. Clear out your schedules….again. All of these ensembles use the Reaktor …

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