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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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MPC Pad Cycler for Ableton (Free Download)

MPC Pad Cycler for Ableton We’re coming back with another free Max for Live device! This one is for the finger drummers – MPC Style Pad Cycler for Ableton. This device allows you to load as many samples as you want on one pad. And cycle between the samples in all sorts of ways while still using just one pad! Check the video below for more details and grab your free download on the bottom of the post   Beat Lab MPC Pad Cycler     To use the Pad Cycler first load an empty Drum Rack. Then load another Drum Rack on one of the pads. Load as many samples as you want onto the nested Drum rack. Finally, add the Pad cycler between the master Drum Rack and the nested Drum Rack     Transpose – Change the pitch of all the samples Velocity – Adjust Velocity Sensetivy amount Fade …

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Instant Afro – Make Clave Beats Like an Expert (Afrobeat/Reggaeton/Dancehall)

Instant Afro – Make Clave Beats Like an Expert (Afrobeat/Reggaeton/Dancehall) We can find influences of Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms in all styles of music. The main rhythm that inspired other cultures all over the world was the clave rhythm. Interestingly enough, the African rhythms they were inspired by came back to Africa. Today, we can hear the clave rhythm in modern African pop music, Dancehall, Reggaeton, and even dance music like big room house and tribal. Clave rhythms and its variation are the backbones for all these beats. Let’s first check out the main clave pattern. Scroll Down for Free Download Clave   This pattern is extremely popular in modern African pop music with artists like Maleek Berry, WizKid Burnaboy & Mr. Eazi. Maleek Berry – Love U Mr.Eazi – Supernova Dancehall From there we can start making some variations to get other styles. For example, let’s loop just the …

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Drum Buss Key Follower – Play the Boom Section (Free Download)

Drum Buss Key Follower The new Drumbuss Audio Effect in Live 10 is an efficient powerhouse of processing. It has a built-in compressor, clipper, saturation, distortion and Transient shaping. Ableton added to that their secret sauce in a low resonator that can take create some enormous 808-ish bass out of any audio with some low-end content. The best part about it is that you can tune the resonating bass note using the Freq knob. Now thanks to Max for Live we are able to play the Drumbuss’s Boom section!!! Scroll down for the free Download the tutorial video for a more in-depth look. This device was Developed by Dez. Modded by Yeuda Ben-Atar for Beat Lab. Setup The DrumBuss Follower is a Max MIDI Effect and thus needs to be loaded on a MIDI track. Create a new MIDI track and load the DrumBuss Follower. Click on the Map2Drumbuss button. …

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5 Velocity Techniques + Velocity MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

5 Velocity Techniques + Velocity MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet   we continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Velocity MIDI effect can change incoming MIDI notes velocity in all sorts of ways. Set velocity to full with ease, randomize velocity, change your MIDI controller sensitivity or even practice hitting your drum pads hard enough. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Full Velocity Put mode to Fixed. Change Out Hi to desired output Velocity Randomize Velocity Turn up the Random knob (Up to 64 randomization) Change MIDI Control Sensitivity Adjust Drive and Compand to your liking Velocity Build Put Mode to Fixed, automated Out Hi Practice Hitting the Pads Hard Enough Put Mode to Gate, Set Lowest to desired level of difficultly. Great …

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Beat Lab Instant Sampler (Free Download)

Beat Lab Instant Sampler We’ve got a very special gift for you today. An instant sampler!!!!! This thing is so much fun, simply set up your mic (or built-in mic) record, and start playing! it’s that simple. Check out the video for an in-depth tutorial about all the features and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to grab your free copy.   Requirements Ableton Suite 10 Installation Copy to User Library/Presets/Instruments/Max Instruments Setup   Input – Setup the incoming channel to your mic or built-in mic Threshold – Sets the volume threshold for the input audio start/end detection. After a recording is finished, the beginning and end points of the recorded sample will be cropped to the first recorded sample that crosses above the set input volume threshold. This threshold also applies to any dropped samples! G – When enabled, recording starts when input signal crosses a …

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2 Exotic Scales + Scale MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet (Free Download)

2 Exotic Scales + Scale MIDI Effect Cheat Sheet we continue with our Ableton Effects cheat sheet series. Check out the previous cheat sheets and techniques by CLICKING HERE. The entire collection is available to Beat Lab students and alumni. The Scale MIDI effect can remove incoming MIDI notes or correct notes out of key to the right notes. It can be very powerful for coming up with bass lines, chords and melodies that all play nicely in key. Scroll down to the bottom to download the free cheat sheet. Japanese Scale Based on a Pentatonic structure (5 notes) this magical scale works amazing on harps. Chinese Scale Also based on the Pentatonic. This time it’s a basic Major Pentatonic scale based on B. Scale Cheat Sheet We made a cheat sheet for you to quickly reference all the functions of the Scale MIDI effect. More Tips? Have more tips and …

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