Yeuda Ben-Atar On the Beauty of Repetition Founder and head educator at Beat Lab Academy recently went to Loop to give a presentation. What was it about? About the innate beauty of repetition and its role in music. They said the following below, At the most recent Loop summit, we invited participants to give short presentations on an aspect of music making from their own personal perspectives and areas of expertise. This time around, we are happy to feature Yeuda Ben-Atar, the founder and CEO of Beat Lab Academy as well as an Ableton Certified Trainer and producer, under the name of Side-Brain. Watch the video below to see the highlights of his talk and gain some insight while you’re at it. WANT TO TAKE YOUR PRODUCTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL?Read More
Arcade – A Loop Synthesizer by Output Output has established itself as one of the top companies to go to when looking for forward-thinking and high-quality tools for music production. Their array of instruments are as unique as they are beautiful sounding. Most recently they introduced a plugin called Arcade to their lineup which is a loop synthesizer connected to the cloud. What does that mean exactly? It means that the instrument is one part sampler, one part loop library, and one part effects unit that gets updated with new samples every single day. If that doesn’t immediately short-circuit your brain while considering the possibilities then let us dive deeper as we review the plugin below. There’s so much you can do with this plugin that we’ll break it down to the basics and dive into the more advanced features within, you’ll be able to follow along and then test it out for …Read More
RECAP – BEAT LAB & OUTPUT PRESENT: MUMUKSHU This past weekend we had another awesome workshop, this time we had a software developer and producer, Mumukshu lead us through the features of Output’s newest plugin – Arcade. Arcade is a loop based synthesizer that is connected to the cloud so it has an ever-expanding library of sound categories you can choose from. Mumukshu gave us an awesome rundown of the plugin and its core features. Output is currently offering a 100 trial period which is insanely cool, what other plugin company do you know lets you try out a plugin like a mattress? After the trial period, Arcade is available for a monthly subscription of $10 and you can cancel anytime without losing access to your prior work. That’s right. Any session you’ve made with Arcade will still work even if your subscription is canceled. What are you waiting for? …Read More
Beat Snap – A Snappy Entry Into Mobile Beatmaking Mixvibes is the same developer responsible for the highly popular Cross DJ, Cross DJ Pro, and Remixlive and this week we want to tell you about their new beat making app – Beat Snap. Mixvibes describes the app as follows, “An intuitive app for music lovers. Right from the start, the users will feel like they already know about music making since they can visualize every family of instruments they are playing on the 32 pads. More than playing beats live and adding FX, creating a full track ready to be shared has never been so easy thanks to the 4 sequences! The sound packs are inspired by the hottest tracks and genres give access to unlimited creativity and will give music lovers this unique “I’m a beatmaker now!” feeling.” That’s a delightful pitch and looking at the interface we can tell it’s coming from …Read More
It's that time of the year again, when the heat creeps in, fades out teasingly, then wakes you up in mid-September to remind you that Summer ain't over yet even though Fall is just around the corner. By the time Autumn has finally shown up in early November everybody's favorite music company, Ableton will be ready to host its international music conference Loop. What is this conference all about?
The name was inspired by live-looping/loop-cutting, both are relatively new methods of performing/producing music on the fly by solo or group artists. The conference is described by Ableton as, "three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops designed to share ideas at the forefront of music, technology, and creative practice". The conference will be held at the historic Funkhaus Nalepastraße radio station in Berlin for the third year.
Simpler Loop Slice Optimizer – Max for Live A-Z Labs is a programming company that creates simple single patch plugins designed to work with your Ableton workflow. They are responsible for straight forward and super helpful plugins like “Already Played,” showing you which clips you’ve already played in a lengthy DJ set. Today, we are focusing on their new release, the Loop Slicer, a plugin that optimizes the functions available in a simpler. The key features of the Loop Slicer include: A separate uncluttered interface that has been solely optimized for effective Slicing Additional Slicing Features that are not even available natively in Simpler: Nudging the start and end of a slice via (mappable) encoders Selecting and previewing the current, previous and next Slice from within the interface Slicing in real-time or via the Insert Marker Works out-of-the-box for Push 1 and all other supported control-surfaces that give access to device’s …Read More
Looking Back on the Loop Festival by Ableton With high prospects and grand visions, Ableton’s much anticipated Loop Summit proved itself to be an incredibly inspiring event. Artists from around the globe got together to, not only about the future of music, hardware, and software, but to talk about what it means to be a modern musician. (Young Guru- Ableton Loop Summit) Featuring artists like Young Guru and Matthew Herbert, the Loop Summit proved to be an enlightening experience for all its attendees and hosts. Take a look at Ableton’s look back, featuring some very sound advice drawn from the series of forums. Hopefully in the future Ableton’s Loop will expand its horizons to open admission around the world.Read More
LOOP- Music Maker Summit Where does music stand? Where is music headed? What are the newest techniques being used? All this and more will be thought of, imagined, and answered at LOOP: an Ableton event held in Berlin, Germany. What LOOP aims to do is connect over 400 creative minds to bring forward there techniques, ideas, and visions into conversation. Over the course of three days, from October 30th to August 1st, there will be a series of lectures, workshops and performances covering the newest innovations in Ableton. During the day talks will be given by various creators like Robert Henke, Holly Herndon, Young Guru, Matthew Herbert and more. From the sound of it, LOOP comes off like a TEDTalk event aimed specifically to the depth of musical conversation. During the night ABleton and CTM will hold performances by various artists like James Holden, Robert Aiki, Mykki Blanco, Low Jack, and …Read More