NEW Sale Packs: “One Knob Wonders”, “Advanced Splytterz”

Two new premium packs for Ableton Live have been released, after extensive testing periods.
These are some of the most robust and practical stuff we’ve created yet!
All Premium PerforModule packs are self-installing, meaning that you simply drag them into Live and all the devices will now be in your library, categorized.

okw 1“One Knob Wonders”
Includes 64 different single-knob effects, each designed for a specific purpose.
They range from highly practical mixing tools to wacky, nifty performance tricks.
<- Click the link for more details.

Here’s a highlight of some my favorites from the set…
Noisify: adds source-reactive noise and degrades signal
FonePhilter: retro telephone tone with signal overdrive
DownFilter Dirty: performance sweep utilizing Live’s new analog filter functionality
GrainPitch Up: crude realtime pitch shifter
Pianosator: “piano reverb” of chromatic resonances
BassCream: velvety bass guitar process based on a classic pro studio workflow
Shredder: scorching tone for hard rock/heavy metal lead guitar, easy-peasy
Characterizer: adds mid-range richness and warmth
De-Essify: de-esser which works like magic
JuiceSnapper: aux buss finalizer / transient enhancer
SuperUltraMega: Makes. Stuff. Louder.
Chube: chorus to sound like going through a metal tube
Breepitate: glitchy fun
BrownLoop: loop and shift a clip down to half speed
SeaShore: transform any audio into a pleasing surf wave
PongFreez: more glitchy fun
TapeFlange: emulates splitting the feed into an extra tape machine

Want a taste test? Click here to grab “Growler” from One Knob Wonders right now for free!
(The free effect posted here will be changing randomly)

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“Advanced Splytterz”
Includes template racks used for splitting up any audio source into multiple chains by various methods.
<- Click the link for more details.

Useful for when you want to do things like
-apply different effects to different frequency ranges
-apply different effects to the left and right sides of a stereo file
-apply effects to just the mid or side channels for super easy m/s processing
-different effects chains which alternate based on a time interval
-effects applied separately to above and below a transient threshold
It also includes three “tri” devices pre-loaded with effects and a “behind the back panner” for an interesting phase-shift panning technique.


Sometimes i’mdrumhead sm making so much stuff that i forget to tell you all about all of it.
So i’m telling you about the “Drum Enhancerz” Ableton Live pack by PerforModule.
It was released a while ago and was neglected  to be mentioned here until now.

<- Access the sale page by clicking on the drum head.

It includes racks which are calibrated for sculpting of specific drum elements. Included are…

Enhance Cymbals
Enhance Kicks
Enhance Overheads
Enhance Snares
Enhance Toms

Each rack includes 8 macro controls for sculpting your drum sounds with ease.
A few of the capabilities are…
-plush control for smooth cymbals
-smack control to add top attack to kicks
-smash: go-to overhead compression
-pitch-matched resonance for boomy toms

Remember, your best “bang for buck” is to grab “PerforModule Collection 1”  and “PerforModule Collection 2” !

Merry Xmas (gift for you – The Bernie Bass)

Here’s the second instrument in the “PK Rocket” series, sampled from a Waldorf Rocket synth as played by the musician Phat Kid during an epic home studio jam.

Click >>> BERNIE ROCKS <<< to grab “The Bernie Bass” for Ableton Live 9.5 (sampler required).

Be sure to check out the first instrument in the series, the “PK Rocket Droner”, which was recently shared for #FreeStuffFriday (thanks, Ableton!).



“Drum MIDI FX” Free Pack

A new free Live pack is available at Subdivizion.
It includes a handful of midi racks which are specifically designed for use before drum racks in Ableton Live.
Especially fun stuff for live performance if you like to play drum racks with a midi pad controller.
Also very useful for hastening studio production workflow.
Click the image below to learn all the details of the specific devices and to grab the pack.
Many thanks to Subdivizion for hosting. Enjoy!

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3 New Things: Ionix FX, Vinyl Snackler, PK Rocket Droner

1 ~ NEW sale pack available via Isotonik StudiosIONIC FX3
“A set of source-reactive audio effect racks for refined tone-sculpting capabilities.”

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Ionic FX

The IonicFX3 pack is self-installing, meaning all you have to do is double-click it once and say yes to a couple of dialogue boxes for all devices to appear, categorized, in your core library.
Includes the following devices:

Ionic Filter
A low-cut filter coupled with a high-shelf filter, which dynamically react to the input characteristics and to each other for organic attenuation.
Ionic DeNoise
A multiband denoiser which reacts to the input signal in an attempt to carefully preserve the original tone.
AI Buss Glue
Go-to buss compressor with parameters reacting to both input and output signals in realtime, in order to maximize its usefulness moment-to-moment in response to dynamic material.
AI Track Comp
Well-behaved channel compressor with parameters reacting to both input and output signals in realtime, enhancing makeup gain automatically while setting the dynamic threshold intelligently.
Anionic Console
An old-school vibe channel strip, meant for adding impact and color.
Bright Valley Compressor
A "mid-side serial mastering compressor" taking its routing configuration inspiration from a famous hardware mastering compressor but having its own distinct sound, this is actually 4 compressors: 2 in series each on the center and side channels.
A "parallel bandpass expander-saturator", it's a super-useful, supremely easy to use tool to add a specific color to an audio source while otherwise leaving it intact.
Ionic Bass Strip
A channel strip specially calibrated for use on bass guitar and bass synth instruments, with ai-reactive self-leveling tone stack pots, parallel routing, and custom waveshape growl.
Ionic Melody Strip
A channel strip specially calibrated for use on virtually any instrument besides bass, with ai-reactive compander to mold dynamics, sensual tone-shaping controls, and sleek width enhancement.
Ionic Space
Mid-side reverb + delay which reacts dynamically to bloom during softer moments, curtailing itself during transients to preserve natural clarity.
Ionic Tracking
Place on an input channel during tracking to assist with the performer's monitoring. This allows for fine-tuning the sound in their ear for a more pleasurable recording experience.

2 ~ NEW free pack available via AfroDJMac: Vinyl Snackler
“Instrument with 128 Unique Analog Vinyl Noise Loop Samples.”

This is a sampler instrument which is designed to play a loop of background vinyl noise which you can select from 128 unique samples, each with their own character. Some of the samples are primarily background hiss, but some also have pops, clicks, and other artifacts which can be useful as percussion elements. Big thanks to the one and only AfroDJMac for hosting this device.
afrodjmac vinyl snackler
(It’s free! Go grab it!!)

PS…. if you are not already a member of the ADM Music Production Club, then you are missing out on a crazy-affordable source of insanely cool, high-quality, monthly awesome stuff delivered to your face. If you are interested in steadily building up your ableton library full of production and performance assets to be able to more quickly dive in to making your own bizarre unique sounds and developing your own twisted techniques, this is one of the most practical possible methods you can consider, especially if you’re a fan of the more odd and innovative side of things (which, if you’re reading this here now, i’m guessing you probably are).


3 ~ NEW free pack available via SideBrain: PK Rocket Droner
“Self-Mutating Texture Drone Synth”

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(It’s free! Go grab it!!)

An epic studio jam between Phat Kid, KdoubleU, and myself was recorded after a show on March 20th, 2015 (night of the “super moon”), which Phat Kid traveled from New Mexico to play at. We captured a range of timbres from his Waldorf Rocket synth, routed through tasty analog gear on the input line.

Huge thanks to SideBrain for hosting this device! Check out the site for more ableton grooviness to geek out on and grab.
Be sure to check out Phat Kid’s Music on Bandcamp
This is some of my favorite music ever, and not just because i know him personally. It is truly tasty. He primarily uses Renoise to compose which is intriguing of itself.

This is the first of various “PK Rocket” instruments which will be coming out.
This instrument is organic, giving you slightly different results every time you press a key, and morphing randomly as a key is held. It is great for trippy, droning textures. It is encouraged to automate and process it to the moon and back. Just have fun.


Controlling MIDI in Ableton Live with a Video Game Controller

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Get your video game controller to do stuff in Live.
DO WHY? Because doing so is awesome. Duh!
DO HOW? This is where it gets tricky. But not that tricky.

MIDI or KEY mapping? Key mapping alone is groovy, but you are limited to toggling between two values. That’s no fun for a filter sweep! With 0-127 ranges you can map that analog joystick to control knobs and faders with full precision.

STEP 1: Find a program to convert game controller input to midi and/or keyboard mappings
STEP 2: Map stuff to things and stuff

On my old macbook which i stopped using a couple years ago, I used to use ControllerMate for keyboard mappings and OSCulator for midi.

I think that ControllerMate is a badass program. It has a really cool modular programming flow (somewhat reminiscent of max for live) which is fun and very powerful to come up with nifty ways to set up how controller inputs react. You can, for example, make a button so that it has “hold” instead of “toggle” behaviour (much more useful for using gamepad buttons to turn effects on and off on the fly since you don’t have to remember which are on or off… just let go of all buttons to turn off all effects), set up a button so that each press cycles between different actions, make “combo” actions which are only triggered when multiple buttons are pressed at the same time, and much much more. Back when i used it, there was no midi control option, but apparently they have that capacity now, which i think would exponentiate the capabilities (if you would like to buy me a new macbook i would be happy to give it a fresh investigation).

OSCulator is also very powerful. It uses a less sexy format than controllermate, but it does send midi or osc messages from wiimote to macbook via bluetooth. You can do fun stuff like make effects which switch on when you press the nunchuck’s “c” or “z” buttons and parameters tied to the nunchuck’s angle sensors, or make swinging the wiimote trigger quantized drum samples tied to the velocity and pressing different buttons changes which samples play. Here’s a picture of me swinging a controller around at Cervantes in Denver for the “Party for the Children” event in 2011.
This article goes into wayyy more detail on this methodology. Apparently OSCulator now also has “Bi-directional MIDI” with TouchOSC which sounds cool.
Speaking of TouchOSC, use that to transform your tablet or smartphone into a midi controller (or in my case, your wife and your son’s tablets since you don’t have one of your own). It’s badass too. But that’s not what we’re talking about here.

Since i switched to windows, i now use  JoyToKey for keyboard mappings and Rejoice + LoopBe1 for midi.
Neither of these methods is as powerful as the aforementioned mac options, but they are good enough for what is needed.

JoyToKey is pretty self-explanatory to use. It has a few advanced options but nowhere near the flexibility of ControllerMate. You can figure it out. I believe in you.

Rejoice doesn’t seem to have its own webpage, so i’ve linked the page it was found via. For internal midi routing the free LoopBe1 is recommend. It only has one option: “mute”. Dead simple.
In Rejoice, select your gamepad under “joystick”. Sometimes it shows the same name for multiple controllers… if so, you can figure which is which by trial and error: select each and move controls until you see numbers popping up. Actual mapping is not immediately obvious… to map a control to a midi message, click the “Add” button while pressing or moving the desired control. Then use the options and boxes to determine which midi message gets sent (example: map the “x” axis of a joystick to channel 1 cc 8 with a range of 0-127). In the “Midi Out” section choose “LoopBe Internal MIDI” (if you already have another internal midi option you can select that instead). In Ableton Live’s midi preferences make sure “LoopBe Internal Midi” is set to ON for “track” and “remote”. Now you should be able to midi map in ableton using your game controller just like any other midi controller. Proceed with mapping every button and stick of all of your gamepads, joysticks, etc until they are all set and click on “export” to save the configuration, which should automatically load next time you open rejoice.

The cool thing is, once you set up your mappings, you never have to think about it again (unless you accidentally double-book mappings). It is advised to make a plan of your midi channels if you are using multiple controllers. An idea is to dedicate one midi channel to each device–for example, “logitech attack 2” joystick sends all its values on Channel Nine. Channel Nine. Channel Nine. Channel Nine…. Joystick mapping is also neat because you can have performance effects which “snap back” to the middle. This could be really cool for fx which are “dry” in the center value but apply their effect when turned either left or right (such as so-called “one-knob filters”).

RELATED: Also check out this “How To” by Side Brain8 Buttons(Nintendo controller as a MIDI Controller)


Congratulations, you’ve just transformed that cheap thing you got at the thrift store for a few bucks into the equivalent of a controller costing a hundred dollars.
Pat yourself on the back and go glitch some beats.


Also check out the newly curated “PerforModule Collection” bundle from Isotonik Studios... the most performodule goodies you can acquire for the best price yet!

What is it going to be???!!!???

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“The Blue Hand” for Instant Mapping in Ableton Live

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So you might be like “what the heck is that blue hand i keep seeing in Ableton Live?”.

The blue hand will magically take hold of the controls of the selected device… IF you have instant mapping enabled for a midi controller.

Whatever device you have last clicked on the header bar of with your mouse (or selected via key commands or midi) will have the blue hand, and will be controlled by instant mapping.

I used this guide to help me figure out how to set this up for my Novation Nocturn controller. I didn’t like the knobs being lined up numerically rather than mimicking the physical positioning of the 8 knobs in racks, so i changed the values to re-map them. I also set up my BCR-2000 controller to have a scene with a set of 8 knobs which provide instant mapping powers.

You can right-click on a device to select “lock controller” options for any available controllers. This will, as you might guess, lock that controller to controlling that device, until you deselect it. If you have more than one controller setup with instant mapping, you can have more than one blue hand. I will often temporarily lock one controller to a specific device to be able to control it while moving the view around, and using the second controller to manipulate any selected device on the fly. This is equally useful for live performance and for studio experimentation.

You can also use controllers to automatically control other things in Live.
To find out what your midi controller does in “control surface mode”, go to the menu and select “help view”.  In the  select “midi controllers” near the bottom and click on “To learn specifically about setting up MIDI control surfaces, click here.” Go to the next page and click on “Control Surface Reference“, then select your controller from the list. For these controls to operate as such, the specific controller must be selected under “midi-sync preferences”, and must not be custom-mapped.

In addition to controlling racks, you can also control any native Ableton device with a blue hand.
SO… it’s easy to control any audio effect, instrument, or midi effect rack with the blue hand if you have a controller with 8 knobs set up in a similar arrangement (2 rows of 4 knobs).
HOWEVER… it’s not at all intuitive to control devices directly with instant mapping, since it’s hard to tell which parameter is going to be affected unless you memorize them.
THEREFORE… i have made text files (just for you) which include the parameters controlled by the first 8 “instant map” knobs for each and every core Ableton device. You can reference these to see which parameters will be affected by which knob, before you even touch them. Yippee!

Here’s the lists. Click on the titles to download the text files directly:

BlueHand Controls: Audio Effects

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“Maicro Management”: free fx for micro macro manipulation

You’d be surprised what impact values of less than one can sometimes have.

Sometimes you don’t want to add in a crazy, obvious change to a sound. Sometimes you need subtle precision.
Here’s an effect rack which allows for itty bitty adjustments to volume, panning, and width, as well as for adding in tiny touches of saturation, phaser, and reverb.

A few ideas for implementing “Maicro Management” effects:
-Use the volume knob to augment a volume change to have hundredths precision.
-Use the width knob to subconsciously dilate key sections to enhance drama.
-Use the panning knob to automate extremely subtle panning movement.
-Use the phaser to add a touch of life & crispness to dull material.
-Use the saturation to add in a sense of subliminal thickness.

Keep in mind, these are more practically suited for refining touches to an already mostly-complete mix than for initial drafting.

Maicro Management effect rackMacro Controls Include:

Maicro Volume: alter level by less than 1dB.

Tone: use this to set the tone response for the saturation, phaser, and reverb.

Maicro Panning: alter panning by values less than 1%.

Maicro Phaser: add in a touch of subtle phasing.

Maicro Saturate: add in a touch of gainstaged parallel saturation.

Maicro Reverb: add in subtle reverb. Can be useful to make “dry” or “thin” sounds feel like they have a “space”. The character and response of the reverb are also determined by the setting.

Maicro Width: narrow or widen the stereo field by less than 1%.

Multiplier: make the entire rack more intense in steps up to 6x. Do this to temporarily hear the result of the effects more clearly, or if you’d like the results to be not quite so subtle. By x6 the effects will have crossed well into being obviously discernible.

Click on the image above or here to grab “Maicro Management” now for absolutely free!  And enjoy it, friendly freaks!


Free LANDR “Tone Sculptors” Ableton Live pack + other nifty stuff

I recently helped tweak and finalize a set of free audio effect racks in collaboration with online mastering service LANDR.
These are three effect racks suited for quick and easy “tone sculpting” of parts which are centered on low, mid, or high frequency ranges.

Check out the story about it and find download links here:
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If you’ve never used LANDR, i highly recommend it as a way to test your mixes. Finish a mix and send it off to LANDR… listen to the master they send back to you, hear problems more clearly, and then go back to your mix and fix. It’s also a great way to get a new track ready for live performance before it has been sent off for professional mastering or officially released.

Also, check out the new ARCHIPEL ELEMENTS live pack, with drum racks featuring juicy recorded samples ranging in the 4 elements – earth, water, air and fire. Great material for sound design and experimental composition.

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ALSO be on the lookout for the epic “DynaMixing Three” Live pack which will be releasing at isotonik studios this friday. This pack includes some of the most insane and advanced devices yet developed by PerforModule, featuring envelope followers which “automagically” adjust certain parameters in response to input characteristics. Some of these effects are “secret weapons” for sublime mixing and mastering solutions.
Check out the video overview for “DynaMixing Three” HERE.


(There is EVEN MORE incredible stuff going on behind the scenes which you will find out about soon.) 

P.S. Bonus shoutout to AFRODJMAC for being super groovy. You should totally join the afrodjmac music production club, because i said so. And because it is very affordable, and awesome.


Sometimes the simplest things are the most useful… introducing the free “Utilification” Ableton Live Pack

Here’s a {free} ableton live pack of effects that are made for simple yet extremely useful purposes, including fading, stereo panning, m/s encoding and decoding,.

It is highly recommended to grab these and implement them into your Ableton Live library.



Audio FX

“-inf to +0 Fader” — just like it says, this is a simple fader from negative infinity to zero decibels. When you want a quick and easy volume knob that goes all the way to silence and maxes out with no boost (unlike the “utility” device), use this.

“LR to MS Controller” — this will switch a Left-Right Stereo file to transmit its left channel as the sides and its right channel as the center, or you can swap those results so the right is the sides and the left becomes the center.
You can then tilt the center and sides channels, mute them, and alter their levels.

“MS to LR Controller” — this will switch a Mid-Side Stereo file to transmit its sides channel as the left and its center channel as the right, or you can swap those results so the center is the left and the sides becomes the right.
You can then tilt the left and right channels, mute them, and alter their levels.

[an example of using these controllers would be to make an MS recording into LR to be able to apply a stereo effect to it, then to return it back to MS again]

“Instant Muter” — Mutes the audio, plain and simple, the moment the knob is moved above its minimum value. Use this to be able to easily interrupt the audio flow wherever you want within a chain.

“Stereo Panner” — Allows for “stereo panning”. Using clever routing, this allows non-exclusive panning of audio wherein the content from the opposite side is moved over rather than being faded out (while maintaining overall level). This allows for more natural-sounding panning of stereo sources without losing material.
[For example, let’s say you have a stereo track with a guitar panned hard to the left side and a piano panned hard to the right. Normally if you use a pan knob to move right, the guitar sound would be lost. With this, panning right will gradually move the guitar over to the right along with the piano, rather than removing it.]

“Phase Adjust” — Select among 4 phase-flip options with one knob, and implement micro-delay to align waveforms more carefully, either between the source and the mix or between the left and right halves of the source.

“Utilify” — “Swiss army knife” which includes most of the above devices in one rack.  Use this as a more robust replacement for Ableton’s built-in Utility effect.

—>>> Download “Utilification” for Ableton Live 9 via Isotonik Sutdios <<<—