Get In On Our Organs (…what???)

See… you didn’t have to wait long for some yummy freebies!

Much thanks to AskAudioMag for This Article mentioning the FREE PMX Series Ableton Live Pack: “Organs”, which is currently available at isotonikstudios.com.
These were sampled from my PX-300 Digital Piano at 96k via tube preamp. I meticulously set volumes and loop points for each individual sample (88 notes per instrument), carefully crafting the macro controls after in-depth research to emulate the characteristics of real organ instruments. For example, velocity is based on a knob (best midi-mapped to a foot pedal) instead of being key-sensitive.

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http://askaudiomag.com/articles/isotonik-studios-donating-their-organs-for-free

A Music Award Nomination, A Wedding, and a Flood

A lot of stuff has been happening all at once in a cascade (pun foreshadowed). That’s how it goes, isn’t it? This is a “real blog post”; no free fx, sorry! I have tons of stuff in development though… just wait for it…

A Music Award Nomination
Animus Invidious got nominated for “Best DJ” in the 2015 Colorado Springs Music Awards. Woohoo! I am supremely honored by this fact, and i humbly thank The Independent for selecting me. I try really hard to make my live performances something special, generally spending at least 8 hours of work in preparation for each 1 hour of performance. I love using Ableton Live for performance because it allows me so many ways to mutate and re-structure (and often completely regrow) methods of presenting and manipulating integrated streams of realtime sound with an infinite variety of awesome, interesting tricks to delve into. I’m learning new things all the time so not exploring them would seem silly to me. For me most of the fun is figuring out new and wacky ways to set things up each time, and it’s never quite the same.  Even if you are playing so many shows you don’t have time to completely alter your setup, i would definitely recommend trying one thing new or one little thing differently for every show. Even if it doesn’t work perfectly or go over well, then you can just stop, scrap it and hey you’ve learned something new. If you never take a risk trying something not attempted before, you’ll always stay the same, and that is not the way nature or the universe–which are in constant flux­­–work.
So…. it feels really good to know that all this effort is appreciated by more than just my nerdy self.
Oh, also… just in case you feel like voting, these are some other recommendations by me. Some of these are people i have collaborated with live or in the studio before!
“Americana”: My Name Is Harriet (she’s an awesome violin looper)
“Folk”: Edith Makes a Paper Chain (the lead singer was in the audience at my last show)
“Hip-Hop (Solo)”: Stoney Bertz (she’s my favorite local emcee and co-creator with myself of all-improv sideproject Flodignatic)
“Jazz (Solo)”: Tony Exum, Jr. (nice fella, jammed w/ me at previous awards show)
“R&B/Funk/Soul”: Charlie Milo (we’ve worked on a ridiculous ton of music together)
I can’t really give recommendations on the other categories, either because i don’t know enough or it’s too tough to choose.
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A Wedding
My wife, son and i just returned from the state of Connecticut, USA, to stay for a few days and witness the wedding of my wife’s little sister. Although the humidity was quite bothersome to me since i am used to a dry climate, i had a really great time. I truly feel like a part of the family and it’s easy to be myself around them, even though this is only the second time i have visited them over 8 years. I had enriching, heartfelt conversations with each and every one of my wife’s 5 siblings and her stepmother. I feel really connected and welcome, which is awesome and refreshing. I point this out mainly because this was never true for the in-laws from my ex-wife’s family previously, with whom i always felt a bit awkward and that i could not truly be myself, and by whom i always felt a bit judged, like i was some bizarre alien. Which i am, i suppose. Anyways, i had a great time in Connecticut. Too damn humid, though! I’m trying to convince them all to move to Colorado.
Here’s a super cute picture of the wedded couple, awwww:
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A Flood
So, to punchline the story, the day before returning, we got a text from the couple who lives in the downstairs half of the house we are renting: “Basement flooded. Can we drink some of your alcohol?” Of course we said yes, and now a renovation crew is cleaning out the entire downstairs. Apparently on Monday there was an intense hail storm which knocked out 2 of the double-paned basement windows, and the rain rushed into the window wells as dual waterfalls. The water rushed in fast enough to knock a large window frame about 8 feet and push a shelf upwards by its pressure. Downstairs became like a swirling swamp. Fortuitously, the occupants were at the store when it first occurred, or someone may have been injured by shattering glass. The water was mostly drained when we arrived home, but with glass pieces, vegetation and dirt strewn amongst destroyed goods and furniture it looked as if a storm had ripped through the area. So, that’s an interesting way to return home! Since my downstairs neighbors didn’t have renters insurance, we are looking into setting up a benefit concert for them here soon.
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Just Possibly the Greatest Podcast Ever: The UBK Happy Funtime Hour

Just wanted to pass the word along, in case you are not already a listener, about the “UBK Happy Funtime Hour” by Gregory Scott and Nathan Daniel, which is the greatest (and only??) audio production podcast out there. It’s highly recommended!
It is informative yet goofy. It’s hard to keep track of how many useful tidbits have been garnered from listening.
In particular, i’ve reacted pleasantly various times to hearing suggestions for non-intuitive and unique techniques which happen to be things i have gleaned in my own production learning journey (which is validating both to my own process and to the authenticity of the material presented). I enjoy how the focus is on feel, results, and understanding of core concepts rather than on the [ahem] technical elitism which tends to suffuse internet forum threads.
What’s extra-groovy is that you can send in questions yourself! Go ahead and ask them a question (but make it a good one…)

In case you’re unfamiliar with Kush Audio well, now you can be.

“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!

 

Ableton Live Templates from Subaqueous

Reporting that Subaqueous has released 10 free template packs for Ableton Live based on songs from his latest album “Tides of Twilight”. Explore the production process from the inside out!
There are also available packs which delve even deeper into it, giving you extra tools, material, and videos.

Check out the album in its entirety for free HERE.

I personally really dig this music for being tasty and emotional, with a focus on subtle elements rather than the overt (and frankly annoying) “bro-ishness” which has been pervading popular electronic music lately.
I am way more into stuff (such as this album) which has dynamics, vibe, and heart than music which is appealing to the “lowest common denominator”. So in other words — it is highly diggable. Click the image below to be transported to the “Tides of Twilight” template packs…

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-Animus of PerforModule

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: www.ableton.com/en/blog/free-landr-tone-sculptors/
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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.

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(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.

Enjoy!

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.

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INCLUDES:

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 <<<—

Final PMX Instrument pack release + Free “Square Lead Synth” Instrument

The final slew of PMX instrument packs has been launched at Isotonik Studios.
*Whew* Now THAT was a project…

At some point close to a year ago now, I decided to multi-sample all the patches of my trusty 88-key Casio Privia PX-300 Digital Piano, which i have had since 2005 and is my main midi controller for composing melodies or playing them live. Originally i had intended to do so merely to archive the instruments for my own personal production usage, for the eventual day if/when the PX-300 parts my hands or breaks down. I decided to sample them at an ultimate quality level according to my current capabilities, which happened to be 96kHz/24-bit input via dual triode vacuum tube and custom artificially-intelligent, signal-reactive processing with specific [now retired] alien intuition  PerforModule Live Pack devices. So these samples are juiced-up versions of the original PMX samples. I find myself enjoying the “sampler” versions of these instruments way more than the original patches — they sound more crisp, have fun added capabilities, and are so easy to use “in the box” at a whim.
So i figured… “why not also offer them as patches for other Ableton Live users?” …and thus you have available the PerforModule PMX Series at Isotonik Studios.
Right now, Enter BYEBYE at the checkout to get 50% off the PMX series (!!)

The PMX instruments have been spared no degree of utmost quality and usability in their formulation.

Each patch includes a unique sample for each of 88 keys, and includes its own set of 8 custom macro controls which reflect characteristics of its physical instrument counterparts
(a few examples…
-pianos have a “piano reverb” which blends in subtle chromatic resonance, and controls to mimic “soft” and “sustain” pedals.
-organs have a “leslie rotary” dual cabinet which follows the exact specifications for the classic dual rotating leslie speaker effect.
-the bagpipe can simultaneously play a drone note and a chanter melody, and switch between them.
-harpsichords can add a sound similar to the sound of the keys “plunking”.
-xylophone type instruments have an effect emulating a rotating butterfly valve.
-guitars have a “palm mute” knob as well as “whammy bar” for subtractive vibrato or crazy pitch divebombs.
-the sitar can have its string-buzz amount set, as well as the key, mood tonality and strength of the sympathetic strings.
-orchestral strings such as violin can choose between a bowed, plucked, or hybrid timbre.
-brass and woodwind instruments can use a “flutter tongue” effect as well as alter the valve sound.
… + many, many more)

The start, end, loop points, crossfades, and volume levels for each note of each instrument were individually fine-tuned by hand for all 88 notes of every instrument for ridiculously consistent response and tone.  That’s over 12,000 samples… yikes.

The PMX instrument sets are available as self-installing live packs grouped by style, with instruments automatically categorized into your library’s “category” section for super-easy access. After purchasing, all you have to do is drop the .alp file into Live and everything will install on it’s own with no work or confusion required by you.

Each pack has one fully-functioned freebie instrument, available at the aforementioned Isotonik Studios.

>>>The FINAL FREEBIE, the brand new “PMX-300 Square Lead” instrument can be acquired for FREE ONLY HERE by clicking<<<
(Requires Ableton Live 9 + “Sampler”)

Listen to a demo of the “PMX Square Lead + other instruments from the pack “PMX-316 Synth Leads” play this song from the NES game “Legacy of the Wizard” (written by Yuzo Koshiro)

(audio demos for all of the pmx instrument sets are available at the performodule soundcould)

More fully-functioned free PMX instruments are located at these fine locations around the web.
Go ahead and grab ’em!

“Warm Brass Synth” via AfroDJMac (from “PMX-313 Brass”)

“Koto” via SonicBloom (from “PMX-309 Exotic Plucked”)

“Glockenspiel” via Bedroom Producers Blog (from “PMX-306 Mallets”)

“Drawbar Organ” via Subaqueous Music (from “PMX-303 Organs”)

“Tremolo Strings” via Audiobombs (from “PMX-311 Strings”)

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(!) Now until the PMX series retires, Enter BYEBYE at the checkout to get 50% off (!)

 

PMX Instrument Packs Available

PMX-301 Classic Pianos
PMX-302 Funky Pianos
PMX-303 Organs
PMX-304 Reeds
PMX-305 Clavis
PMX-306 Mallets
PMX-307 Guitars
PMX-308 Basses
PMX-309 Exotic Plucked
PMX-310 Melodic Percussion
PMX-311 Strings
PMX-312 Pads
PMX-313 Brass
PMX-314 Woodwinds
PMX-315 Exotic Winds
PMX-316 Synth Leads
PMX-317 Synth Strings
PMX-318 Synth Voices
PMX-319 Bonus Sounds
 

 [Super Hint: for the best deal, grab the “Everything” bundle. This is also the only way to acquire the “PMX-319 Bonus Sounds” pack which includes soundscape-worthy instruments such as “seashore”, “reverse cymbal”, and “helicopter”.]

Free Ableton Live Pack: Midi Dynamics

Midi Dynamics BrowserPresenting Midi Dynamics, the latest PerforModule free pack.

It includes 4 simple yet useful devices specifically for controlling midi dynamics, and one silly device with various fun-ctions. Click image to grab!

Midi Dynamics

Included Devices:

Midi Compressor
Smooth out too-loud midi instrumentation.
Use this like you would an audio compressor, to attenuate midi notes which exceed a certain velocity. All notes exceeding the threshold will be attenuated. The further past the threshold it is and the higher the amount is set, the more a note will be attenuated. Notes below the threshold velocity will not be affected at all.
Example usage: Playing a synth instrument melody in which notes above a certain velocity become too harsh-sounding due to a filter resonance tied to the velocity. Use the midi compressor to soften only those too-harsh notes. 

Midi Expander
Smooth out too-quiet midi instrumention.
Use this like you would an audio expander, to boost midi notes which are below a certain velocity. All notes under the threshold will be boosted. The further below the threshold it is and the higher the amount is set, the more a note will be boosted. Notes above the threshold velocity will not be affected at all.
Example Usage: Trying out a melody with a different synth instrument, and the quietest notes are now much quieter than they were previously due to the new instrument’s velocity mappings. Changing the mappings or note velocities would take too much time so you just use the midi expander to lift up the quietest notes.  

[Midi Compressor and Expander Special Notes: You can use Live’s “Velocity” device by itself to attenuate or boost overall note velocity; however these devices are useful for more precise and careful dynamics control, by using the threshold to set a cutoff point. Notes nearby other notes do not affect each other’s response the way an audio compressor’s transients do, so imagine them as if they have perfectly fast & noiseless attack and release.]

VelociRaptor
Set the velocity to a specific value.
Use this when you want rigid control of the velocity of an instrument, to be able to use a knob or automation to set the level at any moment to an exact setting. This overrides input velocity and all velocity effects prior to it in the chain.

Velocity RNG
Add in a bit of random fluctuation to an instrument’s velocity.
At small amounts, this will add in a bit of “humanization” and make the playback of instruments less robotic sounding. At higher settings it will vary more sporadically, until at maximum, a note of any input velocity may result in an output of any possible velocity. Tip: record a midi track with little or no dynamic variation into another midi track, routed through this device at a low setting. The new midi track will now have random difference applied to each note.

Rad-omizer
This is a rack with various tools to quickly alter a midi instrument’s input. Macros include:
-Mutant DNA: adds in a random chance that played notes will instead “improvise” and play a different note. The higher the control is set, the more chance of a mutant note, and the further away from its original value it might stray.
-Force Scale? -Key -Major or Minor?: optionally implement a scale selector to force all notes to conform to a chosen major or minor key. Niftily see the choices in the macro control’s numerical box.
-High Octave+ -Low Octave+: Blend in added octave notes (Make sure the instrument you are using has enough voices enabled to cover the added notes).
-Random Velocity: adds in velocity flux just like the “Velocity RNG” device.
-Dynamics: the default position for this is in the middle (63.5). Turn this up to drive overall note velocity; turn it down to soften overall note velocity.

“8-Bit Reverb” free effect rack

Sometimes you want a pristine reverb with the most delicate and precious tail imaginable.
Other times, you want a layer of digital dirt to add a touch of gritty color.

For those other times…
here’s another new free audio effect rack for Ableton Live 9.
It’s called “8-Bit Reverb” and is a lo-fi reverb effect that can be used on individual tracks or in a return channel.
It stays at an output bitrate of 8, for an old-school computer noise sound.
It has robust controls for sculpting the timbre easily to apply to many versatile usages.

GRAB “8-Bit Reverb” for Ableton Live 9 for FREE by clicking here
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Macro Controls

Wetness:
The amount of reverb.
At 0, effect is bypassed.
To use this as a send effect in a return channel (in order to add amounts of the same reverb to different channels), set it to 100% (127).

Tone Width:
Affects the reverb and erosion bandwidth.
Increase this for a more dense, colored sound.

Shape:
Alters many parameters simultaneously.
Set this carefully for the desired reverberation contour.

Erode:
Adds in erosion coloration to the reverb layer. At 0, no erosion is added.

Lows:
Sculpts the lower range of the reverb. Boost this for more boominess.

Freq Center:
Sets the midpoint of the reverb and erosion tones.
In conjunction with Tone Width this has a great effect on the overall sound.

Highs:
Sculpts the upper range of the reverb. Boost this for more shimmer.

Down-Sample:
Divides the sample rate by the number shown.
(Note that the bit rate is always set to 8; dividing the sample rate further degrades the sound.)