New Old Music
I’ve finally finished the epic and exhausting task of remastering/re-editing pretty much all of my “Animus Invidious” music spanning the decade of 2006 to 2016 (other than my acoustic album “embrace paradox” and 2 collab albums which were already remastered), including some never-released tracks lying around . I have then assembled a group of them into an album which is available to stream or download for free via bandcamp, as well as a more robust compilation of 5 discs available for mail order. I was never really fully happy with the original presentation of many of these tracks, but with time, i felt far enough removed to approach them a bit more objectively than when i first crafted them. I’ve test listened to these masters enough against other random material to be good with these being their final forms. I could have them all remastered again in another decade… but nothing will ever be perfect because perception is always subjective, so at some point one has to say “i’m done” and move on.
“But why should i care?” you rightly ask. You’re here for Ableton stuff. We both know this. But fear not, intrepid producer! For with the “Weirdest Of” album download comes a bonus pack of 5 free Ableton Live Audio Effect Racks by PerforModule, named after each disc in the full compilation. What do the racks have to do with the music? Nothing! other than the names. These are brand-new effect racks which are cool, fun, and useful. They each are crafted utilizing a next-level “delta processing” technique where effect chain feeds react dynamically to the input signal (without using maxforlive).
The effect racks (& disc titles) are:
Technical Stuff About the Audio Effect Racks
The first knob of each of the racks implements the amount of “delta processing”. Only the portions of the signal loud enough to cross the threshold will pass into the effects chain while the clean remainder of the signal is dynamically compensated downward. This allows for the effect feeds to be triggered in and out dynamically in reaction to the input signals in a manner which preserves overall energy balance. In other words, instead of blending processed signal with clean signal linearly like with a normal dry/wet architecture, clean signal is retained and is only reduced during the moments when processed signal is triggered.
>>> grab the album and audio effect racks here <<<
BY THE WAY, check out the new toy gears instrument.
Thanks! Have a good one!
Sorry it’s been a while, friends. So much has been in the works. The first thing to mention is that darren (who will be appearing at loop 2017 in November by the way) has been hard at work updating isotonik studios so that it loads faster, has a better layout, and is an overall improved experience. Along with the update, the final 2 packs which round off the fourth PerforModule Collection have now launched. To those who’ve already purchased the collection: THANK YOU! I really hope that it helps you make more awesome music, faster. That’s the whole point, right?
I was super stoked to be a guest on the AfroDJMac Music Production Podcast. Here’s your chance to hear my actual, real-life voice(!) The sound quality on my side is not wonderful since i was recorded over skype, but whatexer. I had a great time chatting with Brian about random stuff… the conversation decided upon its own meandering path, touching on various topics including the crafting and sharing of Ableton Live racks, VST hoarding, my custom Elemental Mixing template channel strip database, workflow optimization, cassette processing, dynamic contrast between songs on albums, and even the Legend of Zelda (nerds). All in all it was a very invigorating experience and i definitely wouldn’t turn down being a guest again at some point in the future. I myself have quite enjoyed the other podcasts, as they contain a plethora of unconventional tips which are superb for kick-starting the creative juices.
Oh, and we also dropped a couple free audio effect racks for you to grab, including something i brainstormed up quite a while ago and finally implemented perfectly: ‘Dynamic Panning’ (compresses in one direction while it expands in the opposite for source-reactive width modification).
Check out AfroDJMac’s website to access the show.
The newest sale pack is here: “Bussification”. It consists of channel strip racks designed for placement on groups of tracks, auxiliary tracks, and on the master buss during mixing. Each macro control for each is specifically restrained in minimum and maximum ranges to exemplify the relevant characteristics of different types of instruments.
(massive props to Joshua Casper for the above video demonstration!)
By grouping similar instruments in a mix and placing different Bussification racks onto them, each is given a distinct frequency character “home”, leading to a clearer and more vibrant overall mix when applied carefully. For each buss, decide upon a frequency to enhance, in particular, to help it stand out. You can sculpt the brightness and darkness to fine-tune the resultant tone, remove unnecessary frequencies with “tauten”, and infuse parallel saturation. There is a “juice” control which determines overall intensity of various parameters, parallel saturation calibrated uniquely for each buss type, and finally a knob for natural-sounding, sophisticated level automation which works by balancing various internal parameters.
Set up two return channels (CMD/CTRL-ALT-T), one for “Dirt” and one for “Space”. Solo them and send just enough of each channel in the mix to it to be able to barely hear. Use “Dirt” to add a bit of edgy presence for a less muddy mix. Use “Space” to emulate a nice room tone, helping to glue all elements together and cohesify punchiness. After balancing all track sends, unsolo the return tracks, reduce their levels to minimum, and slowly introduce them into the overall mix for added vibe and color. A next-level trick is to automate those levels to introduce more dirt and space during different song sections.
Place one of these on the master buss to subtly alter the overall character from digital neutrality to match the media of choice. These each have different controls. “CD” is for general-purpose, modern pre-mastering with an emphasis on the solidity of bass and the clarity of high frequencies. “Vinyl Record” adds in custom emulations of turntable rumble, stylus quality, and surface grime, also with RIAA pre- or post-equalization. “Cassette Tape” is equipped with a very nifty tape hiss generator which creates the hiss based on the original material as well as nonlinear subtle sub and air contour distortion.
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On a whim, i made a series of effects based on terms from this silly turboencabulator video:
Grab the effects for Ableton Live FREE via isotonik studios.
For more history on the Turbo Encabulator, check this out.
Update: Huge thanks to Ableton for sharing the Turboencabulation pack for “FreeStuffFriday”! I love you, Ableton! Side-fumbling has indeed been effectively eliminated.
Due to an increasing upcoming workload, we’ve decided to release the freeVST racks all at once, instead of in monthly batches as originally planned. That’s over four-hundred and twenty individual racks now available! Talk about an expanded toolkit.
These are “default/template” audio effect racks for many different plugins which are available publicly for free in 64-bit. You simply load any of these Ableton racks, and it loads its corresponding plugin (assuming it’s installed). Each rack includes help text which will be shown when hovering over macro controls.
Most of the plugins we have racks available for have 32- bit and mac versions as well; however, some are 64-bit or windows-only. Mac-only and AU plugin racks are planned for a future update. FreeVST racks here will be updated periodically as necessary to reflect developer updates. If you know of a free vst developer we missed or encounter any issues, please leave a comment.
ABLETON LIVE 9.6 required (Intro, Suite, or Standard).
Yes, you can even use all of these racks with Live 9 Intro!
As you may have noticed, i have random ideas all the time. It’s just a matter of finding the physical time to implement them. One idea i had which didn’t take super long to implement was to make effects based on the “Special Zone“ (aka “Special World”, “Star World”) levels from Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo. I grew up playing and loving NES and SNES and so get all predictably nostalgic over such things, as many people in my age range tend to (thus the almost-nauseating overpopularity of 8-bit retro throwback stuff currently).
I tossed the idea of effects based on the “special zone” levels at AfroDJMac to see what he thought, knowing that he’s somewhat into retro video game stuff too.
One thing led to another and another and… well, just that one thing, actually. It was pretty straightforward.
So now you have The Special Zone Pack for Ableton Live. <- Click that to go to AfroDJmac’s site to read about / grab.
Super, super huge thanks to AfroDJMac for hosting this pack! If you browse around his site, you will find a near-limitless supply of amazing, weird goodies.