So i’ve been delving into the Ableton Live 10 Beta for a little bit now, did a couple of large mixes and some experimenting with it, and have accumulated a fair impression of how it differs from Live 9.
Ableton Live 10 ~ What’s to Like?
I’ll run over some of the things i’ve noticed in particular which stood out to me, while slipping in mentions of more minor program enhancements. Everything i explain below i will have confirmed personally with Live 9 and Live 10 side-by-side testing.
You’ll notice i completely ignore some new features. These are things i’ve either not tested yet, don’t care about, or would take too much time to dive into properly here. I not even touching on the new instrument or effects (yet…)
My overall impression of Live 10 is that they added in a lot of workflow improvements i didn’t know i wanted. Continue reading
The PerforModule Pack Collections at Isotonik Studios have been restructured.
There are now 3 main collections which together comprise every one of my sale packs. These are by far your best deal ever at accumulating PerforModule goodies:
This consists of a single “mega” pack which contains a consolidated collection of ALL the racks from 6 entire previous packs: DynaMixing One through Five plus Ionic FX.
All devices from those packs are now accesible from a single browser location. Convenient!
These are tools designed for enhancing your workflow for mixing, allowing you to sculpt your sound with robust, innovative capabilities quickly. Many of them include “artificially inteilligent source reactivity” using envelope followers listening to different parts of the input signal to “automagically” modify parameters in real time.
Currently totaling 88 awesome effect racks!
Personally… i use racks from this pack all. The. Time. For mixing. So many of the tools are just the fastest and easiest way to get to a refined result i’m looking for. Down below you can check out some personal favorites and what i might use them for.
These include packs which are of a technical nature, giving you a huge range of tools for very specific tasks. Be all scientifical about stuff!
Includes the packs:
- Advanced Splytters
- Amplitude Operands
- Groovification 1
- Groovification 2
- Note Range Setters
- Testy Mastering
- Tranzmuterz & Electorz
Here reside the fun, wacky, and creative batch of oddities providing instruments and effects for “niche” purposes, great for when you want to be spontaneous and just make stuff.
Includes the packs:
- Drum Enhancerz
- One Knob Wonders
- Planetary Convolution
- PMX FX Plus
- Uno Plus Series
So i set up a Limiter Tournament (using a variation on single elimination style) to decisively rank my Clipper/Limiter/Maximizer plugins against each other. Unlike with compression, which i often like to use for adding character, injecting density, and enhancing groove, my primary purpose for limiters tends to be to increase headroom by curtailing short transient peaks, leading to a consistent, clean output. For this reason, it is not so impractical for me to classify some limiters as “better” than other (unlike with compressors). This is also the reason why i am including clippers and limiters both in the same tournament. Limiters tend to pump and Clippers tend to distort, but lots of plugins have characteristics of both, and the basic purpose is the same for both: to reduce the pokiness of peaks which are so fast we don’t really hear them anyways. Maximizers? What the fuck are those? There is no consensus as different developers release things they call “maximizers” which do different things, but in general, they combine peak limiting with either low-level compression or saturation.
4 limiter/clipper/maximizer models at a time were pitted against each other in contests using HOFA BlindTest with clips gradually pushed into 35dB of limiting, gain-matched using Melda’s MAGC to be able to hear only dynamics, tone, and distortion characteristics without loudness levels affecting perception.
“Testy Mastering” is a pack containing an epic effect rack which contains the entire mastering workflow for obtaining a reasonably loud and balanced master or pre-master, mimicking my real-life “Tasty Mastering” workflow using Ableton-native devices. Continue reading
What does compression sound like?
What are compressors actually doing to our audio?
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.