Posts Tagged ‘Dj’

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Touch Mix iPhone deadmau5 DJ-Remix App, from Future Audio Workshop

February 17, 2009

Touch Mix is a simple music app for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you play, mix, and remix ten exclusive tracks by producer deadmau5. Now, of course, you’re unlikely to grab this in order to DJ nothing but deadmau5. (The all-deadmau5, all-the-time approach?) But the app demonstrates that iPhone-only artist releases can be a whole lot more fun than just a few tracks and some static album artwork. And it also shows off what a handheld DJ interface could look like, with a pretty efficient one-screen-per-deck design that doesn’t overwhelm your fingertips.

Features:

  • Two players, two sets of playback controls
  • Interactive display warns you as the next track is queuing
  • Separate crossfader, volume
  • Effects: loop, filter, flange, delay
  • Adjustable speed, bpm
  • Scratch, back spin by touching live waveform

Yes, that’s quite a lot more than simply plopping in some static content. Just guessing, but I imagine we could see this app applied to other music, as well. (What you can’t do — yet — is bring in your own waveforms, which would make all the difference.)

Touch Mix is the work of Future Audio Workshop, the folks who brought us the lovely drag-and-drop, OpenSoundControl-compatible Circle synth. FAW’s Gavin Burke had a chat with us about how he thinks about design. (If Touch Mix isn’t meaty enough for you, you can use your iPhone or iPod touch to control Circle in real-time; you’ll find an app that works with the popular TouchOSC to ease setup.)

Visit Deadmau5 Profile here

from Create Digital Music

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Adaptable, minimalist interface: Monome

February 4, 2009

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Adaptable, minimalist interfaces

256 buttons on it lined up in rows. an Apple laptop, a mixer thing and DJ Daedelus himself.

Daedelusis a flagship user for the Monome, a small MIDI device designed by engineers Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain, that’s connected via USB cable to a MacBook running a Cycling ’74 Max/MSP software program with the OSC protocol. The setup allows him to chop up dozens of tracks from his decade-long discography, remixing them into a furiously imaginative set.

The Monome

Three models: two fifty six (16×16), one twenty eight (16×8), and sixty four (8×8).

Each is a reconfigurable grid of backlit keypads which connects to a computer. interaction between the keys and lights is determined by the application running on the computer. there is no hard-wired functionality.

This new series evolved from the 40h which began as an interface for our own music performance and art practice. we also make available a kit version which allows users to create their own 40h-like devices.

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Applications

Live sample cutters, math simulations, drum machines, generative controllers, tonal maps, games, visualizations. browse here. we make available all sources to encourage community contribution and enthusiasm. We share and thrive.

specifications

model two fifty six
elements 16 by 16 (256 total)
dimensions 10.75 by 10.75 by 1.5 inches
materials 6061 anodized aluminum, translucent silicone, conductive silicone, hand-crafted black walnut, lead-free components and circuit boards
interface usb 2.0
power external power supply (included, rated international)
platforms os x, windows xp, linux
model one twenty eight
elements 16 by 8 (128 total)
dimensions 10.75 by 6.00 by 1.5 inches
materials 6061 anodized aluminum, translucent silicone, conductive silicone, hand-crafted black walnut, lead-free components and circuit boards
interface usb 2.0
power external power supply (included, rated international)
platforms os x, windows xp, linux
model sixty four
elements 8 by 8 (64 total)
dimensions 6.00 by 6.0 by 1.5 inches
materials 6061 anodized aluminum, translucent silicone, conductive silicone, hand-crafted black walnut, lead-free components and circuit boards
interface usb 2.0
power bus powered
platforms os x, windows xp, linux
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Karaoke UK Singmaxx 520

January 28, 2009

Fantastic `All in One’ Portable Karaoke, roughly the size of an iPhone! Take it to parties, camping or wherever else you need some good Karaoke fun! Bring people together, have fun and showcase your talent anytime, anywhere!

This is a full function karaoke player, except for a difference – it fits in your pocket! The best karaoke player around? You bet!!!

It supports MP3 + G (CDG) and all video formats. It also supports background photo slideshows when you playback karaoke songs.

It comes with two microphones, for sing along and duets!

The A/V output jack allows you to connect the SingMaxx 520 to a TV or to a hi-fi stereo system. Through the “TV hotkey” it’s easy to switch display between TV and the player’s LCD.

Karaoke Functions:

  • vocal remove on/ off
  • echo effect
  • key shift control
  • mic volume control
  • master volume control
  • embedded with 2GB/ 4GB flash memory plus Micro SD card slot (SDHC interface, up to 32 GB). The player allows you to store over 1000 karaoke videos or 2200 MP3+G (CDG) karaoke songs (4GB flash + 8 GB SD  card)

Audio Functions:

  • touch sensitive keys to browse your music and photo library slideshow while listening to the music. Up to six EQ modes.
  • supports MP3, WMA, WAV
  • supports PlayForSure and Windows Media Player 10 & 11.

Photo Functions:

  • display your photographs on your TV!
  • create and organize photo albums
  • picture preview (5×5 thumbnails)
  • photo slideshow with background music and transition effects

Extra Functions:

  • games – built in GBC, NES emulators, supportsini games.
  • digital voice recording to WAV format (option to choose diferent bit rates)
  • supports line-in recording
  • Window Media Player sync
  • dual USB modes
  • hight speed OTG integrated – acts as USB host, transfer to hard drives and digital cameras and other MP3/ MP4 players.
  • user defined wallpaper
  • display battery charge
  • user defined power off time

Features:

  • All-in-One Portable Karaoke Player ( 2.4” LCD, 262Ê Colors, 320X240 Pix Resolution)
  • Two dynamic mics
  • AV Cable
  • Mini-USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Power Adapter
  • Carrying Bag
  • Manual
  • Software CD-Rom
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How to ReWire Reason with Ableton Live, and why?

January 27, 2009

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Ableton Live is a professional loop-based software music sequencer for Mac OS and Windows by Ableton. The latest major release of  Live is  Version 7.

Unlike other software sequencers, Live is designed around the notion of being as much an instrument for live performances as a tool for composing and arranging. It is also often used for precision mixing of tracks by DJs.

If you have never used Ableton before, it can dratically change your music creation technique nevermind your outlook!.

Using Ableton Live, you can integrate audio recording, loops and samples with your Reason projects. This is done by ReWiring Reason with Live.

This gives you acces to some of the best control AND the best sounds!

  1. Install Live on your computer.
  2. Launch Live so that it can install its ReWire engine in your system.
  3. Go to Live’s In/Out View and select Reason as the “In Type.”
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  4. Enable Live’s Monitoring switch.
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  5. Launch Reason.
  6. Select the desired ReWire Channels in Live’s In Channel menu if you have devices in Reason routed to channels other than the Mix L & R Channels.
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Sending MIDI from Live to Reason:

  1. In a MIDI Track in Live, select Reason as the output type in the in/out chooser.
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  2. In the output channel chooser of the same Track, select the desired Reason device.
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Notes:

  • Reason is now in ReWire Slave mode; Live is the ReWire Master.
  • Reason will lock to the Live tempo and transport with sample-accurate synchronization. If you change the tempo in Live, Reason will follow.
  • You can record the Reason ReWire input in Live as you would with any other input in Live. (Please see the recording section of the Live manual).
  • To disconnect the ReWire connection you must always quit Reason first.
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Turn your laptop into a multi instument keyboard and vocal-processing powerhouse

January 9, 2009

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Regardless of what instrument you play or what software you use to record and compose, it’s never been easier to access massive libraries of synth and sample sounds, guitar and bass amp emulations, vintage-derived effects and so on. While all of this power and flexibility has been a boon for the home recordist, bringing these same software-derived sounds to the stage continues to vex many. The good news is that today’s multicore laptops have more than enough horsepower to handle the needs of most keyboardists, guitarists and experimental-leaning vocalists, as well as multi-instrumentalists who may need to jump between several instruments during a set. By choosing the correct software and hardware, as well as doing some critical housekeeping and asset-management chores, you can easily bring your best software instruments and effects to that stage and consolidate your hardware needs down to a few roadworthy essentials.

The host with the most

First and foremost, all of your software instruments and effects need to live somewhere. While it’s completely feasible for a keyboardist or guitarist to work solely within a workstation-style product such as Propellerhead Reason or Native Instruments GuitarRig, if you really want to take advantage of your plug-in collection or jump between instruments, you need to employ a more open-ended option. Two products that are built expressly for this purpose are Apple MainStage — part of the Apple Logic Studio bundle (; www.apple.com/logicstudio) — and Native Instruments Kore 2, which is now available in a software-only edition , as well as the software/hardware package  (www.native-instruments.com). Both programs do many of the same things: 1. They allow you to access, organize, edit, combine and recall the majority of the third-party plug-ins on your machine. 2. Both allow you to play software instruments and process live audio sources (guitar, bass, vocals and even feedback loops). 3. By largely removing the traditional elements of a DAW, both of these apps allow more CPU resources to be used for instruments and effects, thus keeping latency in check.

Choosing a host performance application will depend largely on what software you already own. Logic Studio users have a clear advantage in this department because all channel strips and saved plug-in settings are immediately available in MainStage; in other words, what you did in the studio shows up in MainStage. Kore, however, requires a little more prep work in the beginning (users will need to batch-convert their third-party plug-in sounds over to the KoreSound format), but it offers support for a wider range of plug-in formats as well as Windows PCs.

Time to organise..

The second major task in prepping your sounds for performance is figuring out exactly what you need and exactly what you don’t. If your goal is to replicate the sounds you used in your recordings, a recent demo or what have you, then that is the obvious place to start. Open up the original sessions, isolate the plug-ins that you need to use live and give each preset a specific name before saving them to a new folder. Of course, you can skip that step if you want to dive in and start playing. Either way, once you start to have a firmer grasp on what you’re going to need in a live show or rehearsal situation, that’s the time to start creating a performance library.

MainStage and Kore have different ways of creating that library. With MainStage, you’ll need to create a new Concert. A Concert can comprise any number of live audio and instrument channels, and the Performance pane can be customized to include a wide array of assignable controllers (which you can then easily map to your hardware), meters and patch selectors. You can load instruments and live signal processors in a row and select them interchangeably like presets on a piece of hardware. A single preset can comprise both audio and instrument plug-ins, and a Concert can include any number of presets. When you load a new Concert, all the associated instruments and samples are loaded in the background, and nothing really nails the CPU until a preset is selected. The load time between presets is generally very minimal.

The no hassle, buy nothing keyboard workstation

If you’re a budget-conscious keyboardist and you want a simple and reliant way to access an array of keyboard sounds that requires practically zero mousing around and almost no MIDI assignment editing, here it is.

Load up an empty 16-track session in your DAW of choice. Starting with the first track in the session, load up your first instrument sound and set this track to receive only MIDI channel 1. Repeat the process as needed (track 2 to MIDI channel 2, etc.) until you’ve loaded up all of the sounds you need or you’re out of MIDI channels. Changing MIDI channels on most portable MIDI keyboards (M-Audio Oxygen 8 V2, Axiom 49, etc.) is a simple one- or two-button process. With this setup, you only have to load one session into your DAW, and switching between sounds is as simple as changing the MIDI channel on your controller.

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Ableton Live – What is it?

October 23, 2008

Ableton has been allowing musicians to develop their sequenced music and transfer it to the live environment for years, going from being a simple loop based piece of software to becoming the extremely powerful and intuitive program that we know today.

One of its main strengths lies in its dual view ability, “Session View” and the “Arrangement View”. This means the user can define the most appropriate view for the application intended. Be that running like a standard audio sequencer program or powerful real time audio manipulation program.

The program is now that comprehensive that there are even courses designed solely for the Ableton user to learn the full capabilities of the program

The Live Concept

Live offers two main views—the Session View and the Arrangement View—that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. Here is the principle behind each view:

Session View

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Live’s unique Session View acts as a powerful musical sketch and launch pad, allowing you to try out new ideas easily and improvise freely. Each cell in the Session View grid can hold a recording, MIDI file, or any other musical idea. These ideas can be recorded on the fly or dragged in from the Browser and played in any order and at any time you wish.
Arrangement View

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The Arrangement View offers a timeline-based approach for traditional multitrack recording, MIDI sequencing and other music production tasks. You can even improvise in the Session View, and all of your actions will be recorded into the Arrangement View, where they can be edited whenever you like.

Live Showcase

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Elastic Audio Manipulate the tempo and feel of your music as it plays.
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Uninterrupted Creative Flow Record, mix, match and add effects without ever stopping the music.
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For Studios Bring the creative power of Live to your studio environment.
for_beat_creators

For Beat Creators Streamline your beat production and gain endless creative possibilities.

for_djs

For DJs Elevate your DJ sets. Remix, mash up and produce your music.
no_idea_lost

No Idea Lost Effortlessly build and browse your library of musical ideas.


And….

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Defy the Timeline Freely improvise musical structure instead of constructing it.
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Hands On Control Express yourself with your hands (or your feet!)
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For Sound Designers Create radical variations of your samples in real time.

Live 7 Features

  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192kHz
  • Complete nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files, for improvisation and instant remixing
  • A comprehensive selection of built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs
  • Built-in software instruments: Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, Impulse for sampled drums
  • Instrument-, Drum-, Effect Racks for creating and managing complex performance setups, drum kits and multi-effects
  • VST and AU effects and instruments support; automatic plug-in delay compensation
  • REX file support and native sliced audio file creation
  • Video import and export for scoring to picture or warping picture to music
  • Real-time control of parameters with any MIDI controller—just MIDI-map it or choose from a list of popular supported controllers for instant mapping
  • Full ReWire support
  • Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
  • Multicore and multiprocessor support

Essential Instrument Collection 2

The boxed version* of Ableton Live 7 includes the Essential Instrument Collection 2, a multi-gigabyte library of meticulously sampled instruments providing a choice selection of acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, bass, drums, orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds and more.

* Not included with boxed upgrades.

The Live Set: Part 4 from Bjorn Vayner on Vimeo.

http://www.ableton.com/
http://www.covops.org/index.php/The-CovOps-Blog/

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