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Novation: Mininova synth announced

Looks like a good week for hardware, in my last post we talked about the new MASCHINE generation from the guys at Native Instruments, and now its turn for Novation to show us their new small synth called MiniNova.

This synth its small in size, but offers a huge range of features like a Vocoder (microKorg style) but it also includes a pitch correction feature called VocalTune™. It has 256 presets ready to play and edit in real time and a 128 preset bank to save your own sounds, it also includes a free software patch editor and library to tweak your patches easily and download preset packs and share with other users.

But for me the feature that sets this apart from others is the 8 animate buttons that lets you tweak and warp sounds in realtime, and features a filter knob and 4 editing knobs to tweak any parameter that you like, and what really hook me, is that it includes 7 effects and you can stack up to 5 for each voice and tweak them via animate buttons and the 4 edit knobs, these effects are: distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and a gate/stutter.

 

As you can see it integrates perfectly into Ableton Live and it will into any other DAW, and the sounds are really cool, and the vocoder works good (at least on the video), and another feature I almost forgot is that you can plug your guitar, or your bass or any instrument with a 1/4 plug, to use any of the effects, vocoder or vocaltune, sounds good right?

The price is not announced yet, but being a Novation product I expect a fair-priced high quality synth. It will include +1 GB of royalty-free samples and loops from Loopmasters, Ableton Live Lite and the Novation Bass Station synth, to take advantage of its MIDI I/O capabilities too.

The links is here.  You can leave your thoughts and comments about it 🙂

Do you think this will be the microKorg killer? I do.

 

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Ableton Live 8.4, Now in Beta, Introduces 64-bit Support

Finally!!!!!

Just got this on my email!

“Ableton has released a beta version of Live 8.4, which introduces native 64-bit support. The 64-bit version of Live will allow you to use more than four gigabytes of RAM. This means you can work with Live Sets (including Sets using third-party plug-ins and ReWire configurations) that are much larger and more memory intensive than in the 32-bit version. Registered users of Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro and Live Lite 8 can download the beta now.

Note: The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features. For more information and system requirements please see this Knowledge Base article.”

Everyone join in!

http://www.ableton.com/login?url=/live-8-beta (you need a valid Ableton Login)

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Sonic Charge Permut8 (Preview)

The guys at Sonic Charge left this message at their blog regarding their new product “Permut8”:

Permut8 Puzzle

Unfinished Permut8 Puzzle

“In an attempt to make life a bit more exciting we are currently beta testing two new releases simultaneously. One is a VST/AU called Permut8. You can see and hear it on our home page if you manage to solve the puzzle first. We don’t give anything for free here at Sonic Charge, not even screenshots or demo tracks : ). ”

All right… So I did had an exciting moment solving the puzzle but when I did get to hear what this exciting toy* is capable of doing I had to make a video:

So that was really cool! It seems to be a really powerful tool, and we still have more stuff to hear from this full-of-awesomeness-machine.

I already have some questions and comments for the Sonic Charge team:

  1. How did you manage to do something that cool?
  2. What does the bottom panel its supposed to be?
  3. The integer, fraction, step mask, substract  labels probably scares you if you’ve only used “traditional” plugins… but I’m just trying to figure out what will they do…
  4. The NOP, AND, MUL, OSC, RND, OR, XOR, MSK, SUB labels makes me think that you will summon little aliens by their names and you’ll be able to control them via MIDI!
  5. Those switches makes me want to play and tweak the damn thing right now!
Permut8 Sexy Screenshot

Permut8 Sexy Screenshot

Visit the sexy** guys/aliens at:
http://soniccharge.com/

*Just kidding its not a toy, but I really wish that I had one like that…

**Just kidding again…

Suscribe for more exciting news!

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My Entry on the Olivia Broadfield Remix Contest

I didn’t get to finish the song in time for the contest (Actually its unfinished, I cut it after the interlude) but I just found the project file and decided to upload it just because I put some time and a nice bass/drum groove on it, feel free to share.

Here it is:

And if you want to listen the original you can find it here:

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Song Made From Sampling A Porno Clip

This interesting experiment made by Jason from http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/ shows us that music can be done from any source available, in this case: a porn clip.

Sorry to Dissapoint you but there is no porn on the videos, but the process is fully covered on video and Jason shows all the techniques used in the song.

Part 1 of the video:

This show that besides synths, sample packs, instruments, voice, etc., we can use any sound to create our projects, so lets give it a try.

To see the full story go here: http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/blog/2012/01/07/song-made-from-sampling-a-porno-clip/

Question: What other “alternative” sources have you used for making a project?

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Ableton – Free Ableton Live Pack: Finger Percussion by Vertecs

Do you find yourself tapping stuff and making rhythms? Or slightly hitting your body like it was a drum kit? Well… I do.

So this Ableton Live Pack I just found made of 83 samples from snaps, slaps, clicks and other sounds, its just perfect to recreate percussions we get by tapping stuff with your fingers.

I played with it for a while and immediately I was able to imitate the same rhythm I was making with my hands, plus some other sounds I can’t find out where they came from, its a fun pack and will keep you busy for a while and I’m sure you can get a good use to it.

By the way did I mention it’s completely free? Get it at: www.vertecsrecordings.com

Here is a little Demo I made with it:

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Ableton – One Month Left to Remix Christopher Willits – Free Stems and Prizes

Feeling lucky? Want to do a Remix? How about a contest… This blog started for collaboration between musicians and you can do it just by downloading Christopher Willits stems and making a remix with them… get creative!

Original post from Ableton:

There’s still time to get your submission together for Christopher Willits‘ Remix Project. For this competition, Christopher has shared 121 free stems from the recording of his album,Tiger Flower Circle SunDownload the stems and enter a remix by February 1 for a chance to win a boxed copy of Ableton Live 8, a SoundCloud Pro account, a release on Ghostly International, and more.

Looking for some inspiration to get going with your own remix – or just interested to see what others have come up with? Listen to competition entries here.

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