This week we have another FREE Kit for your tweaking pleasure, and its called DarkBerg.
We have 2 very nice hi-hats/maracas/noisythings that can be tweaked in very creative ways. There is also a really “realistic” snare , kind of a jazzy snare, but with all the possibilities of it being synthetic. The cymbal is really cool too , a spacy vocal type of splash that will fit perfectly in your next techno track.
The sound pack is a free “Pay With A Social Post” download.
I am very excited to announce the 52nd free weekly AfroDJMac Ableton Live Pack: “Korg-asbord!” One year ago I decided to post an instrument rack I made with my laptop’s microphone creating feedback with the internal speakers. When I began, I had no idea I’d be doing this every week for an entire year! So many people have been downloading the instruments and effects I have created, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people I would have never met. I have been floored by the tracks people have created with these sounds. The support has been overwhelming and has inspired me in countless ways to continue to explore sound creation, sound design, and song writing. Thanks to everyone!
This week’s download features 5 different synths for Ableton. The first three come from a song I have been working on called “This is on Your Mind.” I created the sounds using the Korg iMS-20 iPad app and brought them into Ableton to finish the track. They feature a thick gritty bass sound, a cutting lead sound and some dirty drums. I would say they have a somewhat 8-bit feel.
The fourth synth was made with a sample of the Korg Monotron Duo, supplied by one of my readers, Hamtone. This synth is made of two different Monotron Duo samples and a sine wave sub bass sampled from Ableton’s Operator. Finally, as a special bonus, the last one is a sampled upright bass synth that was sent in by another one of my readers JM-DG. It’s an amazing instrument that I think is so well done and useful that I am releasing it exactly as he sent it to me.
This week’s free Ableton Live Rack was created with my Moog Slim Phatty analog synthesizer. It’s simply an unfiltered square wave. I think it’s a good example of a nice pure sound coming out of the Slim Phatty, that gives you a good idea of what this synth sounds like. The square wave is probably my favorite sounding wave just because it reminds me of old video games. I gave the synth a bit of over drive on it’s filter, and it makes for a thick and gritty square. Inside Ableton, I set up some macro controls for attack, release, lo pass filter frequency and resonance. There’s also an arpeggiator in there to help you get some nice retro video game sounds. Finally, I added a Redux, for bit crushing, and some chorus and delay.
This download is also a little sample of what comes in The AfroDJMac Big Phatty Pack. It is one of the 33 instrument racks that come with this mega download. If you like the Hip to be Square synth, then you’ll probably dig this Ableton Live Pack. It’s got all kinds of diverse and interesting sounds created by combining samples from my Moog Slim Phatty with the powers of Ableton Live. Click on the button below to purchase. Satisfaction guaranteed!
If you are anything like me, you’ve probably spent the last couple of weeks wiping drool off your mouth as all the exciting new musical toys rolled out at this year’s Winter NAMM. Analog synths, exciting MIDI controllers, plug-ins and hardware galore — straight out of my wildest imagination — were dancing in my dreams as I drifted off to sleep.
Upon awakening, I’d head down to create some music with the escapades of my unconscious mind echoing in my head. “Boy, if I only had that (insert random piece of exciting new gear)! Then I’d really be making some amazing tunes!”
STOP! Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need this or that to create your next big hit. One of the biggest forms of procrastination is thinking that you are lacking some thing that is keeping you from your goals. It gives you an excuse to not take action. It justifies failure to achieve a goal by convincing you that you have no power to accomplish whatever that goal is. Don’t be a victim!
For this week, I collected sounds from some interesting sources and then put them into an Ableton drum rack. Then I coupled them with effects that will take them further into the obscure. In this rack you will hear keyboard keys, long cardboard tubes, plastic objects being hit, vinyl crackles, glitchy noises created with Ableton’s Operator synth, a lighter, and a couple other miscellaneous things that are escaping my memory at this moment. All in all, it’s 126 different percussive sounds. And they can all be mangled in infinite ways…
The Unusual Percussion Ableton Rack is a free download from AfroDJMac.
Sometimes it is the simple things in life that are the most gratifying. Sometimes less really is more. This week’s installment of my free weekly Ableton Live AfroDJRacks (a term coined by the good people at Ableton) is a fairly simple effects rack I have been using on my Master channel in my live performances. Currently (and I say currently, because if the past is any indication, this will certainly evolve) my live set-up consists of Ableton Live, an Akai APC40, an Akai MPK mini or MPK 49 (depending on my mood), a Novation Launchpad, and my OP-1. Although I am trying to keep things down to a minimum, this set up sure makes for a lot of controls to play with. And just like a little kid when he sees buttons, I have the almost uncontrollable urge to push them. Maybe it is a self-conscious thing that makes me want to show the audience that I am actually doing something and not just pressing play on iTunes, but I sometimes listen back to my performances and think that maybe I made things a little too busy. As my performances have matured, I am learning to resist the urge to constantly push buttons and move faders. Just because they are there asking for it doesn’t mean I should do it. So, I’m working on appreciating subtleties. Nothing can be subtle if everything is doing something. Subtleties only work when they have room to breathe and are not overshadowed by other elements. The rack I am about to share with you has proven to be one of my favorite things to toy with during live performances. It is a pretty simple, yet powerful, effects rack I place on a master channel.