Cycling 74 have announced a brand new version of Max coming in Q2 2018. Recently-acquired by Ableton, Cycling 74’s Max is a programming interface for music-making and sound design, allowing users to highly customise their projects, installations, signal paths and much, much more.
Ableton have announced version 10 of their popular music-making software Live. Having only announced Live 9.7.5 last week, the update brings with it a new synth, redfined design, new FX and innovative new features. At the top of the list is a new instrument called Wavetable, funnily enough a wavetable synth with a new re-sizable GUI, something not seen in Live before.
Download a free molduar synth module from Mutable Instruments. Forever looking for ways to innovate, Ableton and their users have always provided interesting nd forward-thinking music making tools and now Eurorack module maker Mutable Instruments have ported two of their most popular Eurorack modules to Max for Live.
Clouds and Braids have both been unofficially ported by developer Timo Rozendal via Max for Live, so you'll need the full Ableton Suite to run them.
Whilst VR has made inroads in the gaming world, it's yet to make a significant impact in music making, until now.
That's where newly released app AliveInVR comes in, the Windows-based app allows owners of HTC's Vive VR system to control Ableton Live with the help of a Vive VR headset and two Vive controllers
Costing just £8.99, the app allows users to control Ableton's DAW with the help of Vive's controllers to launch clips, place triggers in 3D space, play instruments in scale mode and mix your tracks in VR.
Ableton have been long-time supports of the creative arts. While their flagship software Live is predominantly a music-making tool, many users have re-imagined what the DAW can do with everything from art installations, VJs, live bands and even running PacMan inside Max for Live.
Ahead of the full program announcement later this month, Ableton has revealed first names who will be shaping the third instalment of its popular music summit, Loop, which is aimed at producers, thinkers, educators and creative technologists.
This year's Loop summit will include genre-bending producer of the moment, Jlin, tape-destroying ambient hero William Basinski and New York clubbing collective Discwoman.
Ripplemaker has been developed by Bram Bos as a West Coast-flavoured synth for the iOS platform.
The synth is designed for “exploration and experimentation”. Available modules include a complex oscillator, lowpass gate, FM, mathematical utilities and slope generator.
Ableton continue to aid new music producers with the launch of their latest website, which is a free online resource that teaches the basics of music production.
Real songs are used in the lessons, including Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, whilst there is also a section where users can put their new found knowledge to use and create their own tracks. This can then be exported to Ableton Live in order to make finishing touches.