Hacking Ableton Live: Unofficial OSC, Scripting for More Control

Can you hack it? Yes. Yes, you can. Screenshot (CC-BY) Hens Zimmerman / 37Hz. Even before Max for Live was available, hackers had found a way of interacting with “secret” APIs inside Live for custom control, allowing them to customize Live’s behavior and make it work more seamlessly with hardware. That included providing something Ableton themselves had not: real, native control of Live via OSC, for more control than MIDI alone can provide. I was assured such hacks would continue to work, and sure enough, they have. Here’s how to get started. You may wonder, of course, why even bother …

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Akai APC20 Ableton Controller: Get Half an APC40, or an APC and a Half

Ableton Live-specific controllers just got another addition. You probably could have guessed this would come out, following the APC40 and Novation’s grid-only Launchpad last year, but the Akai APC20 is the new, smaller sibling to Akai’s APC40. The APC20 does basically everything the APC40 does on the latter’s left-hand side — it’s a grid of buttons, a set of mixers for your tracks, buttons for activating tracks (and solo/cue/record), and shortcuts for moving around and triggering the transport. Using the buttons, you can trigger clips or notes, with additional buttons for scenes and stopping clips around the outside of the …

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Exquisite Music Video Paints Sound, Rhodes, Moog in Light Paint

In the Pocket (Rhodes and Moog Light Paint) from Ethan Goldhammer on Vimeo. Fantastic, hip, soulful keys couple with brilliant stop-motion editing, as a Moog and Rhodes keyboard are splashed with light painting, in this new music video from Ethan Goldhammer. (See his blog for more.) It’s the perfect example of how a much-seen technique can retain its novelty when used creatively, especially as the sound itself seems to dance in light-up oscilloscope patterns. Background: Original music by Ethan Goldhammer and S. Burke. Time Lapse footage shot in August 2008 on Block Island, RI. Stop motion and light paint September …

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Ableton Live Hacking: Novation Nocturn Scripts, Music; More APC40 Setup

Ready for more dynamic control of Ableton Live, on the cheap? My how-to on MIDI Remote Scripting in Ableton Live was just last week, but it has already inspired new scripts for hardware, this time on the Novation Nocturn. (My examples for the tutorial were the Korg nanoPAD and nanoKONTROL.) The Nocturn is also very easy to slip into a backpack or carry-on, and very affordable at US$100-130 street. It just happens to become more valuable with a little user hacking. Why the Novation Nocturn? After all, Novation touts their own Automap technology for just this purpose. But Novation assumed …

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Handmade Music NYC 7/16, Plus Meet the Suitcase That Sequences Anything

CrudBox by Steven Litt at ITP from Core77 on Vimeo. How much performance power can you pack in a briefcase? What if you could have a magic box that did whatever you wanted? That’s the question asked, in various different ways, by the artists we’re showcasing at this month’s Handmade Music NYC, Thursday evening 7/16 in Brooklyn. It’s a free event if you’re in the New York area, and we’ll be bringing as much of the work to you online around the world. Full event details: Brooklyn, July 16: Suitcase Sequencers, Handmade Loopers, APC Hacking, Shake That Egg Facebook event/RSVP …

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Out of Control APC40 Photoshop Thread on Ableton Forums

I really have no words for this one, other than there’s a hilarious APC40 meme happening on the Ableton forums. Is it love? Disdain? The APC as the new “All Your Base” for the Live warping set? Does it really matter? http://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=116396 It’s good to know that, even as Ableton Live use has spread, us computer music folk are really not normal. Via Tara Busch on Twitter of AnalogSuicide.

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Live 8 Videos: New Warping Explained, APC + ReMOTE SL Integration

With Live 8 in the hands of Ableton fans, two big questions remain for a lot of aficionados: first, how the heck do you deal with this new warp marker interface, and second, how can you make controller mappings for hardware more effective? Thanks to some enterprising, expert users, we’ve got video solutions to each of those problems. Warp: Engage The new Warp Mode in Live may actually be friendlier to new users; it’s existing users, accustomed to the previous way of working, who seem thrown for a loop. (Erm… excuse the pun.) I’m at a bit of a disadvantage …

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Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller Hands-On Videos, in the Wild

The Akai APC40, the result of a collaboration between Akai and Ableton, has made its way into the wild. Here’s the first hands-on video – I have to say, I love the green lights. Who would have thought that Matrixsynth green would be the shade this year? You can thank AudioMIDI.com for getting the loaner out in the world. Not a whole lot to see in this very first video, but it does give you a feel for what the hardware itself is like.  Update: AKAI requested that the first video in this story be removed by its author on …

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