Tutorial on Breaking Free of Synth Presets

Being an electronic musician is doubly challenging — on top of learning musical skills, the technology is basically an instrument to be learned. Regular CDM tipster Michael Weeks has put together what has to be the most condensed guide to synthesizer programming I’ve ever seen. Beginners, if you aren’t quite ready to dive into a book and want a lunchtime refresher, this is perfect. More advanced users, now you have a quick link to give those beginners — and I suggest skipping down to item 6, “Chaos as structure”, for some CDM-friendly tips. The site also features a new tutorial …

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Free/Cheap Soundware for Ableton Live: Covert Operators Goes Prime-Time

The Covert Operators now have their own Website, and they’re filling it up with tons of sound content for Ableton Live. You may recall the excellent free Covert Operators preset library (most of them for Ableton’s Operator synth); it’s back and newly-updated, for a total of 700 nicely-organized presets. On top of that is the new Sound Wrecks library, with 3000 LiveClips, hundreds of FX chains, and 66 drum kits.Propellerhead Reason has long had great add-on content (see CDM’s recent update on that), but finally Ableton Live is coming into its own. Add this to the vastly-expanded presets Ableton includes …

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LifeFills “Point-Five”: Updated Content for Ableton Live 5

Ableton has finally packed some great presets into Live 5, but it’s a far cry from the amount of instrumental/sample and effects content built into something like Reason. That’s why we’re such great fans of Track Team Audio and their libraries of additional content for Live. Live 5 totally changes how presets work (that’s a good thing), so the Track Team stuff is now being updated. The first of the updated LiveFills, the Tacklebox, is now available. The others are coming soon. These upgrades bring lots of new content, new features, and other improvements taking advantage of Live 5’s new …

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More Free Operator Sounds: Covert Operators 3

Seems I slept through this, but the good folks on the Ableton forum have come up with still more great patches for Ableton’s Operator synth. The good news: it sounds like these patches will work with Live 5. The better news: Live 5’s device chaining capabilities will bring cooler, wetter effects, silencing critics of Operator griping about no built-in effects or lackluster presets. Check out Covert Operators volume 3. And this will work with the Live demo; current version is save-disabled but allows unlimited use.

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