This is part 2 of a 2 part series (see part 1) exploring Livid’s BASE with Ableton Live 9, and external hardware synthesizers. This tutorial shows off using BASE with Live and routing it to the Novation Bass Station (analog synth) and controlling it’s parameters using our online editor. Also, there is a brief explanation on how to sample into Lives “Sampler” Instrument.
A sample of a reproduction of a synthesized emulation: this is the basis of the xoxrack. A collection of samples taken from a Mode Machines xoxbox (a reproduction of the famous Roland TB303 bass synthesizer) make up this set of drums, synths, and bass. This Ableton Live set won’t emulate all the possibilities of the xoxbox, but if you need some analog acid flavor for your track, grab these samples and start droppin’.
“Technology” has the associations of ever-changing, ever-improving, always-evolving. In the case of the Roland TB-303 Bass Synthesizer, however, aficionados would probably use their first wish from a genie to go back to 1982 (or 1984 when they were on fire-sale) to snap them up to keep forever, like Han Solo in carbonite. Maybe this is because it’s the sound that launched a new genre of music, a new way to get people together, and careers that are still strong today. Or perhaps the quirky operation and the wonderful failures created a new dialog between musician and technology that spawned a new technique.
The Mode Machines Xoxbox is an incredibly faithful reproduction of the original, offering a rich bass sound, the same controls and sequencer, but has several other enhancements to make it fit with other gear in a modern studio.
Livid’s KC Harvey-Taylor sat down with one and captured a lot of that sound in this free Ableton live pack. It’s not just bass in this set: there’s drums, pad, and lead instruments – enough variety from the xoxbox to explore the versatility of this instrument. Decorated with some of Live’s effects, the simple tones become a complete production. Even if you don’t care about the sounds, there’s a lot to learn for someone just getting started in Live.
Of course, we also provide the raw WAV samples that you can use in other software and projects. Take a listen to the sample clips on our Soundcloud feed:
Specs: Ableton Live Pack. Seven tracks of instruments, clips, and effects. Sampled at 48K, 24bit, recorded directly from Mode Machines xoxbox.
The Mode Machines SID is a next-level up from any chip-tunes instrument out there, but it’s too rare for everyone to have one. We thought we’d share some of the lovely low-res sounds we got out of one in a recent session.
The Mode Machines SID offers the incredible sounds of the Commodore 64 in a comprehensive musical instrument. A sequencer, synthesizer, and companion to a computer, it doesn’t just reproduce the sounds from that unique piece of computer history, it’s IS those sounds, using the original chips from the C64. Livid’s own KC Harvey-Taylor sat down with one recently to break out some sounds for some drums and samplers that are perfect for retro-game effects or just punching through a mix with the characteristic edgy sounds of low-bit, lo-fi, old-school computers.
This free set of samples are conveniently wrapped up in an Ableton Live Pack and includes a 23-sound Drum Rack, a multi-sample Bass, a couple nice lead synths with effects, and some MIDI clips to get you started. If you don’t have live, you can just download the WAV files. Take a listen on Soundcloud:
Specs: Ableton Live Pack. Four tracks of instruments, clips, and effects. Sampled at 48K, 24bit, recorded directly from Mode Machines SID box.
We first debuted the VDMX + OhmRGB Slim bundle during a limited two-week promotion that ran back in September of this year. The deal joined Vidvox‘s VDMX visual performance software with the OhmRGB Slim controller at an awesome sale price of only $599 (nearly $300 off list!)
Livid and Vidvox have agreed to officially extend the bundle deal until the end of the year. If you’re looking for a great opportunity to start working with two excellent visual performance tools, you can purchase the VDMX + OhmRGB Slim bundle directly from the Livid Online Shop.
We’ve also made this promotion even better: If you’ve purchased an OhmRGB or OhmRGB Slim within the last 12 months, you can e-mail Vidvox for a special discount on VDMX. Likewise, if you’ve recently purchased VDMX and are looking to add an OhmRGB Slim controller to your rig, you can contact us for a special rate.
The latest in the line of impressive BASE reviews comes from Earmilk. In the article published, they explore both the features and functionality of BASE and share their experience of using it for the first time.
“As soon as we plugged the controller into the computer and loaded up Ableton it was clear that this was meant for performance right out of the box.”
Furthermore, Earmilk acknowledges that “packing everything into one controller might be ambitious, but Livid makes it all possible with velocity sensitive pads and touch faders and buttons meant for immediate enjoyment in the studio or in a live performance.”