Being that it is now 2010 and we are living in the future lets take a look at a new unconventional Ableton Live controller. For your consideration I give you the Emotiv Epoch. This headset with 14 sensors of pure awesomeness detects player thoughts, feelings, and expressions. I just received mine a couple of days ago and last night was the first time I really got a change to play with it. The Emotiv Epoch comes with a software application call Epoch Control Panel. In the Control Panel there is a tool call Cognitiv Suite. This is that part of the application I use to control Ableton Live. In Cognitiv Suite you move a floating box around on the screen using thought. You can then can assign these different “thought actions” to keyboard commands. Next I assigned these commands to start and stop an audio clip in Ableton Live. Here is a video of my buddy Jay using the Epoch for the first time. In this video when he pushes the box with his mind he triggers a drum loop to play and when he lifts the box it stops playback of the clip. This video was made last minute so it does not have the best lighting. Next I plan on getting the Emotiv Epoch to communicate with MAX/MSP, and making some custom applications for it.
Here is my take on Stretta’s monome patch fourths. The basic ideas are still the same, i.e. moving vertically on the grid will cause the midi notes to increase or decrease chromatically and moving horizontally will cause the midi note to increase or decrease by a predetermined interval. Stretta’s monome program Fourths only gave you the chromatic scale and perfect fourth for your intervals. In Intervals you can now choose between major 2nd, minor 3rd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, Augmented 4th, perfect 5th, minor 6th, and major 6th. Here is a video of me demonstrating the application. Again this version is only for Windows, but I will get the OSX apps up when I have a chance to build it on a Mac. For monome users I have provided the original Max/MSP file.
If you do not have any plans yet and you live in the Seattle area, I’ll be DJing a New Year’s cruise on Elliot Bay. Tickets are still available and will be featuring myself and DJ Scapel playing a mash-up of Hip Hop, Dance, and Top 40. Happy New Year to all our readers and I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season.
This is my build of Stretta’s monome software Fourths for the Novation Launchpad. A pretty simple program for sending midi note information to your favorite DAW’s and synths. Here is a video of Stretta demonstrating Fourths on the monome.
I whipped up a quick little max msp app for chord recognition tailored for the launchpad. I used a few objects from Little Scale’s launchpad patches. I would love to hear any feed back or wishes for improvements. I will be updating this frequently so watch for updates. Major revisions will get a new build number. Windows version coming soon hope you enjoy it. Here’s a quick demo of me using it and the download link.
I was asked to do a step by step guide for this program so here’s how i get it to work. I don’t take midi information from the chords program, it is only there to light up the launchpad. You should be using other software for your synths and piano sounds like abelton.
1. Plug in launch pad
2. Start up Chords
3. On the top of the screen you will see an input and output. IF the program recognized that you had a launchpad plugged into your computer you should be able to set the input and output to “Launchpad”
3. Enable the buttons… you wont see any lights on the pad until you’ve presses a button once.. what you need to do is press all the buttons that you will be using.. just pressing the buttons on the on the top two square rows enables all of the chords lights.
4. If you don’t see lights restart at step one. you must plug in the launch pad before launching the chords program, and you should listening to midi from the “launchpad” in your synth program.
I get asked a lot about how I use and work in Ableton Live. So here is the the first video in a series of video’s showing different aspects of my work flow in Live. In this video I am using the slice to new midi track feature to chop up a basic drum beat. This is one of my favorite tools in Live, and it works great for sampling and resampling.
Also check out what your samples sound like with other slicing preset options. These will slice your audio and add effects. To get more slicing presets check out this free Live Pack from The Covert Operators and CDM here.
Here are some samples of my Hammond chord organ, I recorded them in protools and provided them as 16 bit 441khz mono wav files. I had to modify the organ with a line out so I could get as clean as possible of a sound out of it. This is one of my favorite instruments to play. Hammond chord organ samples
There is a folder called “Bass” which holds the root notes. All the other folders are the corresponding chord that goes along with those notes.
Check out these video demos on my launchpad
For those of you that are curious like myself, here are some images of me disassembling the Novation Launchpad. I hope this inspires some of you to do some cool modifications to the controller, and make sure to send us some images of your modified launchpad. Click on the pictures to zoom in.
1. The launchpad
2. The launchpad flipped over. There are only 9 screws, taking this thing apart is a piece of cake.
3. The launchpad without the face plate.
4. The Launchpad viewed from the top without button pads.
5. The launchpad opened and viewed from the back.
6. Here is a close up of the mcu’s and the programing header on the board. The bigger chip is a STMicroelectronics 72f63bk2m1, here is a link to it’s data sheet. The smaller of the two chips is the NXP 74hc164d, and here is a link to it’s data sheet.