Ableton has announced the much-anticipated next version of Live, the company's software for music creation and performance. Live 10 introduces four new Devices, a completely re-designed sound library, workflow-accelerating refinements and more. Improvements to Push allow more of the music creation process to happen away from the computer and a fully-integrated Max for Live means unlimited potential comes built into Live.
It's the simplest and easiest way to create dynamic, expressive performances in Ableton Live and any other music software, using an 8x8 grid of RGB velocity-sensitive pads to trigger and combine clips, create dynamic beats, bash out melodic lines and control your external hardware. Continue Reading
Novation's mission to make working with software as hands-on as possible has just made another giant leap with the announcement of the Launch Control XL!
The Launch Control XL is fully integrated with Ableton Live, giving you hands-on control over your mixer, effects and EQ, with 24 LED-enhanced knobs, eight 60mm faders and 16 multi-colour buttons. The Launch Control XL lines up perfectly with Novation's hugely popular Launchpad S controller, giving you intuitive access to the Launch matrix and mixer parameters of each track in your project when used together... a powerful team indeed!
In the wake of the new Launchpad S Control Pack, the guys at Novation have released two more handy tutorial videos to add to their already extensive library of handy tips and tricks. The first video examines the performance side of things while the other concentrates on production.
We were recently joined by Chris from Novation, who gave us an in-depth demonstration of the Novation Launch Control. Check it out in the video below.
The Launch Control is a compact MIDI controller, which is designed to work with software such as Ableton and FL Studio. It features 16 assignable dials and 8 launchpads, allowing you to launch clips, toggle effects, control your mixer and get hands-on with your instruments and effects. Although the Launch Control can work as a standalone piece of kit (if connected to your computer), it is also the perfect partner for any Launchpad, allowing you to expand the hands-on experience for more intricate performances.
New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde, is an artist that you're likely to have heard of, having, at the age of just 16, already enjoyed chart-topping success in the UK, US and Australia with her single, 'Royals'. She's also got two Grammy Awards under her belt for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Not bad at all!
In this interview, Novation caught up with Lorde's keys player, Jimmy Mac, to find out why he trusts an Impulse controller keyboard for the band's live shows.
Novation recently spoke to Keith Harris, a multi-instrumentalist who tours with acts such as will.i.am, Backstreet Boys and Cee Lo Green in the capacity of Musical Director. In this short interview, he explains how the Launchkey 25 and Launchpad play a major role in the show, in combination with a computer running Ableton software.
However, it's not just the stage where Keith relies on Novation; his studio also features SL MkII and Impulse controller keyboards and a MiniNova synthesiser.
The Hood Internet are best known for their mashup mixtapes and their quest to deliver dancefloor-friendly tracks to different cities across the world.
Their set-up revolves around two MacBooks, each running Ableton Live software, with each connected to a separate Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface. The Scarlett 2i4s are then hooked up to separate channels of a DJ mixer, allowing them to control each signal in the same way you would if you had two turntables fed into a mixer.
In addition to this, the Scarlett 2i4's preamps make it an ideal interface for use in a home or mobile recording set-up, and that's exactly what The Hood Internet do, running one alongside Ableton again.
As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we've been giving away a selection of fantastic prizes every Monday before Christmas. As it's now the 23rd, we've reached our final set of giveaways, so good luck to all those who entered. Our final set of giveaways has been our biggest yet, so take a deep breathe and read on to find out if you are one of our lucky winners. Good luck!
Although the end of the year will bring an end to our 10th anniversary celebrations, if you want to find out more about how we celebrated and the prizes and gifts we gave away, please CLICK HERE.
Zev and Gadi, better known as Wolf + Lamb are producers, who make music, perform and throw parties as part of the Crew Love collective. The group often come together at The Marcy Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, to work on collaborative projects and in this interview, Zev and Gadi talk about what they love about the new Novation Bass Station II analogue synth, Novation MiniNova analogue-modelling synth and Novation SL MkII controller keyboard.