Ableton Acquires Cycling ’74

It was announced today Ableton Acquired Cycling '74. Congrats to all my friends at both companies! As someone who uses Ableton Live and Max for Live on a daily basis I'm pretty excited to see where this acquisition takes both products. Even as two separate companies, the combination of Live and Max for Live have … Continue reading Ableton Acquires Cycling ’74

Reminder – Ableton Sale Ending January 11th – Consider Operator and Max for Live

A reminder - the Ableton Sale Ends January 11th - save 20% on Live, Live upgrades, Max for Live, Push, and Live Packs. Can't Make The Leap to Suite? Operator - FM Joy! If you are an existing Live user and you can't make the jump to Suite, you may want to consider picking up … Continue reading Reminder – Ableton Sale Ending January 11th – Consider Operator and Max for Live

Winter Projects with @uheplugins Zebra 2: Sound Design, New Max for Live Device, and Refining Lemur Patch

Winter is here in Boulder, CO. This time of year I tend to do a lot of sound design work next to a nice warm fire :^) I traditionally pick one synth to focus on and create patches from INIT. This year I picked an old favorite, U-He's Zebra 2. I've already got 70+ patches I've … Continue reading Winter Projects with @uheplugins Zebra 2: Sound Design, New Max for Live Device, and Refining Lemur Patch

Ableton University Tour Makes Four Stops in Denver in May 2016!

This spring, we’re visiting campuses across the globe as part of the Ableton University Tour: a series of free events at which our Certified Trainers will demonstrate the music-making capabilities of Live, Push and Link. Open to students, faculty members and staff as well as to the general public, the meetups are a great chance … Continue reading Ableton University Tour Makes Four Stops in Denver in May 2016!

Using Ableton Resampling to Distill Custom Zebra and Rayblaster Programs Into Octatrack (or any Sampler)

I've been invited to perform as part of a drone collective this Sunday a the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver (Facebook invite). The show has these rules. 1) one synthesizer per player 2) all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs) 3) play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects … Continue reading Using Ableton Resampling to Distill Custom Zebra and Rayblaster Programs Into Octatrack (or any Sampler)

What’s New in Ableton Live 9.5 Mindmap

I created "What's New in Ableton Live 9.5" using MindMeister. Check out my public Mindmeister channel for other maps related past version of live and synth tech in general. Note the What's New in Live 9 mindmap has 14K+ views - woot! Note - I'll add a separate map for Push 2 soon.   https://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/605822580/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-5-by-mark-mosher-http-www-markmoshermusic-com?width=720&height=500&z=auto&presentation=1

Video: In The Studio with Jean-Michel Jarre – Ableton Live, Max for Live, Tape Looping

FutureMusic magazine posted a fantastic video "In The Studio with Jean-Michel Jarre". It's really worth watching this 23 minute behind-the-scenes look at his process for a track for his upcoming Electronica 1: The Time Machine  which will release on Oct 16th, 2015. Electronic music icon Jarre invites us into his Paris studio to talk us through his … Continue reading Video: In The Studio with Jean-Michel Jarre – Ableton Live, Max for Live, Tape Looping

Mindmap – What’s New in Ableton Live 9.2

Live 9.2 is in beta. I put together a mindmap of what’s new to go along with past mindmaps. What’s New in Live 9.2 What’s New in Live 9.1 (over 7,000 views) What’s New in Live 9.0 (over 13,000 views) Here is an embedded version of the map. https://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/513173085/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-2?width=550&height=400&z=auto&scrollbars=1&presentation=1    

Art + Music + Technology Podcast 056: Brian Funk (AfroDJMac)

Darwin Grosse's latest podcat is up - this time with my Brian Funk (aka AfroDJMac). Listen here http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-056-brian-funk-afrodjmac. Brian is known for his prolific work to create amazing racks for Ableton Live. I collaborated with Brian on  the Ableton Rack #40: Zebra Attack and Ableton Rack #40: Zebra Attack II so I was super excited to introduce him to Darwin Grosse so … Continue reading Art + Music + Technology Podcast 056: Brian Funk (AfroDJMac)

Ableton Push Impov: Vinyl Needle Drops in Drum Racks (Real-Time & Step Automation)

Working with the Elektron Octatrack has gotten back into sampling big time. Some of the things you can do with an Octatrack - like per step automation - can also be done with Ableton Push when working in "Note" mode in drum racks. One you turn on a note in the step sequencer, you can … Continue reading Ableton Push Impov: Vinyl Needle Drops in Drum Racks (Real-Time & Step Automation)

Manipulating a Percussive Soda Can Sample using Pad Pressure on Ableton Push #MadeWithLive

I recorded the sound of a pen striking a half-full soda can. I loaded this into Sampler and went to the MIDI panel and mapped "Aftertouch" (pad pressure) to "Loop Length" with a value of -100. Now pad pressure modulate the loop length. Here is a video of this sound design work in progress - http://youtu.be/Ld5KWyGs9_M. … Continue reading Manipulating a Percussive Soda Can Sample using Pad Pressure on Ableton Push #MadeWithLive