Get a pack of Radiohead grooves for Ableton completely free

Transform your clips with the weird rhythms and time signatures of Radiohead thanks to this great, free pack of Radiohead grooves for Ableton.

Radiohead are known for balancing accessibility with experimental techniques, most notably interesting rhythms and unusual time signatures. In fact, rhythm is so important to their music they often utilize two drummers. You only need to watch the excellent live from the basement sessions to know how tightly this band plays.

Now you can use Radiohead’s unique timing and grooves for yourself in Ableton:

For this pack I extracted grooves from every song of every radiohead studio album and consolidated them into a collection of .agr files you can apply to any track in Ableton Live.

To be clear, this pack won’t make you sound like Radiohead. It will, however, allow you to humanize, swing, & otherwise alter the timing of your tracks based on the songs of one of the best bands of modern times.

What’s more, the various overlapping time signatures of these songs can serve to apply a polyrhythmic feel to your tracks’ rhythms & velocities. If you aren’t using Live 9.7.1 or later, these may crash your session.

Download the Radiohead Groove Pack here

Groove in Ableton Live

If you haven’t used Ableton’s grooves system, it’s a convenient tool with a startling range of subtle & dramatic transformative power. They’re extremely flexible as you can select & apply groove on a clip-by-clip basis. The best way to add a groove is by clicking the hot-swap icon to the left of clip view. This will automatically send the browser to the groove folder of the core library where you’ll find useful stock .agr files, like standard swing & mac grooves. Once the hot swap is open, however, you can navigate anywhere in your browser & select an .agr you have stored elsewhere, such as one of the songs in the Radiohead pack.

Every groove that has been added to your track will appear in Live’s Groove Pool, & you can access it by pressing the wavey button in the bottom left corner of the browser section. Inside, you’ll be able to adjust the degree to which your grooves affect timing & velocity of your clips. I particularly like the “random” parameter – it not only keeps your tracks feeling natural, it can also add a double track/glitchy feel to MIDI clips. It’s worth adding a groove to your clip and setting the timing & velocity parameters to 0% just so you can play around with random. Keep in mind you can also work with the “global amount” parameter to scale back the application of all grooves if necessary.

Your ears are the best way to get a sense for how various grooves affect your track, of course, but if you’d prefer some visual feedback of what’s happening, press the commit button under the groove selector to write the changes into the clip. I recommend keeping it “selected”, however, as it will be the most flexible since you will still be able to swap out & adjust grooves.

Launch Buttons – A free launchpad app for controlling Ableton Live DAW

Launch Buttons is a new free app for iOS and Android that works as a pad controller for Ableton remarkably well, meaning you can keep yourself busy whilst saving up for a Launchpad.

Launch Buttons is a MIDI controller that lets you perform your tracks wherever you go. You don’t need to carry your expensive gear, your phone/tablet is just about enough. Works with virtually any DAW after a very simple set up. Ableton Live + Launchpad 95 script is recommended for this MIDI Controller emulation to work.

This free version gives you access to all 64 buttons of the 8×8 grid, 8 scene launch buttons, 8 buttons to navigate and 7 buttons for transport controls. The Launchpad95 script gives you a step sequencer, scale mode, and many more functions.

Launch Pads Ableton Live app launchpad controller MIDI DAW

The app’s developer, Alexander Nowak, says: “The free version’s only purpose was to find out whether your wireless network supports the paid version – now it’s become a reasonable controller.”

It includes the ‘old’ colours (red-orange-yellow-green) – if you want to upgrade, Launch Buttons Plus is an emulator for a more sophisticated controller and provides you with:
– Full colour support (more than 100 RGB colours)
– 16 more function buttons (in addition to the 16 you already have
– 16 freely assignable knobs

You can get Launch Buttons now for free on the Apple App Store for iOS and iPad, and the Google Play Store for Android. The advanced “Launch Buttons Plus” is also available for $4.99 on iOS and Android.

Akai’s beatmaking MPC app is now on Android phones

Akai Professional have launched their powerful ‘iMPC’ app for iOS on Android so that even more people can make professional beats on the fly – however just Samsung Galaxy for now.

Roughly 5 years ago Akai launched their feature-laden mobile app iMPC based on their renowned MPC (Music Production Center) hardware. Now after iOS users have had the fun exclusively for years Akai are finally expanding their app beyond iOS onto Android phones, however only on Samsung Galaxy devices for now.

With iMPC for Android you get the same excellent Akai controller designed for iOS, with over 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC to your smartphone or tablet.

Developed in partnership with Retronyms, iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in.

Akai Professional MPC app samsung galaxy phones tablet device music software

The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the microphone on your device, using the line input (jack) of your device, or by using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries. When you’ve created a beat that you’re happy with you can save it as an audio file or MPC file with the option to export it straight to SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter and others.

Akai’s iMPC app is available to buy from the Samsung Galaxy store for $7 on compatible devices.

Native Instruments launch KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 with new ways to play

With the new version of KOMPLETE KONTROL Native Instruments’ keyboards get even better with new Smart Play and chord features.

A new update to Native Instrument’s powerful and brilliant companion plug-in software for KONTROL keyboards has brought some exciting new features to play with. The free 1.8 updates adds new scales to it’s Smart Play engine, deeper control over chord parameters as well as new functionality for other instruments like REAKTOR Blocks.

New Scales

The Smart Play scale engine now includes more than 100 new scales and modes, making it easier than ever to take your melodies and harmonies in new directions.

New Chord Position Parameter

Get full control over the position of individual notes in a chord. Set to Auto, KOMPLETE KONTROL automatically selects voicings for the most natural transitions between chords.

Stand-Alone Transport Control

When running in stand-alone mode, the KOMPLETE KONTROL transport controls can now be used to start, stop, restart, or adjust the tempo of clock-based instruments such as REAKTOR Blocks.

 

KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 is a free update available to download from the Native Access app.

Bitwig Studio 2 is finally out and packed with new features

Bitwig are back with their excellent music production software with a feature-laden sequel to their popular DAW.

Released back in 2014, Bitwig Studio 1 was the first music production software to combine linear and non-linear sequencing on Windows, macOS and Linux. With cutting edge technologies like plug-in crash protection and a highly flexible user interface, alongside a lightning fast workflow experience for keyboard, mouse and touch screens, Bitwig Studio has attracted a large and steadily growing user base all over the world. With Bitwig’s second iteration, everything gets even better.

For those of you who might be intimidated by the massive new feature-set of Bitwig, here’s a quick overview as to what’s new:

  • A re-conceptualized modulation system with 25 brand new Modulators
  • Numerous device updates, including remote controls, dynamic displays and spectrum analyzers
  • 17 entirely new devices
  • Better hardware integration, with improved MIDI handling and several dedicated MIDI and CV devices
  • Fades and crossfades
  • VST3 support
  • …and much more!

Now for those of you who want to take in all that Bitwig Studio 2 introduces in all it’s glory, here is a detailed list of features:

A UNIVERSE OF MODULATORS

Introducing A New Modulation Paradigm

The current version of Bitwig Studio already offers one of the industry’s most flexible and powerful modulation systems, and with Bitwig Studio 2 we’re taking things even further. We’ve reworked the entire modulation system and it now offers nearly endless possibilities;
this is a big step towards a fully modular device architecture.

Each device in Bitwig Studio 2 (internal devices and external plug-ins) have modulation slots where you can load individual modulators. Bitwig Studio 2 comes with 24 brand new modulators; from standard modulators like envelopes and LFOs – to more unique modulator types like Random, Select-4 and Math.

An unlimited number of modulators can be added to a device by simply clicking an empty Modulator slot and choosing a specific Modulator from the pop-up browser. Assign the modulator to any number of parameters, with ease and flexibility. Modulators can also be interconnected for truly dynamic and expressive sound design possibilities.

When using internal Bitwig instruments, many modulators can be set to polyphonic mode – enabling per-voice modulation – something previously only seen in closed systems.

Click here to learn more about the new Modulators…

NEW DEVICES

Because we love devices.

Apart from totally re-conceptualizing the modulation system and introducing an entire new class of Modulator devices, we’re also expanding the standard device collection. Here’s a list of the new additions, which we hope you’ll love as much as we do.

SPECTRUM ANALYZER

This is an essential tool for many producers. Simply put, it gives you a visual representation of the audio material you feed it. The new Spectrum Analyzer allows for a freely selectable secondary input, so you can directly compare the frequency graph of two separate audio sources.

* DUAL PAN *

With this device you can control panning for individual channels of a stereo signal.

* DC OFFSET *

A utility device to add DC offset to an audio signal, for instance to generate audio signals from modulation.

PHASER

You asked for a phaser, we built a phaser – and a very capable one at that. Happy phasing!

PITCH SHIFTER

This pitch shifter shifts your pitch up or down one octave, with precise fine-tune and grain control.

TREEMONSTER

Organic zero-crossing amplitude controlled ring modulator with a life of its own. That’s honestly the most accurate description we can give you.

 MULTI-NOTE

This chorder device will generate up to 7 notes based on the note you send into it, with pitch and velocity settings.

 NOTE LENGTH

This device will transform all notes to a defined length and velocity. In its second mode it can generate a fixed-length note when the key is released.

 NOTE ECHO

So much more than a standard echo, this seemingly simple device allows you to get creative with note echoes and loops.

 NOTE LATCH

The Note Latch device will simply hold any note you send into it until it receives the next note – or until you click its stop button.

 NOTE VELOCITY

With this device you can transform velocity on incoming notes using a curve – or go ahead and use modulators for some dynamic velocity effects.

 NOTE HARMONIZER

Note harmonizer will transpose your notes in real-time to harmonize with a chord playing on another track.

BETTER HARDWARE INTEGRATION

We speak hardware.

We’ve done a lot of work under the hood to revamp MIDI handling in Bitwig Studio; improving sync and note timing. We are also introducing a set of devices that will allow you to seamlessly integrate hardware machines into your workflow via MIDI and CV/Gate.

MIDI CC

This device can be used to send CC data to external hardware or plug-ins. Add it to a HW Instrument device to get instant access to your hardware’s parameters.

MIDI PROGRAM CHANGE

As the name implies, this device allows you to control program changes of your hardware or VST plug-ins from Bitwig Studio.

HW CLOCK OUT

Using the HW CV Clock device you can send CV clock to audio outputs, with individual time settings.

* MIDI SONG SELECT *

A device used to send MIDI song select messages to external devices, for instance to change patterns on a drum machine.

HW CV INSTRUMENT

Use this device to send notes as CV and gate to an output on your audio interface, to control analog synths, eurorack modules and other hardware.

HW CV OUT

This is a simple device to send a CV signal to an output on your audio interface.

MIDI TIMECODE

Bitwig Studio 2 can send out MIDI timecode (MTC). In Settings, you can choose to send out MTC through any connected MIDI device, and configure its rate.

* CONTROLLER API IMPROVEMENTS *

We’ve worked on the open controller API to make it more consistent. A new scripting engine gives better performance, and you now get improved and immediate feedback while scripting.


DEVICE UPDATES

More creativity, more control.

We’ve made lots of enhancements to our existing devices, improving both sound quality and usability. Several devices now include a spectrum analyzer and dynamic display panels. In many devices, we’ve re-organized, re-designed and added new features. With Bitwig Studio 2 we’ve also improved visualization of parameters, movement and signal flow. We invite you to explore the device collection for yourself. Read about some of the highlights below.

POLYSYNTH UPDATES

Since Bitwig Studio first came out, Polysynth has been our go-to synth for musicians and sound designers. With Bitwig Studio 2, we’ve expanded our Polysynth’s feature set further, by adding several oscillator mix and filter waveshaping modes. These new modes open up new possibilities for sound exploration; adding complex overtones and frequency modulation options to your sound palette.

Furthermore, with improved unison capabilities you can now control the stereo width of the oscillators – and place them individually in the stereo field. We’ve also equipped Polysynth with a sweepable high-pass filter to quickly get rid of unwanted low frequency content and a feedback loop around the filter and amplifier section.

With the new modulation system there’s no need for the three LFOs or expression choosers, you can simply add all the modulators you like.

REMOTE CONTROLS

Now every device now has a Remote Controls panel, where you can assign remote control access to any parameter in the device (or nested in the device chain).

Navigate existing pages or freely set up your own, using different control elements (e.g. knobs, buttons, choosers).

Mappings can now be saved with presets or devices, allowing on-the-fly access to your favorite parameters directly from your hardware controller, when browsing through your library or swapping between devices and tracks.

This powerful and flexible new feature refines and improves the Device Mappings and Macro pages from Bitwig Studio 1.

DYNAMIC DISPLAYS EVERYWHERE

With the overhaul of our device collection, we’ve equipped several devices with spectrum analyzers and dynamic display panels.


FADES AND CROSSFADES

Your fast workflow just got a lot faster.

You can now create fades and crossfades for audio clips in the arranger timeline or audio editor. Additionally, you can create fades for audio events inside clips – for truly fast yet flexible editing. Naturally, the curve slopes of all fades can be adjusted.

Easily edit fades by hovering the mouse cursor over clip or event boundaries, and then drag the fade handle when it appears. Crossfades are automatically created when you move clips so they overlap.

In Bitwig Studio 2 you can freely adjust the height of individual tracks in the arranger timeline.


VST3 SUPPORT

We are happy to announce that we now support the VST3 plug-in standard, including per-note expression and sample accurate automation.

SMART TOOL SWITCHING AND IMPROVED EDITOR WORKFLOW

With Bitwig Studio 2, we’ve improved the efficiency of our tools. You can now achieve many standard tasks without having to swap tools: depending on where you click, you can select multiple objects or time segments, edit fades or zoom and scroll.

Furthermore, the arranger and detail editors now have their own tool selector – enabling you to work with separate tools in the two editors.

Oh, and a small nugget for the note editor aficionados: when using the pen tool, right-clicking a note now deletes it. You’re welcome.

NOTIFICATIONS

We’re introducing a new notification system, showing different types of messages in a clear, streamlined and non-intrusive format.

The notifications system will tell you when the application is scanning plug-ins or files, if there are problems with your project or if there’s a new version of Bitwig Studio available for download.

You can select to show or hide different types of notifications.

DASHBOARD

The Dashboard, likely the first new feature you’ll bump into, handles many tasks that were previously available only in menus and other windows – such as locating and opening projects, configuring settings, installing packages and accessing help resources. The Dashboard allows a more sophisticated and user-friendly approach, informed by modern software design paradigms.

Furthermore, we’ve consolidated most configuration settings and included them under the Settings tab in the Dashboard.

 

NEW MENU SYSTEM

We’ve reworked the menu system extensively. Bitwig Studio 2 now features a context-aware menu system to keep you focused on the task at hand. Depending on your selection, different menus and options will be shown. For instance, when selecting a track, a menu will be shown with all available related actions.

To speed up your workflow even further, you can pin actions so they are always visible in the menu bar.

We’ve also reworked all context menus, to give you quicker access to your favorite commands. All commands are now collected in the menus, and removed from the Inspector to make it less cluttered visually.


Bitwig Studio 2 is available for $399 or for existing customers a discounted $169. Find out more and purchase it here: www.bitwig.com/en/bitwig-studio/bitwig-studio-2.html