Long time no see around here! So, I’ve been thinking out aloud about producing Dub Techno inside the box using Ableton Live 9. Ever since writing this tutorial about chords and stabs-basics I felt like there’s a lot more to cover. Eventually so much more it wouldn’t fit a simple “do this and then do that”-tutorial format. Sounds don’t happen in a vacuum either, delivering the context was my priority here.

While we’ve covered a lot of things from gain staging for dummies (like me), good noise vs bad noise, programming organic sounds that keep moving, my intention was really about the meta-schtuff…

Thinking and working ‘analog’ inside the box:

  • understanding how things work in a hardware environment
  • details and how they can move a sound from dull to interesting
  • mindfully integrating them to your digital workflow
  • an approach towards analytic thinking, or simple if you will
  • making life easier for your future self (spare yourself my mistakes)
  • how to listen to music enabling yourself for asking better questions than “which plugin is that?”…

I tried to be as brief as possible, not get too techy and lost in details which don’t matter. Let’s dive in deeper in a future session. And yes, I’ll add links to sections in the video asap.

Thank you Matt/Surreal Machines for the Dub Machines license give-away (lemic, in case you’re reading it here: get your license, contact me!)

Resources mentioned throughout the session: Airwindows tapedust, noise & totape5 (they’re available in the pack), as well as my fave music production podcast UBKhappyfuntimehour, and of course SM Modnetic/Diffuse.

Things I took away from the first live-stream:

  • boy, that’s a lot of open windows
  • levels in OBS are weird, I don’t speak mic-foo
  • structuring the session in notes helped a lot
  • water with gas in that context is stupid
  • need a safe space for bottles to leave them open
  • be more mindful about window positions vs overlay
  • I can’t be eloquent while learning to swim in a new pool

Please leave your questions, input, wishes, whatever in the comments on YouTube. I’ll create an event on the Tube again to make it easier for you to catch the next session (*cough* subscribe button).

In case you need some sets to go:


CV4LIVE by Skinnerbox let’s you gain control over Ableton Live functions from your Eurorack synthesizer. Without any additional hardware. I always dreamed about getting the complex, hands-on envelopes from my modular to control parameters in Live. Problem solved in a pretty genius way:

Most audio devices come with a DC filter that filters nasty artifacts from a signal. Unfortunately the low currents of CV is one of them. Skinnerbox bypasses the issue by calibrating min and max values in Ableton Live to the pitch of a VCO in a modular system. Should also work fine with your Microbrute, Moog Mother 32 or whatever synthesizer you’ve got in your arsenal. Once you modulate the VCO with envelopes, LFOs or whatever in your modular things start to get interesting. There is a lot of creative potential. What Skinnerbox show in the video is mouth watering: for the demo video they setup multiple devices to control the sample start point of a Simpler instance and the offset by CV. Wonder how well it responds to very fast LFOs. Only one way to find that out…

CV4LIVE comes with two devices:

  • one for mapping fake CV to any mappable destination in Ableton Live (nasty!)
  • one for syncing Ableton Lives tempo to your modular

If that isn’t enough already – it’s available for free :) Thank you very much for your efforts, Skinnerbox!

Quick test with two Quadra envelopes and a LFO mapped to Abletons Auto Filter:

Although i’ve been extensively using Intellijels complex Eurorack VCO for a while now there are still features that boggle my mind. Seth Shafer covered everything in a series of seven videos including demonstrations. Thank you very much for your efforts!

Here's the playlist with all seven videos

A lil ambient track i made entirely with Shapeshifter

ABL3.0 isn’t the only thing in the making at AudioRealism right now. We’re proud to announce the VSTi of ReDominator, our take on the classic Roland Juno Alpha 1/2, that already blessed Propellerheads Reason users with Hoovers. It emulates the audio engine of the JU-1/2 and includes a patch converter (beta) that lets you take sysex dumps of your own Alpha Juno and convert to a format that ReDominator can read.

Key features:

  • Alpha Juno 2 emulation including the famous Hoover sound
  • Loads ReDominator patches from the Reason version
  • Sysex file import from Alpha Juno integrated into the plug-in
  • Extended mod wheel use to control DCO, VCF and VCA via LFO
  • LFO and DCO retrigger option for ultra tight bass lines

(Features and appearance may change before release)

You can keep in touch with us about the development at Facebook and Twitter.

If you were looking for serious (as in good sounding) semi- to modular synths on the virtual domain, you so far had to stick with Aalto, Bass Line Pro and ReaktorGlitchmachines just extended the small family with the release of Quadrant. It currently offers 26 modules from VCOs, CV generators to effect processors which you can use to build your own 8 slots rack. I’m looking forward to see how they overcame the culprits of samplingrate and bitdepth in terms of cross modulation. But the teaser sounds quite promising!

After struggling with my current Intel Core2duo E6600 based audio PC for 5 years i’m currently looking into updating CPU, mainboard and RAM. So far, my first choice is Intels new Sandy Bridge i7 2600 CPU, 8 gb RAM and, errr, some mainboard (obviously). Everytime i’ve been updating my PC hardware in the past, the mainboard question wasn’t easy to answer. You might think it should be easy to find a good mainboard, but given the trouble i’ve with my ASUS P5B-E deluxe carrying the E6600 one shouldn’t consider this being such a no-brainer…