If you upgraded to Live 9 and suddenly got runtime errors whenever you started another DAW (like Max stand alone, or Samplitude) then there’s no need to panic. This isn’t because your software stopped working or got infected or so; it merely tried to load the broken ReWire engine of Live 9.
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The Firm is an act created / performed by John O’Conner who would later be joined by Grahame Lister. They produced several songs in the 80′s, most of them with a rather silly or comical effect to them. However, I think the one song which most people will remember is ‘Star Trekkin’, a parody on the popular science fiction series ‘Star Trek’.
Star Trekkin’ was written by Rory Kehoe, the chorus lyrics were written by John O’Conner himself. During this time the group was also joined by guitarist Tony Thorpe.
What I consider to be a fun story is that after producing this song O’Conner approached several labels with it yet no one deemed it good enough to actually release it. Still fully believing in the song O’Conner decided to release it himself using his own label, and we all know the results…
While it may not have become one of the greatest hits of all time, its sure something many of us will fondly remember.
Two weeks ago I dove right into the Live 9 adventure, an opportunity which was hard to resist when looking at all the extra bones Ableton has been throwing at its users. For starters the ever so expensive Orchestral Instrument Collection (“OIC”), now included in Suite 9. Or what to think about Max for Live?
And if all of that wasn’t good enough, Ableton also threw in a huge discount on the upgrade price during the first week of release. So all in all making it quite hard for fans to resist the urge to upgrade, and that’s even without mentioning any of the changes and enhancements which were also introduced with Live 9.
So how good or bad is Live 9? After two weeks I feel confident enough to write up a review; so lets dive right in…
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This is one of those videos which music really managed to grab me during playback. From the build up to the display of the beautiful equipment right down to the home made robot. It simply fits, it sounds awesome and most of all; it can’t get anymore synthesizer like
The music was composed and performed by ‘SynthJunk’, you can find his YouTube channel right here. And as you may have guessed by now; he used Ableton Live for his sequencer; as such I felt that the Ableton feature image is well in place.
Well, this is one of those video’s where I really have not much else to say about it. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I still do.
When it comes to synthesizers I’m a big fan of both Ableton Live and Reason, and when it comes to animation I’m a big fan of the Neon Genesis Evangelion (“NGE”) Anime series. In my opinion ‘NGE’ is one of those “cartoons” which can really have an impact.
Another thing with series such as these is that they usually come with a very impressive sound score. NGE is quite famous for it; its heavy use of orchestral arrangements for several of its action or suspense scenes which really manage to set the atmosphere.
Of course, one could argue this was bound to happen given the fact that Megumi Hayashibara is one of the main voice actresses. For those unfamiliar with this name: she is a very well known pop artist in Japan.
Komm süsser Tod is performed by Arianne Schreiber, backed with piano, Hammond organ and several string orchestral ensembles. Lyrics were written by Hideaki Anno and the music is composed by Shiro Sagisu. As you can see above the music was played in the movie The end of Evangelion.
What I like so much about this song is that although it may have a dark topic, the performance is everything but sad and grim, while still maintaining to keep a bit of mystique.
Hope you’ll enjoy…
In the 60′s – 70′s (way before my time mind you) there was a Dutch television program called the “Fred Haché show” which completely redefined television standards. It was a crazy show-like program in which totally absurd things happened. For starters; everything occurred in an house. Not something you’d expect from a television show in that time.
Then there’s the presenter of the show “Fred Haché” (played by Harry Touw), he was very short tempered and would easily start a swearing rant. And swearing on national television was not something very common during those days. Of course it didn’t stop there, quite the contrary.
From silly comical things: a performer is singing her song and Fred makes a comment about the “awefull noise”, closes a window and you no longer hear the singer anymore. Or absurd things; like Fred going to the toilet, which totally disintegrates on him, next you see him leave (swearing and ranting) with the seat around his neck and his pants down his legs.
And there was music, lots of it. Here you see Fred Haché and his assistant ‘Barend Servet’ sing their “hit song” Primadeluxe.
If you want to know a little more about the Fred Haché show then you might want to click “read more..” before starting the movie
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Leave it to Propellerhead Software to come up with a big announcement when no one was really expecting it. It is coming; beta tests are going to start soon: Reason 7 has officially been announced.
As always announcements such as these also mean another uprise of people who feel that they’ve somehow been treated unfairly. Because well; if you’re somehow interested in Reason you can purchase the current version (6.5) now, after which you’re entitled to a free upgrade to the upcoming version 7.
Personally I can understand such motivations, but don’t really agree.
For example; Reason upgrades (so between major versions) have always sat around E 150,-. With the previous upgrade (5 to 6) Propellerhead went “rogue” and combined Reason and Record into one heck of a program. Yet that also meant that the upgrade fee’s were slightly higher than before.
So this time existing users of Reason have to pay less for an upgrade. The upgrade fee for Reason 7 has been set to $ 129,- and E 129,-. I think that’s fair. So, what can we expect from Reason 7?
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One of the new features in Ableton Live 9 is the so called “Convert to MIDI” option. In previous versions we could slice audio to a MIDI track, which basically meant so much as cutting the audio into little pieces, adding each piece into a pad of a Drum rack and then setting up a MIDI clip to play each pad in the right order.
Live 9 “slightly” enhances this process and adds new options; you can now also tell it to extract Melody, Harmony or Drums from a take and convert that to MIDI.
Obviously that made me curious so I picked 3 totally different music takes and ran them through the conversion process. Now for all of you to see and hear.
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