Paper Towel and Local Cafe Sounds: Free Ableton Live Pack #110

Free Download: Paper Towel and Local Care Sounds - Free Ableton Live Pack #110

There’s Music Everywhere

As a sound designer, I’m always keeping an ear open for unusual ways to create music.  One such opportunity arose at a local cafe, when the paper towel dispenser ran out of paper towels.  We were left with just the cardboard tube.  Although bad news for my friend’s hot-chocolate-covered fingers, I had found a new toy.  I spent a few moments tapping on the tube, admiring the hollow sounds coming from it, and then took out my iPhone to record its sound. One thing I like about recording samples with my iPhone, in public, is that there’s a lo-fi quality to the recording and you inevitably get some interesting background noises.  (A good example of this is the Noisy Bar Violin Ableton Live Pack).

TIP: I uploaded the sound to my Dropbox, and inside a folder called “Dropbox Ideas.”  I keep a link to that folder inside my Places in Live’s Browser, so the next time I open Live, any samples I’ve uploaded to Dropbox will be there, ready for action.

From there, I built the drum rack I now offer to you for free download.  The paper towel sounds are pretty cool, but there are also some nice background noises and voices, which worked out to be nice percussive sounds.  So check out the video below, then make some music using a paper towel roll and some sounds from my local cafe! Send me any music you make with it here, and please help spread the word to our fellow producers. Thanks!

Free Download: Paper Towel and Local Care Sounds - Free Ableton Live Pack #110

The First 100 Free Ableton Live Packs in One Convenient Download

I’ve archived the first 100 of my Free Ableton Live Pack series into one convenient download.  It’s $14.99, and you could of course download the racks individually for free, but this will save you some time and helps pay the bills around here.  Thanks a lot for your support!

$14.99 Free Ableton Live Pack Archive: #1-100

Time Layer: Max for Live Sample Stretcher and Looper

Mangle and Destroy Sounds for Free

I’ve been having fun making interesting soundscapes using a new Max for Live device called Time Layer.  You can basically manipulate the duration of a sample file to the point that some interesting and atmospheric sounds start to emerge.  It’s definitely worth the price tag of FREE! Get it here.

 Time Layer was created by Custom Art Tools, who also have a cool sounding granular device called Triple Perc.  I haven’t tried Triple Perc, but it sounds cool.  If you’ve given it a whirl, let us know in the comments.  

Conductr: iPad Ableton Live Controller for Live Performance

An Customizable iPad App Designed with Live Performance in Mind

There are no shortage of iPad apps for music making on the market.  Even Ableton Live controller apps have carved a niche in the iTunes store.  There are many really great ones, Touchable, Lemur, and LivKontrol all come to mind, and each offer something unique that makes them worth the purchase.  If you want some recommendations, check out my list of AfroDJMac-approved apps.  Only the stuff I like and actually use make the cut.  

Conductr is one of the newer players on the Ableton Live controller app scene.  Where many of the other offerings pack attempt to give you control of nearly every feature in Live, Conductr allows you to add control only to the parameters you want to manipulate.  Conductr allows you to create your own customized modules that contain only the stuff you want, and the rest is left behind.  My personal favorite feature, and one unique to Conductr is the Gestural Mode.  This mode promises control without the need to look at the iPad.  You can set up four parameters that are controlled by swiping one, two, three, or four fingers across your iPad.  This way you don’t have to look at the iPad to make sure you are touching in exactly the right place.  Conductr can tell what you want it to do based on how many fingers you touch it with.  Very cool!  As an actual user, the folks at Conductr have been kind enough to include me on their artist page, check it out

Below is a very thorough, 3 part review of Conductr from Ableton Live Expert.  Check it out and then download Conductr, it’s free! 

Night Park has put together another really awesome album.  I love the vibe and mood of these tracks.  The music is really interesting and unusual.  The album features the use of a few AfroDJMac Ableton Packs, including The Tuned 808 Bass and the Noises/Risers/Swooshes Packs.

I’ve posted about Night Park’s work before, on another excellent album here.

My new oven mitt has arrived #powerglove

A great app for controlling #traktor Read the review on CDM

New free #ableton live pack: MandoBass! A multi-sampled Mandolin!

Everything is running through the #Tascam388 tape machine mixer, and it sounds warm! #moog #slimphatty #arturia #minibrute #korg #ms-20 #soulsby #atmegatron #davidsmith #prophet8 #abletonpush #akai #mpk49 #roland #v-drums #apogee #quartet #teenageengineering #op-1

Everything is running through the #Tascam388 tape machine mixer, and it sounds warm! #moog #slimphatty #arturia #minibrute #korg #ms-20 #soulsby #atmegatron #davidsmith #prophet8 #abletonpush #akai #mpk49 #roland #v-drums #apogee #quartet #teenageengineering #op-1

8-Bit Reverb and More Goodies from Animus Invidious

Free Ableton Live Goodies From Animus Invidious

For quite a while now, Animus Invidious has been releasing some really cool free Ableton Live Packs on his web site PerforModule.  Mostly focusing on Audio Effect Racks, he has built up quite a collection.  After his most recent one, 8-Bit Reverb, I felt I needed to post about it to let you know!  Here’s a description of what you can expect:

"PerforModule Devices are audio effects, midi effects, and instruments for Ableton Live 9 optimized to incur minimal processor usage and sound artifacts while retaining excellent sound quality and avoiding useless or detrimental setting possibilities — making them ideal for live performance (although not all of them are meant for performance — many are studio-based). They are meant to be used as “modules” to combine into custom effect racks made from multiple devices. All device parameters are carefully plotted to avoid any odd volume spikes or other unpleasantness, and to result in useful and variant results from every possible setting. They come in various types based upon # of knobs & function, including “uno”, and “innov”. PerforModule Devices are imagined and created by Animus Invidious."  —

What I think is cool about some of these devices is that they can inspire creativity.  A lot of times when I’m running low on ideas or inspiration, I’ll look around for some Instruments or Effects other people are creating.  It’s usually not very long before I find a new technique, sound, or way of using familiar tools that I haven’t thought of myself.  PerforModule is a great source for just that sort of thing. 

A New 8-Bit Album from Animus Invidious and St. Bernard

After you take a look at some of the cool Ableton Live devices he has to offer, check out Animus’ new 8-Bit themed album, made in collaboration with St. Bernard.  They are currently running a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise some money.  So if you like what he is doing for the music production community, consider giving back and helping him press his latest album!  

PS.  Animus let me know that some of the 8-Bit sounds came from my Super 8-Bit Ableton Live Pack!  How cool is that!?

Animus Individious has been good to us Ableton Live Users, help him get his album out!

Chilled, noisy, instrumental music made from a collection of ambient sounds and sampled instruments. Recorded in Ableton Live to a Tascam 388 8 track reel to reel.

Made with the follow AfroDJMac Ableton Live Packs:

Ambient Noise Collaboration:

Space Forest Ableton Live Instruments:…for-ableton-live

Korg Volca Beats:…?q=volca%20beats

Sub Bass:…ass?q=sub%20bass