The Drum Machine gets a mention live on Radio 6 in an interview from Lauren Laverne at Glastonbury 2010.
Here’s a clipping from a South West publication called Venue Magazine. One of many happy punters from Glastonbury festival!
Big thanks to Ableton for sharing our promo video with their extensive Facebook fanbase. We’ve had a huge response and hundreds of people sharing the film across the world!
Also have a read on the Ableton blog where they’ve featured an extensive write up on how we implemented Max For Live into The Drum Machine.
Also why not get involved in Bristol’s very own Ableton User Group. Loads of info and interactive sessions for you to learn more about Ableton with friends and mentors.
This was one of our tech guy Steve’s first interactive projects using Ableton as the sequencing package to his own hand made bespoke midi interface. Check this film to see it in action and find out more about The Abletonator.Vodpod videos no longer available.
The following article is used courtesy of a Creative Digital Music post from March 2008.
“It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s … not at all practical as a mobile controller. It’s the Abletonator: Ableton Live on a PC with custom controller and casing, transformed into an arcade game cabinet form-factor. Why? Because. So, if you liked the Ambassador Live controller with arcade buttons, but wanted a full cabinet so it’s impossible to lift, you’ll love this.
The creator is Jr Savage, who evidently created this in 2006. Install MAME on this, and you’ve got an all-Live, all-vintage-gaming dream machine. Specs:
- Custom-built plywood cabinet
- PC running Windows XP, Ableton Live 6 (hmmm… may want to upgrade the cabinet), with a 8×8 audio card
- 19″ LCD monitor
- Custom control surface: 8 channels, joystick navigation (of course!), touchpad and mouse
- 2-octave keyboard
“Coin-op electro shock.” I love it.”
The Drum Machine is a unique audio visual experience which provides up to six users a chance to jam in time together to create an unexpected live improvised electronic composition. This video captures the unique audio visual experience.
Bookings – email Pete Whelan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Camera – Janne Harrowing / Tom Gilbert
Edit – Tom Gilbert
Music & Sound Design – Echoic – echoicaudio.com
Graphics – John Lanyon
Steve our technical genius has been busy programming new features to our bespoke software using Max For Live. Check out this screen shot showing some swanky new additions to The Drum Machine interface.
As is if the additions of ‘Thump-Kick’ and ‘Ringy-Snare’ weren’t enough, there are even more things that you can now do;
– The drum hits can now play at the same time on each station (was either/or on the last version)
– The midi clips are ‘observed’ so when new hits are made this shows instantly in the sequencer (before you would have to wait till the step came round)
– You can select a different midi clip (limited this to 4 clips)
– You can change the length of a clip (limited to 4 beats, 8beats, 16 beats ,32 beats)
– You can select between different sounds (limited to 4 sets)
– Now can see the name of the selected drum sounds
– The knobs are now linked to different parameters in each sound set, which update once a new sound is selected
– Knobs also display the name of the parameter its controlling
– The levers act as overall FX (they don’t change with different sounds selected)
We can’t wait to test these new features out. Watch this space!
We are constantly developing ways to unite the users of The Drum Machine through the power of music, rhythm and dance. Our latest idea allows you the user to submit your own samples or loops that will be spliced into the music of The Drum Machine. Use the Dropbox below to submit whatever your creative mind desires. From jackin acid rhythms to weird field recordings. Follow your submission up with an email describing yourself and your sounds and we’ll weave your details into the visuals on display.
We hardly need to explain but just for the record, please do no submit anything you do not own the rights to. No sampled tracks or unlicensed material, thanks!