Ableton Live setup (fri-son)
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I did this screenshot for participating to the discussion at CDM: createdigitalmusic.com/2008/07/16/how-do-you-perform-show…

This is the setup I did for my show at fri-son (Fribourg) in march.
There were 2 obvious parts. For the first part, pretty much improvised, I used the 2 channels on the left and made drones with the guitar, distortion and loop pedals. The second channel has a granulator delay.

I’ll rather talk about the 2nd part (kinda noisy zombie-influenced abstract hip-hop) which you can download by the way:
www.furibond.com/sounds/tokoloten_-_live_@_frison_part2.mp3

4 channels:
- beats (midi) : main inst/effects : Battery 3 + Livecut + Ohmicide (or Frohmage)
- bass (midi) : Automat (VST synth) + Saturator
- sounds, instrumental stuff, percussions, field recordings (audio)
- sounds (audio)

Send : Reverb
Master : Beat repeat + Crazy ivan

I write midi sequences in advance but I use two midi effects (random and velocity) which affect the sequences in real-time.
Yellow clips are empty, their labels remind me I have to change the tempo or switch on an effect.
I organize clips by color (green, blue, red, a color for each track). The label sometimes correspond to a preset. I’m using midi controllers but if there are two many parameters to change I prefer using presets I’ve saved.
I do not necessarily play clips in the planned order, I could decide to go back to a previous clip that would anyway sound different because I changed some effects’ parameters.

Some remarks :
I switched from Live 5 to Live 7 but I haven’t yet used the Rack feature which could be very useful.
I’m using a 3-year old Powerbook that can’t run all instruments and effects at the same time. Battery + Ohmicide take more than 50% of my CPU and I’m only using half of Ohmicide’s distortion channels, otherwise it’d just kill my laptop. So during a set I have to switch on/off instruments and effects, and I remove channels as soon as I don’t need them anymore… That’s not very convenient.

apple macbook airhead
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f*ck, this new mb is dumb as sh*t!!!! i was totally ready to drop 3gs on the slim, but after watching the release, what a p.o.s.! funny how they said they didn’t compromise on features, but let’s see…
no expresscard slot- and i just bought all those damn cards! and expandability would have been much better over usb.
no internal drive (well maybe i can live without it)
no 128gb- i gotta admit 64 is pretty amazing for 1/8" drive, but still, that’s a downgrade from my current lappy. and running off an ipod drive sounds like an f’n joke.
no firewire- f*ck!!!!! this thing should be placed under the macbook in the line up
no removable battery- well i guess i never did buy an extra one for my 17, 15, 3400, lombart, but still.
no internal ethernet- so after you get all those extra adapters, are you really saving space/weight???

i don’t know why they compared it to the sony t series, which completely blows it away. not forgetting to mention that that laptop has been around for years. can we please have a real 13.3" mbp?


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