Thursday, November 18, 2010

December Atlanta Ableton Group - Special Monday Night Meeting

What: 
December Atlanta Ableton Users Group

This is our year-end meetup, we are set to have an open discussion meeting in lieu of a speaker this month, where we all talk about how we used Live this year, what we learned and what we're up to: an "us" meeting. 

Members are encouraged to bring live sets in via USB keys or cd-rs to show to the group. Remember to render down any external instruments/plugins, the only ones we can guarantee will work are the built-in "Suite" instruments.

Also, SAE is a Toys-for-Tots drop off, so in light of the holiday season, bring something for the kids!

When:
Monday, December 6th at 7:00PM

Where:
SAE Institute of Technology
215 Peachtree St NE
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303

Sunday, October 31, 2010

October User Group with Respire - Roundup and next meeting announcement

Last week, local ATL Live user Paul Noonan aka Respire came in to show his DJ set up at the group.

As you can see on the left, Paul uses two Trigger Fingers, an APC 20 (just added), and a Native Instruments Kontrol 1 interface.

The Respire setup seems complex at first, but it's actually rather simple and symmetrical:

There are 4 decks on the left each with the same FX rack on each channel and color coded, a buffer track, 3 crate tracks (with clips also color coded to their Mixed in Key key code), and finally a custom "visual metronome" track that blinks lights on the APC to show which bar, beat, and measure you are in the mix - genius!

Here's the Live Pack: Respire Live Pack

You can find Mixed in Key at mixedinkey.com and the Put This Into That iTunes Script Paul used to copy the Mixed in Key's codes from "Comments" to "Groupings" Here

We had quite the turnout this week (this picture was taken at 9:30, after a few had already gone home for the night):
Also, on some tangent, we stumbled across my (tricil) remix site, which is here: http://remix.tricil.net

When Paul opened "The Emancipation" at the group, I realized I didn't make the Live Pack as universally compatible as I intended. That has been fixed, see the screen shot below for details. I used the open source soundcloud-remix code as the back-end to the site. Feel free to go to the site and download a Live Pack and submit your own remix. The Live Packs will work with any fully updated installation of Live 8 and beyond.















Follow Respire here:
http://soundcloud.com/respire
http://facebook.com/respiremusic
http://twitter.com/respire

Follow us (AbletonATL - 3 years strong!) here:
http://soundcloud.com/groups/abletonatl
http://facebook.com/abletonatl
http://twitter.com/abletonatl

Our next and final meeting of 2010 will be Tuesday 12/7/10 at SAE (as usual). Our speaker is TBA.
We scheduled it this way to be right between the two ending holidays to give everyone a chance to attend.

That's about it, thanks for coming and see you in December,
John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton Users Group

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Atlanta Ableton User Group 10/26

What: 
Atlanta Ableton Users Group featuring Respire
When:
Tuesday October 26th at 7:00PM
Where:
SAE Institute of Technology
215 Peachtree St NE
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303
Cost: 
Free!
Info:

Theme:
Atlanta DJ Paul Noonan aka Respire (http://www.r3spr.com/) will be on hand to show his DJ via Ableton setup. Respire recently won a showcase at the Atlanta SoundClouders meetup at the SoundTable alongside producers Beef Supreme and TRICIL.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pro Ableton Tattoo!


This is on Zac Baird's friend Warren's leg. Warren is currently the Ableton tech for Adam Lambert's band.

Extra Atlanta Bonus Points for the MASTODON sneaker!! Where can I get one?

John

Monday, August 30, 2010

September Atlanta Ableton Users Group with Tricil and more - September 21

What: 

September Atlanta Ableton Users Group with John Jacobus aka Tricil and more TBA


When:

Tuesday, September 21st 7:00PM


Where:

SAE Institute of Technology

215 Peachtree St NE

Suite 300

Atlanta, GA 30303


Cost: 

Free!


Info:

http://abletonatlanta.blogspot.com

http://facebook.com/abletonatl


Theme:

As a continuation of July's live performance themed meeting, Atlanta Ableton Live superuser John Jacobus will show off how he set up his live set for performance. Thanks to fellow Atlanta User Group member Bradford Rogers, John will also show how he synced two full-show HD video captures to the original live session and made a retail-ready concert film, beginning and ending in Ableton Live as seen on http://www.esotericdrift.com 


Other users are encouraged to bring in their sets to show them off to the group and the sharing and exchange of live performance tips, Q&A, etc.


Thanks and see you there,

John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton Users Group

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Atlanta Ableton User Group - Monday Nophest Meeting *REMINDER*

Hey all, just a reminder that we are meeing this Monday at 7:00 PM for a special Monday Nophest-themed edition of the Ableton Users Group.

The theme is based on next weekend's Nophest festival, an annual showcase of local talent: http://nophest.com

We meet at SAE, and here's the Address (don't forget the NE, google maps will take you somewhere else if omitted):

215 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

SAE is on the third floor, above hard rock.
You enter at the callbox on the Andrew Young side, next to Azio and across from the parking garage.

As always, the even is free and open to all.

Hope to see you Monday, hit me up if you have any questions.
John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton User Group



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Atlanta Ableton User Group - NOPHEST EDITION - Monday 7/19

Hey all,

We're having a special Nophest edition of the User Group this month on Monday, 7/19 at our usual location, SAE Atlanta.

Please note the NE in the address, for phones like the iPhone will take you to somewhere else if it is not part of the address (we are sorry about that):

215 Peachtree St NE
(enter on the callbox on the Andrew Young side and take the Elevator to the third floor)
Atlanta, GA 30303

The event is FREE and open for all to attend.


We will be meeting at 7:00 PM

We will be showcasing Ableton artists from the Nophest festival, a four day carnivale of awesome: http://www.nophest.com

Ableton Nophest Artists include:

Richard Devine
Ryan Noise
Threv
citizenGreen
Esoteric Drift
Liquid Apparatus

and much, much more. 

We will have a roundtable meeting of the minds and focus on how we use Ableton Live, well... Live. 

Hope to see you there!


Facebook Event page (same info, no RSVP needed for entry, but feel free to spread the word): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131024780271266

John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton User Group

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Atlanta Ableton Users Group this TUESDAY!

Hey all,

This is a friendly reminder that we will be meeting this Tuesday, at 7PM at SAE.

The event is open to all and free for all to attend.

215 Peachtree Street Suite 300 (use callbox on Andrew Young side)
Atlanta, GA 30303

Have a great weekend and we'll see you Tuesday,
John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton Users Group

Monday, May 24, 2010

Atlanta Ableton User Group - RESCHEDULED to June 22nd

Hey all,

We regret to inform you, due to circumstances out of our control, we are forced to postpone tomorrow's meeting to Tuesday, June 22nd.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope that you still may attend. If you couldn't attend tomorrow, we hope to possibly see you next month!
Corrected information below:

Ableton's Huston Singletary will be on hand to cover the basics of Live 8's Session View plus Automation for mixing tracks and LaunchPad control. We'll also do a raffle for a cool new ableton t-shirt at the end, so stick around for that!

Corrected Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=104496462929123

We'll be meeting on Tuesday, June 22nd at 7:00PM. 

The event is open to all and free for all to attend.

As always, we'll be meeting at SAE Atlanta (www.sae-atl.com):
215 Peachtree Street Suite 300 (use callbox on Andrew Young side)
Atlanta, GA 30303

You can follow us online here:
Blog: http://abletonatlanta.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/AbletonATL
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/abletonatl
Twitter: http://twitter.com/abletonatl

Also, we have a SoundCloud group set up here to showcase local Atlanta talent: http://soundcloud.com/groups/abletonatl/ 
add your tracks to our dropbox and they'll be embedded in our shiny players on the sites above - free promo!

See you next month!
John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton Users Group

Monday, April 5, 2010

April Atlanta Ableton Users Group - 4/13/10 - Special guests Richard Devine & Ryan Noise - Lemur/iPad Control

Hey all,

We meet again next Tuesday, April 13th at our usual spot at SAE at 7PM.

215 Peachtree Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel. 404-526-9366

Our special guests this month are Richard Devine, sound designer extraordinaire, and Ryan Noise, a local VJ/audio artist here in Atlanta.

This month Ryan will show off his brand-new iPad using the program
TouchOSC and others (including the Live API) as a Lemur-esque method
of controlling Ableton.

Watch here for a preview:


Richard Devine will also be on hand to show off the new Jazzmutant Mu-Max for Live stuff with the Lemur, which is pretty cool: http://www.ableton.com/pages/2010/jazzmutant_mu

For more on Ryan:
http://ryannoise.com
http://twitter.com/ryannoise

Facebook event page here
See you next week!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Day in the Life with Goodie Mob

A couple of weeks ago, I got a phone call to "come help Goodie Mob in the studio with some Ableton help." That's not really a phone call you can say no to, so I jumped right in.

The objective was to get all the tracks live-ready and locked into a click track. Since Goodie was playing a variety of tracks from their (and solo) catalogues, no two tracks would have been produced the same way. Some tracks were based on vinyl samples, some were recorded analog, etc. Goodie has a live drummer (which makes a huge difference in live shows, I wish more electronic acts had live drums) so all tracks had to be aligned to a click.

On Super Bowl Sunday, I went over to their studio and the entire afternoon (with the game muted on the studio TV towards the end of it), we "warped" all the tracks, 8 bars at a time. I fell asleep that night with the "Ableton click track" song stuck in my head.  Some programming by yours truly was done here and there as well, you'll have to go to the show to hear it. 

Goodie Mob live is all 4 original members: T-Mo Goodie, Khujo Goodie, Big Gipp, and Cee-Lo.

Their backing band is Mark Mays on Drums and Aaron Clay on Bass and Korg MS-2000 (still a beefy little synth) with DJ Princess Cut on Serato and Ableton (two separate machines, wouldn't it be nice to Bridge them together one day).







Ableton, Serato, Bass, Drums. What else do you need?





Mark






Aaron












Ableton and the APC40 (and our hard drive)






The Band





"P-Cut," Cee-Lo and "Some Guy"







We arranged the tracks in scenes, so the setlists can be dynamic and changeable. This also opens up room for improvisation and ad-libs.

Our Live use didn't stop with just the backing and click tracks.  On the day of the Atlanta show (2/20, rescheduled due to the snow on 2/12), we started up at 9:00AM getting the stage ready and synching the APC40 machine to the video machine.  

A familiar look on the LED screen.










My showday workspace, synching to the Mac Mini, two copies of Live running.








On the video machine, the songs' corresponding videos were loaded up in Arrangement view with a Marker as the launch. Master quantization on the video machine was set to "None" and each Marker had a specific MIDI note assigned to it (C1, C#1, etc).

On the APC machine, there was a blank MIDI track with each tracks' MIDI note in a clip, launched with the scene. (Pro-Tip: leave Loop OFF when triggering video unless you want your video to start over every bar ;)

So by using Ableton and it's built in Scenes, we had control over the Songs, the appropriate BPM/click and the corresponding video to it. 






The calm before the storm.












Soundcheck in twilight, quite a cool vibe inside the Tabernacle.












Finally: Showtime. Here was my view on stage.





The Mob is currently on the West Coast rapping up their Reunion tour, here are the remaining dates:
Sunday in San Francisco @ Ruby Skye - Get Tickets 
March 10th in Washington DC @ 9:30 Club - Tour Info here

Exclusive rehearsal video and some "spoiler" pics and videos after the jump.

Many many thanks to Maceo, DaVinci, Mark, Dan Z, and the rest of the Goodies for this amazing opportunity.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

3rd Annual City Skies Electronic Music Festival, April 29-May 1, 2010


The 3rd Annual City Skies Electronic Music Festival will be held in the Atlanta area on April 29-May 1, 2010.

Kavarna in the Oakhurst section of Decatur, GA (minutes away from Atlanta) is once again the venue for the Festival Event. Kavarna gives us a perfect vibe for the performances, with great sound and a nice selection of food and beverage for festival attendees. Kavarna is a non-smoking and all-ages venue.

The list of performers include some of the best electronic musicians from around the U.S. heard on radio stations like Music From the Hearts of Space, Echoes, Star's End, Soma FM, StillStream, Galactic Travels, and more, and are from Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Musical styles range from ambient to downtempo chillout to Berlin school to IDM to space music to experimental. This is not a DJ event.

For more information, ticketing, and performer bios and event schedule:

Real electronic music performed live by humans!

Performers and schedule for the three-day event are:

Thursday, April 29, 2010
8pm- The Wiitles (Georgia)
10pm- Paul Vnuk Jr (Wisconsin)
11pm- citizenGreen (Georgia)

Friday, April 30, 2010 
6pm- Slate (Indiana)
7pm- Klimchak (Georgia)
8pm- Xeriod Entity (Pennsylvania)
9pm- Emerald Adrift (Kansas)
10pm- Tony Gerber (Tennessee)
11pm- R_Garcia (Georgia) 

Saturday, May 1, 2010 
Afternoon session
1pm- dRachEmUsiK (Indiana)
2pm- Burning Artist(s) Sale (Georgia)
3pm- Earthgirl (Indiana)
4pm- 84001 (Tennessee)

Evening session
7pm- Mark Mahoney (Tennessee)
8pm- M. Peck (Tennessee)
9pm- Richard Lainhart (New York)
10pm- Richard Devine (Georgia)
11pm- Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel (Georgia)

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to performers for this event.

Tickets for each session are $5.00 and will be available at the door.

Venue location -




Thanks Jim Combs for the info!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Atlanta Ableton User Group - Tuesday 2.09.10

Ableton's long-awaited collaboration with Serato, called The Bridge is coming soon: http://www.ableton.com/thebridge

This allows two way communication between Live and Serato in a new and innovative way. The best part about it is that it's free for owners of both Live 8 and Serato Live.

Ableton's Huston Singletary and Goldsweat & Atlanta Dubstep's own Billy Laing aka Captain Crunk will be on hand next month for a special Tuesday night meeting! We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, February 9th. at 7:00PM

SAE Atlanta:
215 Peachtree Street (above the Hard Rock)
Suite 300, 3rd floor (enter at call box on Andrew Young side)
Atlanta, GA 30303

Check out more information on Billy here:
http://crunkinthetrunk.com
http://atlantadubstep.com

In other news:

Submit your own tips and tricks/tracks/show info to AbletonATL@gmail.com and we'll feature them on our new blog (link below)!


Also, our partners at AKAI have announced the APC20, a slimmed down version of its big brother the APC40: http://www.ableton.com/apc20

Own Max For Live? Here is a great open resource for uploading and downloading patches: http://www.maxforlive.com/ 
We encourage you to add your own.

Finally, Ableton Power User Jon Margulies is posting a tip each day this year, all 365 of them: http://www.ableton.com/pages/2010/365_ableton_live_tips

We've seriously updated our internet presence with the following links:
Our new Blog: http://abletonatlanta.blogspot.com
Subscribe to the feed here:http://feeds.feedburner.com/AbletonATL
Follow us on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/AbletonATL
Become a fan on Facebook: http://bit.ly/AbletonATL
Add us on MySpace: http://myspace.com/AbletonATL
Our blog feeds to the Facebook and Twitter, which feeds to our Myspace, which feeds to our Twitter... you get the idea. They're all "Bridged" together.

That's about it for now, see you next week!
Johnny & The Ableton Users Group

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

RESCHEDULED - Ableton Atlanta User's Group - Updated Info

Hey all, 

Tomorrow night's User Group has been rescheduled to next month due to scheduling conflicts. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

February's meeting (date pending) will feature Billy Laing (http://www.crunkinthetrunk.com) and Ableton's Huston Singletary to preview Bridge before its release date this Spring.

In the meantime, you can send your own tips and tricks to AbletonATL@gmail.com for our new blog: http://abletonatlanta.blogspot.com and/or check out our new Facebook and Twitter pages (links below).

Thanks and see you next month!
John Jacobus and the Atlanta Ableton User Group
Submit your own tips for the blog here: AbletonATL@gmail.com
User Group info: atlantaug@ableton.com



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Atlanta Ableton User Group News - Big Things!

Hello all, first and foremost, Happy 2010!

Three weeks in and it's a whirlwind of a year already. We made a couple of big announcements at NAMM.

The biggest is our long-awaited collaboration with Serato, called The Bridge: http://www.ableton.com/thebridge

This allows two way communication between Live and Serato in a new and innovative way. The best part about it is that it's free for owners of both Live 8 and Serato Live.


Also, our partners at AKAI have announced the APC20, a slimmed down version of its big brother the APC40: http://www.ableton.com/apc20

Own Max For Live? Here is a great open resource for uploading and downloading patches: http://www.maxforlive.com/ We encourage you to add your own.

Finally, Ableton Power User Jon Margulies is posting a tip each day this year, all 365 of them: http://www.ableton.com/pages/2010/365_ableton_live_tips

That's what's going on in the world of Ableton lately, so why don't we meet up and talk about it:

Our next Atlanta Ableton User Group will be Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00PM at SAE Atlanta:

215 Peachtree Street (above the Hard Rock)
Suite 300, 3rd floor (enter at call box on Andrew Young side)
Atlanta, GA 30303

Our guest speaker will be Billy Laing aka Captain Crunk, who is kind of a big deal in the Atlanta DJ scene.
Check out more information on Billy here:

Billy is a Serato and Live ninja. Will he Bridge the gap? We'll have to find out next week.

Finally, and this is what I'm most excited about, we've seriously updated our internet presence with the following links:

Our new Blog: http://abletonatlanta.blogspot.com
Subscribe to the feed here:http://feeds.feedburner.com/AbletonATL
Follow us on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/AbletonATL
Become a fan on Facebook: http://bit.ly/AbletonATL
Add us on MySpace: http://myspace.com/AbletonATL

Our blog feeds to the Facebook and Twitter, which feeds to our Myspace, which feeds to our Twitter... you get the idea. They're all "Bridged" together.


That's about it for now, see you Wednesday!
Johnny & The Ableton Users Group

Welcome!

Here is the official blog for the Atlanta Ableton Users Group.

Expect to see more content from Ableton and our users tips daily.

Subscribe to this feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AbletonATL
Follow us on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/AbletonATL
Become a fan on Facebook: http://bit.ly/AbletonATL
Add us on MySpace: http://myspace.com/AbletonATL

Our next user's group meeting is Wednesday, 1/27/10 at 7:00 PM at SAE Atlanta:

215 Peachtree Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303

Special guest Billy Laing aka Captain Crunk will be our guest speaker.
Check him out here: http://crunkinthetrunk.com

See you there and more soon!
Johnny and The Ableton Users Group