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 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:

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:

Follow us (AbletonATL - 3 years strong!) here:

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


  1. Also, check out the FREE java app Rapid Evolution

  2. Haha, I find out about this now! Oh well...

  3. Rapid Evolution is a fine program, but does have its limitations (I used it for awhile before switching to Mixed in Key).

    It finds song keys just fine, but I found it to run very slowly. It was quite a resource hog on my machine - to the point of causing my computer to melt its fan after running it for 4 hours.

    Also, the keys it determines songs to be in are completely incompatible with Mixed in Key's results, leading me to believe that Rapid Evolution is incorrect, though "tuned" correctly to itself.

    More nit-picky things: it does not support drag and drop and the interface is ugly.