Dope Matrix Puts A Modular Synthesizer Into @Ableton Live


Sonic Faction has released Dope Matrix – a virtual modular synthesizer for Ableton Live 9 and Max For Live.


Virtual Modular Synthesizer for Live 9.
4 ‘famous analog oscillators’: A-110, Plan B, Cwejman & Piston Honda.
12 custom Effects Modules – vast new dimensions of sound.
Design evolving textures for experimental sonic science.
100+ Presets included, optimized for Live’s browser.
Includes Max for Live Step Sequencer that features a realtime control Matrix for hands on control of your patch.

Watch the video and get more over at our friends Synthopia.

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Mmmmaven Instructors’ ‘Favorite Gear’

We asked the Mmmmaven DJ & Production instructors: “What’s your favorite piece of gear right now?”:

General Motor (DJ)


My favorite piece of hardware is the Evolution UC-33. Unfortunately, this bad boy is no longer in production, so I’m super glad I opted to purchase one about seven years ago. As a universal controller, all of the knobs and faders are fully assignable to any MIDI parameter in whatever DAW software you are using. This goes for Serato DJ software as well as for production programs like Ableton and Reason. I find myself to be more productive when using a hands-on approach – avoiding the mouse wherever possible. With 24 knobs, and 9 faders, plus the option of switching between program pages, you can make or adjust envelopes on the fly and can add a more organic feel to your sets. It also came decked out with several mapping presets for (albeit somewhat dated at this point) programs and had preset covers to go with each. I used it for my first all-digital Ableton set many, many moons past and still use it as a primary go-to when producing at the studio.

Nanocannon – (Producer)


Currently the iPad in combination with iConnectmidi2+. This combination is fantastic in so many different ways. Its always been my goal to perform as much as possible in my tracks. The iPad gives me the feeling of actually playing analog drum machines, grooveboxs and arpeggiators. The fact that you can restrict the iPads (in most apps) keyboard to a given scale or mode makes quickly coming up with a set of coherent ideas a breeze. The iConnectmidi2+ provides a seamless MIDI and audio link between Ableton right through the iPads plug.

Nick Garcia (Producer)


I love the Ableton Push because of all the MIDI controllers I have ever used (I’ve owned six in my lifetime), it’s the only one that actually feels like a musical instrument. It makes creating music with Ableton very natural; rather than sitting in front of a screen clicking away with a mouse I can apply the same performance techniques that I would use during a live set to create ideas quickly and efficiently. It expedites my work flow and lets me express myself as if I were playing a guitar or bass. I hardly have to look at my computer when I’m using it to write and that makes the process super creative and enjoyable. Finally, all this talk about it being more of a studio controller than a performance controller is nonsense; the Push is the most versatile, intuitive performance controller I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried them all.

DJ Esq (DJ)


I suffer from gear lust, an affliction I share with millions of djs and producers across the globe. While it is tough to narrow down my favorite gear to just one thing, currently, my most treasured piece is the Pioneer Rmx-1000. The RMX is a digital effects processor, built with an analog soul. It combines all the traditional additive and subtractive effects that Pioneer mixers are famous for, throws in a drum machine and loop recorder, and tops it off with an SD card slot to add whatever drum/sample sounds your heart desires. Built like the effects processors of old, it uses quarter inch or RCA cables to send/receive audio, so you can hook it up to just about anything, a mixer, an ipod, even a guitar. Finally, it comes with a VST program so you can use it with any DAW. You get the best of both worlds. The problem with a lot of new gear is that it becomes outdated quickly. That’s the best part about the RMX; it is something that can grow with my gear no matter what I use, and I’m sure the RMX will be a part of my set-up for a very long time.

Moduloktopus (Producer)


I just use a QuNexus a QuNeo as my main MIDI controllers, because of durability, mobility, simplicity, and customizing options are endless. Recently added a Traktor Z1 to have a compact flexibility of a Sound Card and a DJ interface to be able to have real knobs and few faders to satisfy any performance needs with Ableton or Traktor.

Ali Berger (Producer)


This year I really got into the Mackie CR1604 mixer. It originally came out around 1990–I got mine on Craigslist for $75. It has 16 channels, which I use to run multiple outputs from Ableton (I use all 6 outputs of my Traktor Audio 6 soundcard) plus audio from my drum machines and synths. I love the way it sounds. It makes everything I send into it sound a little more natural, and if you get the overall volume loud enough it starts to compress the full mix a little bit. The mixer only has three bands of EQ but they’re really well-tuned and it’s a nice change from working in the computer where it’s easy to get distracted with crazy-precise EQ options. The CR1604 also has 6 sends, which is a lot for such a cheap mixer, and a bunch of other cool routing options that make it good for experimenting with feedback and effects. The main downside is that it’s noisy, but I made a preset for EQ 8 in Ableton that takes most of the noise out. The CR1604 is built like a tank and they’re easy to find for $100-200. Highly recommended!

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Quneo Rogue Indiegogo Campaign


The Quneo is a MIDI controller from Keith McMillen Instruments that we teach in our Music Production classes. They are responsible for other innovative controllers such as the Qunexus as well as the Softstep and of course, the QuNeo. Check out some artists jamming out with the QuNeo below:

The Quneo is a rugged and versatile controller, and can be programmed in many different ways to suit your setup and software. What’s really special to me about the QuNeo is that you can switch modes very quickly turning the QuNeo into a drum pad, giving you instant tactile feedback and adding to the live performance element.

Currently, Keith McMillen is on a fundraising campaign to kickstart the a wireless controller called the Rogue.

Rogue takes your live performance to the next level using a wireless connection to communicate with the QuNeo. Don’t forget to give to the campaign and support this innovative product!

One of our lead Ableton Instructor has a lot of great things to say about the QuNeo and the Rogue:

“The Keith McMillen Instruments fundraising campaign for the QuNeo Rogue is coming to a close. Definitely check out this company’s efforts towards changing the game in affordable Music Creation controllers because it’s always promising and worth looking into. See for yourself and SHARE this to make this amazing invention possible. Big upz #KMI #QuNeo” — Moduloktopus.

Check out what other artists have to say about this Indiegogo project:

There are some great bargains and packages available. Give $350 and you get the rogue and all the gear needed to set it up, give $405 and not only do you get the Rogue but you also get the QuNeo controller! Both of these products together have a street value of $594 so you save almost $200. But act fast, this is an early bird deal and there are only 3 left. There are also options for international shipping for an extra charge, so act now and start using this unique and colorful controller.

Dive deeper into the realm of music production with our Ableton Live classes and get your own QuNeo included!

@Ableton Pop-Up Lab at the @MFABoston


Last week, we were tasked with bringing our new music laboratory out of Central Square to put it in front of the public at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Columbus Day open house. Every holiday Monday, Boston’s world-famous art institution opens its doors for free and allows the public to roam its endless hallways filled with art, art and even more art. It is always crowded.

What we were expecting was teenagers and/or college students gravitating toward our computers, controllers and desktops, all programmed with different psychedelic music in honor of the museum’s “Hippie Chic” exhibit. Curator Jasmine Hagans was forward-thinking enough to invite us.

Our Ableton experts Nick Garcia and Moduloktopus had designed “sets” or suites, featuring famous psychedelic music, from the Beatles to the Velvet Underground. All four of the sets were loaded onto separate computers with three headphones each. Our lead station featured the Ableton Push hardware, provided to us by a member of the Berklee Electronica Club.

What actually happened was remarkable. We had been placed next to a watercolor classroom where many kids were cycling through. And so, as opposed to the older people who we expected to take an interest in the program, we were inundated with child after child, usually with an accompanying adult or parent. These kids, most no older than 12, would sit at a station for long periods of time, fascinated with the QuNeo and its inventive programming. Parents were astonished that their attention was kept for an extended period of time. They didn’t quite understand how it worked or why, they just loved that their kids were so into it. And so were we.

(At the beginning of this video you can hear a little girl exclaim “I’m a DJ!”)

As we continue to unveil classes within the lab, we are surely plotting one for kids and should have more information on that in the months ahead. We do offer private tutoring for your son or daughter right now however.

Inquire within or email to reserve your spot in our music production school. It’s for kids … of all ages.