Have you ever wanted a drum kit laid out differently on the keys or pads of your MIDI controller? The Drum Mapper Max for Live device lets you do this quickly and easily. Simply play the key or pad you want to assign a sound to and then adjust the note’s MIDI output either directly from the software or pressing a pad or key on the controller. In a just a few minutes you can re-assign every sound in a drum kit and start playing it the way you want it. Once the new mapping is complete, you can also save it as a preset for future use. Create a drum map for each drum hardware/software combination in your studio and load up the preset as needed. Now you can play drum kits the way you want instead of the way some software developer decided. Drum Mapper requires Ableton Live 9 and the Max for Live add-on to run.
The MIDI Tool plugin transforms the notes you play or record in a variety of ways. Transpose incoming notes by octaves or semitones, add 4th or 5th intervals or a sub octave, or compress the MIDI velocity into a new range. You will find all of this functionality in the easy to use interface. MIDI Tool requires Ableton Live 9 along with the Max for Live add-on to run.
The MK-iii is a new Max for Live drum machine available from Desert Sound Studios. The design of the MK-iii comes out of a careful study of the Boss DR-550, a drum machine from the late 1980’s. Back then to make the DR-550 low cost, Roland cut out a lot of features, leaving only the essentials without compromising the overall sound. The result was an easy to use and effective drum machine that hit a nerve with the public. It remained in production for almost a decade and helped to define the electronic drum sound of the era. This combination of essential features, ease of use, and uncompromised sound quality is the driving force behind the MK-iii drum machine.
Tied to the rise of the software synthesizer, the MIDI keyboard controller has become increasingly popular as well. Though MIDI keyboard controller mania has died down a bit over the past few years, possibly tied to the resurgence of hardware synthesizers, the keyboard controller is still a staple of the modern music studio. With so many shapes and sizes available, it’s hard not find a space in the studio that one will fit nicely in. And with it’s combination of keys, sliders, knobs, and DAW transport buttons, the keyboard controller layout is a musical interface that’s stood the test of time.