Tuning Ableton Live, Push: Undersea Colors for Push, Important Bugfixes for Live

If Push’s whites have been giving you the blues, everything’s better down where it’s wetter. And while some readers happily dove into the Live 9 waters right on release, recent bugfixes have made this software significantly more mature. (Uh, read: yeah, some stuff was rather broken for a bit there.) First off, just for fun, let’s talk about making your Push “seapunk” in coloring. RGB LEDs have gotten brighter, but color calibration remains an issue, and so many Push users have complained about inconsistent white coloring. Even if you haven’t had calibration issues, too, you might just want a change. …

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A Live 9 That Works Better, and Better in the Dark, Finally Here [Plus More Skins]

Community service announcement! If you play or care about the guitar, skip past this story to the one immediately thereafter, using scrolling! (suggested by readership feedback) A new Live 9 with bug fixes, improvements, and a Disco skin ideal for use in low-light situations. No, not like that other time when we said it was and then it was promptly pulled. This time, for real – as in, I just downloaded it. What you can’t see is what matters: badly-needed reliability fixes should address performance and stability complaints we were hearing from Live 9 users. There’s no way to picture …

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Live 9 Update Fixes Bugs, Addresses Indexing Issues

One of the tough things about reviewing software is that your own experience is intensely personal. So, I’ve regularly reviewed software and gotten an angry response from someone who didn’t understand why I didn’t comment on a particular stability experience they had found. Those readers are right to be frustrated, but I can tell you that it software experiences are highly variable. So, I do know that some people found some issues with Live 9’s newest features. None of it is so out of the ordinary for this kind of upgrade. A big culprit: the new smart browser indexing features. …

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 Promises Quartz Composer, OpenGL Fixes

This cat is … slightly camouflaged. Photo (CC) Tambako The Jaguar (but yes, this is a snow leopard). Mac OS X 10.6.3 looks like it may be a significant update for graphics performance, but good luck trying to figure out what’s changed from the vague update log. There is mention of “compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications.” Our inside sources tell us that previous seeds did mention specifically Quartz Composer fixes related to performance, an issue about which some QC devs had complained. 10.6, for its part, included major updates to Quartz Composer, with some really spectacular work ranging from OSC …

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Processing 1.0.7 Has Fixes for Snow Leopard, More

1.0.7 is a must-download on any platform because of key fixes to auto-format, highlighting, exception reporting, and PVector. (See revisions.) But if you’re an early adopter of Snow Leopard, this offers fixes for that, as well: Tweaks for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, to force it to run in 32-bit mode. This should bring back the video library (if temporarily), and hopefully fix serial as well, though I didn’t have a serial device handy to test. Add this to 1.0.6 from last month, which fixed launching on Linux and a bunch of image and JOGL stuff. As always, grab it …

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Resolume Avenue 3.01: AV Recording, Bug Fixes

Resolume 3 in action, in a lovely little rig by dingLUKAI. The folks at Resolume have been hard at work on a big update to the final 3.0 build just released. Bart says he just uploaded this to the server. Now, so far we’ve found the final build to be quite stable, so if you tried the crash-happy beta builds like the early adopter we know you are, now’s the time to revisit this.  Audiovisual recording is also working properly in 3.01, which looks to be a whole lot of fun. Saturday night I watched Devin aka mzo do an …

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RjDj Updates: Compatibility, Reliability Info

The creators of interactive iPhone music app RjDj have posted a quick update on their blog answering a number of questions readers have raised here. The easiest fix: if you can’t hear RjDj’s output, you need to use the official Apple headset and mic. Tougher, but in the works: iPod touch support, and a fix for the nasty crash bug. Don’t tell us here on comments; go straight to their bug tracker and help them squash the problem. (One reader here thinks the issue may be downloading over-the-air rather than via iTunes sync.) Some people were trying to install RjDj …

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