Grid Tricks: Make Ableton Push Display Meters, Pulsing Heart – Without Max for Live

Ableton’s Push, like other colored, light-up grids, may sometimes seem like just a big, flashy Lite-Brite. So – heck, why not use it that way and have a good time? Tama Rhodes writes us to let us know about a project that exploits the shiny colors to visualize live sound data. The results are screaming for a live performance in which the Push is tilted toward the audience as you play, a technique Daedelus has long used with the monome. What’s doubly impressive – and why you should download this to learn from it even if you don’t want to …

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VeeYou – Free Motion/FCP Studio plugins.

Roger Bolton – Quartz Composer/Core Melt programmer, Quartonian developer and all around motion graphics whiz was kind enough to let us know he has released some free plugins for Motion and Final Cut Studio. VeeYou is a set of audio plugins that animate EQs and AUs. For those of you who VJ with Motion, these might be quite handy. For those that dont, they can be a huge timesaver for making baked animations. You can read more and download the free plugins at the Core Melt Website.

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New Massenburg High-Res EQ for Pro Tools

I’m not always jealous of the Pro Tools platform, but here’s a good reason to be: the Massenburg DesignWorks Hi-Res Parametric EQ, version 2.0 of which started shipping this week. George Massenburg needs no introduction: he’s credited as the creator of the parametric EQ, and makes his own superb (hardware, not software) audio gear as George Massenburg Labs. The EQ plug-in for Pro Tools let you bring some of that top-notch sound into the software realm. The upgrade has a slick, new interface with copying and pasting between bands and A/B snapshots, phase invert, 3- and 5-band versions, and better …

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Messe: 32 Compressors, 32 EQs, All in One Tiny FireWire Box

“This is all going to be software,” said a Focusrite rep at an AES show in 2004, as he gestured at racks of Focusrite’s beloved racks of audio gear. (Needless to say, that was not on the record.) While not everything can be digital — you’ll still need to get sound into the digital realm, meaning analog/digital converters and preamps will never go away — it’s astounding what is possible with ever-advancing digital audio tech. And so, we have the incredible Focusrite Liquid Mix: 32 channels of EQ, 32 compressors, all modeling classic and vintage sounds in one cute, compact …

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NyquistEq: Free Parametric EQ (Mac, Windows)

Magnus of Smartelectronix is apparently very excited by his new Mac Mini, because he says it's inspired him to port his plugins to Mac OS X! To get you started, try out NyquistEq, a gorgeous parametric EQ that can process treble right up to the Nyquist frequency — the highest frequency that can be represented in digital audio without aliasing. Check out his other plugins; Mac users should check out the donationware Ambience reverb, too, and PC users have plenty of other toys. Free (donationware), Mac/Windows VST (no AU, sorry) Geek alert: the technically-correct name for the Nyquist frequency is …

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Free Friday: Free Mono Synth, EQ for Windows

Finally — a boatload of free stuff arrives on a Friday so I can alliterate my roundup. Simple pleasures. First, the Windows edition: Free mono synth with lots of routing: Club CC4 has released their Ridiculously Red monophonic hybrid instrument, which has a Ridiculously Butt-ugly interface but "experimental semi-modular routing" and lots of routing and generators and stuff. (Samplepoolz copies the specs, but you'll get the same basic idea.) Oh, and it's supposed to be good not only at making basses and leads but drones and "pads with a sense of movement." I have no sense of movement, so that's …

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Digidesign Free EQ III Imitates MOTU?

I expect that I'll write this and someone will say, "Why, no, that's simply copied from Joe's Big EQ, an effect written 5 years ago." but for my money, Digidesign's new EQ III looks stunningly like the MasterWorks EQ in MOTU Digital Performer 4.5. (Read my review of DP in Keyboard) Let's back up for a moment: Digidesign users, you've got a powerful new EQ you can download for free. Go get it, enjoy; it looks like a really nice giveaway. I'm sure the fact that it uses exactly the same color scheme and even has the grid and lighting …

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