Control Music Software with a Bluetooth Cell Phone / PDA (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro)

You’ve already started performing with Ableton Live using your Sony PSP. Now you want still more ways to control Live via your portable devices. Hmmm, garage door opener — no good. Pocket laser pointer — can only really point at the screen with that. I know: how about your cell phone? LiveController | Jason R. Kramer Yes, Jason Kramer has hooked up 15 user-assignable commands in Ableton Live, including play/stop, to the buttons on your cellphone, via scripts built for Sailing Clicker, the powerful PDA / cellphone scripting utility. Now, it’s been a while since I looked at Sailing Clicker, …

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Novation ReMote SL Keyboard Reviewed: Automapping Control Surface

My review of the Novation ReMOTE SL keyboard/control surface is in the current issue of Keyboard and free online. Here’s a taste at how I approached the review: Music stores and closets alike are full of controller keyboards aimed for use with software. Most seem identical save for a set of drum pads here and a free plug-in there. The variety of options and generally low cost is great, but the keyboards themselves (you know, the black and white bits) often seem like afterthoughts. And adding and subtracting knobs and controllers seems to miss the point: What we really want …

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Manage Performance Sets in Logic Pro: fluqe OnStage

Logic Pro has some incredible instruments, effects, and (if you’re good with the Environment) absurdly powerful MIDI configurations. It’d be great to take those onstage and switch between them as easily as you switch patches on your hardware synth. Enter OnStage: Fluqe OnStage It’s a simple utility: hit a program change, and call up one of 20 projects, thus instantly switching you to the song, instruments, and configuration you need. US$24.95, well worth it. OnStage also addresses the one area Rax, the nifty live performance utility, can’t — Rax works with plug-ins, OnStage works with Logic sets.

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Mactel Watch: Logic Pro 7.2.2 Optimized for Quad-Core Mac Pro; Ivory Pianos Now Intel-Native

Logic for Quads. Today’s treat from Software Update: Logic Pro 7.2.2 is a must-download if you’re lucky enough to have a new Mac Pro desktop. The update is optimized to take advantage of the Mac Pro’s quad-core architecture. Exactly what does that mean? I can’t say, because I’m perfectly happy blazing away on a dual-2.7GHz G5 (and had equally good experience when I had a MacBook Pro in for testing). But as we’ve observed before on CDM, multi-core optimization is the trend to watch. 10-foot Grands on 13-inch MacBooks. In other Mactel news, there’s a steady flow of Intel-native plug-ins …

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