Kate Bush, demonstrating some kind of Fairlight CMI nirvana. Yeah - like that. From Daniel Rehn.

Kate Bush, demonstrating some kind of Fairlight CMI nirvana. Yeah – like that. From Daniel Rehn.

Want to relive the sweet sounds of the classic Fairlight instrument, because you love the 80s? Want to reskin Ableton so it doesn’t offend your aesthetic sense or blind you and bathe you in blue light when you’re onstage? Do you want a different reverb from a master sound designer and patcher?

Do you just want to unwind in the middle of a studio session by playing TETRIS on your Push?

We’ve got you covered.

Our collection of freebies for the ever-ubiquitous Ableton Live continues to grow – especially as talking about it is causing more people to send stuff in. (Hey, if you want some Renoise Goodies or Reaper Goodies, I’m game – send them this way!)

The latest comes from our friend Madeleine Bloom, who packs extensive educational and production resources at her site Sonic Bloom. And it could be a perfect way to kick off your weekend. (I know I’ll be loading these up, seriously.)

And in my favorite grid hack ever, we’re playing TETRIS on the Ableton Push:

Madeleine writes:

I saw your Ableton Goodies posts and thought that since I have quite a lot of freebies on my website I’d chime in with some interesting stuff on Sonic Bloom.

A while ago I found all the sounds of a Fairlight CMI IIx and started creating Simpler and Drum Rack presets for them. I wanted to capture the original sounds so I left them as pure Simpler presets without adding extra effects or anything. When the first anniversary of Sonic Bloom was approaching, I thought it’d be nice to share all those presets. In 10 Live Packs containing close to 300 Simpler presets and 11 Drum Racks in total, one released every week. The first three are already out.

Fairlight CMI 1 Keyboards & Piano (1/10)
Fairlight CMI 2 Guitar & Bass (2/10)
Fairlight CMI 3 Drums & Percussion (3/10)

The next Live Pack will be out on November 6 and once all are out they’ll turn up at:




Since you also liked my Ableton Live skins, there are currently 3 sets available and I’m sure I’ll be making more in the future.

5 Free Dark Skins for Ableton Live 9
6 Free Ableton Live Skins
6 Free Skins for Ableton Live 9

Listen to the Fairlight:

But wait, there’s more!


Act now, and get Christian Kleine’s implementation of the Gigaverb reverb, a lovely addition to your sonic toolkit from one of my favorite electronic musicians and software designers.

The Verbotron uses the original Gigaverb algorithm by Juhana Sadeharju which is also known as “Gverb” in Audacity. It also features a handy visual representation of the reverb parameters.

Verbotron – Free Max for Live Reverb by Christian Kleine (exclusively on Sonic Bloom)

If all of this seems too useful to you, fortunately, you can also play TETRIS on Push, as seen in the video at top. Technically, it’s interesting stuff – implemented in JavaScript on the browser, not in a Max for Live patch or something like that. SonicBloom covers the story:

TETRiSH – Tetris for Ableton Push

— and points out this past effort, on Launchpad:

So that I don’t have to continue ripping of Madeleine’s site, you’ll want to head here:


More freebies: