“Where have you been all my life,” is not a phrase I’d normally associate with software. In fact, up until now, it’s been reserved for the moment when Destiny’s Child, Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie arrive simultaneously at my front door…bearing a platter of cold meats… but I’m making an exception for Ableton’s Live 5, which is close to being the music making application of my dreams.
Clearly I’m not the only one with this view, as, over the last couple of years, Live has not just become synonymous with, but completely redefined DJing, taking it to a level completely unobtainable with conventional hardware. Continue reading »
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If I had to describe Cakewalk’s latest offering, Kinetic, in one word, that word would be cool!
At it heart, Kinetic is a 16 channel pattern based sequencer that’s jam packed with authentic Roland patterns and sounds direct from their line of grooveboxes, putting at your fingertips 101, 303, 808 and 909 sounds, as well as Acid format grooves, all of which are categorised according to instrument type and music genre by Kinetic’s built in content browser. However, you’re not restricted to using just these patterns and grooves, as you can also create your own, in real or step time. Continue reading »