By now, you’re probably starting to get the drill of Free Stuff Friday. As the title implies there’s two basic elements: there’s stuff, and it’s free. Since we’re Ableton, said “stuff” is going to be of the music production variety.
This week, we’ve got some goods to share that explore recontextualized sound - whether it’s transforming the sounds of a city into instruments, breaking down a sound into the tiniest grains, or bringing out exclusive parts of a frequency spectrum with a multiband reverb.
Warsaw - Play the City
Ableton Certified Trainer Mateusz Telega makes his home in Warsaw, where he’s also the founder of Certified Training Center Akademia Dzwieku. Working with the Dzwieku team, Mateusz collected over 100 field recordings from around Warsaw. In addition to making these samples available for free, Mateusz assembled a Live Set featuring eight instruments and two drum racks based on the samples. You’ll be surprised what you can get - hear the sound of a bus turn into a gorgeous pad.
Download Warsaw Sound Samples
Download Warsaw Sound Instruments Live Set
A Simpler Way to Grain
Sound designer Alec Brady explores granular synthesis with Ableton’s Simpler sampler. With macro controls for the size and position of the grains, plus a Chord effect to make things extra lush, this easy set-up will have you making pads and alien worlds out of audio samples.
Download Little Grain
Leader of the Bands
Split up your reverb by different frequency groups with this useful multiband reverb Rack from Performodule. In addition to splitting by frequency, each chain on the Multiband Reverb is additionally designed for the frequencies it handles - for example, try the saturator on the low band.
Download Multiband Reverb
That’s it for this week’s roundup. Got some free stuff to share with us? Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, and don’t forget to use #FreeStuffFriday.