So, about that Ableton Link stuff then …

Ableton’s Loop event brought out some really interesting things didn’t it? Live 9.5, Push 2, and of course Link. Of course Link was the big news from Loop. It was the first, and a very strategic foray for Ableton into the world of mobile. They didn’t release and app, they didn’t release a controller, they gave us a way to connect everything, without even using Live itself.

I thought it was an interesting collection of apps that are going to be amongst the first to use Link. In fact possibly the biggest surprise was seeing Korg’s apps there. It made me wonder what ever happened to their WIST technology. It was quite ground breaking when it was first released but then never followed up or developed. Also it could only connect 2 devices at the same time over bluetooth.

That of course raises another question. Will Ableton keep Link updated? They’re not going to make any money from it, so from a purely financial perspective it will be the bottom of the priority list in development terms. That bothers me a little. Of course they could open source it at some point, that would be interesting.

But for now I think it is a way to engage mobile into their ecosystem (although I’m not sure how much I like that word) without having to be in the mobile world. That’s pretty smart I think, but where it will take them eventually, that’s going to be much more interesting in the long run, and, how will it change how mobile and desktop work together?

Of course the one thing that isn’t at the party, at least so far anyway, is Android. It isn’t a big surprise though of course, Android tends not to get involved in these kinds of things, but even so, it’s a shame. I feel like I have to mention it anyway.

One last thought on the subject though, whilst there was lots of hype and excitement about Ableton’s Link technology, how many times have you actually been in a position where you decide that you want to jam along with lots of other people? It’s a nice idea, but for how many people is this actually going to be useful? I wonder that, even though I think it’s a great step forward.


This looks like it could be interesting



VirSyn brings us Poseidon Synth – The Ocean of Sound …

Poseidon Synth – The Ocean of Sound

For all creatures in the ocean of sound – Sonic textures from other worlds, Analog signature sounds, Cut-through-the-mix leads and silkily smooth pads: Poseidon sets a new standard for sound design and ease of use. All of this was made possible through a combination of the familiar, conceptual simplicity of the analog synthesis and our frequency domain based Spectral modelling synthesis technology.

Spectral model oscillator
Select a basic sound model from over hundred delivered with Poseidon. The basic sound model determines the sound characteristic you want to start: taking a artificial model like “Sawtooth” gives you analog style sounds. Use complex models from analyzed samples for earth shaking ambients and evolving pads.

Model parameters
High level controls allow for changing the spectral shape, the harmonicity and balances the level of residual noise and spectral amount of the oscillator model.

F-Domain Filter
The newly developed F-Domain filter allow for drastic changes in the resulting sound spectrum. Five filter types including lowpass/highpass characteristic can be used to shape the sound. They have the usual controls like cutoff but also very unusual ones like a variable slope ranging from 0 dB to 72 dB / Octave and independent controls for resonance and bandwidth! This kind of controls are only possible in the context of our F-Domain synthesis technology. This results in an extremely clear filter sound with breathtaking fast modulation possibilities.

The filter type “Inverse” interprets the sound model as a “Source” and a resonant body “Filter”. The cutoff parameter shifts the filterbase – this is the equivalent to making the instrument body smaller or bigger.

This simple control gives your sound a distinctive moving distribution in the stereo panorama. Every atomic sound particle has it´s own path through the space !

Sound browser
The sound browser in Poseidon gives you a fast selection of sounds based on category and timbre.

Spectral modelling synthesis

  • Harmonic/Inharmonic/Noise sound models
  • 512 oscillators per voice
  • 300 Sound models / 600 factory presets

Unique sound control

  • Pitch modulation / Harmonicity control
  • Time machine
  • Timbre control
  • Frequency Domain Filter
  • Spatializer


  • Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
  • Can trigger single notes and chords.
  • Unique randomiser generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
  • 32 Arpeggios included, unlimited user arpeggios possible.
  • For each step you can program tie, accent, transposition and note order


  • Chorus
  • Phaser
  • Flanger
  • Distortion (aliasing free!)
  • Equalizer
  • Echo/Delay
  • Reverb


  • Audiobus 2 compatible (Input slot)
  • Inter-app audio compatible (Instrument/Generator)
  • CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI / Tempo Sync / MIDI Learn
  • Audio recorder with Metronome.
  • Audio pasteboard / File sharing

Poseidon Synth is on launch pricing at $9.99.


Korg Module, PREMIER Vintage Organ, Demo for iPad (video)


KORG volca sample OK GO edition – Get the volca sample and remix OK GO! (video)

Video description:

“A powerful partnership between KORG and OK GO – a special edition of the volca sample.

Packed with 100 carefully selected audio samples from “Hungry Ghosts,” the latest album from OK GO, the limited edition OK GO volca is now here. You can freely edit their numerous iconic sounds, such as the vocal line from “I Won’t Let You Down” or the bass from “The Writing’s On the Wall,” and arrange them to create your own music. Use the content to create your own version Ok GO’s infectious tunes, mix and match content with your own samples create remixes, or create entirely original sample-based music using the simple, step-based recording layout of the volca sample.”


haQ attaQ 97 – Vocals in KORG Gadget – Tutorial (video)


Don’t forget that Module for iPhone is at its launch price until the 30th

Yep, the full version of the iPhone version of Module. Nice one Korg!

The app is on sale until the 30th of November, until then the app is available for $19.99 (£14.99). After the 30th it’ll go up to $29.99. So, grab it now why not!