Weeklyish Patch Collection

Weeklyish Patch Collection Cover

Weeklyish Patch is a series of Ableton Live Racks I’ve built. This collection bundles 24 devices, some tweaked and improved, and new ones like Headphone Speaker Sim, a rack which simulates the stereo field of studio monitors while listening through headphones.

The included devices:

  • Bass Monomaker
  • Formant Shift0r
  • NY Style Compressor
  • Smart Knobs v1
  • MS Encoder – Decoder
  • Citrus Distortion
  • Dist Machine
  • Drums Divider
  • Dub Delay
  • Formant Filter
  • Formantager
  • Freezeverb
  • Headphone Speaker Sim
  • Lo & Hi Exciter
  • Multiband Distortion
  • Stereo Reverb
  • Vocal Remover
  • Drum Repeat
  • Tap Sequence
  • Drum Synth 2
  • Synthpler
  • M-Axe
  • Feedback Theory Synth
  • Beat Juggler

Grab them now: Weeklyish Patch Collection

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MIDI Controller Programming for Traktor LE 2

Traktor LE 2 Screenshot

Update: Apparently the Generic MIDI mapping isn’t as generic. The mapping in this doc is taken off the Vestax VCI-100 script, so to make it work you must first select it as your controller from the Setup Wizard. Most buttons on the VCI-100 script use MIDI Notes, which not all controllers can send. I’m looking for a controller script which uses all CCs. I’ll update the chart once I do.

I just picked up a new Traktor Audio 6 soundcard, and so I’ve been learning the ins and outs of the bundled Traktor LE 2 software, which is a reduced version of Traktor Pro.

After some fiddling with the app, I found there doesn’t seem to be a Pitch Fader in the GUI. Seemed a bit strange at first, but they probably removed it to focus on the automatic syncing features for the LE version. Still, I found out the app still supports some hardware controllers which do include pitch faders, and that it has a Generic MIDI map for controllers that aren’t directly supported.

So, it occurred to me that maybe this Generic MIDI map gives the ability to control your decks’ Pitch Fader from a controller even when you can’t from directly from Traktor’s GUI. I loaded up MidiPipe, routed it to and from Traktor, and used its tools to find what CCs controlled the decks’ pitch. I found them, but that led deeper into looking for other CCs and Notes that controlled other functions.

Below you’ll find a MIDI chart I came up with with all the controls I found, including mixer, deck, FX and browser controls, and what Note or CC your controller has to send for each function. I think I found most controls needed to use Traktor from a MIDI controller, but the chart might not be complete. I’ll update it if I find new mappable controls.

Download: Traktor LE 2 Generic MIDI Chart

To enable your controller, go to Traktor’s Preferences and launch the Setup Wizard. There select the Vestax VCI-100 as your controller and set your mixer preferences. Then, in Preferences > Controller manager, under Device select General MIDI, and set your in and out ports to your controller’s MIDI I/O.

Have fun.

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Weeklyish Patch 25 – Tap Sequence

Tap Sequence lets you program a list of notes, then trigger each one sequentially each time the rack receives any MIDI note. This lets you, for example, play full melodies with a single drum pad, adding natural variation and timing. It also uses the Scale plug-in for easy melody transposition.

Index keyboardist? Hammer away

Index keyboardist? Hammer away


Weeklyish Patch 25 - Tap Sequence
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Let’s Break The Silence

It’s been really quiet around here, but it doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Au contraire, things have been quite busy underground getting the foundation for the album done. Yes, that means the first Unit27 album is coming, and it’s going in quite a different direction than the music I’ve done in the past.

Working on an album on your own is really hard as stuff moves much slower than with a band because you’re wearing everyone’s hat. Also, there’s the constant struggle with the urge to show your work as soon as you feel you’ve accomplished something. I’m awful at that one, so here’s a little experiment: If you can’t fight it, join it.

These are preview versions of some tracks I’ve been working on since January. They’re not finished yet, but are now at a point where they represent very well where I’m trying to go with this album. Please spare a few minutes, take a listen and maybe post whatever is on your mind. What you like, what you don’t so much, your feedback will be really helpful to shape the album.

Hope you enjoy.

Upcoming Album Previews by Unit27

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