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Deadbeats

Glitchy little drum machine for use in Ableton Live

(337 Votes)
2.0 (Updated 14 years ago)
3.2MB
November 09, 2004
Reaktor 5 or lower
Instrument Sequencer

DESCRIPTION

version 2 info
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- you can now edit the sample map (load your own samples) from the 'B' view
- tool tips for XY controls now reflect the correct parameters

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This is a 7 channel sample based drum machine (note: the channels are pretty light on the CPU so if you've got a bigger screen than mine feel free to stack 'em up). I made it to use as an effect in Ableton Live 2 and 3 to give myself some live step sequencing possibilities for shows. Live 4 now includes impulse which integrates a lot more cleanly then this does but it's still fun.

I've been mucking around with this for almost a year now, and I'm quite aware that lots could be added to it. I and Mike Shannon have used it at a few shows and it has proven to be quite fun and stable as is however, so I figure now is as good a time as any to let everyone else have a go at it.

Thanks to Mike for testing things on the Mac side and to Martin Brinkmann for lots of inspiration.

Deadbeat

COMMENTS  (41)

Simon Jarvis
7 years ago
Would it be possible to add filter modulation? Perhaps a second coloured box layered on top of the green volume box.
Simon Jarvis
7 years ago
nice little drum machine...thanks
Jop Mijwaard
8 years ago
Great randomize function. Very inspiring. Thanks!
Thomas Eppes
8 years ago
I really enjoy this, fun!
Daniel Salomon
10 years ago
One of the most instantly-gratifying ensembles I've encountered as of yet for creating usable variations of drum patterns. Huge thanks for making it straightforward to work with, and for taking the time to update the B panel for quicker access to sample maps.
Milan Franzkowski
10 years ago
Great stuff!! Love it!
andrea bartolini
11 years ago
very very nice...many thanks
Lex Nowak
11 years ago
Great stuff! Thanks, Lex
Joshua Rochowiak
11 years ago
nice quick drum machine
Donald Valdez
11 years ago
awesome STUFF!
Sohail Azad
11 years ago
would this work in logic ?
sohail azad
12 years ago
DANG!!!!! this is like the minimal dudes dream machine, thanks yo!!!! MANY PROPS.
Richard King
12 years ago
Exactly what I wanted. Thanks :)
Alexander Freeman
12 years ago
Nice clicky machine. Thanks!
Robert Żwirkowski
12 years ago
thanks
daniel battaglia
13 years ago
this is a very late comment, but - this is amazing! its beats seem to change and morph over many bars in subtle ways, probably due to the random granular nature. really inspirational, reminds me of MB's "minimal morphing drum machine" thing, only 100X better.
John Kammeyer-Mueller
13 years ago
so flexible, great controllability, incredible sound, and fantastic for all kinds of complex experimental rhythms. absolutely great!
Mathias Hörhammer
13 years ago
richtig geil
Adam Wilson
13 years ago
this was a nice surprise. The first Reaktor 'drum machine' I actually found usable. Lends itself to polyrhythmic stuff, and like the morph feature. Nice
Tommy Rombouts
13 years ago
for ableton live? i'm using it in Logic 7, and love it!
Sebastian Stottele
13 years ago
funfunfun. good to have. thanx
Stefan Netschio
13 years ago
I really awaiting this stuff! great job!
Phil Durrant
13 years ago
btw, i have just seen Scott do a fantastic set with Pole at the interplay festival in London. brilliant
Marco Raaphorst
13 years ago
very cool. like it very much!
scott douglas
13 years ago
yeah. top sequencing machine !!! i'm using reaktor session, is there a way to get a midi output for this incredible thing ? regards scott douglas
marc leclair
13 years ago
Here we go.An amazing tool for sequencing random snippets and destroy shit live from my igloo neighbor in Canada.Snap,crackle and pop!! akufen
Rich Young
14 years ago
Very cool, I like the simple and intuitive interface.
Cliff Douse
14 years ago
Refreshingly easy to use! :-) Should have easy access to samples via the panel, though, imho.
Der Einmeier
14 years ago
great ensemble, i even LOVE the tweo kompakt/perlon-styled presets like akuf'u'n and the studio1-pattern. changing the maps isn't so easy, i like the way i can handle that within 'krypt' for example just by clicking on the waveform and opening the map-editor. bye the way, this lil' drummachine is so awesome i really hope to see a version2 including more presets to play around as well as maybe some 'special fx' like i've seen within limelite&krypt, for example the granular buffersize, a slight reverb and - for sure - that krypitcal and fantastic-random-generator which does produce 4/4-rythmic (!) patterns thru a choosable random-pattern-mode. despite of that suggestions, it's a unique, lil' and fantastic drummachine, very, very lovely. so lovely that i've been using a sequence for a lil' track you might find here http://elektrophunk.packts.net/audio/westend/subtil.mp3 njoy as much as i do enjoy working with your ensemble! cheerio, chris member.support@technosluts.net
Peter Tomaselli
14 years ago
totally rad... like, the sounds are cool, but what i most love about this ens is how well it is designed. it's really easy to play around and get funky patterns going, and also to quickly get it back to working like a "normal" drum machine. that's key. i've been tweaking around with it a bit too, would it be okay to post my own mod of it in the near future?
Mbaye thierry
14 years ago
merci beaucoup! it's about to be our favorite tool with bern! peace in u!
santoni pascal
14 years ago
Exactly what i'm looking for many thanks ....
Rob Klippel
14 years ago
KA-BOOM!... explosive... excellent everything but still you are correct, this could be expanded even more... it boggles the mind... thanks for this amazing work
Tasho Nicolopulos
14 years ago
This is fantastic. Thank You. I appreaciate how easy it is to use. And, unlike some of my other sequenced ensembles, this locks in smoothly with logic 6 on my powerbook G4. Really, thanks for sharing!
ned Bouhalassa
14 years ago
Ok, ok, ok. I know you have to leave some time for making music and touring and sh*t, buuuuuttttt... random on the mutes would be lovely!
ned Bouhalassa
14 years ago
Scoooooooooot! Trop cool, mon ami, trop cool! Sweet ens you've got here - thanks. Two suggestions: a) it would be great to be able to adjust the amount of random snap creation/deviation; b) the morph seems to jump very early from X to Y, like after 5% towards Y from X, the X snap is almost completely changed. Then again, maybe I need my 2nd cup of coffee... See you at the Micro Mutek! ;-) PS: one more suggestion would be individual drive for each part as opposed to only global.
Oliver Greschke
14 years ago
cool, I'm a "live togehter with reaktor" user also, nice Instrument
Scott Monteith
14 years ago
Yes I was sure the sample loading thing would be the first issue raised. I'll sort it out next week some time. Regarding the solo buttons, for future developments I will probably concentrate on the multi-out version, as this is the one I'm actively using at this point, and doing all the mixing in Live cuts the CPU load almost in half; it takes 8% CPU on my PIV 2.6 laptop, versus 14% for this version.
Phil Durrant
14 years ago
because it uses a graincloud sampler, this is a little bit different. i like this. i have a suggestion or 2 for improvements. i like the mute buttons but solo buttons would be nice. more importantly, Session users will not be able load their own samples, because there is no access to the samples from the panel. maybe you could make this possible for one of the views (AorB) ? but very nice.
Andres Jankowski
14 years ago
this sounds very exciting Scott! thank you very much!
John-Paul McCarthy
14 years ago
Thanks for the generous upload Scott! I'll have a look at this over the next few days/weeks/months (this has a lot of use for me personally -- particularly the morph feature) I quite enjoy your newest album btw. :) good stuff
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