[LAU] ableton live in vmware

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Fri Aug 28 07:11:55 EDT 2009

On 08/28/2009 07:36 PM, Sebastian Moors wrote:
> On Friday 28 August 2009 05:39:15 Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> On 08/28/2009 01:26 PM, Gabriel M. Beddingfield wrote:
>>> On Thu, 27 Aug 2009, Atte Andre Jensen wrote:
>>>>> Hydrogen has some similarities to AL... so I've pondered if it could be
>>>>> forked (or developed) to become a live DAW.
>>>> Could you elaborate? What similarities, what's missing (just the big
>>>> picture), it's been a while since a glanced at hydrogen.
>>> The main feature of AL is the scenes and loop-based composition,
>>> right?  This is essentially a specialized sequencer/sampler.  And
>>> hydrogen is a sequencer/sampler.
>>> Further, Hydrogen is based on the idea of have several patterns
>>> (like a loop) that you set up.  Then the song is composed in a
>>> sort of paint-by-numbers fashion.  This is a lot like AL's scenes.
>>> Hydrogen also has some DAW-like features, including some primative mixing
>>> and FX.
>>> Hydrogen lacks any code for looping or beat slicing.  Also, the audio
>>> internals are a little ugly IMHO -- but I've been working to improve
>>> that. When I'm done, I expect the backend to be *very* DAW-like.
>> It does have code for looping a sequenced list.
>> It doesn't have is an AL like grid for triggering samples.
>> It does have the ability to trigger a sample manually.
>> IIUC, it doesn't have functionality to play multiple patterns at the
>> same time.
> Hi,
> i'm happy to state that hydrogen IS able to play multiple patterns at the same
> time. In hydrogen 0.9.4 we call that "stacked pattern mode". At the moment
> you have to select the patterns with your mouse.

Wow, I hadn't put two and two together on that new feature. That is a 
massive chunk of the necessary functionality for AL like performance in 
place now.

Can you expand a little on how to create a pattern stack?

>   It's not implemented to select patterns via midi, but if you really want it,
> open a ticket[1] and i'm going to look at it when i've got time to..
> -  Sebastian
> [1]: http://www.assembla.com/spaces/hydrogen/tickets



Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd

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