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Liquid Rhythm is an innovative beat generator that enables users to access the building blocks of ten quadrillion rhythmic patterns, import pre-existing MIDI tracks created using their DAW of choice, and mine Liquid Rhythm’s library of loops and kits to quickly create inspiring rhythm tracks.
- Develop musical ideas by instantly inserting and swapping bar-long rhythm patterns.
- Create beats fast by painting groups of notes directly onto the arranger.
- Humanize the velocity and groove of multiple notes simultaneously based on their underlying color-patterns.
- Generate musically-informed rhythm patterns from a customizable palette.
- Create tom fills and multi-instrument percussion patterns.
- Integrate Liquid Rhythm into your workflow as VST, AU or RTAS plugin.
Ableton Live Clips Plugin
Ableton Live Clips and Liquid Rhythm
Edit clips using Liquid Rhythm’s workflow enhancement for Ableton Live 9 Suite. As you jump clip-to-clip in Ableton Live, Liquid Rhythm automatically displays the MIDI contents of each selected clip and Drum Rack information of each track.The cycle is as follows:
- Drum rack channel names and MIDI notes in the clip are automatically loaded into Liquid Rhythm.
- All pattern creations and note edits are automatically pushed into the Ableton Live clip in real-time. This allows for a seamless integration of Liquid Rhythm’s powerful MIDI editing tools into any existing Ableton Live production and performance workflow.
Speed up the creation of rhythm tracks in Ableton Live clips.
Integrate with Ableton Drum Racks.
Create and remix MIDI patterns in Ableton Live clips.
Implement your rhythmic ideas into the MIDI clip piano roll instantly.
Build beats entire bars at a time.
Use your own samples to create truly original beats.
Experiment with variations and alternatives to your drum patterns, all in real-time.
See relationships between notes in your MIDI clips with Liquid Rhythm’s Music Molecule MIDI visualization technology.
This integration is only available when using Liquid Rhythm with Max4Live in Ableton Live 9 Suite. Additionally, Max for Live 5 is required for Ableton Live Clips Editing.
Accent Modifiers target the velocity and groove of notes, basically the things that make music not sound robotic. You can think of them as avenues to humanize your beat. This is how they work: As you make beats, you’ll notice color patterns developing beneath the notes. Each module in the Accent Modifiers controls velocity and groove based on these colors. What’s more, the colors exist on two levels so you can target in a broad sense or very detailed. So, if you want to raise the velocity of every note above a dark red or blue pill, move the corresponding faders. You’ll find, when you’re dealing with a pretty long loop, this is a very quick and intuitive way to sculpt an original feel.
BeatBuilder: BarForm List
When you’re creating a drum track, the Beat Builder is your best friend. By default, it’s a really straightforward look at some commonly occurring patterns for whatever instrument you have selected. For example, if you’re working on a snare instrument, the Beat Builder will instantly highlight snare-specific patterns you can insert into regions with one click.
But that’s only one filter. See those buttons at the bottom of the list? They filter the results in a couple of different ways. Suggested gives you those aforementioned “commonly occurring patterns,” while Similar shows patterns that are related to whatever you have selected in the Arranger– a great way to get slightly varying variations.
You can also add patterns to a Favorites list you can access in any project. It’s crazy easy. Try it out. You’ll never look back once you start making beats this way.
The BeatForm Sequencer is what would happen if a radioactive spider and happy-go-lucky surfer dude collaborated on a really artsy documentary on Eastern Canadian flora. There’d be tons of hi res timelapse footage of flowers in bloom and it would be sweet.
However sweet as that would be, let’s get to some basics. To really understand how the BeatForm Sequencer works, we need to answer this fundamental question: What’s a BeatForm? A BeatForm is a note or cluster of notes that all fit into the same space. Envision a ruler, or better yet, refer to the ruler below for an analogy.
Notice how an eighth and two sixteenths take up the same amount of space? You can think of the 8th as the space within which all the smaller divisions fit: a 16th, a 24th, 32nd, and so on. In Liquid Rhythm, all BeatForms take up the space of an 8th of a bar.
Then, what’s the BeatForm Sequencer? Basically it’s this: a regular sequencer loops one or two bars and you input notes one at a time. The BeatForm Sequencer takes that model to the next level. How? Each space can hold one note, or more than one note; like two notes, or three. Four even.
Each space in the sequencer can hold 6 notes.
Do you make trap beats? Let’s use that as an example. So, you’re making a trap beat and you want to spice up your hi hats. Use the BeatForm Sequencer to insert a triplet BeatForm anywhere in the bar (you always have 8 spaces to choose from).
All it ever takes is one click in the BeatForm Sequencer to get a cluster of notes in any given space. Press the arrows to the left and get that entire bar instantly.
This list can be to create beats with lots of swing, straight-up syncopation, glitch, you’ll never find the results boring.
If the BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer were a gallant and faithful winged horse that you’d bravely ride into battle, the BeatSeeker would be the saddle and reins you’d need to mount the beast.
Perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch, but seriously, the BeatWeaver can be an intimidating mass of information to negotiate through. That’s why the developers at WaveDNA built the BeatSeeker, an intelligent algorithm that highlights the most commonly occurring patterns for whatever instrument you’re working on.
Our team of astute scientists studied several hundred songs from a variety of genres (hip hop, d&b, trance, house, rock, metal, jazz, to name a few) to put this feature together. No rodents were harmed during its inception.
It works automatically: Just select a region in the Kick track, for example, and watch the highlighted patterns in the BeatWeaver adjust to reflect the best Kick patterns. The darker the color, the more likely the occurrence.
You can also simplify the look of the BeatForm Map by hiding all the patterns the BeatSeeker hasn’t highlighted.
When you first start Liquid Rhythm, the BeatSeeker is activated by default. ..and if you use the Beat Builder (which you’ll love if you haven’t yet), the top twenty patterns in the “Suggested” BarForm list are generated by the BeatSeeker.
BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer
Why have 256 unique rhythm patterns organized in a badass map-wheel-gizmo-thing you can interact with to make beats? Well, why not have 256 unique rhythm patterns organized in a badass map-wheel-gizmo-thing you can interact with to make beats?
With the BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer, you can dispense with the pleasantries and treat music like family. This is the philosophy of the BeatWeaver Rhythm Synthesizer: why should something so familiar and commonplace ever be complicated?
Take these musical examples: You make house music and want a steady Kick pattern. Why not just get that in one click? You want your chorus section to feature hi hats on the off-beats, just one click. You want some driving double-bass in your metal tune, one click.
The idea is simple: all these patterns exist in your music, you just haven’t used them yet. But when you want to, they’re always only one click away. What’s more, when you’ve created a beat, the BeatWeaver makes creating slight variations really easy- it’s all about how the patterns are organized in the wheel. So take a look around it, you’ll notice that all the patterns are surrounded by similar patterns.
Liquid Rhythm’s Pencil and Paint tools turn the Arranger into something it should always be– a Canvas. Rhythm is art, your screen is an easel, and these are the tools of your trade.
Just press the pencil tool (or use the super-convenient key commands) to edit notes right on the Arranger. ..and in case you’re wondering, yes: it’s entirely possible to paint groups of notes across the arranger.
Want to paint a shuffle into your hi hats, or maybe you just want to meticulously add ghost snares to that Jungle track you’re working on. Either way, we think you’ll find our manual note editing tools pretty handy.
Liquid Rhythm features 10 distinct kits, each mapped to the General MIDI standard of percussion (which is a fancy way of saying that when you hook up your MIDI drum pad, everything will work just the way you’d expect it to).
There are six electronic kits:
The Randomizer is a MIDI effect that generates rhythm patterns– just how random those patterns are is totally customizable. It works sort of like a time machine would, were a time machine to be possible in the physical world.
First, you dial in your settings: will there be a wild variation in the patterns, the velocity, will those patterns be distributed across several tracks (more on that soon). Once you’re satisfied you have some coordinates that could yield interesting results, press the Suprise Me! button.
Just as a time machine would propel you through the time-space continuum at alarming velocities we could never quite understand, so too will the Randomizer create patterns based on those coordinates.
Distribute patterns across several tracks. What does that mean? Some pro’s use two or three different hi hats to get an interesting texture in the drums. Use the Randomizer to distribute a hi hat pattern, for example, across three different hi hat tracks.
The Groove Mover is a way for you to instantly remix your beat. It’s a MIDI effect that alters the arrangement of the notes in a bar.
How can you use it? Say, for example, you want to switch up the beat for the last bar of a four-bar loop. Just select all the region in that bar and press the Groove Mover arrows.
Based on the underlying color patterns, the entire beat will transform into something somewhat closely related to what you originally had; it’s great for turnarounds or variations.
This is only one example, but it’s useful in a variety of ways. As with all the features in Liquid Rhythm, the best way to learn is to play around with it, but we encourage you to check out our videos too! In fact, check out this specific one for more help with the Groove Mover:
The Music Molecule
The Music Molecule is a new representation of MIDI. More importantly, it’s a simpler and more musical representation of MIDI.
Unlike traditional MIDI editors, Liquid Rhythm doesn’t require you to have any theoretical understanding of music or the piano. It’s our way of grouping notes together in a 4/4 bar to let you actually paint entire bars of music onto your arranger. This is what we mean when we say, “Create beats one bar at a time.” With the Beat Builder, it’s always one click away.
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