Dark Bouncer, a new Techno preview is out!

Lot’s of things are going on in the techno scene in Belgium. Last weekend you had XOBE, where a dozen international techno artists performed from noon till night and beyond. We’ve been there and thought it was good! Got back home with lots of inspiration and went straight to my laptop and opened up Ableton Live.
This is the result of the first festival I’ve been to. I present to you, Dark Bouncer!

More new stuff will be added soon, but first I need to work and practice a bit more with my Live Set. First gig will be on the 11th of June: 2 Years Unleach

See you soon for more info!

Michel van Dinteren – Lost EP and remixes out soon!

Michel Van Dinteren Ben SolarA new techno release on Bunk3r r3cords will appear soon with with remixes from spectacular artists such as Go!Diva, Techmell and Twist3d.
Lately a Ben Solar remix is added to the roster as well. I think I’m sure I would play all tracks from this amazing release.

Release 54 is for German Techno artist, Michel van Dinteren…know for his massive live sets.

Release date: 11-05-2015

Note: Don’t forget to check out my Materia Oscura Podcast seriess for more banging techno. They will be soon available on Itunes podcasts as well.

 

  1. Michel Van Dinteren – Lost (Original Mix): Lost is a bass heavy Techno stomper that evolves to a psychedelic trip with a big atmospherical undertone !!! You’ll definitely get lost in this one !!!
  2. Michel Van Dinteren – Lost (Ben Solar Remix): Belgian prodigy, Ben Solar known for his crispy live performances makes a deep version with a driving hi hat groove while keeping the overall groove high !!!
  3. Michel van Dinteren – Lost (GO!DIVA Remix): Dutch Techno lady and good friend, GO!DIVA finally had the time to work for us and gives us a huge Techno banger that will burn the dance floors !!!
  4. Michel Van Dinteren – Lost (Techmell Remix): German female artist, Techmell gives us a more groovy edit of Lost and gives it a dark vibe !!
  5. Michel van Dinteren – Lost (TWIST3D Space Remix): Label head makes another bass heavy banger with stereo effects on the synth sounds and drives the track to a higher level !!

Syncing Traktor & Ableton: Simple mac version

I think everybody who clicked on the title knows what Ableton & Traktor is, what they can do, and what they are capable of.
Maybe many of you are using timecode cds or vinyl but it works with them as well.

The things you need are:

  • Traktor 2.6 (with midi clock send function)
  • Audio 6 or 8 for the timecode setup
  • Ableton Live 8 or 9
  • Jackpilot (Mac OS X only) – This is an internal audio routing application

 

Download Jack OSX (free download) by going to www.JackOSX.com.

Open Jack OSX and go to the preferences

 

 

 

 

In the next example I used the build in audio, but you can use whatever sound card you have.

To use the timecode you still need the Audio 6 or 8 from Native instruments.

 

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  • Set the Sample Rate to 44100 and Buffer Size to 512
  • Uncheck Hog Mode, Clock Drift Compensation and System Port Monitoring
  • Select the Maximum number of Input and Output channels that your soundcard will allow (Audio 8 DJ = 8 inputs / 8 outputs, Audio 10 DJ = 10 inputs / 10 outputs)
  • Select the Maximum number of Virtual Input and Virtual Output channels that your soundcard will allow (Audio 8 DJ = 8 inputs / 8 outputs, Audio 10 DJ = 10 inputs / 10 outputs)
  • Unselect Auto-Connect with physical ports and verbose logging for debug purposes
  • Click “Save”

Open Traktor

Configure your Audio setup in Traktor by going to the Traktor Preferences.

TRAKTOR-AUDIO-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAKTOR-OUTPUT-ROUTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have an extra out (if you’re using the Traktor Audio 10) you can use your extra output for the preview player, so you can prelisten to tracks before you load them into a deck.

Open Ableton Live

Configure Your Ableton Live Audio Setup by going to the Ableton Live Preferences.

ABLETON-AUDIO-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

Output settings

ABLETON-OUTPUT-CONFIG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live view

ABLETON-SESSION-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can use these record buttons to record the whole set.

I think it’s better when you only record the output of the mixed audio.

This session setup will route all audio back to the soundcard, into the club mixer.
You can choose a complete different setting yourself if you like. Working with one output will be easier to setup the hardware at the club.

Once you are happy with the layout you can save this new project and go on to the next step.

Configure the send and receive ports of Jack OSX

>> This part can be a little bit tricky so watch out where you click!

JACK-STUDIO-SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go back to Jack OSX and click on “Routing”

For Each Input in Ableton Live you are going to SINGLE click on the input (ex. In1) and then DOUBLE click on the corresponding output in Traktor (ex out1). Follow these steps very carefully!

 

  • In the “Send Ports” section, click on the dropdown menu next to “Traktor”
  • In the “Receive Ports” section, click on the dropdown menu next to “Live”

 

Single click Live in1, Double Click Traktor out1

Single click Live in2, Double Click Traktor out2

Single click Live in3, Double Click Traktor out3

Single click Live in4, Double Click Traktor out4

Single click Live in5, Double Click Traktor out5

Single click Live in6, Double Click Traktor out6

Single click Live in7, Double Click Traktor out7

Single click Live in8, Double Click Traktor out8

Single click Live in9, Double Click Traktor out9

Single click Live in10, Double Click Traktor out10

Note: If you try this setup on your internal audio you should also check “system”.
Be sure that the traktor outputs are not set to the system audio.

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Once you are done with this studio setup you can save these settings when you click on “File -> Save”.

Test to see if we’re getting Audio from Traktor into Live.

Play a Track in all four Decks in Traktor, and then switch to your Ableton Live Screen. Make sure you are getting Stereo inputs into every channel of Ableton Live.

Over to the Sync part!

You can use this setup with or without sync but because i’m working with sounds and samples in Ableton I prefer the sync option.

The best way to sync Traktor & Ableton is explained in the following movie by Dubspot.

http://youtu.be/4xzldehIsCE?t=1m54s

Beatmatch the two metronomes.

Once you get the clockspeed of the 2 metronomes in sync you can start the magic.

Some artists that are currently using Traktor and Ableton together live are Dubfire, Pete Tong, Carl Craig, Chris Liebing, Davide Squillace, Richie Hawtin and Luciano.

You can always ask me questions about this subject, and maybe I’m uploading a video soon.

Feel inspired on what you do with this function. You can use this technique for many different things.

I promised you the links to all settings and projects so here we go!

One link download (The .jks file are the settings for Jackpilot.)

Source & images: http://blog.dubspot.com/

Backyard Rave 2014 – A quick recap of a beautiful night!

Again an amazing techno party we’ve had together with the backyard rave crew. I’ve met great people, seen many old friends and had a flawless party night all over. Big campfire, cold drinks, amazing music… I just love it! Great atmosphere!

It’s a blessing to see all those happy faces together because we could all use some drinks and recreation.
Also many of the people who attended knew Piet. We lost this wonderful soul a month ago. Way too early!
But, the crew did a wonderful job! Backyard Rave really deserves the respect. The respect they gave to all of us!

THANK YOU FOR THAT!

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KEEP THE PARTY ALIVE!

Here’s a little movie also.

Ben Solar Live @ Spectrum Ghent – Niche Club

Spectrum really did a nice job in Ghent on the student kickoff day. We had a really great atmosphere and randomer kicked the place also!
I want to thank all the people who attended to this party and also the people from Spectrum for the nice evening!

More gigs soon!

03-10-2014 – BACKYARD RAVE (ATTENHOVEN)
07-11-2014 – FREAKSIDE (CAFE D’ANVERS)

Ben Solar – Materia Oscura #3 // Liveset @ Spectrum – 24/09/2014 – Underground Techno podcasts

New music uploaded: Techno Live set 2014

Yesterday, the launch of my techno live set was amazing at Fnoob techno radio.
A lot of people asked me for tips how I did this and that and so on.
Also a couple of listeners sayd that I could work easily for DrumCode 🙂

Thanks for all the lovely support!

Here’s the set. A download is available as well.

More information

I wrote another blog article about the things I used to complete this live set.
Many thanks for all tips I got!

Read it here