Isotonik Studios and Ned Rush of Hyper Real Studios have just finished updating their Glitch Pack (£25.00/$32.25 approx.): four audio tear-orrizing devices for Ableton Live Suite’s MaxforLive. These creative multi-effects clearly suit electronic sub-genres like breakcore, jungle, glitch-hop, and others, but these days their rhythmic audio pitching, stretching, and other effects will be just as appropriate for trendy mainstream pop, R&B, and hip-hop.
Each Glitch Pack device lends itself to simple click-and-drag type operation to yield perfectly timed and interesting results, but you can also get a precise and intricate as you like while using them, controlling them with either a MIDI controller or automation. They work either on recorded audio files or with a live audio input for real-time performances.
The videos below show what each of these powerful devices is all about. To me, their impressive results make them a steal for the price, however, they do require Ableton Live 9 Suite ($749 street), which includes Max for Live. For an even better deal, you could grab the Ned Rush Audio Collection (£39.99/$51.60 approx.), which includes the Glitch Pack and four more cool Max for Live audio effects.
Based around a giant dial and a bunch of FX, you effect the incoming audio as the dial is turned (which also controls the rate of the effect) and set the quantization of the effect for an awesome tool that can be used live in your performances as well as in productions
A large group of pitch, repeat, wobble, stretch, filter, echo, and other effects last only for as long as you turn the big knob, which maps to your controller. You can also set the effect to respond to a Toggle button or to automation.
You can set the Quantize length for the speed of the tempo-synced effects. This new version also has a Dry/Wet knob.
This reskinned step-sequencing glitch multi-effect has a new Dry/Wet knob and other behind-the-scenes additions.
Just clicking and dragging around the three sections produces instant weirdness, but the first section is the effect sequencer; the middle section controls effects parameters; and the third section is the step-rate sequencer (from one bar to 16th note). All three panels have randomize buttons.
Stitch can take a single drum loop into a million directions with its Forward Repeat, Reverse Repeat, DJ Stop, DJ Start, Loop (length) Up, Loop (length) Down, Pitch Up, and Pitch Down effects. You can set it to automatically generate new patterns of audio glitches with each set of steps.
￼MashUp works on a sample based affair, drop in any sample and set it going to create instant glitchcore, you can control the repeat rate & then dial in the probability of each effect.
A probability-based sample player/slicing/looping device, MashUp isn’t really for creating songs mashups, but it is insane for triggering nutty stutter drums, vocals, etc.
Just put the device on a MIDI track, drop a sound in, and use sliders to set the probability for certain things to happen. You set the length of the loop and choose how many slices you want for it (up to 32).
The Retrigger Rate section determines often MashUp retriggers a slice. The third section is a playback type selector, including forward, backward, slow, slow backward, pitch stop, pitch start, stretch, and pitch roll.
This pseudo-DJ-scratching effect samples audio and then lets you scrub around it in a variety of ways. You set the time it takes to reach the new point chosen on the sample and the Shape dial applies a curve shape to the transition movement. Scrubber can simulate some types of vinyl scratching, as well as do some things faster than a human could realistically do. You can do this with a live audio input as well.