This past Thursday night we headed over to Ella Lounge at 9 Ave A in the Lower East Side of New York City to attend the first Fade Party presented by Ableton Open Sessions. The AOS is an independent, collaborative meet-up organized by musician, sound designer and Ableton Live Certified Trainer Adriano Clemente and Josh BESS, percussionist, audio engineering, electronic artist and Ableton Live Certified Trainer.
The idea behind AOS is to provide a casual, party environment where Ableton Live users and electronic music producers can convene to share what's new in audio technology, controllerism and open source music software. The first half of the night is dedicated to discussing the setups which will be used during the live sets. BESS broke down how he uses the Akai APC40 and Roland SPD-S sampling pad to trigger drum and effect racks. He went further and shared how he use Ableton Lives' capability to integrate external effect units like the Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad to process the main output of his mix during his sets.
Adriano Clemente presented an introduction on how to control Ableton Live remotely using the touchAble app for iPad. The session included an overview of touchAble's interface, how to sync the app with your Ableton Live sessions and a few advanced tips on programming and morphing between effects.
After the workshops the floor was cleared and DJ ASB kicked off the party with a set of bass heavy, glitchy dubstep tunes. His performance setup featured the Akai LPK 25 MIDI keyboard controller, a Korg nanoPad2 and nanoKontrol2 all mapped to his Ableton Live set. The night's Dj lineup also included sets from Arrested Aliens (Adriano Clemente), BESS, Kuya and Bob Foxx.