Included in Beatsurfing are 7 editable Tutorial Scenes that allow you to learn the basics of the App, with the relevant Ableton Live Project. This list is constantly updated with new material, and we’ll be adding other DAWs as we go.
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Other scenes & more are available here.
1/ Tutorial 01 – Circle Behaviors
- Download the Ableton Live Project: http://d.pr/f/jSaK
This tutorial is going to drive you through the different circle behaviors with real usage examples.
To read about this tutorial, download the PDF.
2/ Granular Synthesis
This Scene shows a particular use of Beatsurfing, in which basic interactions are set between objects. Herrmutt Lobby used the app to create modular synthesis on a simple beat—kick, snare, and voice (vocals by MC NON of the Shadow Huntaz, a long-time Herrmutt Lobby collaborator).
3/ Octo Double Beatfader
This scene demonstrate the use of the Line operator with direction detection enabled to play different drums according to the direction you slide your fingers to create interesting beats.
It also demonstrate the use of overlapping operators. The Pink octogone Polygon operator play strings while the overlapped Blue octogone Polygon operator plays the same drums as the Lines.
This Live project uses a Quantize module made with Max4Live.
In order to work you must hit the PLAY button in Live.
4/ Ascending/Descending 3rd
This scene demonstrate how to play major or minor chords according to the direction you slide your finger.
The yellow lines are transposed by one semitones according direction you glide or strum on it.
The top row work with behaviours and the bottom row use direction detection to provide same functionality.
To play with this scene, you can use any synth you want. Any background compatible app could do the job.
5/ Circle & Bass
This scene demonstrate the use of Circle, Line and Fader operators with some Behaviours to create various interesting beats.
6/ Minor/Major 3rd
- Download the Ableton Live Project: http://d.pr/f/zhwC
This scene demonstrate how to play minor and major third in a easy way.
It is an horizontal sequence of minor and major third, 3 semitones and 4 semitones. Notice than 3+4 or 4+3 = 7, a fifth.
Vertical axis increment by semitones. it allow to augment or diminish any notes of the simples chords you get when you just play 4 consecutive notes on a horizontal line.
The big yellow circles on top permute all minor and major intervals.
7/ 2 chords nes
The two green circles operators on the left control the pitch of the yellow operators + some bonus.