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Make Melodies Fast & Easy with LK (AUv3) + AUM

Nuno from Imaginando shows off the new composition tools added to LK! Here he's using the iOS version of LK in AUM with AUv3. From there he's creating new MIDI clips to sequence Ruismaker and their own DRC. This is an interesting combination of AUM's DAWless philosophy with Ableton Live's DAWful MIDI clip workflow.

Video Description:

In this video we show you how to take advantage of the new MIDI composition tools as part of Matrix module in LK version 1.8.2.

Want a quick way to generate melodies? Now you can with LK MIDI clip composer tools!

In this video we take you though the latest set of creative tools, for generating melodies and showing the various ways of evolving them including:

Mirror notes
Pitch swap

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Reader Comments 2

Hm… Int-er-est-ing…

Sounds like LK is becoming a powerful MIDI tool for our DAWfree setups, like Rozeta and such.
This use of the Matrix module sounds a bit like Riffer but more of a clip-based approach. The Chorder module probably competes with Suggester, ChordPadX, Tonality’s Chord module, KB-1’s chord keyboard, etc. The X/Y pads probably compare with similar features in KB-1, Rozeta, etc.


From what I recall, Imaginando originally framed LK as a tool to control Ableton Live, when they first released it. A bit like LaunchAble or some such.
In fact, the name is still “for Ableton Live & MIDI” and the landing page still emphasizes the Ableton integration. I got the app at the time it came out with the intention of trying it with Live Lite but never explored it much. (Bitwig is my main DAW and, when I link my iPad Pro to my MacBook Pro, I use generic MIDI tools through IDAM.)

Now that LK’s becoming more versatile, it might be worthwhile to investigate further. Especially how these modules are integrated (e.g., is the Matrix recording what’s done in the MIDI Pads and X/Y?).

Lemme see…
Guess I bought the different modules on a sale at some point as restoring purchases makes them all available to me. Cool!

Can’t help but put my UX hat on. Especially the LXD version of that hat (Learning Experience Design).

Something I notice is that some features aren’t that easy to discover. For instance, what this video shows is a set of features you can access by long-pressing a clip to get a dropdown menu and select the properties option at the bottom. Maybe there’s another way to get there but it’s not immediately obvious to me. Someone who opens LK without knowing what features are available is unlikely to realize that you have a generator and mutator for melody and chord progressions hidden under properties.
For people who already know Imaginando’s products, it’s not an issue. It’s relatively quick to access these features so they don’t even think of including it in a video. It’s easy to find once you know where to look.

In the DAW world, it’s common to have full certification programs. (Laura Escudé pioneered this for Ableton Live.) In a DAWful setup, pros are fine with the idea that they need to spend time to master their DAW of choice. You can do so much in a DAW that this investment of time can pay off. It also contributes to lock-in.
In a DAWfree setup, things are typically much more modular. You might invest as much time and energy learning all the tools which make up your full setup but each module is relatively easy to learn. You master one part at a time and you mix and match without having to invest too much in any of them. It’s a bit like “progressive disclosure”.
It wouldn’t be that weird to imagine a certification program for Teenage Engineering OP-Z, Roland SP-404sx, Elektron Analog Four, or even Novation Circuit. A certification for Arturia Keystep Pro, Korg Minilogue, Audiomodern Riffer, Mutable Instruments Plaits, or Bastl Instruments Dude would feel much weirder.

The expression “Learning Curve” has taken on several meanings, from manufacturing to schooling. So it’s probably easier to think of learning paths, with milestones and such. We have so many options, now! The DAW path is only one of so many possibilities. If a child wanted to learn how to create music, I probably wouldn’t orient her toward a DAW. Maybe the AUM style of DAWless setups wouldn't make that much sense either. A sampler module might work well. Then adding a kind of performance module. Then setting things up in a sequencer module, spending the time to figure out how patterns/clips work together. Then exploring some FX modules. Then getting into mixing. Then getting into all sorts of tweaks.
There are multiple other paths possible. If this kid already has something in mind, maybe it makes the most sense to start with Music Memos and then get into Audioshare and then into AUM, etc.
If she had experience with Garageband or another pseudo-DAW, it might make sense to switch to something less DAWish for a while, as she won’t lose the skills she’s built in the DAW.

It’s not a simple throughline for everyone.

Nor is it easy to figure out how to split things into modules. LK has chord features in its Matrix module as well as a Chorder module. It even sounds like the MIDI Pads can play chords? Maybe there’s another “division of labour” between these modules.

So… I’ll probably explore LK further, now that I’m getting a better grasp of what it can do. Step 0 in making a tool your own is to know what it does.

Thanks for your impressions, especially about UX and LXD.

A few things are making me pause on this one.

First, I don't like the idea of having modules that appear on the side bar, that are "not purchased". It's a minor thing, but I'd like the option of hiding what I'm not using/buying. The second thing is that there is some kind of "account" that you log into. It's not clear what the acct is for. Third, the docs aren't very explicit, so if I am to learn about it, I have to install it. That's not a big deal, but I like docs that have a little more detail.

I like your question about learning paths. It's intriguing to think about how the choice of initial environment might shape someone's future path. A choice must be made about whether that person will have a creative journey that is "ensemble based" or "individual creativity based". I know it is not mutually exclusive. However, some paths provide a basis in common terminology that promotes the ability to play with others. And some are little private echo-chambers where the artist creates with their own set of terms and makes things that may or may not be all that interesting in in a larger context (i.e. in the larger community).

It may seem like I'm referring to notation reading, and I suppose that's an example, but I think it goes beyond that. I think ultimately I'm talking about dead ends. Where if you follow one path, it leads into a small room with 4/4 walls.

And back to the LK thing, I will look into it further. I know what I want, and it is so frustrating that so many apps come close but miss it.

I've been messing with the demo version Scaler 2 (desktop). It's a mixed bag. Pretty interesting feature set. Ability to do some customizing. But some glaring gaps.
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