Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Ableton Preset: Arkade

Taking the occasional break from launch activities, I've been fiddling around with this preset for a couple of weeks and I think it's ready to release into the wild.

Arkade is designed to emulate 8-bit video game sounds, with a few effects like bitcrushing and highpass filtering thrown in for good measure.


Rate: Adjusts tempo-synced arpeggiation rate
Length: Adjusts duration of arpeggiated notes
Range: Determines maximum upward range of arpeggiation
Step Size: Varies the step size from 0 steps (only held notes are apeggiated) to one octave (classic octave jumping arpeggiation)
Octave 1: Introduces an additional square wave, one octave higher.
Octave 2: Introduces an additional square wave, two octaves higher.
Bitcrush: Bitcrushing amount
HiPass: Highpass cutoff frequency

Notes and download link after the jump...


- I'm posting the patch within a Live Set, as opposed to a Live Pack or single preset, so you can hear the patch with example chords and twist the macro knobs to see what's what. If you like it, then hit the preset save button on the macro and add it to your Library.
- There's a demo clip for Arkade. So when you first launch the Live set, just hit play and start turning the knobs.
- The patch will run on Ableton Live 7.0.18 or higher.
- What you see/hear is what you get. I tested it on a couple of systems and the Zip file works as expected.

Download Arkade


  1. i get invalid syntax errors. when downloading and opening

  2. Just checked it on a Windows box and second Mac. Link works fine here. Dunno what could be the problem...

  3. Very cool preset Francis! Might want to mention what instrument plugins are needed to run this preset, as some may not have the instruments (eg: Live vs Suite).

  4. Actually, the only plug ins used in the preset are Simpler, Arpeggiator, Redux, and Auto Filter, so no additional plugs are needed :)

  5. Very cool patch. Thanks for the hard work.

  6. nice one... sound nice when you turn the spread amount up too :-)

  7. Thanks! Can't wait to get home from work and try this baby out.

  8. this is fantastic...just one thing. the macro control labels are not colour-coded. the instrument is not complete until the macro knob parameter backgrounds have an associated colour. that is just the rule, perhaps unspoken but that does not defeat the importance of the matter. please correct this and release the Finished version. ;) j/k

    p.s. i have been having fun with this for about 15-20 min now scaring the bejeezus outta my cats and keeping my girlfriend from dozing off while playing a silent round of angry birds. i will probably never use this instrument but thanks so much for letting me hack my own merry arcade melodies with this rad machine you cooked up. cheers!