AU Lab/POD Farm 2.0/Live Laptop Rig Tutorial Part 5

Welcome back!  In this post, I’ll be integrating Absynth, a midi controller and an audio player  into the AU LAB Live rig I’ve been building.  If you haven’t read the earlier posts about this (part 1part 2, part 3 or part 4) you may want to read those before continuing on.

In the last post of this series, we’ll be integrating Absynth, a second midi controller and an audio player into the AU LAB Live rig I’ve been building.

Adding Midi Instruments:

If I want to add a midi keyboard to get some Absynth sounds, that’s really easy to do.

First, go under the AU LAB Edit Tab:

And Select Add Audio Unit Instrument:

I’m using the nanoKEY and Absynth.  If you want more info – you can click Show Audio Unit Details:

Then click ok.

If you set the Bus on the channel to Bus 1.  You can now loop the sounds in Sooper Looper as well.

Adding an Audio Player:

If I want to add field recordings, or play along to tracks, that’s really easy to do.

First I need to go under the AU LAB Edit Tab:

Select “Add Audio Unit Generator”:

Under Generator select “AUAudioFilePlayer”

That will open up the AU File Player Track:

Now you add audio files by clicking the “+” after “Audio Files”.

By moving the markers under the transport you can set start and stop points for audio.

You’ll notice that I’ve added another track.  A nice feature of AU lab – is that in/out markers are unique to each audio file – so if I pull up another audio file.

the in/out markers are re-set.  By clicking the loop button I can loop the audio file  as well.

Another advantage of putting Sooper Looper on a bus is that in an instance like this – you can loop audio independently from Sooper Looper if you want.

AU Lab : Transport

Here’s something pretty cool the Window tab in AU Lab – select Show Transport

That will bring up the following window:

The MIDI Clock Source will probably default to Disabled – If you set it to Internal – you can use to tap tempo feature to synch effects or Sooper Looper  by tempo.  Pretty cool feature!

Also in the the Window tab in AU Lab there are some other useful options particularly –  Show CPU Load – which brings up a handy visual meter to let you see how your project is doing with it’s resources:

The rig:

Here is the rig so far, incorporating all of the elements that have been discussed so far.

In part 6 of this series, I’m going to post some mp3s comparing and contrasting the sounds of different IR’s, audio rates, etc. and sow some strategies for using stereo rigs.

Additional Resources: AU LAB

If you go to the help option in the AU LAB menu bar:

You’ll come to an extremely deep help section that covers every possible element of AU LAB that you could imagine including sidechains and midi assignments for control elements in AU lab itself.

Additional Resources: SooperLooper

The  Sooper Looper forum is also extremely helpful with various Sooper Looper issues, and also has a specific SooperLooper AU LAB section.

Additional Resources: POD Farm

Line 6 has a lot of good information on their forum and has also produced some videos that may help with setup or assignment.

The next AU lab post – is going to focus on using AU lab and POD farm as a Dual Rig Distortion Tone.

You can find all of the laptop guitar rig posts on the Blueprints tab on the top of the page.  Once on the blueprints page – just scroll down to the Laptop Guitar Rig section.

Thanks for reading!

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