Free Ableton AfroDJRack #65: RubberBand Synth

A Simple RubberBand Becomes a Deep and Versatile Ableton Live Synthesizer!

I recently got inspired  to buy a contact mic by Diego Stocco‘s “Music from Nature.”  Before I go on, let’s watch the video, Diego is the man.

Being in the spirit of helping the little guy, I turned to Creme DeMentia.  Creme DeMentia is a pretty awesome DIY circuit bending and contact microphone company.  I bought one of their homemade contact mics for $15.  These little guys (mine is pictured below) are made from a beer bottle cap and two two-liter soda bottle caps.  Check out this awesome video of them putting it to use.

Creme DeMentia Contact Mic AfroDJMac Ableton

I’ve never owned a contact mic, so I can’t compare it to other companies, but I love this mic!  Contact microphones are placed directly on whatever object you are recording, and it picks up any vibrations within that object.  What a great sound design tool!    The mic is durable and well built, and I find the homemade-ness of it to be endearing.

So, for my first endeavor with my new contact mic, I decided to try to record a rubberband.  As you can see from the video, my cat, Theo, was just as excited about this project as I was.  The resulting sound was a much cleaner, punchier recording than I was able to achieve with a condenser mic (I tried to do this months ago, but it wasn’t sounding very good).  I recorded the samples into Ableton Live, did a little high pass filtering to remove some sub bass frequencies, and dropped them into Sampler.  From there, I added some effects, an FM oscillator, and an arpeggiator to create this, the 65th Free Ableton Live AfroDJRack.  Check out the video below for an in-depth walkthrough and just below that is the free download, enjoy!


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  • Phil Barbone

    i like your hair. thanks for the free racks! cheers.

  • Ronnie

    Nice one, Brian!

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  • EMM

    Caught the article about the rubber band synth on CDM and it sounds even more awesome then I expected. Nice job of tying the different parameter from different modules together which added some very interesting and unexpected dynamics to the sound. Inspiring work that sounds better then a lot of other synths and plugins I have paid for!

    • AfroDJMac

      Thanks man that’s a great compliment! Sometimes just tying a few different parameters together can yield some surprising results. Cheers!

  • anthony

    the rubberband synth is nuts highly impressed with the rack as a whole. def looking forward to the wind chime rack….i can only imagine how good it will be

  • Deep Blast

    Very Interesting Sound Brian … ! Thx.

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    were do i save the file too help will be great cheers :)

    • AfroDJMac

      If you click the save icon on the rack itself, it will save to your library. From there, you can move it to any folder you like.

  • Hauke Frederik Pengel

    Hey, I like that Instrument. Sounds good in many ways. But I had one issue where I do not know if it is caused by me. The Instrument is automatically bounded to Control Surface 1. In my case the Push. Was almost reporting a bug to Ableton since the display for the rotary controller won’t changeI and I am testing the new beta :) I know I can easily fix that by unbinding it and saving it. Just saying.