[Ableton] Repairing Defective ALS Files Manually

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What happened?

  • many avoidable (stupid) situations arise from hectic rush: we for instance accidentally deleted an ableton set (.ALS file extension) from a local NAS server
  • without going too deep into detail: since we don’t have a RAID based NAS we could recover (some parts of) the desired .als file by putting the NAS’ drive into an old PC and restored the found data with UFS/XFS-Explorer (absolute recommendation) to an external USB drive
  • after loading the recovered ALS file, we encountered the corrupt file error from Ableton

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The following article is written by a Mac user, but many (if not all) things should most likely be able to be applied to Windows aswell.

Step 1: Make the ALS editable

As the ALS file is compressed you need to unpack it first.

  1. rename it to .als.zip
  2. unpack it by double clicking (on Windows you may try 7Zip to do the job)
  3. then load the unzipped als file into BBEdit (we also tried Ultraedit – at least on a Mac it keeps crashing with huge als files, when using XML synthax highlighting)
  4. BBedit automatically recognizes the .ALS file as XML file

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Step 2. Restored the XML structure

For restoring the original structure you need to understand what needs to be located where in your corrupt .ALS file. We approached that by using the default.als file as reference. Load the corrupted .als file AND a default.als file into BBEdit (we needed to unpack the default.als file aswell – as it is also compressed)

  1. close all open XML tags in your corrupted .ALS file
  2. then load the corrupted .ALS again file into ableton
  3. Ableton will tell you the line number of the error (in our case this was the last line, as parts have gone missing)
  4. compare the default.als file to the corrupt .als and copy the missing parts from the default.als into your corrupt als-file
  5. start Ableton again and load the corrupt .ALS file – Ableton will tell you again about the wrong parts

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Step 3. Restore issues coming from the default.als structure

After you fixed the structure, Ableton will likely try to load the file, but eventually tell you more specific errors (like “Track has more send knobs than set has return tracks.”). This is good as it means the structure is ok, and only minor logics need to be fixed now. Fire your BBEdit again.

  1. in our case we had to align the amount of the available sends
  2. we therefore searched the term “sends” and found it in some tracks
  3. there are tracks in the XML definitions of the “tracks”. In our case it was the easiest way to remove additional effect sends as we were in fact using two sends actually, but we had three sends originally installed.

Eventually your formerly corrupt .ALS file will load and the only thing you most likely have to fix in Ableton is the BPM (as will likely default to 120BPM), but hey that’s really nothing…

 

Additional things

If you encounter more issues after being able to open the .als file again, consider opening a new set and importing all tracks into the new one.

via: MetaPapa, b/c we originally posted that How-To to the offical Ableton-Forums, that you may find here. We decided to put an enhanced version of the tutorial here aswell for backup purposes…

[News] Beer and Civilization

Although that article is not new, in fact is from march 2013, it still is very interesting. It deals with the question if grain originally was grown and stored for making bread or beer at first. And evidences seem to tend into the beer direction more and more…

Current theory has it that grain was first domesticated for food. But since the 1950s, many scholars have found circumstantial evidence that supports the idea that some early humans grew and stored grain for beer, even before they cultivated it for bread.

Brian Hayden and colleagues at Simon Fraser University in Canada provide new support for this theory in an article published this month (and online last year) in the Journal of Archeological Method and Theory. Examining potential beer-brewing tools in archaeological remains from the Natufian culture in the Eastern Mediterranean, the team concludes that “brewing of beer was an important aspect of feasting and society in the Late Epipaleolithic” era.

Via: Gizmodo

Original article has been published here at Springer.

[Muzaq] Native Instruments Komplete 9 To Be Released Tomorrow

Check Native Instruments’ site here for details.

 

COMPARISON CHART – KOMPLETE 8 VS. KOMPLETE 9

KOMPLETE 8 KOMPLETE 9
No. of included products 27 33
No. of sounds 11.000 >12.000
Sample library 110 GB >120 GB
Full version price $559 / 499 € $559 / 499 € / 52800 ¥
Update prices Update from KOMPLETE 2-7:
$229 / 199 €
$149 / 149 € /14800 ¥
(for users of KOMPLETE 2 – 8)
Upgrade prices $399 / 399 € / 39800 ¥
(For users of MASCHINE,
KONTAKT 1 – 5, REAKTOR 2 – 5,
GUITAR RIG KONTROL 1 – 5)
$399 / 399 € / 39800 ¥
(For users of MASCHINE,
KONTAKT 1 – 5, REAKTOR 2 – 5,
GUITAR RIG KONTROL 1 – 5)
E-voucher Yes Yes
Included products KONTAKT 5
REAKTOR 5.6
GUITAR RIG 5 PROABSYNTH 5
BATTERY 3
FM8
MASSIVEABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMS
BERLIN CONCERT GRAND
NEW YORK CONCERT GRAND
RAMMFIRE
REAKTOR PRISM
REAKTOR SPARK
REFLEKTOR
RETRO MACHINES MK2
SCARBEE A-200
SCARBEE CLAVINET/PIANET
SCARBEE MARK I
SCARBEE MM-BASS
STUDIO DRUMMER
THE FINGER
TRAKTOR’S 12
TRANSIENT MASTER
UPRIGHT PIANO
VIENNA CONCERT GRAND
VINTAGE ORGANS
WEST AFRICA
MONARKBATTERY 4THE GIANT

SOLID EQ
SOLID BUS COMP
SOLID DYNAMICS

SESSION STRINGS

KONTAKT 5
REAKTOR 5.6
GUITAR RIG 5 PRO

ABSYNTH 5
-
FM8
MASSIVE

ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMS
BERLIN CONCERT GRAND
NEW YORK CONCERT GRAND
RAMMFIRE
REAKTOR PRISM
REAKTOR SPARK
REFLEKTOR
RETRO MACHINES MK2
SCARBEE A-200
SCARBEE CLAVINET/PIANET
SCARBEE MARK I
SCARBEE MM-BASS
STUDIO DRUMMER
THE FINGER
TRAKTOR’S 12
TRANSIENT MASTER
UPRIGHT PIANO
VIENNA CONCERT GRAND
VINTAGE ORGANS
WEST AFRICA

 

Chart has shamelessly been copied from here

[MacOSX] Bonjour Issues with Realtec 8111B on Gigabyte GA EP35 DS3

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_9g2xyiIBsNU/TB-3E5BWCUI/AAAAAAAAAEI/fFVxNKb5nNM/lnx2mac-logo.png… can be solved easily using Lnx2Mac’s driver :D

His driver is based on Realtec’s Linux driver which has been released under the GPL.

 

Support

  • Snow Leopard and Lion
  • 32bit kernels and 64bit kernels
  • Sleep and Wake

Links

More

You may also try the official Realtec driver, but it doesn’t seem to support sleep and wake on OSX and seems to be slower. A comparision between these two drivers is provided here.
// Additional Comment 14.01.2014 //

We experienced issues with Samba driven NAS shares when using the lnx2mac driver. Those issues didn’t appear with the offical Realtec driver.

[iOS] iPhone 4 and the iOS 6.x firmwares

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You are using an iPhone 4 and you coincidentally updated to iOS 6.1.3, which cannot be jailbroken at the moment. Since you saved the SHSH blobs you think you can restore by doing a replay APTicket attack with TinyUmbrella or Cydia. Sadly iTunes shows errors like 1600, 1601, 1602, 1604 etc.

If you have an iPhone 4s or iPhone5 you can stop reading here. This article will not be able to help you. The iDevices with an A5 CPU or later cannot be downgraded with replay attacks at the moment.

What we got

  • iPhone 4 with A4 CPU
  • SHSH Blobs for iOS 6.0.1
  • SHSH Blobs for iOS 6.1.2
  • SHSH Blobs for iOS 5.1.1
  • a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 driven old Mac Book Pro (first with iTunes 10.7 then with iTunes 11)
  • a Windows 7 driven desktop (with iTunes 11 first and then with iTunes 10.6.3)
  • TinyUmbrella 6.12.00 for Windows and Mac
  • redsn0w 0.9.15b3 for Mac
  • iFaith 1.5.5 for Windows
  • evasi0n 1.5.3 for Windows and Mac (we never got to the point to use it)

What we tried

1.Restoring with replay attack

1.1. Restoring iOS 6.1.2 with SHSH blobs (replay attack)

1.1.1. using TinyUmbrella 6.12.00

=> no success neither on Windows nor on Mac

1.1.2. using Cydia‘s Blob repo (hosts file edit to 74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com)

=> no success neither on Windows nor on Mac

1.2. Restoring iOS 6.0.1 with SHSH blobs (replay attack)

1.2.1. using TinyUmbrella 6.12.00

=> no success neither on Windows nor on Mac

1.2.2. using Cydia‘s Blob repo (hosts file edit to 74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com)

=> no success neither on Windows nor on Mac

 

2. Creating custom firmware (CFW) 6.0.1 and 6.1.2. with integrated SHSH blobs (stitched CFW)

2.1. using iFaith

=> created stitched CFW successful
=> 9 in 10 times iTunes stopped w/ one of the errors mentioned above
=> 1 in 10 times successful restore on Windows with iTunes 10.6.3, but when it tried to reboot for the first time after installation, the device stuck in pwned DFU mode

2.2. using redsn0w

=> no success, redsn0w currently neither supports CFW for iOS 6 nor stitched CFW for iOS 6.x

 

3. Currently known Workarounds (March 23, 2013)

3.1. Go back to iOS 5.1.1

=> requires having the 5.1.1 blobs (!!!!)
=> easy going with redsn0w’s integrated restore function (which sadly not yet supports iOS 6)
=> easy going with redsn0w’s fully simplified jailbreak process

3.2. update to iOS 6.1.3

=> you will lose the jailbreak, but have the latest iOS version installed and your iDevice works as Apple wants it to function.
=> you’re only choice if you don’t have the iOS 5.1.1 blobs.

 

Conclusions

To make things short and save your precious life time: at this very moment it looks like you cannot go back to iOS 6.1.2 or 6.0.1 for instance. Although technically theoretically possible that iDevices with A4 CPU should be able to be downgraded we could not successfully downgrade to an iOS 6.x version. No matter what we tried.

[Tiny update march 23, 2013]
We were hinted at trying to edit the hosts file (74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com) directly. But as written above that doesn’t work either atm. All our hopes are with the iPhoneDevTeam to update redsn0w and integrate the restoring functionality for iOS 6 firmware so that we don’t need to temper with iTunes…

Picture is courtesy of NeoZone.org.

[MacOS] Determine Manufacturer of a Mac Book Pro Retina Display

There is a a lot of fuss going around the latest Retina equipped Mac Book Pro’s. Looks like the MBPs can be delivered with either a Samsung display or a Sharp/LG. The problem is: the Sharp/LG displays seems to produce ghosts on the screen. Apple says there might be “image persistance” in some rare cases, but did not admit that it is related to the type of display used. Anyway the Apple discussions forum provides a huge thread.

So if you wanna make sure that you don’t have a Sharp/LG display in your MBP just type this line:
ret-mbp2013:~ me$ grep \"EDID\" | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6

The answer will appear immediately. The MBPs equipped with Samsung displays will show sth. like this:
Color LCD
LSN154YL01001

The devices with Sharp/LG displays will show sth. like this:
Color LCD
LP154WT1-SJA1

[Muzaq] Ableton Live 9 and Push Release On March, 5th

Until March, 5th Ableton Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8 are available with a 25% rebate! Don’t miss the chance to get Ableton Live or Suite 8 including a free upgrade to Ableton Live or Suite 9 for such a fair price. The boxed version is even more rebated when you buy it via Thomann. So folks enjoy…

[MacOS] Firewall: Little Snitch 50% Reduced Until Feb, 3rd

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One of – if not even – the best firewall software for the MacOS plattform is available for half the price… Until February 3rd, 2013.

Besides the firewall features for in- and outgoing connections, it also includes a very sophisticated network monitor.

Features

  • configurable Profiles (for home-use, office-use or use in internet café)
  • inbound firewall detection
  • research assistant
  • and many more…

Pricing

  • Single user license is 15€ (instead of 30€)
  • Multi user license (up to 5 Macs) is 55€ (instead of 110€)
  • Multi user license (up t0 10 Macs) is 95€ (instead of 190€)
  • Family license 30€ (instead of 60€)

See Objective Development’s website for further details or buy here

Screenshots

http://www.obdev.at/Images/littlesnitch/index/network-monitor.png

http://www.obdev.at/Images/littlesnitch/index/profiles.png

 

http://www.obdev.at/Images/littlesnitch/index/connection-alert.png

 

http://www.obdev.at/Images/littlesnitch/teaser-3.jpg

 

 

[Muzaq] Namm 2013: Bitwig Studio in Action (Video)

Besides Ableton Live 9, the uber-most anticipated music software so far is still Bitwig Studio.

Although the beta test, announced almost exactly a year ago, seem to have included only a tiny part of their potential target market, the people are still more than keen on what the current status of development is…

Check the following video from the NAMM 2013 to get the latest insights – and pray with us that we get a public beta soon ;-)

[Muzaq] Coldcut meets the Orb

Quoting Ninja Tune’s Soundcloud entry fits perfectly here. Enjoy ;-)

Recorded on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination and 21 years after their historic ’92 New Year mix on Kiss 100 FM, Coldcut meets The Orb inna Uptown Youth House for the Return Trip. Matt Black and Jonathan More alongside studio accomplice Dor Wand got suitably enhanced with Dr LX Paterson and Youth for a multi-player late night jam session lasting over 3 hours. They then entrusted the multitracks of the set to DJ Food who heroically edited, condensed and massaged the sprawling swamp of sound into a tight – but also loose – 2 hour Solid Steel session.

Listen to Part 1+2 here:

Listen to Part 3+4 here: