World Cup 2010: howto turn off the vuvuzela on your TV

Hey folks,
all the funny solutions that have already been posted sound ok to me, but most people don´t have any equalization possibilities on their TVs, as well as most of you probably don´t have any professional EQing gear to hook up with your TV. So here´s a qood workaround that should do the trick: all you need is a laptop with stereo in and out (Windows or Mac), 2 x MiniJack <> RCA Cables, a stereo sound system or any kind of active speakers and a TV with either mono or stereo out (these white and red RCA plugs).
Just do the following:

1. Hook up your Laptop to the TV via the first cable: TV out goes into Laptop IN
2. Connect the Laptop OUT with the second cable to your stereo system (note: if you just have mono out on your TV just use either the red or the white plug) Choose “AUX IN” if you´re not sure.
3. Download and install Ableton Live intro as a demo version. It runs without serial legally for 30 days, so just fine for the WC 2010. Get it here:
4. Run Ableton Live Intro. For the first time you need to select your computers sound device in the preferences, and make sure that IN and OUT stereo is active. Use the given “track 1” to select your 1/2 channels and set Monitor to IN, and turn up the volume. You should see the meter lights indicating your TV sound.
5. Check if there is any sound coming out of your stereo on the input that you connected your laptop to. Turn up the volume of your laptop until it suits your needs. You should hear the TV sound now on your stereo. Check if your TV does still output sound on the internal speakers. Normally it should not when externally connected – if yes, turn it down so it will only come out of your stereo system (maybe you need to adjust that in your TV settings)
6. Go to the master channel in Ableton Live Intro: drap´n´drop the spectrum analyzer and the 8-band EQ from the left menu in Ableton Live to the Master Channel. If you´re not sure what I am talking about, look for the “Audio Effects” tree in the second tab on the left, and try dragging things into Ableton. It´s easy 🙂
7. Use the spectrum analyzer to find out what frequency the vuvuzela sound has – normally it should be somewhere around 300 Hz. Use the 8 band EQ to turn down the 300 Hz band, play around with the parameters until you don´t hear any vuvuzela anymore, but still hear the screaming and the comments of the game. Here you go! Now you have your own little Anti-Vuvuzela-Solution, without any license or anything else – you just have to set this up again every time you start Ableton, so maybe just leave it open the whole day 🙂
8. If you want you could even add the Ableton “Multiband Compression Effect” and turn up the heights until it fits your needs! Enjoy the games without the vuvuzela sound.


JL Cooper CS-32 Minidesk and Mackie Control: a small howto

Hier mein erstes echtes “howto”, das ich gestern im Ableton-Forum gepostet hatte… werde versuchen noch weitere howtos zum Thema Midi, Mackie Control und Ableton Live sowie einen Reparatur-Bericht meines neuen Korg Polysix zu verfassen, sollte ich mal etwas Zeit haben…

so here we go…

I fiddled around 3 nights with this combo, so i thought i should share the result with you:
about 1 year ago i bought this little JL-Cooper CS-32 Minidesk, it´s an 32-channel Midi-Desk wich fits in one palm (see here:

It´s discontinued by JL Cooper, and quite hard to find (but i know some guys here have one), and the drivers for Mac OS X are still PPC; but it works fine under OS X 10.5;
What always bugged me since i got it was the fact that i had to map all faders and buttons over and over again, and because i like to start with empty projects quite often i never really used my readymade template; Inspired by this guy here ( i decided to give the mackie control-protocol a try – and it works like a charm!

first thing you have to do is delete the Live template in the editor-sw which comes with the cs-32, if you imported it (it always switches back to this, so no chance to keep it).
Next you have to select 3 input ports in the Midi/sync section of live, and choose
1 Mackie Control >> CS-32 Midi Port1 (for channel 1-8 )
2 mackie Control XT >> CS-32 Midi Port 2 (channel 9-16)
3 Mackie Control XT >> CS-32 Midi Port 3 (channel 17-24)
(you can map all 32 channels with the last port, but i decided to leave the last 8 channels for 4 return tracks plus the master plus some spare faders wich i use with instant midi map)
Next you have to check “track input” below in the same Tab for all 3 Ports (Mackie Control works with Midi Notes, so switch of the CS-32 input on your Instrument Midi input), and select “automation” for port 4 so you can map the master and the return faders.)
Now in the cs-32 editor go to MIDI >> CS-32 Host Mode and >> Multi cable Mode

Mackie control communicates on Midi channel 1, which is show in the CS-32 menu as channel 00:

Next pick or move fader 1, and enter in the window
– custom midi
– command type: pitch bend
– Midi Ch. 0
– 1st data byte: 0
– 2nd. Data byte: check “Follow Controls value”
AND choose “Assign this message to the next 7 channels”
>>> hit “Apply”

switch to Live, and check if faders 1-8 are moving up and down. if not, check your midi setting in Live, and if you have, use Midi Monitor the see if the CS-32 sends out the right Notes. (Live´s Midi channel 1 is channel 00, channel 16 is channel 15 on the CS-32)

if all works fine, go to fader 9 and continue the above setting, but for the 1st data byte put in 1, for faders 17-24 put in 2 (and if you want to use all 32 put in 3 for faders 25-32)
Next select the Button “Mute/Arm” on channel 1 (Note: the red Switch-button on the top right of the Cs-32 has to be put “ON”, so the red led should light)

for buttons you put in Note On Messages, starting with
– Midi channel 0
– 1st data byte 0
– 2nd data byte check “follow controls value”
Assign to the next 7 channels
and HERE with incrementing 1st data byte
>>> hit “apply”
go to live and see it you can arm track 1-8… the red LEDs on the CS-32 should light now;
now you have to continue with the second row of buttons (solo) for the first 8 tracks, starting with 1st data byte 8, then row 3 (Pan/Select wich is actually mute in Live) with 1st data byte 16, always assign to 8 channels with incrementing 1st data byte.
if you want to you can switch the red button on the top right now, and double-use the mute-buttons for track select with 1st Data byte starting at 25-32)

Once your´re finished check in Live if all functions for the first 8 tracks work fine, and then continue with track 9 to 16: repeat the fader-assignment as above, just make shure the CS-32 is in Multi-Cable Mode, which means it uses all 4 midi channels – otherwise you can only control the first 8 tracks with your 32 faders Sad
Next assign the arm-buttons of track 9-16 as you did with the first 8 tracks, and so on for all other buttons, and after that for channels 17-24, and so on.

I found out its a good thing to backup the keyset by exporting it to a file as default keyset_bak, because the editor sw seems a little buggy, and it crashes sometimes… the good thing is there is no save-function, all settings are saved instantly and as long as the usb-driver of the cs-32 is active you can use your setting without the editor software…

if you don´t want to program all this yourself, just drop me a PM, and i will send you mine plus the midi-mapped Live-Template via mail…

hope this helps someone out there and you get some real fun out of this little mixer! i really love it now!!!

EDIT: Because of all the mails I received asking for the drivers and some instructions I decided to put them on my site for download. If anybody who owns the rights on these drivers feels any kind of copyright violation please drop me a line and I will remove these drivers from my page immediately. I just want to help people out…
So here are the drivers plus basic instructions (in fact just a screenshot)… feel free to comment if you’ve successfully installed the driver or not… download here