Let the Sonification Experiments Begin with Ableton Connection Kit

Sonification of Weather Data Inspired by the JSON Weather Max for Live device that is part of the new Ableton Connection Kit, I've started my journey to figure out how to use real-time weather data for both sonification and to modulate interactive visuals. I registered and received my API key for Dark Sky API (which... Continue Reading →

Max 7 Sneak Preview: Episode 2 “Cat Rave”

Here is a fun teaser video of Max 7. You can now incorporate Max for Live devices in Max. This video also shows off some new video attributes. Max 7 Sneak Preview: Episode 2 "Cat Rave”. Anyone who buys Max 6 now -- a new copy or an upgrade -- gets the Max 7 upgrade... Continue Reading →

Dub Machines M4L Tape and Analog Delays & Art + Music + Technology Podcast Interview with Developers

Surreal Machines (http://www.surrealmachines.com/) has released a new set of Max for Live devices for Ableton Live called Dub Machines. For $39 you get 2 devices, 95 presets, and 2 live sets. Dub Machines is a pair of expertly designed Max for Live devices that reproduce, and expand on the sound of classic tape and analog... Continue Reading →

Robert Henke LFO 2.0 Max for Live Device for Ableton Live 9.x

LFO 2.0 is the result of trying to build the best general purpose swiss knife LFO for myself. It needs Ableton Live 9.x with Max4Live installed. It offers three basic ways of modulating a target: Directly via Live's engine, (Engine) which disables manual control of the target parameter and is perfect for fast modulations. Or... Continue Reading →

How to use Max for Live LFO MIDI Device to Add Drift to Ableton Analog

I’m starting a new category called M4L Essentials where I can offer ideas on how to use the devices included with Live 9 Studio to turn Live itself into more of a modular synth. These M4L devices can help you overcome the lack of built-in mod matrixes in many of the Live instruments. This will... Continue Reading →

Ableton Announces Four New Premium Max for Live Devices Including Video FX

Ableton just announced new premium Max for Live devices. Note, I think this is the first time Ableton has released “premium” devices and prices range between $24 and $39. The embedded video below offers an overview.   Here is a description of the effects from the Ableton site. Spectrum Effects by Amazing Noises Spectrum Effects... Continue Reading →

Listen to “Falling” Sound Design Experiment with Live 9 + Max for Live Convolution Reverb Pro Using IR Made with Pitch-to-MIDI Absynth Patch

I was experimenting with Live 9’s new pitch-to-MIDI and Max for Live Convolution Reverb Pro a few days back and come up with this idea.     Here is the process I followed. I started with a vocal sample by the wonderful artist Snowflake (CC-BY-NC faccmixter.org/files/snowflake/37827). BTW I remixed one of her tracks last year... Continue Reading →

Watch Max For Live Mono Sequencer Primer Videos

Via http://cycling74.com/. Matthew Davidson, the developer of the new Mono Sequencer device, gives us a quickstart primer on using this creative MIDI effect. Watch for new videos over the coming weeks! Live 9 Mono Sequencer - Episode 1 Live 9 Mono Sequencer - Episode 2 Mark Mosher Composer, Performer Synthesist Boulder, CO

Live 9 + M4L Tips: Modulating Buffer Shuffler 2.0 Patterns with LFO

I’ve really been enjoying the new and refreshed Max for Live devices in Live 9.  Buffer Shuffler 2.0 is really great. Here is a fun tip. 1) Create a variety of patterns 2) To cycle through the patterns, drop in the LFO M4L device. Click the map button and then click on one of the... Continue Reading →

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