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What’s New in Ableton Live 10.0.6 and 10.1 Beta

Live 10.0.6 Now Available

Ableton Live 10.0.6 is now available. For me the biggest news here is they “updated the bundled Max application to Max 8.0.2.” This means some advanced Max for Live devices ( ex. Isotonik Studios Signal) no longer require you to download Max 8.0.2 and point to that version in Preferences. More info on 10.0.6 over at the Release Notes page.

Live 10.1 Beta

Ableton Live 10.1 is in public beta. It’s a MAJOR point release that will be a free update!

What’s New in Live 10.1 Highlights

Checkout the Ableton Live 10.1 What’s New Video here.

Here is a list of some highlights of what’s new.

  • The ability to import your own wavetable or samples into the Wavetable synth. This is huge!
  • A new device called Delay that “Combines Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay and adds feature upgrades” like modulation. Jump, Fade-In and Pitch controls which you could only access by right-clicking on the device title bar are now on the front panel.
  • VST3 support. “Plug-ins that crash no longer cause Live to crash. In addition, Live will not need to wait for the plug-in scan to finish in order to launch.”
  • New Channel EQ device
  • A palette of automation shapes and the ability to transform automaton horizontally and vertically, the ability to edit the value of an automation breakpoint using a context menu, and more.
  • Improvements to Arrangement Editing including improvements in zooming and scrolling, resizable Arrangement Overview
  • Track freezing with sidechains
  • Export return and master effects
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(Modulate This) Max Max 8 Sound Design

Max 8 and VIZZIE 2 Coming in September 2018 + Dipping My Toe in the VIZZIE pool

Cycling ’74 Max 8 is coming in September of 2018. Here is a summary of some of what’s coming plus some videos of some of my early VIZZIE work.

Patching Improvements

Groups: The ability to group objects together so they can be easily selected and adjusted as needed.

Pan and Zoom: This lets you move around and focus in on the parts you are working on while also being able to easily jump out to a global view.

Event Probing: Watch events and messages passing through patch cords, giving you an immediate glance at what’s really going on in your patcher.

Patch Cord Insert: You can now shift-drag an object over an existing patch cord to insert that object into the patch cord. You can also shift-drag an object away from a patch cord to remove it. This means the common task of adding or removing an object between two other objects happens in a single step.

Personally, Patch Cord Insert is going to be kind of a game changer for me as it’s going to make patching so much faster.

Watch video “Max 8 First Look: Patching Improvements“.


VIZZIE 2

Eight years ago we introduced Vizzie – a modular and easy way to get started with Jitter visuals in Max. Previously Vizzie processed video pixels on the CPU, resulting in performance problems with large patches. For Max 8, we’ve updated Vizzie to take full advantage of the processing power of your graphics hardware for a big speed boost. In addition to the improved frame rates, Vizzie now easily integrates with 3D graphics and other work that relies on OpenGL in Jitter.

Check out the video “Max 8 First Look: Vizzie 2


Dipping My Toe in the VIZZIE Pool

I’ve been working with Resolume for years now for real-time visual synthesis with live camera input. I automate Resolume through Ableton Live MIDI clips through virtual MIDI ports. My existing show allows for environmental “chance operations” via live camera and audio input.

I’m putting a new show together at the moment and in want to explore introducing more programmatic and intense aleatoric visual elements to the show. With all the performance improvements in the works, I’ve started Exploring VIZZIE in the current version.

I have used BEAP synthesizer before (see my posts on BEAP) – so jumping into VIZZIE just felt easy and made sense. Here are some very short videos on my Vimeo channel with quick early experiments using only a few modules :^)

https://vimeo.com/277789688

After these early experiments I’m really looking forward to VIZZIE 2!


Mappings

Ok, back to what’s new with MAX 8. Mappings.

Inspired by the intuitive MIDI and Key Map function in Ableton Live, the Max 8 Mappings feature allows you to quickly connect your hardware to your patch without any additional programming.

Node for Max

Popular in creative coding and web development communities, Node is a JavaScript framework for software applications. It makes it easy to use web services, whether pulling information from a remote data source or interfacing with a social network. The Node for Max feature lets you do it all from within a Max patcher.

I think the video below will help you wrap your head around this one more if your not familiar with Node.


Max Console

The Max Window is already a popular way to gather information about how your patcher is working. For Max 8 we made a number of improvements to support getting a quick view of just the information you need, when you need it.


Links to More Info

Cycling continues to add info on their web site and videos to their YouTube channel as we get closer to the release of Max 8. Use links below to stay up to date with the news.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

 

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Max 8 is Coming in 2018

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Cycling ’74 (now part of Ableton) has announced Max 8 is releasing in 2018. You can sign up for email updates on Max 8 here https://cycling74.com/products/new-max-version-8.

We are planning to release a Max 8 upgrade in the second quarter of 2018 with many performance and workflow improvements that we will begin to detail in the coming months.

The Ableton Live 10 beta is using a preliminary version of Max 8. Here are a few things to know about what’s going on.

  1. In order to make it easier for the Max for Live user, Ableton is now including a version of Max inside the Live application. (Previously it was a separate download.) The version of Max 8 bundled inside Live 10 will not affect your use of either Max 7 or Max for Live in older versions of Live.
  2. During the Live 10 beta period, we chose to provide Ableton with a preliminary version of Max 8 whose user-facing features are identical to Max 7 but which contains many changes under the hood. By doing this, we hope to get a lot of testing on these changes as part of our Max 8 development project.

As of November 2, 2017 anyone who purchases a full version or an upgrade to Max 7 will receive an upgrade to Max 8 for free. Anyone who is an active Max subscriber when Max 8 is released will have access to the new version.


Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
MarkMosherMusic.com
ModulateThis.com

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Ableton Acquires Cycling ’74

A photo I took earlier today while using Ableton Live and Max for Live (MultimapperXBOX360 + a custom device I made) to map an Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Controller to controller to Mod, Pressure, Aftertouch, and Breath Controller signals to U-HE Hive.

It was announced today Ableton Acquired Cycling ’74. Congrats to all my friends at both companies!

As someone who uses Ableton Live and Max for Live on a daily basis I’m pretty excited to see where this acquisition takes both products. Even as two separate companies, the combination of Live and Max for Live have been transformative for my workflow and art. I use community devices, Cycling ’74 devices, Ableton devices, 3rd party commercial devices and sometimes even make my own simple MIDI processing utility apps to solve unique problems in my rig.

The big win though is Max for Live’s ability to target parameters with any other device turns all of Live (and any other M4L and VSTs) into a massive modular platform.  I can only imagine the acquisition will lead tighter integration, higher performance, and an even more rapid workflow for creating custom devices.

As a light-weight user of full-on Max, I’m also excited to see how the two companies will come together to extend and evolve the full version of Max and make it even easier to move code back-and-forth Live hosted and native Max. The future looks even brighter for Live and Cycling ’74 users.

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(Modulate This) BEAP Max

Studying the Sounds of Forbidden Planet – Part 1

Forbidden-planet-max-patch

As a huge fan of Louis and Bebe Barron's work on Forbidden Planet, I decided it would be interesting to create a Cycling '74 Max Patch as a platform to teach, illustrate and approximate some of their circuits in digital form using BEAP.

To get things started, I created this patch with a playlist object that allows me to listen to all (or sections of each cue) in isolation and visualize the sound in scopes. I'll continue to evolve this patch so subscribe to this channel for updates as I go.

Note this is all for Educational Use. Watch Video.

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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 at no extra cost.
Get details: http://cycling74.com/products/

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