$1 Deal – Clone Max for Live Instrument by Sonic Faction
Mar15

$1 Deal – Clone Max for Live Instrument by Sonic Faction

The time is now. Clone is currently only $1! Watch the video. Read the release notes. Buy the Synth!! Get Clone for $1 – PIB/SFClone WICKED 80’S REPLICA Clone has been completely reengineered for self-aware sound. ANALOG DNA Known for its distinct analog tone and modulation capabilities, this quintessential 80’s synth will give your production a whole new flavor. MODULATE YOUR MIND Mutate sounds to a higher frequency with...

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Max Tutorial: How to & Why You Should Install Packages [free]
Feb23

Max Tutorial: How to & Why You Should Install Packages [free]

This is a really quick tutorial on how to install the free user made Max Packages from the Package Manager inside Max for Live. Today Cycling ’74 shared a new package, which I in-turn shared with my facebook community. There was a lot of love and some confusion about what Packages even are and how to get them. So, I figured I would make this short video tutorial on how to get to the Package Manager inside Max for Live, download,...

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Max Patch Mondays: RMS & Correlation Meter
Jan24

Max Patch Mondays: RMS & Correlation Meter

This is a great lightweight floating RMS and Correlation Meter Max for Live Patch! I was just messing around inside of Max for Live, like you do, and I was curious how to calculate and display RMS as opposed to peak level in the meter~ object. So, I hoped over to MaxforLive.com and sure enough… BOOM! GO DOWNLOAD -> MaxforLive.com/synnack Name/Version: Simple RMS Meter 1.01 Author: synnack Description: A simple RMS /...

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Ableton Tutorial: XY Controller for Multiple Parameters (up to 16)
Dec08

Ableton Tutorial: XY Controller for Multiple Parameters (up to 16)

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to get up to 16 parameters routed to an XY Pad. That’s 8 for the X and 8 for the Y! I am on a roll with these X Y Controllers and Pads this week. So, to finish things off I figured I would show you how to get up to 16 parameters mapped to one XY Pad. There will be up to 8 for each of the axes. If you haven’t seen the other two tutorials for the XY Pad check them out first....

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Ableton Tutorial: X Y Controller for Any Live Devices
Dec08

Ableton Tutorial: X Y Controller for Any Live Devices

This is how to get that sweet sweet X Y Controller action for any native Live devices; instruments or effects! Yesterday I put out a video on the Assignable X Y Controller that is available for every third-party plugin that you can use inside Ableton Live. Almost immediately I was asked if there was a way to get that functionality with the stock Live devices and instruments. And, drum roll please, there is! You just need Max for Live....

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Max Patch Monday: Performance Utility Building Blocks
Jul25

Max Patch Monday: Performance Utility Building Blocks

A set of free Max for Live Performance Utility Building Blocks by MYR at Isotonik Studios GO DOWNLOAD -> Isotonik Studios MAXFORLIVE UTILITIES THAT YOU NEED! This pack provides a suite of 8 Max for Live devices designed to add extra functionality to make performance and DJing with Ableton Live easier and more enjoyable. CLIP GAIN Allows the gain of an audio clip to be MIDI mapped or automated. It automatically focuses on whatever...

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Max Monday: 3D Surface Spectrogram [FREE]
Jun27

Max Monday: 3D Surface Spectrogram [FREE]

Max/MSP User Group Member Emiliano Brescacin created a working 3D Surface Spectrogram in Max. Pretty flippin sweet! Download –> DropBox I made a video to show how it works but unfortunately my old mac isn’t enough powerful to run the patch and record at the same time, so there is some draw backs. I also added a couple of photos of the main patch and the pfft~ sub patch. Note: My knowledge about Jitter and OpenGL are pretty...

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Max for Live Tutorial: Custom Back Ground Color for Patches
Jun01

Max for Live Tutorial: Custom Back Ground Color for Patches

This is an answer to a community member question on how to change the main back ground color of a patch! This was a question from a cat of Facebook about Max for Live. A simple question that I happen to know the answer too. Not to pat myself on the back too much, as it is the simplest thing, but I figured why not make a video just in case anyone else ever had the same question. It is really simple. Ass a “Swatch” object....

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Review: Outer Spaces by Amazing Noises – Max Device
Jun01

Review: Outer Spaces by Amazing Noises – Max Device

This is less a review and more a video of my “O” face. This is the best sounding Max for Live audio effect I have yet to hear. Amazing Noises put out top quality Max devices and have been doing so for a long time. It is no wonder they are consistently featured on Ableton.com. This new pack, called Outer Spaces, is no different! In fact it is my personal favorite. WOWOWOW 😀 Check my quick video of a small example of just a...

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Max Patch Monday: Value Blocker Midi Effect
May09

Max Patch Monday: Value Blocker Midi Effect

This Free Max Midi Effect allows you to block or skip values of any slider or knob. Video demonstration & tutorial below! I found a link to this plug in the comment section of my Ableton Live user group on Facebook.  What it does is allows you to skip and/or block values of any device’s knobs or slider controls. For example, if you are using the Beat Repeat audio effect and don’t want 1/3, 1/12, and 1/128 grid...

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Max Tutorial: All About Filtering & Making Filters
Mar09

Max Tutorial: All About Filtering & Making Filters

A tour of some advanced Max filtering tools and filter design options that go above and beyond the biquad~ object. With the filterdesign, filterdetail and plot~ objects, you can take filtering to the next level. via Cycling ’74...

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Max Tutorial: Webcam to 3D Mesh [ASCII]
Feb15

Max Tutorial: Webcam to 3D Mesh [ASCII]

This is one of the best and coolest tutorials for Max I have come across. Learn how to take your webcam footage and turn it into a 3D style mesh then glitch it out to the audio input! Set aside a little over an hour to tackle this tutorial series, but it will be worth it in the end! Download / See the Patch in Action –> go here Check out Chris on Facebook. Selfie Sunday (tutorial) 002 :: Webcam to ASCII – Part 1...

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GlitchFace Max Patch | Webcam to 3D Mesh in Max
Feb15

GlitchFace Max Patch | Webcam to 3D Mesh in Max

This experiment takes in webcam image and turns it into a 3D mesh. Learn how to make this –> go here Check out Chris on Facebook. Everything is automated via the “loudness” value from the audio input system. The Frame Buffer Glitching simply stores the last 40 frames of webcam image, and only plays them back when the loudness reaches a threshold – where it then randomly jumps through the frames – meant to enhance the louder,...

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Max Patch – 350k Particle System in a Box
Feb08

Max Patch – 350k Particle System in a Box

Amazing Max Stuff delivers another beautiful Max patch. This time with 350,000 colored particles that follow your mouse around. Amazing Max Stuff /// If you use this patch in your works please make sure to credit me /// Patch download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0tsawp53wv… Music:...

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Max 7 Tutorial: Jit.Physics Objects Trigger Audio Samples
Jan21

Max 7 Tutorial: Jit.Physics Objects Trigger Audio Samples

The Max Master himself, Sam, a.k.a. dude837, is back helping us learn Max for Live physics fundamentals in another Great Tutorial! He starts off setting up a jit.world and adding a couple objects that interact with one another in the modeled physical space. Then things get really good when he makes their interactions trigger music samples in a crazy way! Delicious Max 7 Tutorial 59: Chaos...

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Free Max Glitch Device | Glotch | Geared for Performance
Jan14

Free Max Glitch Device | Glotch | Geared for Performance

Glotch is a Step Glitcher for Live 9 with Delay / Reverb / Reverser / Cyclotron a basic low/high pass filter, and a random function. GLOTCH V0.9 BETA -> Download *(require Max/Msp 6.0 or higher) This is a beta version. So, if your not down to maybe run into an issue or two you should hold off for a bit. I have designed this plugin for live purpose, because i don’t found a glitch plugin really usable in live, with pattern changes...

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Max 7.1 is Out! Now with Package Manager!!
Jan02

Max 7.1 is Out! Now with Package Manager!!

Max for Live 7.1 is now available for download! The highlights are the package manager, extended snapshots, snippets, collections, and tagging for searches. GO DOWNLOAD –> Cycling ’74 Introducing the Max Package Manager Over the lifetime of Max, members of our community have generated a wealth of objects, tools, and patches to enhance Max and make even more things possible. With Max 7.1 we’re unveiling a new way to...

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Premium Music Theory Max Devices
Nov04

Premium Music Theory Max Devices

Fabrizio Poce is one of the Best Max Patchers around! Go Download Now ($15 usd) -> fabriziopoce.com/progressive Download my free Max Device | Learn Scales Download Fabrizio’s Free J74 Devices Feature Overview of J74 Progressive MIDI Chord Progression Editor for building chord progressions, arpeggio’s and various harmonic evolutions directly as MIDI clips. – Intuitive user interface which closely recalls the one...

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Max 7 | Learn Scales Device
Nov01

Max 7 | Learn Scales Device

This device is aimed at helping you learn your music scales! ———————————————————————————— GET THE UPDATED VERSION -> MAX 7...

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Max 7 Tutorial: Spooky Webcam Fun w/ Ned Rush
Oct23

Max 7 Tutorial: Spooky Webcam Fun w/ Ned Rush

Ned Rush = Quick and easy MaxMSPeasy #1 Make sure to subscribe to his channel. He is a pro with Max and it seems like there might be a lot of tutorials for us beginners on the...

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Max 7 Tutorial: Floating Webcam Popup in Live
Oct21

Max 7 Tutorial: Floating Webcam Popup in Live

How to get a floating webcam window in Ableton Live driven by Max 7 Important This is an extension of the last Max 7 tutorial. Go there to follow along or download the source files as we will rely on that finished product in this tutorial! What we are going to be doing is switching out the jit.pwindow for a jit.window, which is a pop up floating window. That way the webcam video will not be hidden if you want to do other things in...

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Max 7 Tutorial: Activating the Webcam, Display in Live
Oct21

Max 7 Tutorial: Activating the Webcam, Display in Live

This is how to tell Max for Live to activate and display your Webcam! This is for beginners looking to get into patching instead of just using Vizzle. Vizzle Grab Vizzle, if you didn’t know, has a set of devices that do this sort of thing for you by a drag and drop basis. To activate the Grab (webcam) feature just go to Vizzle (right side menu) > Input > Grabber How to Grab the Webcam in Max Go ahead and follow these...

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Max 7 Tutorial: Popup Window, Launch Browser, External Linking
Oct09

Max 7 Tutorial: Popup Window, Launch Browser, External Linking

Add a Pop Up Info Window to Your Max Patch that Links to Your Website! This is a tutorial on how to add an info button to your device that will launch a popup window. That window can contain anything, but we will learn how to add a button that when clicked will launch the computer’s default browser and connect to a URL on the internet. The video tutorial and download are at the bottom of the post. Topics Covered Pop Up Windows...

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Max Device – Deep Chorus from Amazing Noises [Free]
Oct08

Max Device – Deep Chorus from Amazing Noises [Free]

This is incredible! The Deep Chorus is a new free Max for Live device from Amazing Noises. It can turn a simple sawtooth waveform into a Super Saw, and give depth to any sound. You need to sign up to their newsletter to download for free, but with how much top quality material coming from them I don’t see why that should matter!! Go Now to Download –> amazingnoises.com Deep Chorus by Amazing Noises – Max for Live...

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7 Max Utilities Geared Toward Performance [Free]
Aug03

7 Max Utilities Geared Toward Performance [Free]

My friends at Isotonik Studios with the Hook Up!! GO DOWNLOAD NOW –> Isotonic CLIP GAIN Clip Gain is a Max for Live device that allows the gain of an audio clip to be MIDI mapped or automated. It automatically focuses on whatever audio clip is currently playing and provides a variety of user interface controls to change the gain. CLIP PITCH Clip Pitch is a Max for Live device that allows the pitch of an audio clip to be MIDI...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Relative EQing + Custom Device
Jun03

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Relative EQing + Custom Device

In this Ableton Live tutorial, PB instructor & Ableton ninja Freddy Frogs shows you an exclusive Relative EQing technique for mixing your tracks. Relative EQing, or complimentary EQing, is essentially cutting one band of frequency from one piece of audio while adding to the same frequency range to another piece of audio. Freddy Frogs via Point Blank Music School shows us how simultaneously EQ two conflicting elements. In this case...

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Max for Live Tutorial: Convolution Reverb | Best Secret
May12

Max for Live Tutorial: Convolution Reverb | Best Secret

This is Max for Live’s Convolution Reverb Pro’s Best Kept Secret about Impulse Responses! I made a post a few months ago where I rounded up over 1,000 Impulse Response (IR) clips and people seemed to really like it! Going out and recording natural reverb from different locations can be a very rewarding process. However, it can also be very time consuming and cost quite a bit financially. There is a cool little secret that...

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1,000+ Free Convolution Reverb Impulse Responses [IR]
Mar18

1,000+ Free Convolution Reverb Impulse Responses [IR]

Download Impulse Response Expansion Sets for Max for Live’s Convolution Reverb device! I was just trying to learn more about convolution reverb when I stumbled upon a mother load of IRs! Turns out Ableton has a bunch of highly recommended IRs and I happen across a ton more! Happy days are here at last. If you don’t have the Max Convolution reverb device yet, but have the Live 9 suite, go here to download the Max Essentials...

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MAX Tutorial | Quadraphonic [4.0 Surround Sound]
Feb10

MAX Tutorial | Quadraphonic [4.0 Surround Sound]

4.0 stereo surround sound via MAX for Live! Quadraphonic (or Quadrophonic and sometimes Quadrasonic) sound – similar to what is now called 4.0 surround sound – uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are (wholly or in part) independent of one another. – WIKI Today I saw a friend asking about if it is possible to get 5.1 surround sound via Ableton...

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Max Tutorial: Live.menu & Messages
Dec02

Max Tutorial: Live.menu & Messages

A short tutorial on modifying Point Blank’s Max for Live Device for Auto Side-chaining. Firstly, you will need the original device which you can get from Point Blank’s official website. I find the original extremely useful for ducking and pumping sounds. What is really cool about their device is the control it allows the user in shaping the curves for the release and attack. It is meant to be easy to use, drag and drop....

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Max Device | Tape Stop / Pitch Drop
Oct16

Max Device | Tape Stop / Pitch Drop

I didn’t know I had this until last week! I made a fairly popular tutorial a while back about making a tape stop effect and it included a free vst. I had a few hang-ups on it though in terms of automation capabilities. Then I discovered that I had a far superior device on my computer the whole time and I just didn’t know it. Grab the Max for Live Essentials! Max for Live Essentials features 29 Max for Live Devices,...

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Music Theory Helper | EPIC UPDATE!
Sep18

Music Theory Helper | EPIC UPDATE!

It’s Bad Ass Now!! ———————————————————————————— GET THE UPDATED VERSION -> MAX 7...

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Max Tutorial | Change Asset File Path Location
Sep17

Max Tutorial | Change Asset File Path Location

Customize Your File Locations & Tell Max Where to Find Them! Sometimes the assets for your patches are in not in Max’s default file patch, which is ./patches (or the patches folder). This little patch allows you to designate a new file path for Max to follow. Objects used button opendialog relativepath prepend filepath message Download Subscribe!! Want More Content Like This in Your Email Inbox?        ...

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Max Tutorial | Fly-out (Expand) Device Window
Sep17

Max Tutorial | Fly-out (Expand) Device Window

Get Your Reveal On! In this quick Max for Live tutorial we will make a little patch that allows us to reveal or hide part of our devices. This will work for midi effects, audio effects and max instruments. It is actually quite simple to do, and a good trick to have! I wanted to keep a section of my latest device hidden (not showing) by default. I wanted the extra information to be shown only if the user wanted it to be. This technique...

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Max 4 Live: Loading Webpages in Device Window
Aug27

Max 4 Live: Loading Webpages in Device Window

Ever Wanted to See Nudes in Your Device Window While Working on Tracks? I while back I saw some people sharing what appeared to be facebook loaded in Ableton Live via Max for Live. I thought it was fake. Turns out.. it wasn’t. Not only can you load facebook, porn, or my site in the Device Window via Max, but it is almost too easy! This short video tutorial shows you how it is done. The directions are super quick and easy though....

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Building a Kick Drum Machine
Aug15

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Building a Kick Drum Machine

Holy Kick Drums Batman! If you use Max or Max for Live and you haven’t somehow stumbled upon user dude937 then you are missing out. He is incredibly talented with Max and is a great teacher. He explains almost everything he does fully and clearly. He has really blown my mind with a walk-through tutorial on building a kick machine inside Max…. and the kicks are huge! He builds a kick drum synthesizer that would rival any...

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Max 4 Live Device: BPM Transition Automator
Jun05

Max 4 Live Device: BPM Transition Automator

Don’t be that 128 for 4 hours guy 😉 !! As featured on Ableton.com !! I found this device a long time ago, back when it was v1.1. I actually filmed a 30 minute long tutorial and demonstration. When I uploaded it to youtube they quickly locked it down because of some of the tracks featured in the mix. You can still listen to and download the entire set here. I went from dubstep, to drumstep, to glitch and back again using this...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Ring Modulator [Free Device]
Sep12

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Ring Modulator [Free Device]

Ring Modulator – Audio Effect Device In this max for live video tutorial we will make a ring modulator (ring mod) audio effect device. It is surprisingly simple to be honest. That is because the max for live creators knew what they were doing. We will add a live.gain, a couple *~ objects, a live.dial (set to hertz units, 0 – 1000), and a cycle~. Seems easy enough doesn’t it? We will also slap on a scope~ to visually...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Saving Custom Sub-Patch as an Object
Jul06

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Saving Custom Sub-Patch as an Object

Time Savers ‘R Us! So, you have made a handy sub-patch in max for live, like using the escape key to toggle between full screen and a small window, and you want to save it so you won’t ever have to do the routing again. Not only that, but you want to be able to call it using the object finder, just like all the stock objects in M4L. Simple enough. Follow along with this tutorial to find out how to do just that! You need to...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Finding the Sel Number of the Keyboard’s Keys
Jul06

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Finding the Sel Number of the Keyboard’s Keys

2 Methods for Finding Keyboard “sel” Numbers for Use with Max! This tutorial quickly demonstrates two methods of finding the sel number of any of the keys on your keyboard. These numbers are awesome! You can use them to have Max communicate with your keyboard. This way you can use the keys to manipulate your max devices. The first method uses the “print” object to print out the sel numbers in the max window....

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Color Box
Jun29

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Color Box

Who Doesn’t Like to Color? Alright, I am back in Max for Live & MSP today! Making this super easy, and yet super cool color box (panel). We have 3 live.dials set up to control the Red, Green, Blue color ranges. Manipulating the dials changes the color attributes of a panel. So, instead of mixing sounds, we get to mix colors! As far as I can tell it has absolutely now practical use beyond killing 4 seconds making some colors....

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Stereo Bit Crusher
Jun23

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Stereo Bit Crusher

Crush that Audio Son!! Hey there! I recently got a good question from one of my subscribers! Cycling ’74 just put out 3 great video tutorials on their youtube channel. The first was on making a bit crusher audio effect using the degrade~ object. Very informative video if I do say so myself! The question asked of me, was how to make the audio effect stereo, because the way it was done in their video turned any stereo audio into...

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Max for Live: JC Ultimate Delay Controller v.6.4
Jun01

Max for Live: JC Ultimate Delay Controller v.6.4

My First Serious Max Device… a gift to you! Here is my second Max for Live device. It came out pretty sweet, if you ask me. It gives the user ultimate control of the delay lines. Although this is version 6.4 I have put up a series of video tutorials that you can follow along with up to version 4. I suggest you do so if you are a beginner. JC Ultimate Delay is an Audio Effect device built by Joshua Casper in Max for Live 6.0. It...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.4 – Right & Left
May28

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.4 – Right & Left

Max for Live Beginner Tutorial : Simple Delay Device In this installment of the very simple delay tutorial series we quickly make some changes that allow us to control the delay lines for the left and the right channel.  We will have a control of delay time, feedback and dry/wet for both the left and the right channels of our stereo sounds. It is recommended that you start with the first tutorial of this series in order to fully...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.3 – Synced & Time
May27

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.3 – Synced & Time

Max Beginner Tutorial : Simple Delay In version 3 of our very simple delay rack we combine v.1 and v.2 to make a very cool device. We will be using an activating sub-patch that sends a message to either the synced delay line or the time delay line while deactivating the opposite.  We will do this by using a toggle switch. This will be a 2 part tutorial, so make sure to watch both halves to get all the new info! On a side note. If you...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.2 – Synced [source files]
May27

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.2 – Synced [source files]

Sync the Delay FX to the Tempo of the Project! In this very exciting Max for Live tutorial we will be changing the v.1 Delay Device from the last tutorial from a time delay in milliseconds to a synced delay.  I suggest that you should start with the first tutorial and then follow along with this one. In this tutorial we only need to change the live.dial to a live.tab, mess with some parameters and then add a subpatch that deals with...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.1 [source files]
May27

Max 4 Live Tutorial: Making a Very Simple Delay v.1 [source files]

Max for Live Beginner Tutorial : Simple Delay In this tutorial we make a very simple delay line audio effect in max for live.  This will be the base device for later tutorials on more advanced routing and scripting.  This is for beginners, although I highly suggest watching my other tutorials here first to get a better handle on basic concepts before delving into this one. I would also suggest downloading the source files. If you get...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: 102: Making your Second Audio Effect
May25

Max 4 Live Tutorial: 102: Making your Second Audio Effect

Streamlining Our Routing! Let’s make your second bad ass audio effect device! I see that Ableton Live 9 has added this functionality to the utility device, but let’s go ahead and make our own, you know… because we can. And, ours will look way cooler. Although this tutorial is called M4L:102 it is really a continuation of the stereo channel swapper audio effect device we have been building together. In this tutorial...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: 101-4: Making your first Audio Effect
May25

Max 4 Live Tutorial: 101-4: Making your first Audio Effect

Design Aesthetic! We are almost done with our first audio effect device creation inside max for live! Are you excited? You should be! In this fourth tutorial of the series we just make some final changes to the design aesthetic. Swap/change the background image.  We also add some “initial values” to our wet and dry gain controllers.  When we first launch the device we want the dry signal strength at 0.00db while the wet is...

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Max 4 Live Tutorial: 101-3: Making your first Audio Effect
May25

Max 4 Live Tutorial: 101-3: Making your first Audio Effect

Background Images! One of the outstanding aesthetic features of Max for Live is that you can make your fully functional awesome devices look super sweet. You can colorize, add lines and panels… and even background images!! This is really the icing on the cake. Or, in the background of the cake… I guess. In this tutorial we will be adding that sweet background image to our device while maintaining the functionality of all...

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