Spektro Audio has released version 2.0 of Spektro Nucleation, a Max For Live device that functions as a waveshaper and bitcrusher.
This major (and free!) update brings some exciting new features to our beloved waveshaping device.
Changes in Spektro Nucleation v2.0
- gen~ processing: During versions 1.0x, Nucleation, like most MaxforLive devices, processed sound in blocks of samples. Now, in version 2.0, it upsamples the signal by 2x and then uses the gen~ technology to process sample-by-sample! This new processing method results in less digital artifacts, less aliasing and a more pleasing timbre for your sound.
- New controls for you to shape your sound even further: offset and shift! Even tho the Offset control already existed in the previous versions, it now works differently due to the new gen~ processing method. The new Shift control allows you to shift the waveform forward in time, completely changing the sound.
Spektro Nucleation is available to purchase for $5 USD. A free lite edition is available to download.
More information: Spektro Audio / Nucleation
Ableton has announced a limited time 20% discount off all Ableton software and even more when you buy Live 9 with Push.
With this year’s holiday season approaching, we’re presenting a special offer to the Ableton community. From now until January 15, save 20% on all software.
Discounted items include:
- New purchases of Live 9 Suite, Standard, and Intro
- Upgrades to Live 9 Suite and Standard
- Push/software bundles
- Max for Live
When you buy Live, you’ll also get the new improvements to Live 9.1 – including dual monitor support (see Session and Arrangement at the same time in different windows), the new melodic step sequencer for Push, higher-quality rendering, and more. Learn more about the improvements in Live 9.1. Presently, Live 9.1 is available pre-release as a beta.
More information: Ableton
Point Blank has announced Monster Timestretch, a free Max for Live device for Ableton Live by Daniel Herbert.
The new Max for Live device from Point Blank is a timestretching plugin based on a technique known as phase vocoding and can time stretch sounds in realtime. It’s similar to the fantastic Paul Stretch and is ideal for creating slowly evolving drone-like textures as well as more futuristic sounds.
There are four different modes which allow you to play through and explore the sound in a variety of ways and literally freeze the sound.
The plugin is limited to processing the first 30 seconds of an audio file and only works within Ableton as a M4L device and will not play in any other DAW. We recommend you use resampling if you need to record the effect to a new audio file.
The plugin is a free download at Point Blank.
More information: Point Blank / Monster Timestretch
Sonic Bloom has introduced Verbotron, a free Max for Live device by Christian Kleine.
Hurray! We’ve reached the landmark of 200 posts on Sonic Bloom with this one. And it comes packed with a little surprise for you – Verbotron made by Christian Kleine, exclusively here on Sonic Bloom.
A great Max for Live addition to your collection of reverbs. The Verbotron uses the original Gigaverb algorithm by Juhana Sadeharju which is also known as “Gverb” in Audacity. It also features a handy visual representation of the reverb parameters.
Verbotron is available as a free download to Sonicbloom members (registration is free). Requires Live 9 and Max for Live (6.1).
More information: Sonic Bloom / Verbotron
UplandToys has introduced a Max for Live version of the BallSequencer MIDI instrument.
BallSequencer is a sequencer based around the idea of MIDI messages being generated by balls moving around inside a rectangular area. Notes are triggered whenever a ball collides with the boundary of the rectangle.
You can set parameters that will control the movement of each ball, in addition to possible note and velocity values depending on which wall is hit. All parameters have a brief explanation which can be viewed by opening the live help window and hovering over the parameters.
The BallSequencer for Max for Live is a free download.
More information: UplandToys / BallSequencer
Sonic Faction has announced the release of the Mutant Synth Pack, a collection of classic synthesizers for Ableton Live.
The pack features meticulously sampled iconic synths, reactivated from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
The bundle includes new 3 instruments:
- The Clone, based on the classic Roland SH-101
- Puls8or, sampled from the notorious Waldorf Pulse+
- and Rouge-One, modeled after the legendary Sequential Circuits PRO-ONE.
Mutant Synth Pack also includes a custom Max for Live device to control sounds with the Ableton Push, Akai APC40 and Novation Launchpad.
The patch allows you to draw in melodies, chords, and modulation. It also features the unique Spiral LED light pattern generator.
Mutant Synth Pack is available to purchase for $40 USD.
More information: Sonic Faction / Mutant Synth Pack
Spektro Audio has announced Spektro Komplex, a new Max for Live synthesizer instrument.
Spektro Komplex is a MaxforLive monophonic synthesizer designed to create complex and unique sounds.
Like the Buchla 261e module, Komplex uses two oscillators to produce FM sounds. What really makes this synth stand out is it’s habilities to morph the waveform of the first oscillator (carrier) and use a different waveform for the second oscillator (modulator).
You can use Spektro Komplex to create anything from classic FM bass to metallic percussion sounds. It’s also a great tool for sound designer who want to create complex synthetic sounds.
The device is available to purchase for $8 USD.
More information: Spektro Audio / Spektro Komplex
Ableton has announced the release of Spectrum Effects, AutoBeat and RokVid, three new Max for Live devices.
Max for Live offers the promise of unlimited sonic – and visual – explorations, within the familiar framework of Ableton Live.
Released today, three new products deliver on that promise and then some – providing a shot of inspiration that can be subtle or extreme. Coming from expert Max for Live developers, these devices extend into existing areas of sound and vision that will likely be brand new for many users.
New Max for Live devices
- Spectrum Effects by Amazing Noises — Spectrum Effects includes two radical spectral processing devices capable of a range of effects. Warp and mangle your audio into mayhem, or add subtle harmonic touches – you decide which. In the studio and at the gig, Spectrum Effects adds an instant dynamic catalyst to your Live set.
- AutoBeat by K-Devices — Set the rules in AutoBeat and discover endless rhythmic rearrangement possibilities. AutoBeat integrates seamlessly with Drum Racks, and can also function as a flexible phrase creator for melodic instruments.
- RokVid by Adam Rokhsar — RokVid is a powerful video solution for live music performers. Designed with simplicity in mind, RokVid makes easy work of generating captivating video that dynamically reacts to your sound.
Spectrum Effects and AutoBeat are available to purchase for 29 EUR each, RokVid is 19 EUR.
More information: Ableton