Point Blank Online has introduced Big Riff Generator, a free Max for Live device by expert tutor Daniel Herbert, designed to help stimulate the creative process.
Here’s the seventh Max For Live device in this current series from Point Blank. We’ve called it the Big Riff Generator and it’s capable of generating some monster riffs or funky bass lines when it’s in the mood! It only generates MIDI notes, so you’ll need to insert it just before an instrument device and choose a suitably fat sound. It bounces notes directly into the selected clip, and can produce an infinite amount of monophonic patterns. You can specify the key and select a variety of different scales and modes (if you’re interested in learning more about modes then be sure to check out Point Blank’s EMC2 course) and it also features probabilistic controls over octave leaps, rests and note repeats. You can let it explore a range of rhythmic variations or limit it to something more repetitive and it’s possible to also restrict the range of notes.
It’s great fun to see what musical ideas the Big Riff Generator can come up with, and after some playing around with the parameters you never know it might just produce that killer hook that you’ve been after. It’s not limited to pitched sounds, so try it out with drums, and as with any plugin of this nature, expect to tweak the patterns in the clip window and just use this as a starting point!
The Big Riff Generator is available to download at Point Blank Online’s Facebook.
Javier Melgar of animatek.net has announced the release of Ultimate Ztep Zeq, a sequencer device for Max For Live.
Ultimate Ztep Zeq is a 16-step sequencer with independently adjustable parameters for each step.
Wikipedia defines a sequencer as device or application software that can record, edit, or play back music, by handling note and performance information in several forms, typically MIDI or CV/Gate, and possibly audio and automation data for DAWs and plug-ins.
UZZ is a Max For Live device inspired in the step sequencer created by Len Sasso for Logic Audio environment.
Ableton artist, singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and nationally touring artist Erin Barra will be discussing and demonstrating the new Ableton Push instrument at Tekserve, on July 18th.
Join us for an evening hosted by Ableton’s Huston Singletary and Tekserve, as they discuss Push and Live 9 with Erin Barra along with revealing tips and tricks of Push, Max for Live and Suite 9.
Giveaways sponsored by Ableton, Tekserve and Moog. A Q&A and after party will follow the event.
The event will be webcast globally via Livestream on http://erinbarra.com/
The event takes place at Tekserve (119 West 23rd Street, NYC) on Thursday, July 18th, 7pm.
Download Erin Barra’s latest mixtape, Comma at Bandcamp.
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced Enhanced Note Mode for the QuNeo 3D Multi-touch Pad Controller.
Enhanced Note Mode maps QuNeo’s pads to the notes of nine musical scales, while setting the tonic to any of 12 notes. Players can select any of the scales and then jam away without worrying about hitting a wrong note.
The scales included in Enhanced Note Mode are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian, as well as Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic.
Enhanced Note Mode includes a powerful harmonizer that can add complimentary pitches to each note being played. The timing of the additional harmonizer pitches can be offset to create a rhythmically compelling cascade of notes.range.
Limitless Fun with QuNeo’s Enhanced Note Mode! Now available as a free standalone app or Max for Live device.
Enhanced Note Mode features
Take your QuNeo performance to the next level—QuNeo’s new Enhanced Note Mode maps QuNeo’s pads to the notes of nine musical scales, while setting the tonic to any of 12 notes. Players can select any of the scales and then jam away without worrying about hitting a wrong note. The scales included in Enhanced Note Mode are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian, as well as Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic.
Harmonizer—Enhanced Note Mode includes a powerful harmonizer that can add complimentary pitches to each note being played. The timing of the additional harmonizer pitches can be offset to create a rhythmically compelling cascade of notes. Adding Pitches: QuNeo’s far left vertical slider controls the number of additional pitches added to a note. As the value of the slider increases, pitches are layered upon the original note–one octave below, one fifth above, one octave above, and two octaves above. Offset: QuNeo’s second vertical slider offsets the additional harmonizing pitches in time. As the value of the slider increases, the offset time grows from simultaneous to as much as a quarter note.
Pitch Bend—In Enhanced Note Mode, each pad can produce independent vibrato or deep pitch bends at the touch of a finger. Pitch bend sensitivity can be adjusted to suit the player’s preference.
LED Feedback—QuNeo’s multi-colored LEDs give players guidance in navigating the notes of the different scales. Keys that are illuminated in green are the root notes of the scale. Keys illuminated in orange correspond to the 2nd, 4th, and 6th notes of the scale. Keys illuminated in red are the 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the scale.
Octave Switching—QuNeo’s arrow buttons in the lower right corner can shift the register up or down within a nine octave range.
Enhanced Note Mode is available to download as a free Max for Live device, an editable Max patch, or as a standalone application for Mac OS and Windows. Use it in series with any synthesizer or DAW application.
Whitebox Synth Makers has announced the release of the Whitebox LoTech PACK, a free sound pack for Max for Live and Ableton Live.
This is a rework of a Max for Live TB303 with added phasor and an extra waveform, pieced together into a rack with some chorus and fuzz to give it a Roger Fripp quality. This simple thing can give hours of tweakable pleasure if you have nothing else to do.
Written with Live 8/Max 5 because they still work just fine…
The pack is a free download. Max for Live required.
Point Blank has released a free Kick Drum Designer for Max for Live, designed by its expert tutor, Daniel Herbert.
This is the latest Max for Live device from Point Blank which currently is only compatible with Live 9.
The kick drum designer is based on some of the techniques we cover in the Ableton Sound design course when looking at Operator, and synthesises bass drums by using a series of envelopes to modulate the pitch and amplitude of basic waveforms.
The device features an integrated preset system and a morphing slider which allows you to morph between the different presets for some interesting sonic potential. There’s also a resonant filter to further help sculpt the sound and add variation.
The Kick Drum Designer is a free download (requires Max for Live plugin in Live 9).
REF is a great tool for any kind of modulation: kick/bass side-chain combinations, driving filters & experimental uses asking for controlling parameters from an audio source.
K-Devices has released the Rad Envelope Follower (REF), a Max For Live envelope follower with advanced features.
It allows you to modulate anything you want in Ableton Live: other devices, the user interface, and third party plug-ins, using sound as source.
You can shape the incoming audio source with the low/high pass filter, listening the source in peak or rms modes, then design the envelope exactly how you need it, using tools as relative/absolute modes, linear/logarithmic modulation, and positive/negative directions. You can even work on your envelopes with standard EG parameters as attack, hold, release, and a global delay time.
REF for Max For Live is available as a free download until May 31st, 2013 (regular 3.99 EUR).