Point Blank Online has introduced a free Modular Synth plug-in for Max for Live by tutor Daniel Herbert.
The Point Blank modular synth is based on the legendary EMS VCS3. The VCS3 was built in London in the late ’60s and there were a number of subsequent models of varying sizes. It was a popular synth and used by the Radiophonic Workshop (the ring modulator was used to process the sound of the daleks) through to Pink Floyd.
It’s a great synth to generate sounds and jam around with and the interface was really well thought out, featuring an innovative matrix which is still a neat way to patch the different synth sections together. It features three oscillators, a noise generator, a ring modulator, a couple of filter sections, audio input, envelope generator, spring reverb and an assignable joystick control – if you really wanted you could even hook up a keyboard!
The Point Blank modular synth is a simpler interface, but still offers three oscillators and noise generator, a filter section, ring modulator and X/Y controller. Unlike the VCS3, it’s possible to store your settings, and trigger the sounds easily (and in tune!) from a MIDI source. We’ve also included a slide control to emulate the smooth sweeps you could sometimes achieve with the original synth.
The modular synth is a free download for Point Blank Facebook fans.
More information: Point Blank / Modular Synth
Whitebox Synth Makers has released XY, a free sound pack for Ableton Live.
Freedom from sequencing! This instrument plays on it’s own and in a remarkably realistic way if the samples are chosen carefully. I like to think the selection of eight sounds bundled with this pack do the job.
The rack starts by using Whitebox KEY PAD’s dial idea to mix between two different samples using a tweak on their relative filter frequencies.
The samples chosen here are between 5 and 8 minutes long and are percussion performances from Ableton’s ORCHESTRAL MALLETS PACK. This is a bonus if you don’t have Suite…
Then it adds Max for Live’s frankly AMAZING Device Randomiser on both samples to mess with the playback on start and end points (tweak-able to the nth degree).
The heart of the instrument is turned on when you hit PLAY: an M4L random sequencer (renamed YX here) creates a user-variable random set of midi events. Both samples have very little repetition and have a lot of material to choose from so the overall music produced has an uncannily live quality and non-linear feel.
So hit play and sit back. When it gets on your nerves drop some different sounds in from the clips included… and play along on the keyboard!
The XY Live Pack is a free download (540MB). Requires Live 9 plus Max for Live or Live 9 Suite.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers
, Desert Sound Studios
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Desert Sound Studios has announced the release of Mk-iii, a drum machine instrument for Max for Live, comprising a step-sequencer and drum sample playback module.
The MK-iii drum machine from Desert Sound Studios takes a new approach to traditional drum machine design. By splitting the drum machine into two, each Max for Live device can be used separately or combined into a single drum machine. This flexibility opens up new possibilities inside Live.
Highly influenced by the digital drum machines of the late 80′s, the MK-iii includes a full electronic drum sample kit from that era. Quickly load these sounds or your own and shape them with the on-board filter, bit crusher and delays. And for those with Lemur, a touch template covering nearly every parameter can be downloaded for free at desertsoundstudios.com.
The MK-iii combines the familiarity of a drum machine with the advantages of modern technology. For owners of Live 9 Suite, this combination makes a great gateway into the powerful world of Max for Live.
- Four independent 16-step sequencer tracks.
- Assignable note and accent velocity.
- Selectable midi note output and note duration.
- Independent pattern start and pattern length adjustments.
- Two trigger modes:Song Sync (Ableton) and MIDI Input (note trigger).
- Swing function and Step Divider.
- Drum module
- Four independent dual-sample sound engines.
- Optimized audio playback engine and voice allocation system.
- Independent coarse tune, fine tune and volume per sample.
- Pan and Decay setting per sound.
- Multi-effects per sound (Filter, Bit Crush, and Delay+Filter).
- Unique modular design; connect the sequencer or the sample playback module Max for Live devices through track-based MIDI and audio routing.
- Includes full drum sample kit based on the Dr-550 drum machine.
- Optional Lemur template provides touch control over nearly every parameter of the Mk-iii.
The Mk-iii drum machine costs $23.99 USD. Requires Ableton Live 9 Suite or Ableton Live 8/9 with Max for Live Add-on.
More information: Desert Sound Studios / Mk-iii
Ableton has announced that it is offering a 25% discount on all its software for a limited time.
Starting right now, all software in the Ableton webshop is 25% off. This special limited-time offer is for all current Live users who want to upgrade their software or expand their studio with Packs – a selection of sounds, instruments and effects for Ableton Live.
In addition, those who would like to get started with Live can take advantage of a steep discount on Ableton’s creative music-making software.
The offer starts immediately and is available only until September 5th, 2013 at Ableton.com and includes:
- Ableton Live 9 Suite, Standard and Intro
- All upgrades to Ableton Live 9 Suite or Live 9 Standard
- Max for Live
- All Packs for Ableton Live
The sale ends September 5th, 2013.
More information: Ableton / Sale
Whitebox Synth Makers has released Meanwhile, a free sound pack for Ableton Live and Max for Live.
Thinking of randomising sounds in an Eno-esque way I put four samples into a rack (naming them as vaguely as possible AFTER BEFORE DURING EARLIER) and used Max’s brilliant Device randomiser on three of them. One remains fairly straight to provide a sense of a root note.
Then I added a specific (variable) effect to each sound.
- “After” has redux on/off
- “Before” has filter room reverb
- “During” has electric distortion
- “Earlier’ has the Brooklyn resonator. Mess around with this until it makes some biscuits. FREE till your cows come home
Meanwhile is a free download. Requires Ableton Live and Max for Live.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Meanwhile
Whitebox Synth Makers has released the Max Pack, a collection of Max for Live devices.
This Pack consists of 8 inventive Max for Live synths ranging from rich pads to bright marimbas to atmospheric soundscape creators.
Each device is essentially a synth. All have built-in effects for tweak-ability while
some have effects you can’t touch unless you really want to take the things apart.
Max Pack features
- Pixiphone: ambient instrument that models a child’s toy.
- Malletbox: ambient percussive instrument with a user-recordable buffer.
- Spotfield: designed for the musician who is either in a hurry, bored with tweaking parameters and/or extremely lazy.
- Low: piece of reverse-engineering in the same mode as Ableton’s ambient and evolving instruments.
- Dialsynth: superfast one-dial call-up of 24 pre-written synth presets ranging from rich pads to quirky leads.
- Baconfist: turn any sample into a synth.
- 8-Box: ambient synth with 8 pad tones plus Reverb, Attack, Release, Cutoff and Spectral Delay.
- Ambibell: ambient bell-tone synth that incorporates Mormo’s Pitch Drop for surprising slide effects behind the ongoing play.
The Max Pack costs $8 USD. Live 9 and Max 6 compatible.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Max Pack
K-Devices has announced the launch of its M4L Summer Bundle, a collection of 6 devices for Max for Live.
Summer breeze comes to K-Devices shop! Until July 31th get ALL our paid devices with 20% off!
- Drumk2, the amazing samples manipulator
- Shaper, the smart audio destroyer
- REF, the rad envelope follower
- all Kflux granulator devices (instrument + dsp + synth)
Six crisp and powerful M4L devices for 49,99€, instead of 62,94€
Put some great M4L tools in your live set!
Buy the M4L bundle and find an additional 50% discount for 1h one to one online course! The discount can also be combined with the already existing EDU offer. You can use the course for learning M4L or go deeper on the products with the developers ;)
More information: K-Devices