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Point Blank releases free Kick Drum Designer for Max for Live

Kick Drum Designer for Max for Live

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).

More information: Point Blank / Kick Drum Designer

K-Devices releases REF envelope follower for Max For Live

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K-Devices REF
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).

More information: K-Devices / Rad Envelope Follower

Kevin Kripper releases Ultimate Mixer for Ableton Live & Max For Live

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Kevin Kripper Ultimate Mixer

Kevin Kripper has released Ultimate Mixer, a mixer software for use in Ableton Live with Max For Live.

Ultimate Mixer is THE floating Mixer for Ableton Live…what was missing to complete it! It is built 100% in Max MSP and it works with both Live 8 and 9 (Max 6).

Ultimate Mixer features

  • Stretchable channels.
  • Live’s skins adaptable.
  • Change the name and color of each track.
  • Inserts display.
  • Sends control.
  • I-O & Monitor control.
  • Add tracks (up to 50) and returns.
  • Stay-on-top.
  • Auto-resize depending on window size.
  • MIDI & Key Mapping.

Ultimate Mixer is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Ultimate Mixer

Whitebox Synth Makers releases Mellotronica PACK for Live

Whitebox Synth Makers Mellotronica PACK

Whitebox Synth Makers has released Mellotronica PACK, a free instrument for Ableton Live and Max for Live.

WHITEBOX Mellotronica PACK. Simpler is loaded with Ableton’s Limette sample then given an unpredictable Filter frequency, Spread, Glide Time, Filter Resonance and Loop Start with Max’s Device Randomiser.

Further processed with Beat Repeat (requires transport ON) and Simple Delay this is an intriguing if rather demanding sound creator. Drop ANY sample into it, of course.

The Mellotronica PACK is a free download. Requires Max for Live.

More information: Whitebox Synth Makers

Ableton updates Live to v9.0.3

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Ableton has updated its Live 9 music production software for Windows and Mac to version 9.0.3.

Ableton Live 9 Disco skin
Image of the new Disco skin in Live 9.0.3, posted by David Abravanel.

Changes in Live 9.0.3

  • Improvements and feature changes:
    • Added a new skin: “Disco”.
    • Added a new option to the “Record/Warp/Launch” preferences pane: “Start Transport with Record”. If activated, the transport will start immediately when clicking on the Session- or Arrangement-Record buttons. If deactivated, it prepares for recording as in Live 8, so you have to launch a clip in Session View or click the ‘Play’ button. You can hold down the Shift modifier key when clicking on the record buttons to invert the behavior temporarily.
    • When recording automation on top of an existing automation envelope, and quickly clicking on different positions in parameters like sliders, X/Y pads, etc., Live now records a latching automation envelope instead of jumping back to the previous value.
    • The Compressor device does not clip input signals at +20 dB anymore.
    • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey series.
    • Added control surface support for M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32.
    • Added a user satisfaction survey. After several hours of usage, Live will ask you to rate the software on the next startup. You can submit a star rating or simply dismiss the survey.
    • Updated manual, lessons and translations.
  • Bug fixes:
    • The Trial version of Live 9.0.2 could hang on startup.
    • Live would not work as a ReWire slave on Windows.
    • The performance of the Ableton Index process has been improved, especially on OS X.
    • The Ableton Index process would sometimes not scan all folders after adding them to the sidebar.
    • The Ableton Index process could block the GUI during saving and exporting of Live sets, presets or clips.
    • Scanning folders containing a huge amount of files could take longer than necessary.
    • The Browser would not update its content pane after a change in the file system if the selection was somewhere outside of the Browser.
    • Expanding the Audio Unit folder in the browser’s “Plug-ins” label could be slow for users which have a lot of library content installed.
    • Live would not save a clip self-contained after dragging it to the Browser and confirming the name of the new clip by clicking anywhere outside of the Browser.
    • The Session Record button would not turn off if the recording was aborted, e.g. by stopping or deleting the currently recording clip, disarming a track, etc.
    • Under certain conditions, MIDI notes would not get recorded into a clip slot after deleting a previous clip.
    • Overdubbing into MIDI clips could unnecessarily bloat the undo history file.
    • Fixed a graphical glitch which could occur in the representation of the filter curve in EQ Eight’s Frequency Display.
    • Several MIDI control surfaces would not correctly shut down after quitting Live, e.g. motorfaders on the Mackie Control would not return to zero, Axiom Pro devices would not exit Hypercontrol mode, etc.
    • The “Project Mix IO” control surface would not work.
    • The channel strip buttons on the Mackie Control XT would not work.
    • Fixed a bug where the key navigation in track headers would not work properly when certain control surfaces are selected.
    • When using control surface scripts, the blue hand would sometimes not map to any device, e.g. after creating a device and then deleting it by using undo.
    • Live could sometimes crash on quit in case a faulty MIDI remote script throws an exception in the Python console.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur in Live Intro when right-clicking on a drum rack chain.
  • Changes for Push:
    • Using the touch strip to change banks in drum racks now requires to pick up the current value, to avoid changing banks accidentally while playing.
    • Fixed incorrect intervals in the Locrian scale.
    • The velocity curve setting would reset to the default value when opening a new Live set.
    • Changing the pad sensitivity settings could be slow if a drum rack was in focus.
    • Updating the LCD display could be slow when switching between Drum and Note mode.
    • The Push LCD could remain blank and no mode would be selected after holding the ‘Browse’ mode button.
    • Fixed a bug where ‘Browse’ mode would be exited after swapping a Max for Live instrument.
    • Tracks created by dragging an instrument would sometimes not be automatically armed if Push is connected.
    • The “Arm Exclusive” preference would not be respected when Push was connected.
    • Fixed a bug where recording wouldn’t work properly if the default clip launch mode was set to ‘Toggle’ mode.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur when using the ‘Quantize’ function.
    • Fixed a crash which could occur when using Push to delete a device whilst recording automation for this device with the mouse.

The update is now available to download at Ableton.

More information: Ableton / Live

Kevin Kripper releases Spectrum Analyzer S8 for Max for Live

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Kevin Kripper has released version 1.4 of the Spectrum Analyzer S8, a spectrum analyzer for Ableton Live.

Spectrum Analyzer S8 is a multiple-track real time spectrum analyzer. It lets you visualize the spectral content of 8 stereo tracks simultaneously.

You can use it as a frequency overlap detector and actually see which part of the spectrum every single instrument uses. The ideal solution for mixing!

Kevin Kripper Spectrum Analyzer S8
Max for Live version of Kevin Kripper’s Spectrum Analyzer S8.

Changes in Spectrum Analyzer S8 v1.4

  • Update to Live 9.
  • Now S8 is post-fader.
  • Add a “Show Parameters” button (On/Off)in S8_Receive module.
  • Add descriptions in Live’s Info View.

The Max for Live version of Spectrum Analyzer S8 costs $3 USD. A standalone version is $5 USD.

More information: Spectrum Analyzer S8 M4L

K-Devices releases Shaper for Max For Live

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K-Devices Shaper

K-Devices has announced the availability of Shaper, a Max For Live device for audio destruction.

Shaper is perfect for percussive sound and signals with an high dynamic range.
Everything is designed to give the best experience to the user.

Shaper features

  • Two waveshaping algorithms.
  • Glitch gate.
  • Resonation or comb filter mode.
  • Gen~ powered.

Shaper is available as a free download until March 31th (regular price 3.99 EUR). Requires Ableton Live 9.0.1 or higher and Max version 6.1 No external Max objects are used in this device.

More information: K-Devices / Shaper

Aconica releases FIRE SCENE AT SET TIME Max for Live plugin

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Aconica Fire Scene at Set Time

Aconica has announced FIRE SCENE AT SET TIME, a timer plug-in for Max for Live.

The Max for Live plugin FIRE SCENE AT SET TIME is a simple timer plugin. It enables you to program specific times at which scenes in Ableton Live are triggered.

This is especially useful when scenes at intervals of a few hours should start automatically.

The plug-in is a free download for Ableton Live 8 & 9 (requires Max for Live).

More information: Aconica