Whitebox Synth Makers has released Arcturus, a free-jazz automaton device for Ableton Live 9.
This is a continuation of the experiment in generative music started below here in “XY”. This has a much smaller megabyte footprint as it’s software not sample-based and it takes off in a jazz rather than orchestral style.
Love it or hate it, you’ll need Suite to enjoy it as it uses TENSION, M4L, GLUE, ELECTRIC and AMP.
The Arcturus pack for Live is a free download.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers / Arcturus
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
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
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.
More information: Whitebox Synth Makers