Updated on June 3, 2019 by LFObbq
Max for Live - Favorite Free Devices
I’ve been exploring the huge archive of free devices over at maxforlive.com and around the web. At some point I started keeping notes for myself about what each device was useful for. And then this document started needing categories... And next thing I know, here is an epic list documenting what I personally feel are some of the most well designed, interesting, and wild devices that are available for free. All devices have been confirmed working in Ableton Live 10. I’ve found much inspiration here and hope you enjoy this treasure trove.
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Table of Contents
Knob Modulation Utilities
MWM.modmix - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5067/mwm-modmix
Create complex modulations by mixing up to three modulation sources from other Max For Live devices like LFOs and Envelope Followers.
Move the white dot around and the values of the 5 sliders change. The respective sliders can be mapped to a live parameters. The first four sliders are the corners. The fifth slider is linked to the middle. Besides being able to automate the sliders inside Ableton Live, It has a built in recorder so you can record your movement and when you hit a note it will play back your recorded movements.
Here is suitable Step Sequencer to map any parameter like it is possible with the LFO-device.
This is a mix between a step sequencer and a LFO that you can automatize any parameters in live.
Momentary Knob - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3883/momentary-knob
Turns a knob into a momentary knob. While moving the knob - an effect mapped to it will be on. As soon as you stop moving the knob - the effect turns off.
A mappable knob that acts normal moving up, and while moving down it jumps to a preselected value. Very useful as a dry/wet knob or for effects you only want to work in one direction.
Up at the Downs - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2291/up-at-the-downs
A simple single knob control for two parameters, with a slight twist. When you turn the knob up, it changes the first parameter. When you turn the knob down, it changes the second one.
Simply map a midi controller to "MIDI IN" and use the mapping controls to map the incoming signal to any parameter within live. the "CURVE" parameter allows you to apply a logarithmic / exponential curve to the incoming signal and thus make the most out of your controller and add some "musical" precision. values less than 1. will produce a logarithmic curve whereas values more then 1. will produce an exponential curve.
Grid Funktion - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2157/grid-funktion
This device allow you to rearrange the curve of a slider/knob.
Trigger Value By Incoming Note - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2158/trigger-value-by-incoming-note
Choose a parameter and a value to trigger. It will be triggered each incoming note.
MDD OCTOMORPH - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4728/mdd-octomorph
8 knobs to map to anything in live. 16 presets of this 8 parameters. 1 sequencer to sequence the 16 presets.
Ext In Envelope Follower - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4521/ext-in-envelope-follower
Just modified the envelope follower for Live 10 so it has input audio routing from external tracks
A user-friendly envelope generator made for drawing complex automation curves in Ableton Live. The envelope shape can be mapped to any parameter and is triggered by MIDI (default) or manually.
MultiMap Pro - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4502/multimap-pro
A one-to-many control mapper with custom transfer functions. It facilitates the mapping of one MIDI control to up to 6 Ableton controls. Each of these 6 mapping allow a custom transfer linear, log or exponential mapping. The patch can be loaded on any channel and mapping assigned to controls on any channel. This patch extends the functionality of MultiMap from the Max for Live Essentials bundle.
Ever wanted to control a Live parameter with MIDI notes like you can do with filter key-tracking? Now you can. Added some presets and a curve function for more customization.
Modification on the new Shaper, it is now a MIDI device that can be triggered via a MIDI note, or manually triggered from a controller. Live 10 only
Inspired by Bitwig Polynom device. It feeds your modulation signals into mathematical formulas to achieve sophisticated and flexible transformations.
This little device allows to use a step sequencer interface to draw beat synced modulations of a parameter. Additional features include a smoothing algorithm and a nice UI.
DRD_Follower~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
A subtle enhancement to the Envelope Follower, the DRD_Follower~ allows you to side-chain any eight parameters to any internal or external audio source.
Flippy - https://gumroad.com/l/vZYDi
A device that creates a master/slave relationship between two parameters in Ableton Live. Once the master and slave have been mapped, you can choose to "flip" the interaction, so that as you bring the master parameter up, the slave parameter goes down. There is also a scale parameter, so you can choose how much of the slave is affected by the master.
MultiMapTurnado - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2228/multimapturnado
Use one Slider to glitch your music up! I used the MultiMap patch to mimic one of the main features in Sugarbyte's Turnado VST. You can control 8 different parameters with just one slider.
Allows for temporary automation in an XY pad without envelopes in Live. You can record automation for a length of between 1 and 16 bars. Map any two parameters in Live by selecting the respective parameters individually, then clicking the Map button in AutoDial_XY. Push the record button (red), define the length, move the dial till the recording is done and the the automation is read automatically. The automation can be read forwards, backwards or bi-directionally.
XY Circle Control - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2004/m4l-xy-circle-control
A little patch that simulates the Octatrack morphing cross fader effect A/B. With XY Circle Control you can map up to 8 parameters in ableton live & control their values with a mouse, a joystick, etc. You will see that there is a morphing effect between the values, parameters, etc... exactly like on the Octatrack.
L.StepMod - https://github.com/Lokua/L.StepMod
16 Step adjustable, fully MIDI-mappable, parameter sequencer
Timed volume control. You press the ‘Up’ button and the volume goes up. You press the ‘Down’ button and the volume goes down. If you change your mind, then pressing the button again reverses the direction! You can set the time that it takes to go from silence to full volume from a few seconds to over 45 minutes.
Map sequencer - https://gumroad.com/l/mapsequencer
A non-linear sequencer. The sequencer follows the waveform that is selected. So if a sine wave is used, then the knobs are cycled through in a timed fashion that matches a sine wave. Difficult to describe, easy to understand. The sequencer can be synced to the tempo of Ableton or run in free mode.
LFO S Limiter - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2174/lfo-s-limiter
A conventional threshold-based limiter, but where the threshold and input/output gain for each channel are controlled a single 'Limiter Depth' control that can be modulated by an LFO. So this is a true stereo device, where everything is doubled and each channel is independent. The 'S' stands for stereo.
This is a fork of the LFO device included in Ableton 10 Suite version 10.0.1. The included LFO has incorrect output for synced LFO rate of 16 bars and 32 bars, hence LFO10.
Another fork of Live's LFO device. It adds more options to the random mode.
This device is an extension of the LFO device that comes with Live. It adds lots of new features and provides some useful tweaks to existing ones.
This is a result of trying to build the best general purpose swiss knife LFO for myself. It offers three basic ways of modulating a target: Directly via Live's engine, (Engine) which disables manual control of the target parameter and is perfect for fast modulations. Or via a method similar to manually turning a knob on the user interface (GUI), which can create automation data when recording. And, as a third mode it can put out the modulation as audio signal (Audio) which is useful for creating control voltages for analog synthesizers. The LFO offers several waveforms: Sine, Ramp Up, Ramp Down, Square, Stepped Random, Smooth Random, and Binary Random.
A fun and flexible tool for production or performance, again just a nice little simple object that does exactly what it says. Allows you to apply 1-3 LFO’s (low frequency oscillators) to any parameter in Ableton. Renders some tasty results especially when applied to FX parameters that did not previously have modulation possibilities.
General purpose LFO. Features include sample and hold of waveforms, a smoothing algorithm, and - new sine may 2011 - a songtime synced reset function. LFO One is the modulation of the modulation machine: Up to three oscillators can modulate each other to create very complex waves, some kind of modular LFO synth.
DRD_Lock'd-FO~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
This device can modulate any parameter in Live at any synchronized rhythmic relationship. Choose from four different waveform types to create a wide variety of pulsating effects
This device is a simulated LFO you can used to modulate device parameters. It's simulated in that it doesn't actually use an oscillator at all but the Max line object to simulate shapes an LFO might generate. I built it to see if using this method would have a much lower performance impact than using actual oscillators. I sometimes have 10+ things being modulated by an LFO at once in some of my work and using actual LFOs for that starts to have a serious impact. Using LineFO should minimize performance impact yet still give the basic ability to modulate things.
An experimental 'Multiplying' LFO. It is based on the idea that being able to switch the range of an LFO can be used to generate a number of interesting audio effects, and so the design is optimized to enable easy control of the Rate and Multiply controls.
L.LFO - https://github.com/Lokua/L.LFO
There are quite of few M4L LFOs out there, but in every case there was something I didn't like, or a feature I didn't have. For my own artistic needs I wanted something that was compact - so I could route LFOs to LFOs and so on - all without having to navigate too much. I also needed something that could produce more interesting waveforms than the standard Sine, Triangle, Square, Saw, Noise. Features: Classic Waveforms, Waveform Inversion, Hz or Synced modes, Note Trigger, Pulse Width, ModCycle, SR (Sampling Rate) control, Destination Min and Max, very-low CPU consumption, MIDI-to-CC, Info View help.
Drum Flammer - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5074/drum-flammer
This is a tweaked version of 'Note Echo' from the Ableton Live 9 'Max For Live Essentials' pack. This version exploits the MIDI-domain echo to provide flexible control over the flamming of just one note pitch. Although this is traditionally used on drum sounds, it is also effective (in moderation) on other sounds.
Creates a rolling glissando up a (choosable) scale of notes from an incoming MIDI Note. It uses the incoming note to trigger a series of options, including crescendo or decrescendo on the glissando.
A polyphonic MIDI note repeater with synced or free repeating time, random delay, random note drop, retrigger and bypass switches.
Nylon chord generator - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=3920
A chord generator that emulates chord strokes of a guitar. Play up to 6 strings per chord, add dynamics by controlling stroke speed, acceleration and velocity, and humanize each stroke by adding randomness.
MIDI Inverter - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/4138/midi-inverter
Makes your midi input work in inverse. Up is down and down is up. Helps to separate musical ideas from comfortable finger routines.
Very simple MIDI patch that passes only specified of incoming notes.
For example if it set to 5 it count to 5 and pass one note, then cycle repeats.
Note Skipper - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5224/note-skipper
This device allows you to skip every incoming N note and starts counting from N note.
ZB.chanceGrowPass - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/951/zb-chancegrowpass
This device will randomly pass notes. When a note gets passed the chance of the next note passing is set. For each note that is not passed the chance of passing the next note grows by the given factor. This produces random filtering that avoids clustering.
ZB.randRepeat - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/834/zb-randrepeat
A note repeating device. The chance parameter controls the likelihood of a repetition to occur. The velocity of the repeated note will be scaled according to the velocityRatio. The delay before the repetition will be a random number between the minDelay and the maxDelay parameters. The duration of the repeated note is controlled in an analogous fashion.
Markov Controllers - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4282/markov-controllers
This thing is based off of the Autechre statement about having "Conditionals" (Events) and after some of those conditions have occurred a number of times, then "Something" happens.
Pong Exponential Note Repeater - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3919/pong-exponential-note-repeater
A note repeater that creates exponential or logarithmic repeats. Control the speed of repeats, adjust note decay and velocity, and use the output to modulate other devices by mapping it to multiple destinations.
A fun delay for midi notes. Incoming notes are set to steps of choice. Steps are delayed. Make fun rhythms! Hello counterpoint!
Directional Scale - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3000/directional-scale
A clone of Live's Scale MIDI effect, modified to allow different scales to be used when ascending and descending. The most common real-world example of this is the melodic minor scale, which is the same as natural minor when descending but uses a raised 6th and 7th scale degree when ascending. In this device the choice of scales is arbitrary for each direction.
A device that will trigger a chord at a given interval either in milliseconds or a synced beat rate.
Similar to a traditional arpeggiator but each note has its own arp step sequence. Each step can be programmed in terms of rhythm and velocity independently of the other steps.
Simple but yet efficient Max for Live utility. This plugin allows you to control the MIDI notes quantization feature of Ableton, straight from the board. Most importantly, it allows you to map MIDI and Key controls, to control this feature with a flick of a button.
The Antinote - http://tune4media.com/product/the-antinote-m4l-device/
This device takes advantage of the “key release” MIDI data and shooting a random value (that can be controlled), the random value then can be mapped to any of Ableton Live’s parameters. So every time you release a MIDI note, the parameter will be changing randomly, essentially making every MIDI press different.
Chords Automator - http://tune4media.com/product/chords-automator/
A powerful Live preset that lets you play single notes, and create complex chords and chord progressions easily, on the fly.
The Quadromator - http://tune4media.com/product/the-quadromator/
A great Ableton preset that contains the “Chords Automator” with a unique X4 based arpeggiator.
Gravity Pack - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5367/gravity-pack
This is a pack of 3 Midi Effect M4L devices. Gravity Delay is a classic bouncing ball style delay. Rippler is essentially the same thing in reverse, as if a stationary ball starts to jump higher each bounce. Ripplecoil combines the 2 so the ball has increasing sized jumps and then falls down with gravity. They can be used to make some nice interesting sound design. All devices are polyphonic.
Just a good midi note skipper that also allows to target notes by pitch or velocity values from specified range. You can chain two of them to target by pitch and velocity with individual probabilities.
Harpeggiator - https://gumroad.com/l/pmsWf
An arpeggiator with a twist, this Max for Live device lets you create arpeggios by sweeping across held notes in every octave, like a glissando on a harp, hence the name. You can sweep manually with a fader or knob, automate it, or use an LFO or side-chain signal to dynamically control the arpeggiator. Also functions well as a MIDI guitar strummer.
AutoGliss - https://gumroad.com/l/ZFxZ
This Max for Live device performs glissandi between consecutive notes, passing over any notes selected with the keyboard display and any that are being held. The timing of each glissando can be synchronised to the project tempo or set to a time in ms, and set as the time it takes for the entire glissando to happen, or the length of each note in the glissando. Each note of the glissando can be held for a specified amount of time, or released when the next note is played.
Strum - https://gumroad.com/l/ZFof
A novel MIDI input tool for Live from pATCHES. It allows for expressive guitar-inspired rakes across a series of notes using the modwheel - something like a manually controlled arpeggiator for your favorite hardware keyboard, Push, or other note input device.
This is a MIDI scale preset bank with 16 scale types that, unlike Live's MIDI scale effect, will play scale degrees without repeating notes. It defaults to MIDI note number 0 (C-2) and covers the full 128 note range. This patch also has controls for key and octave.
Note Trap - https://gumroad.com/l/eiODe
MIDI effect which lets you create musical patterns in various musical scales and modes. The pattern can be run in sync or free to your Live Set, you can set the velocity data, the direction and more. It's ideal to add some minimalism and/or serialism to your music.
Xeno - Chord Explorer V - http://erogenous-tones.com/xeno-chord-explorer-max-for-live-plugin/
I’ve spent a great deal of time looking through all the available chord plugins in VST, AU and M4L formats and just never really found what I was looking for. Most chord exploration programs either have non-generative fixed chord patterns per key (Cthulu) or chord generation that is based on the full 12 note scale and deals in semitones (Nordmann Chord Generator or Ableton Live MIDI chord plugin). There is nothing wrong if that’s how you like to work, and you can use a note quantizer after the chord generator. That said, I wanted a chord generator that generated all chords in key with varying chord sizes very easily. I do not come from a keyboard/piano background and I don’t like getting lost in theory while I write music. This is the perfect tool to really get into exploring chords in all sorts of ways. Even further, pairing it with Ableton Live’s arpeggiator and you REALLY have a lot of flexibility in what you can do.
Group Humanizer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2466/group-humanizer
Two or more tracks can be "group humanized" so that their timing resembles musicians playing in the same room together. For example, a bass and a drum sequence will adapt to each others delays in a "humanized" way.
MIDI Hack - https://gumroad.com/l/CfVkIJ
Probability-based generative midi modifier, based on the idea from Brian Eno's probability scripts. It takes whatever midi notes come in and modifies according to set probabilities. Controls for each note being played, a random note being played instead (within a settable range), an octave shift of the note, and note repeat effect. Also includes global controls for pitch range and scale setting.
Round Robify - https://gumroad.com/l/gNGEq
Create realistic round robin sample playback. These devices will allow randomized sample playback without repeating the same sample twice or repeating the same bunch of samples. Depending on the number of total samples they will either make sure the next note is none of the previous 5 notes or previous (number of notes - 2) notes. They also allow sequential or palindrome playback. RRsampler works on the sample chain of Sampler. RRchains works on the chain selector of an Instrument Rack.
Simple and nice midi latch box for your virtual instrument or sequencer. I created this tool to make nice MIDI NOTES OFF effect.
Smooth Pitch Bend - http://jgarcia.hungry.jp/project/smooth-pitch-bend/
This device allows automation and smoothing of pitch bend data, the scrolling display provides real time visual feedback. Smoothing can be set to linear or curved, ramp time and grain (ramp resolution) can also be specified.
Note Displacer - http://jgarcia.hungry.jp/project/note-displacer/
Randomly displaces incoming MIDI notes by a predetermined interval, potentially making boring melodies and chords sound much more sophisticated than they really are. Note Displacer allows you to decide how it affects incoming notes based on their pitch, by setting custom pitch ranges for each behavior it is capable of.
Chord Generator - http://nilsnordmann.de/blog/?p=558
Like the Schwarzonator the patch creates chord progressions, but in a more musical language. You can create triads and tetrads by pressing only one key on the keyboard. This key is automatically the root key. You can generally choose between major and minor and add diminished or augmented additional notes. The third can be omitted. Furthermore you can invert the chord from root inversion to the third inversion and set the chord’s disposition from close to open. All functions can be randomized. With the random function you can generate some pretty weird stuff.
Deviation - https://gumroad.com/l/aFeyB
Inconsistency is beautiful. A simple MIDI patch that randomly manipulates the Pitch-Bend parameter every note. Deviation lets us "escape" from the bounds of precision and equal temperament to create this iconic warm analog style inconsistent pitch within our favorite synths. (Best to set the synth to pitch band +-2st)
Velocity Curve Editor - https://gumroad.com/l/IfsCq
Edit your velocity curve quick and easy for external MIDI notes e.g. coming from Push or SPD-SX into Ableton Live.
This is kinda like a 'smart' MIDI pitch device. Play 8 notes in (buttons), and have the output pitch determined by a recurrent neural network. Optionally control by chord and key.
Notepad Audio /// Notepad Midi - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3312/notepad-audio - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3313/notepad-midi
Easily archive text notes within this M4L device.
Audio Input Selector - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4619/audio-input-selector
Allows user to select input on an audio track with a knob that can be assigned to a controller. This allows for quick selecting of input during performances, etc. (Live 10 only!!)
A simple, lightweight plugin for monitoring gain and clipping between between plugins. Just drag a ClippyBoi anywhere in your device chain, and monitor away! The default gain meters between plugins in Ableton are too tiny, and make it hard to see if I'm clipping at all. ClippyBoi is usually happy and blue, but when you clip, he gets red and angry, and shows you where the loudest clip in the current track occurred.
AB Reference Tool - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4259/ab-reference-tool
An easy way of setting up reference tracks in Ableton Live. Simply Drop the "AB" device onto the track with the reference material and use the A/B toggle to switch between your work in progress (A) and the reference material (B).
Simple MIDI utility for creating virtual keyboard zones. Use it to chop your keyboard up into different sections for different instruments. You can also set an octave shift for the zone and set whether Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel, Sustain and Expression messages are allowed through to the instrument.
Image2Wavetable - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5291/image2wavetable
Turn an image into a wavetable to be used by Live's wavetable (and others). With the new Ableton Live update users can drop their own wavetables on the native Wavetable Instrument. Simply drop an image, save as wave, and then drop that file onto Ableton Wavetable (must be Live 10.1 or higher!) Oh, and make sure "Raw" is enabled on the Wavetable or it won't look right!
Pump+ - https://patches.zone/pump
A no-nonsense way to get authentic-sounding sidechain compression with absolutely no set up. All you have to do is load the max for live device and get pumping! From there you can easily customize the shape of the envelope and amount of gain reduction with simple controls. The most recent update introduces pump+. The most requested feature for the device has been external input, and with this newest version it is now possible.
DRD_Send~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
Drop this device middle of any device chain and route the audio to anywhere in or outside of your Live set for further processing. Link the send level to the containing track’s volume control for “post fader” style effects and use the internal delay to correct any phase issues or for creative sound design.
DRD_Receive~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
Drop the this device between any signal flow and grab audio from anywhere either internal or external to your Live set. Link the receive level to the containing track’s volume control for “post fader” style effects and use the internal delay to correct any phase issue or for creative sound design.
Add it to a track that you don't wanted muted when soloing another track.
eCo (and eCo-M) - https://gumroad.com/l/hhgKy
A simple, clever CPU saving device. As opposed to native Live devices, 3rd party plugins and M4L devices always consume CPU even when idling... eCo solves that. eCo is placed before the target cpu-angry device. When a signal enters eCo, the target device is instantly powered on. When the track's volume reaches -inf, the target device gets automatically powered off by eCo.
A free device that lets you route any signal to any internal or external destination. It’s designed to bypass Live’s restricted return buss routing. With Outist you can have pre and post send PER return channel. You can also simply use it to send the signal to any physical output or just anywhere in your set.
Tempo Control - http://tune4media.com/product/tempo-control/
A very efficient Max for Live utility, allowing you to control and create tempo automation and changes within the session view of Ableton Live.
Track Select - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5364/track-select
A little helper to keep the overview over bigger Live Projects, to scroll with an Controller or MIRA thru Tracks & Scenes.
TW DelayCalc - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5408/tw-delaycalc
This is a simple delay time calculator based on the tempo of the current live set. Since it is a Max for Live audio device it must be put after any midi device. I was looking for a way to take control of a Live reverb device's predelay control, but refused it because of the exp. scaling of the dial. So at this stage of development it is necessary to put in the values manually.
Sheet Trainer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5413/sheet-trainer
Practice reading sheet music by identifying the notes on the staves to the left. Use the on-screen keyboard, or any MIDI one. Place a MIDI instrument next to this device to hear the notes being displayed.
Fader Map - https://gumroad.com/l/fadermap
A very simple way to map any parameter in Ableton to a fader control. The benefit of this is that with Fader Map, you can map to various parameters without losing the ability to control said parameters (similar to Map 8). It also intuitively grabs the parameter name and proper control labels so you know exactly how it's being mapped without having to type anything in. Lastly, its also midi and key mappable!
Track Stats Lite - https://gumroad.com/l/KMinF
Track Stats - https://gumroad.com/l/mNblE
Project analysis system that quietly keeps track of your production habits. It records how long you've spent working during a particular tune writing session, how many beats you've played during that session, the total time of all sessions combined, and the total beats of all sessions combined.
Specyscope - https://gumroad.com/l/vWbYW
This is a Spectrogram / Oscilloscope combo which displays up to 3 stereo audio sources at the same time. I created this because I find seeing the two visual representations of audio side by side to be a huge help when designing sound and mixing tracks.
SUP (Slightly Useful Plugins) - https://gumroad.com/l/SUPcosm
Collection of slightly useful Max for Live plugins that have a simple yet specific purpose - a toolbox of devices that can scratch itches that usually can't be reached.
- 1 Up 2 Down - A master dial that controls two parameters, when you move the master up, parameter 1 moves up, when you move the master down, parameter 2 moves down.
- Any Note to Clip Slot Trigger - Placed on a MIDI Tack, this listens for note on and note off values. Assign both note on and note off to trigger playing a particular Clip Slot in Live view.
- Assignable Mod Wheel - Allows you to automate and modulate the Mod Wheel (place before an instrument).
- Big Keyboard - A large MIDI keyboard display. Click "Big" to popup an even larger one.
- Big Scene Names - A large popup window displaying the currently playing Scene (and the next Scene to come).
- Cycle Parameter - With a single button, cycle through 8 different values you specify. Mappable to any parameter in Live.
- Dual Toggle - Use a button to switch two parameters between two values. Good for lowering the volume and turning up a send (and back again).
- HD Recorder - Constantly record audio from a Track (or Master Track) to your hard drive. Set a time so that it re-records over the last recording. Good for leaving on when you are toying with ideas in case you do something you like and want to keep.
- Locator Trigger - Scans for 32 Locator Points in Arrangement View and lists them, with mappable "Go" buttons to quickly jump to each one.
- Logarithmic Dial - Allows you to specify a curve when tweaking a parameter.
- Mapper - Simply map it to a parameter, and turn the dial.
- MIDI Note to Clip Slot Trigger - Triggers Clip Slots on the Track to the right based on MIDI notes played on the MIDI Track the devices is on.
- MIDI Nuke - Sends a note off value for every possible MIDI note, to unstick any notes still playing.
- Multi Parameter Curve - Set custom curves and shapes to parameters so you can do complex value movements by turning one dial up and down. Can have up to 5 custom shapes assigned to 5 different parameters.
- Multi Stage Dial - One dial that controls 5 different parameters in succession. Good for doing dial sweeps that progressively change more and more.
- Parameter Jump - A button that jumps a parameter to a fixed value.
- Parameter Slide - A button that slides between two parameter values at a time you specify.
- Parameter Splitter - One dial that moves two parameters in succession. Good for assigning to a low pass and high pass filter cutoff, to sweep the full range of both one after the other.
- Parameter Switch - A button that switches between two values of a parameter. Hold the button for one value, let go to switch to the other.
- Punch Jumper - A button that jumps the play cursor to the Punch In point in Arrangement View.
- Quantize Automation - Takes input from one dial and tempo quantizes the output to another which can be mapped to any parameter.
- Random - A button that chooses a random value for a parameter each time it is pushed.
- Repeater - Outputs a parameter value at specific amount of times, with a delay you can specify between each one.
- Simple Meters - Big DB meters. Put it between devices to get more of an idea of audio levels.
- Solo Automator - Allows you to automate the Solo function of a Track.
- Tempo Jump - Moves the tempo up and down with button pushes in increments you specify.
- Timed Tempo Jumps - Specify 8 different BPMs, choose a time amount and hit GO to slide the tempo to any of your choices.
- View Switch - A mappable button that switches between Arrangement and Session View.
- Volume Jumps - Two mappable buttons that allow you to increase or decrease the Track Volume Fader by an increment you specify.
OSCbuddy - https://gumroad.com/l/UCvKN
Collection of Max for Live patches that send parameter, amplitude, note, CC and frequency information over OSC so that other applications can receive and use the information, with VJs and Visual Performers in mind.
Image to MIDI Converter - https://gumroad.com/l/ZiGjZ
Turns any image into an Ableton Live MIDI clip.
One Shot Recorder - https://gumroad.com/l/hYthK
Quickly sample and save the audio from the track it is loaded on to your hard drive. Each time you hit start, it begins to record and stops when it is no longer receiving audio. It saves it to your hard drive with a filename you specify, adding a number at the end. Each new recording, the number will increase.
MIDI Note to Any Clip Slot Trigger - https://gumroad.com/l/WuoF
Intercept MIDI note data from the MIDI Track it is placed on, and assign notes to trigger any Clip Slots in Ableton Live Session View.
Stuttgart PitchFreq Calculator - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5262/stuttgart-pitchfreq-calculator
This is an overly simple calculator to display the corresponding frequency according to the inputted MIDI pitch. It is based on the Stuttgart pitch [pitch standard] at which A4=400hz. A440 or A4 (also known as the Stuttgart pitch), which has a frequency of 440 Hz, is the musical note of A above middle C and serves as a general tuning standard for musical pitch. Important note would be to understand that Ableton, along with many pianos and instruments are actually calibrated an octave lower than Stuttgart Pitch. i.e. A3=440 rather than A4=440.
Impulsemachine - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/98/impulsemachine
Throw it before a Impulse!
MorphJ - http://fabriziopoce.com/morph.html
Allows you to simultaneously control any pair of parameters, in any Ableton Live device, anywhere in the Liveset. At its heart is the XY panel with its XY handle, typical to all devices in the Morph family.
Toggle Router - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1643/toggle-router
This device switches the output of a track between two other tracks.
Xfade Bus System 2000 - https://gumroad.com/l/iztQ
Consists of two audio effects, the Xfade Send that allows for crossfading between two tracks when connected with the other one, the Xfade Receive. There are 8 possible buses for up to 8 submixes you can individually crossfade in between. Simply choose a unique bus each time for each two tracks you want to crossfade. The devices are Push and MIDI controller ready.
Utility device which recreates the mixer section for a track. Ableton's utility is great for automating volume and panning, but it only goes to -35db. Often, the sound is still audible at this level. Audio effect racks can work around this, but the user interface makes it feel like a workaround, not a feature. By using Live's own gain slider, we can go to -70db, mute and pan while leaving the mixer section free to MIX, independent of automation curves.
Simple little device that lets you specify a bar number when the metronome should be turned off. Add the device, choose the right time signature, enter the bar number, turn the metronome on and start recording/ playback.
Renumber Scenes - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2123
Press the Renumber button to renumber the scenes in the Live Set (up to a maximum of 1000 scenes). Scenes with functional names concerning tempo or time signature can now be preserved in the latest update.
Keep Follow On - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2117/keep-follow-on
Live's Follow button will stay on even when you zoom or scroll in clips or in the Arrangement View as long as the device is on. If you deactivate it, Follow can be manually controlled once again. Simply add the audio effect to any track, although adding it to the Master track makes most sense.
L.ObliqueStrategies - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1466/l-obliquestrategies
Originally a deck of printed cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975 (subtitled: Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas). Each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking. - http://www.rtqe.net/ObliqueStrategies/Ed3.html - "The Oblique Strategies evolved from me being in a number of working situations when the panic of the situation - particularly in studios - tended to make me quickly forget that there were others ways of working and that there were tangential ways of attacking problems that were in many senses more interesting than the direct head-on approach. If you're in a panic, you tend to take the head-on approach because it seems to be the one that's going to yield the best results Of course, that often isn't the case - it's just the most obvious and - apparently - reliable method. The function of the Oblique Strategies was, initially, to serve as a series of prompts which said, "Don't forget that you could adopt this attitude," or "Don't forget you could adopt that attitude." -Brian Eno
Track Select - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2508/track-select
This is a tiny helper for switching fast through the Tracks in your live set. Just Put the Device into a Midi Track & Map a Hardware Dial or Knob to the Device. Now if you turn the knob you can select a track.
Simple Clip Chop - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2538/simple-clip-chop
This device basically changes the start position of a clip. Chop the currently assigned clip in Ableton: 64 position buttons, Change the position of the chopped range, Change the size of the chopped range, Set loop on/off of the currently assigned clip.
Makes use of the Push touchstrip to "strum" a glissando of notes, akin to the Suzuki Omnichord. Allows you to then choose between "Freehand" and "Scale" mode. Freehand Mode allows you to play a chord with your right hand on the Push pads, while strumming multiple octave with the left hand on the touchstrip. Scale Mode allows you to strum with the touchstrip only, by choosing the root and scale/mode in a menu, and/or by playing a root note or chord - which changes the menu to the played root note or chord. You can also add fifths, adjust note length and velocity (of glissando notes), and play through or silence the right hand chord.
Lets you recall any device settings in your live-set by naming your clip according to its presets. This can be very much simpler than using envelopes and is often ideal when e.g. switching to a next "part" of a song.
Imagine that you're working on a great song and you try out various ideas on your instruments to just give your song the final ingredient. Then it happens... the happy accident. That's all you needed! Too bad though that you forgot to activate recording! You try to recreate your 'accident' but you can't quite get there anymore. Sad. End of story. --- Rewind into the future: Luckily you have Audio Treasure on your master track which constantly records audio into a 2 minute ring-buffer. Simply write your accident to disc and re-import it into Live! Completely worry-free. Just remember that you have it there and that only the last 2 minutes are kept.
Salami Division - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2814/salami-division
Turns simpler into a sampler-slicer, with similar functionality to "slice to midi" but with some tricks up the sleeve like sample-hotswap and dynamic slice number. Unlike slice to midi, if you use push salami division lets you mash up to 64 slices on one page!
A Max For Live device that converts MIDI note on / off messages from an external keyboard or internal MIDI clip into control parameters for Ableton Live's built in Resonators effect.
Pad Slicing Mode - https://www.az-labs.com/downloads/simpler-tools-pad-slicing-mode/
Ableton’s new Push controller gives you a really nice feature for the new Simpler in Live 9.5 called “Pad Slicing”: It allows you to slice a sample while it plays by hitting sequentially a new pad after the other. This device brings the very same functionality to any Midi-Controller you want to use it with. You can even slice with your computer keyboard).
A simple slicing utility, great for some quick and dirty slicing. It is to be used in conjunction with the included 'SendSlicR~' device. The device enables performers to play slices of live recorded audio (or pre-recorded samples) on the fly.
Referencer Reference Patch - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3681/referencer-reference-patch
For referencing your work to commercial tracks or pink noise. Just drop this device to end of master track chain and add up to three reference tracks WAV, AIFF or MP3 (my mack machine doesn't support mp3). Set loops at the places you want and compare sounds. Also may choose pink noise. Spectrum window is visible when You select other tracks.
Toggle to Gate - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/4501/toggle-to-gate
This simple device enables the user to transform any MIDI note message from a Toggle to a momentary/gate behavior. No need to open your controller's editors anymore as this device will let you convert the messages of all MIDI controllers (APC, Launchpad, Push and any other). We created a second tab to re-map your solo switches and control them with a 'Momentary/gate' message.
This is a device that automatically records its input whenever you pause Ableton. Effectively recording the tails of your Live set. This way you can save your beautiful audio tails and reuse them in creative ways. I recommend putting this device on your master channel. You can save a file to .aiff .wav and some other formats by pressing the "Save buffer" button after recording a tail. This will open a folder selector window.
Round Robin Rack - https://gumroad.com/l/FxNIn
A way to further humanise playback of samples, great for fingerdummers and live playing! Create alias midi notes with different play modes, including random and probability based random. Press a note and the output can be 4 other notes which you select. Great for playing from a break which has been sliced into a Drum Rack.
Missed this feature in Ableton Live for quite some time so I programmed a solution in M4L. A floating window that automatically updates and shows you all the Locators you created in a session in organized order by time. Also, let's you select locators and have the play-cursor jump to them depending on your global quantization.
This is a set of 4 devices that allow you to check latency across your live set. The devices communicate with each other to determine how long it takes for a MIDI or Audio pulse to travel from one to the next, there are 2 send devices (1 for MIDI, 1 for audio) and 2 receive devices (1 for MIDI, 1 for audio).
Value Blocker - http://jgarcia.hungry.jp/project/blublocker/
This device is made to block certain values on a dial or slider, a typical example would be the Value Blocker controlling an arpeggiator sync rate and blocking 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 etc. so when you twist your dial it will skip these values and you can go straight from 1/2 to 1/4 to 1/8. It can be used on any parameter.
This is a device that controls its parent track’s solo function, allowing for full automation of the solo state. To use it, place it in a track and turn the device itself on/off to solo/unsolo the track it’s in. It has 2 modes of operation, exclusive and inclusive. Exclusive mode attempts to mimic the usual behavior of Ableton’s own solo buttons in that only one track is soloed at a time, soloing a new track will unsolo all other tracks that were soloed. Inclusive mode allows you to solo and unsolo several tracks at once and they won’t interfere with each others states, as far as I know this is not possible with the regular Ableton solo functions.
Multi-band Junction - http://metafunction.co.uk/multi-band-junction/
This is a Linkwitz Riley Multi-output Crossover free Max For Live Device built for Ableton Live 10. One of the great new features in Live 10 is the ability to have multiple audio I/O within Max For Live devices. In other words, Max for Live devices now support multiple audio inputs and outputs, which can be accessed via the track’s Input and Output Channel choosers. Devices can also be routed to arbitrary tracks via the Live API. This opens up a world of possibilities for multi-channel processing and mixing. One possibility is to use Gen to build an audio crossover via a Linkwitz Riley filter network, then route each audio band to a separate audio track for further processing. In this blog post we will explore how the new L10 M4L multiple audio I/O was used in the Multi-band Junction, a cool tool that offers unique sound design possibilities.
Wave Weld - http://metafunction.co.uk/wave-weld/
An algorithmic wavetable generator designed to create wavetables for any wavetable synthesis device
I've always wanted to "play" the pitch of samples (in e.g. a drum rack) with a keyboard. This device allows for it.
Clip Loop Monitor - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1680/clip-loop-monitor
This device gives you a big floating window showing the play position of the currently playing clips in the first 7 tracks in your set. Or 7 tracks that you specify.
MIDI Clip Looper - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1523/midi-clip-looper
Allows you to do Live Looping using Live's MIDI Clips. Loop without click or quantize, tempo and bar length will be set based on first MIDI clip loop. Store up to 8 loops and switch between at will. Duplicate current playing clip to next clip slot. Quantize the recorded MIDI clip. Modular: add the device to each track you want to Live Loop with. Record Arm track using MIDI toggle switch.
A device for sequencing clips. Use multiple instances to control up to 8 clips in separate targeted tracks. 8 different sequences each with their own set of parameters. Clip gain and transposition control for each targeted clip.
Clip Trigger - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5484/clip-trigger
Inspired by the idea of the AI generated music by Mubert, I had a new device for Live. I hang it on the tracks before sending it to check how different loops sound with each other. Clip Trigger launches different clips on the track with "Universe Random", like Follow Action in Live, but wiser. The device knows the length of the clip and repeats it wisely, + you can add a stop at a certain moment before changing the clip and the number of repetitions. In the future, I think I’ll add an automatic assignment of repeats, depending on the clip length, a start offset, and I will make an aggregate so that you can select the desired number of tracks. But it's like something later, and for now, you need to drop the device on each track. Pleasant randomization.
Reorder Notes - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5494/reorder-notes
Randomly reorders the selected notes in a clip (or all notes if there's no selection). Higher Amount values result in more reordering.
A 2-operator FM synthesizer, with some features that make it a bit different than a standard Yamaha DX-type synth. There are 25 single-cycle waveforms to use as the carrier and modulator waves. It can work in mono or stereo, with separate FM depth controls per channel.
A monophonic, four oscillator synthesizer, that triggers each oscillator in a round-robin fashion. Each oscillator can either produce a shapeable triangle wave (sawtooth at either end), or a square wave with adjustable pulse width. A single LFO per voice can be assigned to pitch, pulse/waveshape, and filter. Each oscillator is tunable, which is quite a bit of fun when you plug it into an arpeggiator.
Ferine Synthesizer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2865/ferine-synthesizer
A fairly extensive rework of the microbruto synthesizer
DS Valence FM - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4801/ds-valence-fm
FM-based drum synthesizer with a focus on fewer controls, and tighter integration with Push, and other M4L DS devices.
AnalogKick - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=1081
A bass drum synth based on the design of the TR-808's bass drum, and is capable of producing sounds quite similar to the original.
Unique 303 sequencer and synth
Synthesizer with a wave-shaping section that is meant to be easy to understand but very capable of creating interesting waveforms at the same time. It gives you full control over two sets of waveforms and morph between them using an EG, LFO, or manually. It works best when you use the shape as a filter, so make the bottom waveforms smoother and lower but you can do some other crazy stuff with it as well.
A simple FM synthesizer with a focus on drawing both carrier and modulator waveforms. With a variety of controls such as modulator envelope time, amplitude envelopes and vibrato DrawFM provides a multitude of sound design options in a compact package. Supports up to 8 voices of polyphony.
Mind Lotion from Space - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4545/mind-lotion-from-space
Polyphonic synthesizer based on 2 oscillators with various waveforms to choose from. It also features a quite diverse effect section containing a chorus, stereo spread, granular synthesis approaches and some sort of reverb emulation trying to be different. The synth also contains a quite complex graphical EQ module.
Four operators FM synth. There are modulation in depth, modulation out depth for each Operators. Only Operator 1 is out, the others operator is just for modulate. There are 8 pre-routings for operators commonly used for Fm synthesis, but with the matrix you can more than the eight pre-routings.
Valence FM percussion module - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3649/valence-fm-percussion-module
This is a percussion / drum module version of the valence FM synth. The filter section has been removed, and other controls simplified for ease of use. Pan control and a pitch envelope have been added, and the randomization feature is tweaked for more optimal drum/fx sounds.
Single oscillator monophonic synth with some interesting sound shaping qualities
Quantize-modulated FM synth. It is generative and takes no input whatsoever.
Formant Synth - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1576/formant-synth
Formant synth and sequencer. You can set the vowel per step.
Minipops Quijada - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3096/minipops-quijada
This is a remake of the quite famous sound from the Korg Minipops quijada. This sound was made famous by the french composer JM Jarre. Quite a pretty basic device that you will be able to fit into a drum kit.
Mutated Macro Oscillator - http://www.timorozendal.nl/?p=516
Based on the code behind the Mutable Instruments’ module Braids
MicroDrum - http://monolake.de/technology/microdrum.html
A rough emulation of an old school 8 bit drum sample cell with some ideas borrowed from Roger Linn.
Multiple carrier fm synth that allows you to arrange overtones around a geometric UI.
Up to 200 detuned voices of a looping sample. This device is more some sort of sonic material generator than a classic MIDI synth. The MIDI input is used to trigger the process / voices, but the thing is monophonic and has no classic synth architecture.
Sample and Hold Sound Generator - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2017/03/sample-and-hold-sound-generator-for-max.html
Dual phasor-based sample and hold sound generator. Includes volume modulation and frequency range parameters.
Terrible Bass - https://gumroad.com/l/ZlAwr
A synthesizer emulating the legendary sound of a Roland TB-303.
DRD_DigiWave-BETA.1~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
A polyphonic synth with four oscillators that each have their own definable wavetable.
Electronic music needs some wild sounds thrown in sometimes. Dialectic Machine, meditation of the suburbs. Anti-Histogram decomposer, interactive pseudo-navigation enhancement device. Logos machinery for composing scenery.
A variable spectrum additive synthesizers with MC at its heart. Available as both a Max/MSP collective and Max for Live Instrument, the fundamental concept underpinning the design of Partials is one of variability and unpredictability. Partials comprises three additive voices, which operate in unison, and a sub oscillator. Parameter settings such as partial distribution, filter cutoff, and resonance are controlled by random envelope generators and fluctuate within a range of values as defined by rslider objects or number boxes. Random envelope frequency (the interval between newly generated envelope values) can be defined for each individual parameter, whilst deviation can be applied to create variation between the three unison voices.
Mini FM Synthesizer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5410/mini-fm-synthesizer
Here is a very fun little fm instrument, with multiple waves, distortion circuit and envelope control over the modulator wave. Great when sequenced and when used for looping music genres although it is great when using it for drone/ambience when modulated.
Risset Synth - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5406/risset-synth
Create textures through Jean Claude Risset's harmonic arpeggio created via chorusing saws.
LogistiGlitch - https://gumroad.com/l/OYKIM
Generates audio from a logistic map, and combines it with frequency modulated sample and hold to produce glitchy sounds similar to the sounds produced when non-audio files are read as audio, but with greater control and variety. Inspired by the sound design work of Ryoji Ikeda, this device is useful for sound designers and glitch music producers who want to create new, unique sounds.
Scratchy McScratchFace - https://gumroad.com/l/MKcJE
A pseudo turntablist right inside of Ableton Live. It lets you quickly pitch shift up and down 16 predefined samples, with an automatic rhythmic volume gate that is in sync with the current projects tempo.
ck.ph.saucerTwo - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1337/ck-ph-saucertwo
A version of the infamous flying saucer fm synth with kind permission of Paul Hertz. A bit older but still nice for 50s sci-fi sounds. And don't we all love 50s sci-fi sounds??? If not yet, start with Louis and Bebe Barron's Forbidden Planet...
Waveguide string physical model
Tone Row Generator - http://nilsnordmann.de/blog/?p=519
Generates random notes in different scales and tempi and combines composition techniques of Arnold Schoenberg and John Cage. Like in Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique every tone row refers to a non-repetitive ordering of the notes, so no note will be played twice in a row. The Tone Row Generator also transfers the 12-tone-technique to other scales like the western church scales or pentatonic scales. On the other hand John Cage’s idea of aleatoric music is incorporated in this plug-in. The randomness of the note output makes the generated music based on chance operations. The Max urn objects realizes both composition techniques – generating numbers randomly and never twice in a row. However you use this midi-device – analytic or intuitive, synchronized or free – you can generate some pretty interesting sequences and even use it as an arpeggiator.
Spektro String - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1853/spektro-string
Synth based on the Karplus-Strong string synthesis method. Now has 8 voices.
PUSH SkinnerBox - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2116/push-skinnerbox
6 drum synth modules decomposed from the famous skinner 2049 drum synth: BD, SN, HH, CYM, TOM, etc. You can add each of this module into your Drum Rack, and Play with your PUSH Controller with it! All the parameters are tweekable from the PUSH screen. The push sequencer works with ii.
Simple Simon Sampler - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3038/simple-simon-sampler
Allows for a sample to be sliced into 8 pieces that can be triggered via MIDI at various speeds forwards or reversed. There's also a button to randomise everything.
A little synth that tries to bring alive the TB 303 synth. I integrated the STING ACID pattern generator and added the famous Peter McCulloch mono synth & filter
Ultra simple shuffling hat synth.
This is nothing more than the Laverne instrument with a different sound generation method: wavetables with start position selection and modulation instead of preset waveforms. This first version uses wavetables taken from my Wavetable Sound Effects generator, but the next version should see better tables. This version isn't perfect, but it does provide some interesting animated timbres that can be very different to those provided by the usual saw, square, sine, triangle and pulse waveforms.
This a sound generator, not a synth, and the MIDI input is just about as limited as it is possible to be. It provides 32 sine-wave oscillators simultaneously.
INSTsineATMOSPHERE - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5258/instsineatmosphere
A simple 'drone' sound generator that uses three sets of 20 oscillators to produce 'drone' sounds using linear or multiplicative FM. Unlike previous devices where the volume was faded up and down by a separate section, this device incorporates the fade up/down controls directly in the UI. So the green 'UP' button indicates that the volume is faded down, and clicking on it will start the fading up and the button will change to a red 'DOWN'. The 'fade time' rotary control sets the time to rise or fall. Why is this so early in the description? Because you won't get any sound unless you have at least one 'DOWN' button lit up in red!
Wavetable Sound Effects - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/2227/wavetable-sound-effects-mr
This sound generator uses wavetables to make sound effects. You may want to add a bit of spatialization with echo or reverb.
Mono Junction - http://metafunction.co.uk/mono-junction/
Create searing leads, cutting basses and resonant sequences. Featuring a novel NegSawPW waveshape, extended pulse width modulation sounds are easily created. Two saw waves are offset one by half cycle and subtracted from each other. This results in PWM style sounds not possible with conventional means via phase shift and frequency ratio controls. These allow you to create extreme PWM and detuned sounds.
Synth with two oscillators in ring modulation, plus variable noise modulating the oscillators phase. In connection with Live audio effects it can create a wide variety of sounds.
LDM Wibble - https://gumroad.com/l/jHhpy
A monophonic bass synth designed for making wobble bass sounds, but can be used as a lead. A customizable LFO controls the wobble of the frequency. A variable square oscillator is used which also has its own LFO. A third LFO can be assigned to different parts of the device. Includes glide and overdrive.
Inspiring sequencer that is somewhat based on the Intellijel Metropolis Eurorack module. Each of the 8 steps can be repeated a number of times, and each step can be given its own triggermode (all, first, even, uneven, none), resulting in a broad variety of rhythms.
Inspired by the Makenoise René.
ML-185 Stage Controlled Sequencer - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/75/ml-185-stage-controlled-sequencer
This is a stage-driven sequencer. There are a total of 8 configurable stages and 3 layers for pitch, velocity and "aux" (= Pitch Bend or CC). Each stage provides 4 different play modes and can have a variable length from 1 - 8 clock pulses.
(ARP ONE o ONE) is an inspired arpeggiator between Roland Jupiter 6 and SH 101 sequencer.
Advanced Step Sequencer - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/231/advanced-step-sequencer
This step sequencer is quite unlike the Step Sequencer bundled with M4L. It's a live.grid based sequencer - notes, gate, tie, velocity and two control changes. What's unique about it is that you can set different loop points for each of those elements, which allows for anything from simple 303-style basslines to endlessly evolving, rotating, mutating melody lines.
And or Two Channel Sequencer - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2017/07/max-for-live-and-or-two-channel.html
Two loops, with steps that are either on or off, have individual outputs as well as 'and' and 'or' outputs.
And or Four Channel Sequencer - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2017/07/max-for-live-and-or-four-channel.html
Four loops, with steps that are either on or off, have individual outputs as well as 'and' and 'or' outputs.
DRD_Arp.midi - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
This is no ordinary arpeggiator. It brings together two levels of complex polyrhythms with either per step or per division probability controls. Begin by setting the Pulse. Then enable or disable each step, set the step’s individual probability and how many subdivision (1-8) the step will be divided into. Finish designing your arpeggio by setting what combination of internal patterns will determine, advance and output the next note.
DRD_LineSequencer.midi - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
Uses text to describe simple melodic and rhythmic patterns that can yield complex and evolving musical results. The upper left and right describe the transposition and rhythmic patterns separated by a “<.“ The lower sections describe when to advance from one pattern to the next. All the patterns are in relation to incoming MIDI note events. The transposition patterns are described in semitone relationships to the received note. The rhythmic patterns are specified by how many note events must be received before the next note will be output. Try dropping several DRD_LineSequencer.midi in parallel within a MIDI Effect Rack for generating chord progression, or place them in series along with other MIDI effects for more unpredictable results.
DRD_xTrigger~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
A companion device to the DRD_LineSequencer.midi, the DRD_xTrigger~ allows you to use an external audio source as the trigger for a DRD_LineSequencer.midi.
A midi controller device inspired by the 8 step sequencer on the Moog DFAM. It is built in Max for use with Ableton live 9+ and features full range pitch and velocity controls for each step. The device rate is controlled by the Interval knob.
Stochastic MIDI - https://gumroad.com/l/NMBlk
Generates random MIDI note messages with adjustable probability and randomized length and velocity for each note. Includes two probability modes, quick Major and Harmonic Minor scale selection, adjustable range, and the clock speed can be set in Hz or synced to the project tempo. Use the 'Note Weighting' dials to set the probability of each note being played, or turn them all the way to the left to turn them off completely.
Mt.Sev - https://gumroad.com/l/uPLhk
A semi-random arpeggiator-like MIDI mechanism for creating generative music. It’s controllable to a degree but also surprising and unpredictable, forming melodies and chords you may not have otherwise thought to play. The device makes for a great improvisational companion, providing some musical context for drafting melodies and making sound design decisions. When you just need fast music - for a podcast’s bed music or a film score, for example, or a harmonic layer to a track you’re working on - mt.Sev offers you cohesive, immersive MIDI to work from.
Genstep16 - https://gumroad.com/l/vSvh
A generative step sequencer with randomization options that stays within the confines of predefined scales, rhythms, and dynamics. Manually adjust or automate variety in duration and velocity of each sequence note.
TriggerTune - https://gumroad.com/l/ZKorS
Designed to play a melodic sequence with just the press of a (MIDI mappable) button or by an incoming MIDI note.This allows e.g. drummers to map the ‘STEP’ button to a MIDI trigger pad and rhythmically play a pre-arranged sequence with any synth, sampler or MIDI instrument.
A generative sequencer inspired by Batuhan Bozkurt's excellent Otomata Generative Musical Sequencer. By clicking in the square area when Live is running, cells are generated which will create notes whenever they reach the outer grid area.
Push Pong - https://isotonikstudios.com/product/pong-deluxe/
This is based on the classic Atari game, simple to set up and a breeze to use. Instant Generative Sequencer joy! Fire moving balls around the grid to generate notes and create complex melodic and harmonic patterns.
Rhythm sequencer, arpeggio builder, cc and parameter automator and mathematical geek. Build polyrhythmic (counterpoint, polymetric etc) patterns, use them (live) as arpeggiators and/or to sequence drums, CCs, parameters of your live etc. run sequences sinusoidal, trigger one sequence with another, have 23 steps run in the same time as 5 others do, skip steps, randomize parameters and alot more. give the long video a chance.
Topographic drum sequencer eurorack module from mutable instruments.
A drum sequencer based on LFO speed. ALL parameters are controlled by Breakpoints (Lines).
Division Sequencer - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2017/07/max-for-live-division-sequencer.html
A simple note generator / divider.
Genbeat - https://gumroad.com/l/DKXfO
A rhythm sequencer with polyrhythmic and generative features - a device for creating rhythmic variety and complexity. It generates variable rhythmic patterns either entirely by itself or through user inputs.
A xox sequencer with a simple user interface and efficient functions. This patch is nice & cpu friendly. The sequencer is derived from the Skinner Box M4L device as I like the sequencer look & feel. The functions proposed were also very pertinent. I also took some ideas from the Elektron Octatrack (LFOs...) and Arturia Spark looping function (Loop/Divide).
A Max for Live 808/909-style drum pattern generator and sequencer based on a Lempel-Ziv model.
303 Acid Sequencers
Acid pattern MIDI generator Max for Live device based on a maximum likelihood n-gram model. Generate variable length patterns (1-64 steps), save generated patterns as presets, influence randomness through temperature dial, choose velocity of unaccented steps (default 99, accented steps are always 127), fold/zoom sequencer view. View/edit the pitch, velocity, slide, gate independently. The melody-generation model was created by training on a large number of patterns in ABL3 format (not in this repo) using the approach described by Joav Goldberg.
The classic acid pattern generator that we released back in 2013 is online again. click the eyes on the smiley face for a new pattern, and use the other controls to sculpt the results.
This distortion is created by splitting the audio into positive and negative half cycles, and then amplifying, clipping and filtering those two parts separately. This gives lots of control over how distortion is applied to the audio. Three LFOs provide control over the filtering and the wet/dry mix.
B4Freezer16 - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/4403/b4freezer16
Timedomain based freezer created with 16 independent delays. With the sliders the individual delay times are set, the range can be changed for fine settings. This is a true stereo device, so it's actually 32 delays.
Distorts a particular frequency region. Use it to add subtle grit to pads, or go for full-blown distortion effects.
A pair of independent modulated delay-based comb filters that act on two stereo channels, and can then be auto-panned at the final mix stage - a stereo flanger is one way of describing it.
Crystal Delay - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4412/crystal-delay
This is a particular take on a delay with modulation, 2 delays in parallel with the timing of the second being a factor of the first one. The first delay is syncable and there is a modulation that can be applied on the second one for widening effect, slight movement or particular audio glitch. The tone allows you to control how dark or bright the repetitions are.
LFO modulated time delay with feedback. The LFO modulation waveform can be slipped in time (swing) and the shape altered using a power-law waveshaper. Lots of scope for rhythmic alteration of sequences and drum patterns. Go 'un-synced' for weirder results. Because this is loosely based on a performance technique where you momentarily increase the feedback at the same time as reducing the delay time, the results are somewhat 'organic' in feel. Some settings remind me of my old Melos 'tape cartridge' echo unit, whilst the technique is one I've overused on my Korg Electribe S Mark II.
DSP WaveFolder - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/4898/dsp-wavefolder
Simple Wave Folder with Wet/Dry and Amplitude control. Add an LFO and go nuts.
This is a couple of frequency shifters with feedback, waveshapers (x^2) and envelope modulation for some parameters. Produces nice distorted sounds.
FFT Bin Exchange - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4730/fft-bin-exchange
Move FFT bins around in a sound to warp and sculpt a sound
FM Convolvor - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5020/fm-convolvor
This is a Spectral Convolvor audio effect. It performs Cross Synthesis of two audio signals. The first signal is the Input audio and the second is a simple, built in FM oscillator. It convolves the first signal with the Spectral Amplitude of the second, or (if the double arrow button is pressed) it convolves the Spectral Amplitude of the first signal with the audio of the second. These are different. The FM oscillator has standard Carrier, Modulator and Index controls.
Formant filter - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/4322/formant-filter
Classic formant filtering with time smearing, choice between several formant tables and global transpose.
Four Beat Repeat - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4737/four-beat-repeat
This is just a simple patch that passes the initial note followed by three delayed lines. Each delay has its own filter set to it, along with a gain and pan for that note instance. The delay lines don't have any feedback attached, so it only serves as a four note little gadget. Each instance of the note displays the relevant filter below in the same color as the delay it relates to.
Here's a M4L adaption of the wonderful fourier filter
Adds random glitches and clicks
A hybrid between noise gating and granular processing. Allows you to be more selective with your grain production. Instead of processing everything that comes down the pipeline, the user can specify how loud the incoming sound must be before it will be added to the sampling buffer. Grain production continues even when the buffer is not being updated, the processor just keeps using the last bit of sound that was over the threshold. No more processing that background hiss, just give me the good stuff!
HiFi Grain Delay - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=5029
This is a granular delay, the size of the buffer is linked to ableton BPM so it will glitch in REC more if you change tempo.
This is comber on steroids. There are now four comb filters, with additional gain controls, and the Wet/Dry mix control is now also controlled by an LFO.
Hourglass Granulator - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4313/hourglass-granulator
Granulate your input source in real time to achieve effects ranging from delay to stutter to lush pads. The device can also act as a standalone granular synthesis engine by freezing the buffer and modulating the parameters. Tip: you can drop samples directly into the buffer window to start granulating with no input signal.
jo.FFTHarmonizer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2165/jo-fftharmonizer
FFT-Harmonizer with Pitch, Panning, Volume and Detune for each Voice as well as active Voice and FFT-Size Change. It allows to process any input in real-time and add up to 4 additional pitched voices and automatically delays the dry signal to be in sync with the pitched one depending on the selected FFT Size. You can use it to add chords to Vocals, new pitched layers to effects or to fatten sounds up with slight detuning and panning of each voice.
jo.Spectral Morph - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2315/jo-spectral-morph
Effect based on an FFT Filterbank. It allows you to draw in your own Spectrums or to have them being randomized in a defined range and density. Also you can retrigger a new randomized Spectrum automatically and have them slide into each other. Finally you can save 6 different Presets and morph between them using the slider on the left.
Pluggo for Live - https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/max-live-pluggo-live/
A collection of audio devices and instruments derived from Cycling '74's Pluggo collection.
Delay Delay - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/149/delay-delay
Two stereo delay sections with control over in-channel feedback AND cross-channel feedback, as well as feedback and 'crossback' around both delay sections.
DDFS Delay Delay Frequency Shift - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/697/ddfs-delay-delay-frequency-shift
This is an improved version of the Delay Delay effect, but with added frequency shift chorussing (which kind of makes the echoes sound more 'organic' in character), plus a minor change to the sync - you can now edit the timing so it isn't beat perfect, which can be very cool!
Differential Distortion - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=148
This audio effect uses a time-delayed version of an audio signal to ring modulate itself. The result is a distortion that affects only inharmonics of the signal. Better heard than described! Be careful with the feedback control because this effect can self-oscillate at high feedback levels sometimes.
This is a subtle stereo chorus effect produced by 4 stages of frequency shifting. You can control the frequency shift (Chorus) and the range of variation of shift (Spread), as well as the stereo positioning of the outputs. I've not compensated for the slight gain yet, but there are preset memories.
Field Echo - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/3617/field-echo
Two stereo delays in series, but the feedback is separated into 'same channel' feedback and 'other channel' feedback (ping-pong). The two feedback channels also provide two outputs per stereo delay, and these outputs can be panned anywhere in the stereo stage.
Freq Shift Chorus - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/670/freq-shift-chorus-0v01
A subtle chorus effect that uses two of M4L's built in 'freqshift' single sideband ring modulators to produce two pairs of shifted outputs that can be positioned anywhere in the stereo image.
This audio effect uses two chains of two auto-panning frequency shifters to provide a simulation of the sort of variations in fingering that real human beings produce in performance.
Another beat repeating utility. It basically covers the functionalities of Reverser 3 but has an improved sample management algorithm and features some extra Pitch Modulation effects.
Circular Doppler - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/239/circular-doppler
Two virtual microphones rotate around a single sound source. Doppler delays, distance dependent amplitude modulation and filtering included. Movement of source and microphones synced to song position.
MultiTapper - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/4137/multitapper
A simple multi tap stereo delay with filter for every stereo tap. Drive and feedback controls.
Mutated Texturizer - https://www.timorozendal.nl/?p=535
Based on the firmware for the eurorack module Clouds by Mutable Instruments. These plugins can create all kinds of delay based effects, sometimes using granular synthesis methods, other times using transformed Fourier methods or even tuned delay lines.
4 channel gate generator inspired by the Zularic Repetitor by Noise Engineering. The patterns it uses are taken from the manual of the Zularic Repetitor.
Ordinary auto-panners have one LFO, but this one adds a second LFO that modulates the phase difference between the two stereo channels. So instead of being fixed at 180 degrees (out of phase), you can use the second LFO to shift the pan phase cyclically. With syncable LFOs and two modes to explore, there's lots of possibilities here for rhythmic exploration.
Two-stage stereo delay, with chorus/pitch-shift added, and a dual-LFO panner at the output. Probably more control over echo than you need!
Phaser modelled on the Schulte Compact Phasing A unit from the 1970's. It is an 8 stage phaser with an LFO sweep modelled on the original lamp and LDR setup.
Pitch Delay M - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3753/pitch-delay-m
Delay with static and dynamic pitch shifting effect. Also modulation and diffuse.
Creates textures by using feedbacked FM synthesis. These range from chaotic, noisy, glitchy to beating, harmonic timbres.
Basically a ringmod, but you can FM the ringmod osc. You have 2 modulating oscillators, you can either set both to modulate the ringmod, or 2 modulating 1 and 1 modulating the ringmod. Great for introducing FM-like textures to non-FM sounds.
rtd - pitch shifter, gate, step sequencer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4848/rtd-pitch-shifter-gate-step-sequencer
Audio effect device that contains three gated step sequencers, each with envelope control and pitch shifting capabilities. tip: put a delay directly after it.
A very simple waveshaper/saturator type device that uses the Max 'pow~' object to shape audio signals. This audio effect will cause distortion if you send it polyphonic audio. Actually, it causes distortion even with monophonic inputs!
Multitap delay with eight taps. Set the delay time with the first tap. Every consecutive tap depends on the one before. Settings for volume, filter-frequency, -gain, -resonance, -type, panorama and transpose for each tap.
Transient driven panner. Pan left and right by incoming signal.
Wasabi Flanger - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4411/wasabi-flanger
A flanger with a boost. It provides a stereo flanger plus the Wasabi Boost that gives soft clip to the wet signal and up to 32 dB of gain.
Hybrid realtime pitch and frequency shifter with up to four additional voices. Each shift can be panned, filtered and mixed independently allowing for complex organic modulation and sound design. With flexible mappings, automation an optional MIDI input, the QuadSFT provides unparalleled effect control.
ml.Distance - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5228/ml-distance
This audio effect device is for those who are into careful placement of sonic events in the stereo field. Its main parameter is a big 'distance' control. It affects volume, filtering, pan and stereo width of the incoming audio signal. With the right choice of settings it provides a very nice simulation of a source disappearing in the distance: The further away, the less high frequencies, the more the stereo image is reduced to a mono source and the lower the signal level.
Resonant filter that allows the filter cut-off frequency to be controlled manually, or by LFO, or by an envelope follower. It has a feature called “scrambler” that plays filtered signal randomly depending on the selected beat. The “mix” knob mixies wet and dry signals, The “volume” knob is for setting the output volume level. The”Bit crusher” produces hard sound. Using its scramble feature you can maintain the rhythmic, choppy, buffered and tempo sync output.
Puts the input sound at the end of a tube with settable length and radius. The tube can be "flanged" (like an opening in a wall) or unflanged (like a didgeridoo) which makes a subtle difference.
A reverb / complex delay effect capable of producing very lush mono or stereo washes, tight metallic can-like resonances, and noisy yet smooth textures.
zb.zXDistortion - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/770/zb-zxdistortion
Zero-crossing distortion plugin. It zeros all the samples between the lower threshold and the higher threshold. This type of distortion is special because it does not depend on the input gain i.e. it also distorts very soft sounds. At extreme settings it induces gating.
zb.expDistortion - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/766/zb-expdistortion
Dual Ring Modulator with stereo Hz Linking, effect stereo width control, incoming audio auto pitch detection, ring Hz octave shifting, right Channel Detune from 2% to 400%, 0Hz to 20kHz modulation, mod waveforms (Sin, Tri, Saw, Sqr)
Ottawa - The Auto Wah - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2984/ottawa-the-auto-wah
A filter whose cutoff point is controlled by the amplitude of the incoming signal. I'm sure it is also a lovely city.
WAVE - wave-terrain waveshaping effect - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/4789/wave-wave-terrain-waveshaping-effect
Hybrid wave terrain and waveshaping effect for creating gnarly distortion and destructive timbres. The left and right input channel are convolved together to create lissajous figures over a complex wave terrain, which the user can specify the area of. A "de-phase" parameter can make mono inputs work better. The output will always be mono.
In Indian myst, Shiva is the destroyer. This patch does exact the same, destroy every audiostream.
A stereo delay effect with feedback pitch shifting, feedback filtering, analogue saturation, ping-pong, reverse, and special glitch modes. It is especially well suited for tape, dub, analogue bucket-bridage style delays as well as new experimental glitch delay sounds. Its feedback loop can be filtered, pitch shifted or both. Emulate tape and analogue delays with the lowpass filter, create novel unusual effects with the pitch shift and bandpass/highpass filter, or get experimental with one of the three glitch modes available. Feedback can be pushed beyond 100% for extreme effects, and analogue modeling distortion curves are used to saturate and limit the feedback path with a responsiveness similar to vintage gear.
Rectifcation Chain - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2012/12/max-for-live-device-rectifcation-chain.html
A rectification chain, connected serially.
A rectifier / inverter / delay / summer / chorus thingy. Works nicely with a range of modulation outcomes.
Self-Modulating Delay - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2012/12/max-for-live-device-self-modulating.html
A delay line that uses an input signal to modulate the delay time.
Spectral Remapper - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2013/11/spectral-remapper-for-max-for-live.html
Spectral input/output bands with resonance.
128-Band Frequency Delay - https://little-scale.blogspot.com/2013/11/128-band-frequency-delay-for-max-for.html
This is a 128-Band frequency delay, includes time and resonance.
Four instances of downsampling in one device.
Bitwise Not Audio Effect - http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2015/07/max-for-live-bitwise-not-audio-effect.html?m=0
The bitwise NOT, or complement, is a unary operation that performs logical negation on each bit, forming the ones' complement of the given binary value. Bits that are 0 become 1, and those that are 1 become 0.
Simple Spectral Delay - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5305/simple-spectral-delay
Spectral delay with eq on output, feedback controls, and delay controls. The delay controls may be quantized to a given division base on the transport. Quantize feature can interpolate between the normal sound and the quantize sound.
FFT Infinite Sostenuto - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5176/fft-infinite-sostenuto
An FFT-based sostenuto pedal that holds certain pitches infinitely.
Stuttlay - https://gumroad.com/l/stlay
A stutter-delay fx to create stutter-type effects, custom-panned delay lines, and stereo spread sounds.
Sophisticated, stereo, three-delay effect, giving a maximum of 6 delays in series. The delays can be arranged in several combinations, and there are a lot of feedback controls. Routing is controlled via toggle switches, and so is quick, and more toggles are used to enable feedback to be switched in and out rapidly as well. Memories are provided to store your favorite settings. This is a complex echo effect that can produce a number of different echo effects.
DRD_SyncDelay~ - https://www.danielrdehaan.com/devices
A stereo delay that is capable of synchronizing to any complex rhythmic relationship.
Crap Cassette - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3035/crap-cassette
Emulating the sound of a good old C90 playing back on a less than perfect deck, Crap Cassette attempts to take you on a nostalgia laden trip back to the golden age of the compact cassette, maybe leaving you with a tear in your eye. The only thing missing is the pencil needed to wind the tape back in when your deck turned your favorite album into a pile of brown plastic spaghetti.
A waveguide mesh reverberator built using mc and gen~ in max 8. Users may customize the frequency of delay between scattering junctions as well as the tapin and tapout points of the mesh.
ru.homeostat - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5357/ru-homeostat
Turns your live session into a feedback machine by routing via the send effects. The feedback is stabilized in the homeostat plugin, and can be controlled with the XY interface. You can also experiment with adding your own effects onto different channels to see how that affects the feedback, and try changing the send levels.
AUDhexSPATIAL - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5379/audhexspatial
Moves parts of sounds around in the stereo field - so it is a spectral spatializer. The input audio is passed through three parallel filters, and then the outputs are auto-panned across the stereo image. The three filters can be used in several ways, but the most obvious way is to use them to split the audio into three separate bands: The high-pass filter outputs the high frequencies, the low-pass filter outputs the low frequencies, and the band-pass filter outputs the middle frequencies. Each filter output can be panned to hard left or hard right, or can be Auto-panned - controlled by a three position switch: L/Auto/R. But the frequencies of each filter are independent, so there's nothing to stop you putting the high-pass filter below the low-pass, or the band-pass anywhere from low to high. Putting AUDhexSPATIAL before an echo effect can produce interesting results, and if you put it in between two echo effects, then things can get very complex.
An insanely lush stereo phase shifting effect with feedback delay and saturation, a multi-mode quadrature LFO, a mappable and automatable manual phase adjustment, and an analogue-style envelope follower for all of your phase shifting needs. Freq Phaser is especially well suited for rich classic analogue phase-shifter sounds, subtle stereo warbles, adding precise articulations with the manual phase adjustment, and creating dynamic motion with the envelope follower. Freq Phaser can also be pushed into self-oscillation insanity, which is a very uncommon trait among phase-shifters.
This is another approach to implement the so called Haas Effect. This one makes use of the taping/tapout objects and gives some visual feedback. Delay time goes from 0 to 20 ms which is the typical amount of delay to give the listener the illusion of direction.
Audio Effect (stereo) to change the bit resolution (i.e. Bitrate) and sample rate by using the degrader~ object. There is a limiter (omx.peaklim~) to prevent the signal from clipping which can be turned on and off, and a dry/wet knob (using vs.xfade~ from Virtual Sounds Macros) to fade the effect in and out. The output gain of the affected signal can be tuned. Gain comes after the Limiter.
GMaudio Vowel - https://gumroad.com/l/gmavwl
A device that allows you to sweep through 16 different filter formant combinations to produce Vowel-like timbres from any signal. Use it to get your synths talking or simply add unique tonal qualities to your sounds.
Grain Trail - https://gumroad.com/l/aaXMz
Real-time granulator which creates random grains from incoming audio within the selected time range. The amplitude and pitch of each grain can be randomised and scaled by its position in the trail, i.e the time since the original audio played by the grain relative to the time range. Grains can be linked in a stereo pair, or separated to produce a wide and dynamic stereo image.
Freeze Frame - https://gumroad.com/l/ohHq
Uses the FFT to save snapshots of a track's frequency content, and sustains each snapshot until a new one is taken. The timing between snapshots can be synced to the project's tempo, or given in Hz, and offset by a percentage of the time between snapshots. You can turn any sound into an evolving pad, create robotic vocal effects, and much more with this device.
Collection of CK audio effects - http://www.christiankleine.com/ck/maxforlive.html
ck. analogdelay, ck.spectral, ck.tshift, ck.stranger, ck.freezetime, ck.kat.gravitate, ck.ringdelay, ck.korus, ck.kat.grainfield, ck.gizmoo, ck.reflex, ck.comb, ck.comp
Beat Lab Autotuna - https://www.beatlabacademy.com/autotune-ableton-live-free-download/
We’ve modded Cycling 74 Autotuna which is included in Max 7 Pitch and Time Machine pack. Now you can easily select which scale you want to pitch correct.
PseudoScratch - https://github.com/akihikomatsumoto/M4L-PseudoScratch
It's a pseudo scratch!
Cat Spring - https://gumroad.com/l/HHkjp
Effect that emulates vintage spring reverbs
Verbotron - https://gumroad.com/l/MzuaH
Uses the original Gigaverb reverb algorithm by Juhana Sadeharju which is also known as "Gverb" in Audacity. It also features a handy visual representation of the reverb parameters.
HauntedVerb - https://gumroad.com/l/YlRX
Creates ambiences from beyond. Either tweak it to your own claustrophobic needs or use one of the presets. Perfect for Halloween, but also always handy when you could do with some eerie, haunting or downright scary sounds in your tracks.
Huge range of controls over your Stereo Signal.
Tape stop effect. You can set up and down time separately. Either in time or in beats. Then hit the TapeStop button (even repeatedly - try it, it's fun!) or map it to a controller.
Stereo Imager - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2377/stereo-imager
Want to widen a sound? This Stereo Imager works out of the box, but has some nifty extra features, too. All settings can be adjusted individually for each side. That includes delay time and feedback, frequency of the hi- or lowpass filter as well as resonance.
This is an Audio Gate with variable gate curve, amount, direction etc. It can also gate your audio eith with a clocked sequencer or with transient detection.
ak StereoSpin - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2526/ak-stereospin
Spin the sound around listener's head. It draws a circle/oval, panning the sound source in front, right, back, left side. It's a binaural tool, use it w/ headphones for max results, without it for panning fx..
ak SgrainDelay - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2522/ak-sgraindelay
Breakdown your delay with stereo random grains. Not just a simple delay, not a ping-pong delay, that's Sgrain Delay!
ak Electrified - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2523/ak-electrified
Electrify your sounds!
Dela Long Delay - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2779/dela-long-delay
A tempo synced long delay. Delay times from 1/4 notes to 16 BARS and everywhere in between. Use it to make long delay lines that slowly fade away as you add more.
Exploits the sidebands from Amplitude Modulation/Ring Modulation for harmonizing with any signal via pitch tracking! An effort to tame the ring modulator.
FlutterStereo - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3059/flutterstereo
Emulates tape flutter, but can be more exaggerated to add drama. It's a simple device that lets you adjust four parameters: Frequency, Random, Periodic as well as the Dry/Wet setting.
Distortion with an attached feedback-circuitry that can do anything from not too bad sounding Drive to Total Destruction. Actually you might even get some nice-sounding textures out of it, but going by the interface,it's more about fucking things up. be careful with the 'impact' knob!
Polyphonic spectral freeze effect. At each "FREEZE" bang, a new frame is frozen, mixed with previous saved layers & sent to output. A "feedback" parameter controls the mix level of the previous layers with respect to the last freeze frame. An "AUTO FREEZE" option is available: when checked, the freezing is triggered by an onset detection of an audio input.
BrownStutter - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3109/brownstutter
This is a stutter/beat repeater effect driven by a brownian rhythm. With AUTO mode, mono/stereo mode, pitch shift, repeat.
This is a granular delay effect. You can have up to 15 voices, each voice has individual filtering, re-pitching, envelope and panning. For all of these parameters and more there are mod options: LFO, Envelope, random, and Velocity (which is an envelope follower to the incoming signal). A spread option can position the voices equally across the phase of the delay window. Or you can keep them in unison and take advantage of the "step" mod. The "step" modulation applied to a parameter will spread the value out evenly for each voice based on their ratio and the depth and direction of the step.
Autosputter - https://gumroad.com/l/UpEYP
A simple device that gives you 4 buttons of stuttering loop power! Based on the old Instajungle vst (and a handy tutorial by Ned Rush), this will simply loop any incoming audio in small pieces to create glitching stutter effects. You can play in reverse, and at half and double speed. There’s also a knob to sweep across the loop size/speed for jolly glitchy fun time.
Ping Pong Delay re-imagined. Uses note names (dotted (d) and triplets (t)) for delay times, plus three 'Freeze' modes. Separate bypass-able high and low-pass filters instead of the original band-pass. This may be useful if you prefer the pre 10.1-style Ping Pong Delay.
This is a Ping Pong Delay device which uses a tapped delay line to give 'stereo' echoes. After the re-imagined version of the pre 10.1 Ableton Live Ping Pong Delay device went through two versions quickly to fix some errors, here is the 'homage' version. It has a tapped delay, filters (very imperfect, unfortunately), and a variety of enhancements ('Left first' or 'Right first' toggle, for example) and extensions.
AUDpiPOdePLUS - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5460/audpipodeplus
This is an early unpolished experimental extension of the AUDpiPOde 'Ping Pong' delay/echo device, but optimized for use as a 'Frozen Echo' looper device in live performance. By using the 'Anti' time-delay compensation mode, the time delays will keep the echoes in sync (at 120 bpm currently!), so you can go from echoes to 'frozen' (select one of the three big common buttons in the right hand panel), and then back to echoes smoothly. Ramped audio fades attempt to minimize the transitions between modes and when adding in the Limiter and Frequency Shifter. In the frozen mode without Limiter or Shifter, then long repeat times should be possible. If you add the limiter or Shifter, then the repeat times may be shorter, and may cause runaway feedback - I have included them as 'in loop' processors so that you can capture a loop of audio, process it and then repeat it until you want to revert back to plain echoes again. As described, this is mainly a 'Performance Echo' effect, but it can also be used as a dual channel echo (with admittedly high RAM and CPU demands!).
UnrealPanner - https://github.com/n-marcus/maxforlivedevices
This device lets you pan in a different and more lively way than the build in Ableton panning algorithm. It not only changes the volume of each channel individually, it also delays the "more distant" channel by a few microsecond and filters it. This makes the sound appear more dramatically to one side. You can adjust the intensity of each of these effects and it has a build in sine wave LFO.
ChordPitcher - https://github.com/n-marcus/maxforlivedevices
Audio effect that can repitch a sound to 4 different ratios in real time(from -48st to 48st). So you can add this effect over a monophonic sound and make it sound like a chord instantly. All of this is automatable. It also features some built in chord presets, these presets use the first voice as root note. Also it has a separate frequency shifter for each voice.
sbx CubicDegrade - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/548/sbx-cubicdegrade
Gloubi-Boulga Distortion - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3058/gloubi-boulga
Interface for the gloubi-boulga distortion from the gen~ examples.
Simple effect for creating truncation noise.
jo.PitchShift - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2282/jo-pitchshift
Pitch Shifter based on the Max internal gizmo object. The Device allows you to shift any signal by a range of 4 Octaves in Pitch either in Mono (less CPU) or Stereo Mode. Also it has freely adjustable FFT-Sizes from 32 to 4096.
jo.Spread Delay - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/2369/jo-spread-delay
A Stereo Delay with a Spread Parameter that increases or decreases the Time between the Left and Right Delay Lines. It's light on Cpu and works nice along with the native Ableton Delays. Also I included an adjustable repitch-time when changing the Delay Sizes, that allows for some interesting effects.
XOX step filter sequencer that tend to simulate a very old analog step filter with a lot of characters (disto, bit reduction, sample reduction). The sequencer is derived from the BIGSEQ plug in from Audiodamage. I also got inspired by the sample reduction (SRR) and bit reduction (BRR) effects from the Octatrack. Be aware that you can really go deep in the filter DISTORTION.
SRR-BRR Step Sequencer - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/1903/m4l-srr-brr-step-sequencer
XOX Sample & Bit reduction step sequencer inspired by the Octatrack effects. The sequencer is derived from the sample rate reduction (SRR) and bit rate reduction (BRR) effects from the Octatrack. You can get nice surprising harmonics when you set the SRR values quite down. You can get quite dirty and noizy results when doing the same with the BRR values. You can go to new rich sound HARMONICS when playing with the AMF/AMD options.
It contains 16 nice effects. But the Fxs are not described ... it's like a kinder surprise! You can use this tool on your master track or to experiment new direction, new morphing, or news sounds.
FDC Generator - http://nilsnordmann.de/blog/?p=579
Randomized highpass-filter/delay/chorus hybrid. You can generate small changes to heavy glitch effects.
Simply drag the device into a midi or audio track and choose the intensity/frequency of changes.
A comb-filter based pitch resonator. It is inspired somewhat by the Live built-in Resonators effect device, only with one resonator instead of six, and a totally different sound (metallic and karplus strongy).
L.Splay - https://github.com/Lokua/L.Splay
An atypical reverb / delay effect capable of producing very lush mono or stereo washes, tight metallic can-like resonances, and noisy yet smooth textures.
Grain Reverser - https://www.amazingnoises.com/free-devices/grain-reverser/
Spectral device. It produces grains of reversed sound
Granular Mirror Maze - https://www.amazingnoises.com/free-devices/granular-mirror-maze/
Granular modulated feedback delay/reverberator.
Compulsive Switcher I - https://www.amazingnoises.com/free-devices/compulsive-switcher-i/
Switches the incoming audio on and off, periodically. And more.
Granular Stereo Faker - https://www.amazingnoises.com/free-devices/granular-stereo-faker/
Gives life to static mono sounds.
“Reverberator with glissandos” simulating a room gradually changing its shape.
Superfilter - https://www.amazingnoises.com/free-devices/superfilter/
Dual low-pass/high-pass 24/48 dB filter, with resonance and overdrive.
Dual low-pass/high-pass 24/48 dB filter, with resonance and the exclusive Overlap parameter.
It can turn a simple sawtooth waveform into a Super Saw, and give depth to any sound.
Ironic Distortion - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/5101/ironic-distortion-mr
A 'not-so-serious' emulation of some of the distortions that you may get in digital processing systems. I haven't seen very many distortion devices that use spectral mirroring. It may even be unusual, in which case: enjoy! I would normally give some notes on possible applications, and for distortion, then one school of thought would be to use it carefully and sparingly, at low levels, rather like pepper on food - a 'less is more' approach. However, I am well aware that distortion can also be used like tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, sugar, sprinkles, whipped cream and other accompaniments where 'more is better' approach is favored. You may use either, both or any combination as you desire.
SyncLimiter - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/2402/synclimiter
An audio effect that has two independent limiters whose thresholds and compression ratios can be modulated by sample-and-hold captured sine waveforms from two independent synch-able LFOs. Not particularly subtle, and it does suffer from some audio artifacts because of the blatant misuse of what would ordinarily be a reasonable limiter.
Versatile Filter - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/2759/versatile-filter
16 resonant filters and control over four of the most useful parameters, and then LFOs let you modulate them. That's a lot of LFOs, and a lot of filtering. Each of the 16 filters has separate gain sliders arranged in a block. Nothing here quite works the way you might expect. The Frequency control moves all the filters up and down on the frequency axis, whilst the gain sliders control each filters output, and are not a filter shape or pass-band control, despite the appearance. They are more like controls over harmonics in an additive synthesizer. The Q control works for all the filters at once. Lots of LFOs, lots of control, and lots to explore. I could say a 'maze of twisty little passages'...
Stereo dual-stage pitch-shift/chorus echo, and if you shuffle those initial letters up you get SpecD, which sounds like it might be an 80s Japanese audio effects unit. It's one of my early attempts to try and incorporate all of the useful (possible?) echo control and feedback controls, add pitch-shift/chorus, and an LFO-controlled pan section - and put everything in one audio effect.
Missing Echo - http://maxforlive.com/library/device/3726/missing-echo
Lets you modulate the feedback loops of two independent delay lines with two independent LFOs, and then auto-pan the results across the stereo image. Because the LFO modulation is inside the feedback loop of the delay lines, the result is that the number of repeats that are heard varies with the LFO. The modulation scans from in-channel feedback to cross-channel feedback, so there is a lot of stereo image alteration. If you set the delay time to relatively slow, and the Feedback and Modulation to 100%, then you will get runaway feedback, so only do this if that is intentional. Normally, I would add protection, but in this case, the settings vary with the LFO speed, and so I am leaving the characterisation of this to a later date.
Digital Dimension - https://github.com/akihikomatsumoto/M4L-DigitalDimension
Stereo dimension effect akin to the Roland SDD320 or Boss Dimension C.
M7 Deca Chorus - http://akihikomatsumoto.com/download/m7.html
10 parallel chorus for stereo input source. SONY DPS M7 deca chorus algorithm simulation.
Radio Drive - https://github.com/akihikomatsumoto/M4L-RadioDrive
Tube radio simulator.
Biquad Filter - https://gumroad.com/l/HLJnn
Two-pole, two-zero filter with Filter FM.
Digital Delay - https://gumroad.com/l/GtxFSO
Simple Audio Delay with SYNC.
AUDhexCHORUS - http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/5500/audhexchorus
Stereo spectral chorus, with six chorus blocks, three spectral bands per channel, stereo pan position and modulation control (via a new UI widget) and envelope-controlled chorus depth. This is a 'wide' device, and gives a variety of chorus effects.
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