Liquid Notes For Live Lets You Reconstruct Your Music On The Fly

Re-Compose has introduced Liquid Notes for Live – a MIDI effect that plugs directly into Ableton Live (using Max for Live) and lets you reconstruct your music on the fly:

Edit your clips by making adjustments to the vertical sliders (chord function) and rotary knobs (chords, tension) while playing your song in Live. The changes become audible immediately,

it’s like playing live and having an expert composer next to you doing all the magic on the harmonic level for you.

Liquid Notes offers control over chord types, functions, and tensions and lets you experiment rapidly, with intelligent harmony progression management.

Liquid Notes for Live is available through March 16, 2014 for  EUR 69 / USD 69. Use coupon code LNLIVE14 at checkout to retrieve your discount.

If you’ve used Liquid Notes, let us know what you think of it!

11 thoughts on “Liquid Notes For Live Lets You Reconstruct Your Music On The Fly

  1. This is pretty cool! Seems very useful for building up songs on the fly in front of a crowd or to just figure out some chord progressions in the studio. Wonder how it handles blue notes that aren’t in the particular key that the song is in though?

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    1. Why not just make up your own generic rack in Ableton? Simple, easy to change, but full parameter control. And it gives unexpected results that make, at least me, much more alert on the whole thing.

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    2. Liquid Notes’ harmonic analysis has some weaknesses when it comes to handling blue notes. I.e. the harmonic analysis produces a result that is not necessarily wrong yet more complex than needed and thus not practicably useful. We’re working on improvements of the analysis algorithms for ‘color’, rhythmic variations and correlations.

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  2. Looks interesting indeed.
    I have to say though, I’m not a fan of stuff that is priced at € = $, even if it is priced as reasonably as this is. The company certainly know that including VAT and excluding sales tax does not make Euro equal Dollars as the Education Pricing page (the one I would have to use) says:

    “Institutions are able to order Liquid Notes for EUR 99.00 (incl. VAT) / USD 109.00 (excl. sales tax), and Liquid Notes for Live for EUR 55.00 (incl. VAT) / USD 65.00 (excl. sales tax).”

    Ah well, good luck to them. It looks interesting and could be cool!

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    1. We do try to price our products on equal terms between different currencies, thereby accounting for sales tax and/or VAT. However, fluctuations in the exchange rate result in the most current prices being a snapshot of an exchange rate that isn’t today anymore – and, ultimately we need to adjust to prices at which customers better respond to them.

      The special offer that is on available now certainly tries to maximize on the latter, offering people a price that is appealing to them.

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  3. I’m not so happy with this company. I bought the original liquid notes about a year and a half ago. It’s not that the program is bad, there’s some great things about it, but there was always glaring omissions in the feature set that could be easily executed on a $6 iPad app like Chordbot. Again, the ability to change MIDI chords directly with DAW is what made me purchase this and it’s pretty good at that. I don’t think that most of the updates added very much. In fact, I contacted them numerous times regarding functionality w/ Ableton and they said the limitations were currently within Ableton but they were working on it. They neglected to tell me however that it would take a new product to get this functionality and I feel a little burnt in this regard. I will probably not be purchasing any of their future products.

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    1. We like what Chordbot is capable of, yet it’s a long way off the multi-channel MIDI manipulation capabilities of Liquid Notes and its harmonic analysis. Being a multi-channel MIDI I/O application is also the root cause of the problem for us: there is no interface standard that supports such, so we have to work on workarounds to provide solutions for a tighter integration with the DAW. Max for Live isn’t made for it either, yet after months of tinkering around we found a way how to tweak it and use it for our purposes. We’ve summed this up in this post on our website, it explains why we ask you to pay an additional $29 to get this new product – http://www.re-compose.com/differences-between-liquid-notes-products-and-plugin-standards-explained.html

      We certainly do our best to communicate openly and transparent with our customers, but it’s impossible to make everyone happy!

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  4. I’m enjoying it! Made a template set for it as well. For those of us who are familiar with music theory it can be view as a time saver, like “quantize”. For those who aren’t familiar it can open up a new palette of tonality. Fun times all around.
    Here’s the template set walkthrough:

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