Free Max For Live Kit Connects Ableton Live to Arduino, Mindstorms, littleBits and More

Today, Ableton announced their new Connection Kit, a free toolkit for music makers who want to use Live with technologies such as Arduino, LeapMotion, littleBits, Lego Mindstorms EV3 and OSC.

Connection Kit developers pose the question:

“Ever thought about using your webcam to control a synthesizer? Imagine creating a soundscape using weather data from the web or stock market fluctuations, or even turning musical elements into physical actions through motors and servos.”

The new connection kit enables users to connect, control and monitor Live using various interfaces and communication protocols.

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IRCAM Intros IRCAMAX – 12 Devices For Max For Live

ircamax-max-for-liveFrench electronic music center IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) has intrroduced IRCAMAX 2, their second collection of Max For Live devices.

Audio effects, instruments and a MIDI effect make up this collection of tools for advanced audio processing, sound design and creative experimentation.

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Mellisonic Intros Polyphylla Additive Synth For Max For Live

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Developer Mei-Fang let us know about Polyphylla. a new Max for Live eight-voice additive synthesizer.

Polyphylla uses mathematical models, based on shapes and phenomena in nature, to create sounds that change organically over time.

At the heart of the synth is a flexible 120-partial additive oscillator coupled to an analogue-style noise generator, each with its own multimode filter. The oscillator offers three methods by which to generate and edit a base harmonic spectrum: simple analogue waveform emulation, knob-driven stochastic microtuning, and detailed graphical control of 32 partial groups. The noise generator, meanwhile, can be overdriven for extra grit. Continue reading

K-Devices Intros Terra Polyphonic Synthesizer For Ableton Live

terra-synthesizerK-Devices has introduced Terra – a polyphonic Max For Live synth, incorporating frequency modulation, phase distortion, ring modulation and wave shaping.

Terra’s three wavetable oscillators can be switched between four analogue-style wave shapes – Sine, Triangle, Saw and Square – and the spiky Pulsar wave, then mangled, morphed and amplified using the Phase Distortion, Bend and Boost dials.

Oscillator 2 features phase modulation and can use Oscillators 1 and/or 3 as frequency modulation sources (with linear or exponential output), while Oscillators 2 and 3 can sync to Oscillator 1 with optional ring modulation. All three oscillators have their own independent amp envelopes, too, enabling a level of dynamic intricacy rarely found in other synths. Continue reading

WaveDNA Intros Liquid Music For Ableton Live

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WaveDNA has introduced Liquid Music for Live, a new plugin for Ableton Live 9 using Max for Live that lets you create beats, chord progressions and melodies, using a set of powerful compositional tools.

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BeatSeeker Syncs Ableton Live To Live Drumming

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Ableton has introduced BeatSeeker – a new Max For Live device that’s designed to let you sync Live to your band’s drummer.

Bands who use Live in their setup often use a click track to make sure they’re in time. The drummer follows the computer and their groove locks to the grid. BeatSeeker is designed to reverse these roles. Now Live doesn’t have to set the tempo; it can follow it.

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