Soft synth maker Max For Cats has two new Ableton Live packs out today, Noland, and CatStretch.
Noland (video, top) consists of two Max for Live devices: the Noland Synthesizer and the NolandFX audio effect. The Noland synthesizer is a unique instrument, controlled using individual, automatable X-Y pads instead of sliders or knobs. Each X-Y pad controls two or more parameters at the same time. On the filter X-Y pad for example, the X-axis controls the cutoff while the Y-axis controls the resonance.
Xmonsta has released version 2.0 of Pull, its iPad device editor app for Ableton Live.
The new version adds support for controlling VST/AU plugins and Max For Live devices, directly from your iPad. Continue reading
K-Devices has released a new Max For Live device, TED, a “highly editable” function generator with CV/Gate output.
TED allows the user to modulate a broad range of things in Ableton Live, including the user interface, other devices and third-party plug-ins, with complex waveforms and functions.
UplandToys has launched Midular, a collection of modular MIDI processing modules for Max for Live.
The modules can be chained together in a modular fashion to form any number of effect chains. Used in isolation, they can act as problem solvers, such as quantizing notes in real-time, repeating incoming notes, or sequencing incoming notes.
By chaining several modules together, one can create MIDI processing chains that can be used to support various forms of algorithmically aided composition.
See the Upland site for details or to download.
Yesterday, Ableton released two new synthesizers, Ensemble and DiGiTAL. These Max for Live instruments are available from Ableton’s new Pack partner, Max for Cats.
Surreal Machines,a new company co-founded by Ableton’s Matt Jackson and collaborator Pete Dowling, has released Dub Machines – Analog Echoes in Live, a new pack of two Max for Live delay effects, Magnetic and Diffuse.
Modeled on classic tape-echo machines, Magnetic features multiple physical tape models and three virtual tape heads to choose from. Using convolution reverb, impulse responses from a variety of classic reverbs and machine noises are also available. Continue reading
Oblique is a Max For Live device that puts a little Eno into Ableton Live.
Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is originally a deck of printed cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking. Continue reading
Developer Rick Burnett has released Xeno – Chord Explorer Version 1 - a free Max For Live + Ableton Live chord plugin.
Here’s what Burnett has to say about it: Continue reading