Use Ableton Live To VJ, With Cell DNA & Max For Live

Livid put together this set of videos that demonstrate how you can use Ableton Live as a platform to VJ, using Cell DNA and Max For Live.

Livid’s Cell DNA is a $149 app designed for audio and video interactive performance.

Here’s what they have to say about their Live DJ + VJ solution:

We’ve built a suite of Max for Live devices to go between Ableton Live and CellDNA video software that can expand your musical ideas into the visual realm.

CellDNA VJ software is incredibly easy to use, with a big grid of 64 clips (with 32 presets, that means over 2000 clips to play with!), dozens of OpenGL effects, live camera input, live video sampling, recording, and is even extensible with Max 5 patches.

With these devices you can totally control your visuals within Live, and let your music completely control the visuals.

Here’s a tutorial on using Ableton Live to VJ using Cell DNA:

By using Cell DNA and Livid’s free Max For Live devices, you can turn Ableton Live into an “automatic VJ”:

  • Use your controller in Live to trigger video and effect
  • Link audio clips to video clips
  • Use MIDI clips to sequence videos
  • Use audio from your tracks to play clips and control visual effects.
  • Collaborate with your VJ over a network
  • Control multiple computers for multiple screens.

Cell DNA’s Max for Live devices are free and can be downloaded from the downloads section of A demo version of Cell DNA is also available for download.


2 thoughts on “Use Ableton Live To VJ, With Cell DNA & Max For Live

  1. Pretty poor presentation IMO by blocking their tutorial yet sharing one on YouTube without hassle… Now, I'm not 100% sure if this is the same tutorial, but since it seems directly linked to the quick preview video (which can also be found on YouTube) I'm pretty confident that this is what you were going to show (oh; no worries: official material from lividTV, so not someone trying to share their stuff without their approval):

    [youtube I3bfR-q6EtY&feature=related youtube]

    It looks pretty interesting but its not for me. I'm having my hands full with sound / sound creation so much that using video's is really beyond my field of work 😉

  2. every time i look at this website, (daily) i find something new i want to try out. Oh yeah, thanks for making me buy an ipad, hah

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