Spektro Komplex is a MaxforLive monophonic synthesizer designed to create complex and unique sounds. Like the Buchla 261e module, Komplex uses two oscillators to produce FM sounds. What really makes this synth stand out is it’s habilities to morph the waveform of the first oscillator (carrier) and use a different waveform for the second oscillator (modulator).
The frequency of the second oscillator (modulator) is calculated based on the operation:
Oscillator 1 Frequency (operation) Ratio = Oscillator 2 Frequency
For example: If the frequency of the first oscillator is 220Hz, the operation is set to multiplication, and the ratio is set to 2, the frequency of the second oscillator will be 440Hz. A variable offset can also be added to the resulting frequency.
3 different effects that can be used to further manipulate the sound:
– Shape: fold, wrap or clip the signal.
– Spread: creates a stereo-widening effect by delaying the right channel.
You can use Spektro Komplex to create anything from classic FM bass to metallic percussion sounds. It’s also a great tool for sound designer who want to create complex synthetic sounds.”
You can find it here: http://www.spektroaudio.com/komplex
Livid started some experiments with Max For Live step sequencers and the Livid Base. These are extremely rudimentary, but because they can be accessed with Device control, they are very powerful and easy to work with. Control of these step sequencers is as simple as pointing the controller to the device using the Base Remote Script for Ableton Live 9 in Device mode. One you navigate to a module, it acts as a “super device” handing off the pads and sliders to the Max for Live patch. While these little toys won’t be a “final” product, we’ll have something for you to play with soon!
Real-time physics, lighting, and sound design using Max 6 and Ableton Live. Recorded using syphon.
Each ball is assigned a MIDI note that is sent to Ableton whenever the ball collides with another object. MIDI velocity is determined by the speed of the ball on impact. Gravity changes with several LFO objects, along with an attractive force in the middle of the scene.
Korg NanoPad Sequencer
A simple, proof-of-concept sequencer that can be applied to a range of drum pad controller models.
8 pads are used for sequencing.
4 pads are used for selecting between four different sequences, running simultaneously at different related tempo subdivisions.
The XY pad is used to store MIDI CC data for each step for each sequence, and as thus can be used to automate a range of parameters, increasing the available expression for such a setup.
Download the example Live set that I used here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/live_packs/nanopad%20seq%20example%2…
Download the Max patch here: http://milkcrate.com.au/_other/downloads/live_packs/NanoPad%20Sequencer.zip
Here’s what Livid Instruments has to say about the video:
We’ve been so excited about the Stepp:rs that we’ve never really given a tutorial about the main part of the CNTRL:R Live script.
This video demonstrates, in a dry-but-clear manner, the CNTRL:R in Ableton Live, using the Livid remote script available at
This script provides control over clip triggering, master volume and pre-hear, track volume and pan, sends and returns, device controls, as well as a lot of other controls to navigate and control your session. We also demonstrate the use of the User MIDI Map slots and how to use those to map to and easily play a drum rack. There’s lots of ways to control effects in your set, and we cover them all.
Written documentation of this Ableton Live Remote Script is at
Also discussed is the CNTRL:R to Drum rack MIDI Effect which is documented here:
Featured in the video is the Soundhack +delay VST plugin available (along with other great plugins) for free at soundhack.com
If you want to learn more about using the Max for Live step sequencers, those are covered in other videos on our youtube and vimeo channels.
We had Moldover “The Godfather of Controllerism” stop by Knocksville while he was on his SuperVillain Fall Tour and asked him to perform for us an exclusive unreleased song. Be on the lookout for his upcoming album it’s going to be unlike any of his past projects. Evolution is a beautiful cycle.
Both the guitar and mic controllers are prototypes I made for my recently completed Super Villain Tour. The microphone attachment is called The Mojito. It’s simply eight arcade buttons built onto a steel clamp that I use to control vocal effects. The guitar is an instrument I’m developing with Visionary Instruments named The RoboCaster (after a well known cyborg/guitar). It’s got every sensor I thought might be cool to have on there including accelerometers, an infrared emitter-detector, and a keyboard mod-wheel. This video highlights how I’ve mapped arcade buttons and a joystick to different intervals on a pitch shifter. Both controllers are tons of fun to play and have forced me to seriously re-approach how I play and sing.
The software I’m using is is Live, Max4Live & [Native Instruments] Guitar Rig. The song Not Your Mirror is from my forthcoming album FourTrack (kickstarter coming soon!). Grady Shon produced the video with help from Ben Shim & KnockSteady crew.
Learn more about Moldover
I attended this experimental concert yesterday evening – a half hour performance where Martin Messier from Canada is using 8 sewing machines to produce massive noise, beats and almost modular synth madness with his Singer sewing machines in action. Martin told me afterwards that he’s using Ableton Live and Max for Live to control them. One wasn’t allowed to film it but found this clip on Vimeo of the show, enjoy
“Messier doesn’t sew : he resuscitates old singers put asleep years ago in order to release, in some magical ways, the luminous and sonorous presence of the past. he carries his public in a dreamlike universe where each machine, as singular subject, is magnified. after years of silence, sewing machine orchestra is giving speech to these surviving objects of the industrial era.
this creation was made possible with the support of the canada council for the arts.”
audio, light, performance : martin messier
electronic: samuel st-aubin
Percussa has announced the release of SOUNDOR, a free and open source FM Synthesizer for Max for Live, the visual programming environment in Ableton Live based on Cycling 74′s Max/MSP.
SOUNDOR features 4 oscillators each with their own waveform mixers, allowing the user to mix sine, square, sawtooth, triangle and noise waveforms to create totally new kinds of waveforms. Each oscillator section also features a state variable filter (SVF), and can modulate any other oscillator in pitch and/or amplitude. Each oscillator’s output can also be sent via its own ADSR to a master out, for lots of sound possibilities. Oscillators can overdrive each other through the built in waveform mixer, and can be controlled through the MIDI Keyboard as well as manual settings.
SOUNDOR integrates seamlessly with AudioCubes: rather than having to MIDI map the AudioCubes onto parameters in SOUNDOR, the moment an AudioCube is plugged in, it is automatically connected to any of the waveform mixer parameters and filter sections, through an easy to use connection matrix in the synthesizer. The 4 high speed low latency sensors of AudioCubes can control multiple parameters simultaneously and can even be inverted. A pedal input allows the user to keep the sensors values in place, while the hands are near the sensor, allowing exploration of the parameter space of the FM synthesizer while at the same time allowing rigid locking of parameters to keep the sound steady once an interesting combination of parameters has been found. SOUNDOR supports the well known preset system of Ableton Live and Max4Live, so presets can be saved and recalled just as for other Max4Live devices.
SOUNDOR is available as a free download from Percussa.
A quick demo of SOUNDOR, a free and open source Max4Live FM Synth for AudioCubes by Percussa, smart cubes for sound, music and visuals. In this video, you can see how you can easily create wind and bubbling water sounds using an AudioCube, the free SOUNDOR application and a simple foot pedal. Press the pedal down to enable control of the synthesizer using the AudioCube, and release the foot pedal if you want to “lock” the sound where it is or stop controlling the sound using the AudioCube. One AudioCube can control up to 4 parameters simultaneously, using your fingers and hands. The sensors are high speed and resolution (1kHz and 10 bit). Learn more at http://www.percussa.com/soundor/
A quick demo of SOUNDOR, a free and open source Max4Live FM Synth for AudioCubes by Percussa, smart cubes for sound, music and visuals.
In this video, you can see how you can easily create wind and bubbling water sounds using an AudioCube, the free SOUNDOR application and a simple foot pedal. Press the pedal down to enable control of the synthesizer using the AudioCube, and release the foot pedal if you want to “lock” the sound where it is or stop controlling the sound using the AudioCube. One AudioCube can control up to 4 parameters simultaneously, using your fingers and hands. The sensors are high speed and resolution (1kHz and 10 bit).
Learn more at http://www.percussa.com/soundor/
26 Video Live Projection Mapping Mashup
Using some of our favourite London musicians, films and TV shows.
“Today we released our new London themed projection mapping mashup,” says Evans-Roberts. “We used Ableton Live with Max for Live, and Akai APC40, Resolume Arena, MadMapper, two projectors and three laptops for the performance.”
You can download the mashup via Ithaca Audio on Facebook.
Check it out and let us know what you think of it!
- Eurythmics – Winston’s diary (1984)
- Night and the City
- Mary Poppins – Stay awake
- Queen – A kind of magic
- Amy Winehouse – You know I’m no good
- The Who – Baba O’Riley
- Blur – Song 2
- Amy Winehouse – Stronger than me
- Jamiroquai – Deeper underground
- Dizzee Rascal – Fix up, look sharp
- Quincy Jones – It’s caper time (self preservations society)
- Adele – Rumor has it
- John Murphy – 28 days later
- Led Zepplin – Whole lotta love
- Faithless – Insomnia
- Florence & the Machine – You got the love
- The Clash – London calling
- Queen – We are the champions
- Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers
- Klint – Diamond (Snatch)
- The Kinks – You really got me
- Are you being served
- Only fools and horses
- Queen – Another one bites the dust
- The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter