The second in a series of tutorials about nwdlbots, a suite of generative modules for Ableton Live.
This episode demonstrates the way in which nwdlbots can interact within a Live Set using two modules called “noodle control” and “noodle send”. By attaching noodle sends to each EventBot in a set, you can relay MIDI information to the control module, which collates the information and then feeds it back to the EventBots, informing their decisions regarding onset and pitch.
This allows the bots to work together controlling the density and harmony of the set.
nwdlbots are available for download at sundaydance.co.uk
(Ableton Live and Max for Live required).
So here is this week’s free Ableton live rack featuring the sounds of the 4th of July:
This weeks free Ableton download was made entirely with a recording of fireworks from the 4th of July on Long Island, NY. I put the sample into a granulator synth in Max for Live, and then sampled that with Sampler (and Simpler!) in Ableton. There’s a nice textured pad/keys sound, as well as a dangerously ferocious bass sound. I tried to get something fierce a few weeks ago with the Fender Feedback Rack ( http://bit.ly/freesynth15 ) but the results were unexpectedly (yet pleasingly) mellow and smooth. This time it’s different, this bass sound is ruthless if you ask me.
Download it here: http://bit.ly/freesynth17
Fireworks light up the sky with beautiful colors and patterns for the eyes. But can they do the same for the ears? We are about to find out… This weeks Free Ableton Live Rack, “The AfroDJMac FirecRACKer Synth, “ was made entirely from the sounds of the fireworks screaming through the sky over Long Island, New York on July 4, 2011.
I recorded the sound of neighborhood firecrackers and brought them into The Granulator, a free granulating synthesizer that comes with Max for Live. (I haven’t spent a lot of time with this, but it seems pretty awesome). After messing about, I was able to get some nice grainy sounds and then sampled that sound and brought it into Ableton’s samplers. The result is a nice, textural pad/keyboard sound, as well as a thunderously dirty and fat bass sound. A couple weeks ago I thought I was going to develop a rather ferocious synth using guitar feedback (Free Ableton Synth #15: Fender Feedback Rack), but the results were unexpectedly mellow and smooth. This week is much different. I put this synth together to offer the naturally rich timbre that the fireworks created, but also to give you about as ferocious a sound as I could, given the source material. It seems appropriate to me that a firework, which is essentially an explosive device, should deliver a fierce earth shaking bass. Next time you play one of your tracks for your friends you can nonchalantly brag “that bass was created with explosives.”
A Dub Siren built in Max4Live inspired by the one found on Dub Scrolls. A Square wave controlled by 2 independent LFO’s (a rectified sine and a pulse) both with retriggered phase, and a chopper section. There are 20 MIDI CC accessible internal presets and new ones can be saved as a seperate instance or with your track. It was designed to be used Live so it is very simple, very user friendly and sounds just about right I think. For more information just open it up and have a look inside.
You can download it from http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=712
mo-seph has released an update to Simple Max for Live Granulator, a free granulator instrument for Max for Live.
It’s very much inspired by Robert Henke’s excellent granulator external. In particular, the extra audio unit for grabbing source material.
I’ve used the GMEM GMU external granulator as the basis, as a relatively modern and fast granulation external.
Changes in Simple Max for Live Granulator
- Fixed some trigger setting issues.
- Added grain size link.
- Fixed all instances starting in ON mode.
- Interface tweaks.
The Granulator is available as a free download (Grabber audio effect and GrainPlayer MIDI instrument). Requires Live 8.2.x, Max and Max for Live.
SoundStrip is a DIY Midi Ribbon Controller made using an Arduino and some simple sensors. This video shows the SoundStrip Max4Live device playing the SteamPipe synth in Reaktor
A mild-mannered logistics expert working for Ableton by day, Mark Egloff is also a hobby musician and remixer, who always preferred the direct control and tactile feel of hardware drum sequencers over their software equivalents. Working with Akai’s Shane Hazleton, Mark created a patch that can be used for hours of beat making without touching the keyboard or mouse.
Download the APC Step Sequencer for free here: http://www.ableton.com/pages/max_for_live/apc_step_sequencer
Also, through April, take advantage of deep discounts on Max for Live with Suite 8: http://www.ableton.com/maximized
After more than a decade of obsession over granular synthesis, Robert Henke aka Monolake releases his signature Granulator for Max for Live. Get the instrument for free here: http://www.ableton.com/granulator
Through April 2011, save big on Suite 8 and Max for Live: http://www.ableton.com/maximized
Note: The Monolake Granulator requires Ableton Live 8 and Max for Live.
I’m always looking to do things a little differently. It occurred to me that with a midi/parameter LFO I could automatically and rhythmically change the waveform parameter for each of operator’s operators
How To Build A MIDI Synth In 60 Seconds With Max For Live. Yes, it’s basic, monophonic, and limited to sin waves, but I challenge you to create a velocity sensitive synth in less than 1 minute with fewer max objects!
I’m going to add features in future tutorials, including polyphony, other waveforms, filters, envelopes and much more, so subscribe and tune in! Will include modulation for that dubstep/DNB wobble of course!
New! Ableton m4l tutorial: modulate any device parameter, dubstep style, with Max for Live!!
Watch this in full screen in HD to really follow what’s happening!!!!
Use this quick max for live device to modulate any device parameter dubstep and dnb style! Add as many LFOs (low frequency oscillators) to Operator, or any other device as you like!