Grain Relay by Max For Cats
When not working on new Spectral devices for Live 11, Max wizard Christian Kleine saw fit to grace us with a wonderful new delay effect via Sonic Bloom. Incorporating Bucket Brigade style classic dub delays with smooth pitch shifting, unusual granulation, downsampling, randomized panning, and ring modulation. With an intuitive interface and integrated LFO control, Grain Relay combines a plethora of sought-after effects into one handy unit that delivers far more than the sum of its parts.
Helisert by Suzuki Kentaro
Between his incredible LFO modulation devices (read our full review HERE), particle reverbs, and more, Suzuki Kentaro has been developing top-notch Max for Live devices like a man on fire all year long. This made it somewhat difficult to choose just one of his devices, but Helisert seemed a natural choice. This audio effect’s simplicity belies its elegance, inspiring unique creative results with a tape-style granular sample playback interface, with intuitive manual control or Hz rate, which can be set to negative values to reverse playback. If you’re looking for instant, powerful sample manipulation, Helisert provides.
More info: https://gumroad.com/l/Jyhsi
And while you’re there, check out Suzuki Kentaro’s completely free and very cool LFO-Draw: https://gumroad.com/szk_1992?sort=page_layout#bAufC
FlexGroove by Martin von Frantzius
As the name suggests, FlexGroove transforms any rhythmic pattern with ultimate flexibility. A variety of shapes can be imposed to skew the timing of notes to create accelerations, slow-downs, and curved combinations of both. It’s fully Push compatible and easily exports patterns as MIDI Clips – which can then be exported to the Groove Pool to impose unique timings on other audio or MIDI Clips. It’s rare to see a device so unique to Max for Live that simultaneously showcases the platform’s impressive potential. Whether you’re looking to humanize your loops, deploy rhythmic push-pull tension, or take advantage of expanding and contracting timings for advanced composition, FlexGroove gives you the power you need.
More info: https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/flexgroove/
The Spellbook by Hypnus Records
Two things will never go out of style: parameter modulation and occult symbolism. The Spellbook combines both to, well – spellbinding effect. Seven unique shapes are easily mapped to parameters throughout Live, not unlike Live’s LFO and other modulation devices. Each mapping gets its own multiplier, while additional assignments can also be made internally for unique feedback. Whether summoning your own friendly demons via audio-rate modulation or exorcising analog spirits by invoking sacred geometries, The Spellbook allows you to cast wondrous hexes indeed.
The Percolator by Chaos Culture & Do the Thing
Best known for their brilliant Modulat platform, Chaos Culture has teamed up with newcomer Do the Thing for a highly flexible multi-effects unit that excels at real-time performance and meticulous sound design alike. Comprised of five serial effect slots, users can choose from a variety of effect types ranging from smooth filters, lush delays, and unique granular reverb to an array of deliciously crunchy experimental distortions along with flexible multi-band routing options. An additional loop sampler and granular player allow you to easily grab new ideas on the fly, making this tool an idea generating powerhouse. And of course all this combines with up to eight intricately programmable LFOs, two envelope followers, and highly intuitive XY snapshot morphing for incredibly dynamic results. Whether you’re looking for sumptuously modulated drones or glitched-out rhythmic indulgences, one thing is clear: it’s time for the Percolator.