Exploring Max For Live's Buffer Shuffler

Live 9 users who want to truly manipulate audio have never had it so good thanks to Max For Live's Buffer Shuffler. Gary Hiebner gets his shuffle on in his quest for unique, creative effects.  

Max For Live's Buffer Shuffler device is a great tool that can be used to manipulate your audio in interesting ways. It can reverse, pitch, and stutter the audio for creative effects. Let's take a look at how audio can be loaded into the Buffer Shuffler and manipulated.

Step 1 '" Loading Audio into the Buffer

On any audio track insert the Buffer Shuffler. The interface can look a bit daunting but don't worry, the different areas and effects are going to be covered. What you need to know first is that the audio needs to be placed in the buffer before it can be manipulated. So the buffer is like a storage space for the audio. Once the audio is placed in the buffer, the effect uses this as a reference. The audio needs to go through one playback pass for it to load into the buffer, so keep this in mind when playing back your audio. Only after the second pass of the audio will you hear the effects. So the best way to use the Buffer Shuffler is to set up some loop points and then playback the track, when it goes through the second pass the Buffer Shuffler will kick in.

Step 2 '" Step Sequencing Your Audio

When the audio has been loaded into the Buffer Shuffler, the audio snippet is divided into steps. By default, it's set to 8 steps horizontally across. But this can be changed with the Steps dial from 2 steps all the way up to 32 steps, or click on the 32, 18, 8 steps presets to jump it to those step values. 


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Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he al... Read More


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