Isotonik Studios Brings Granular Looping Cycle of Death & Rebirth To Ableton Live

Imagine being able to record a sound into Ableton Live, loop it based on up to 36 grains and create interesting textures and soundscapes that nobody else ever would. That's Samsara.  

For those of you unfamiliar with Buddhist or Sanskrit philosophy, Samsara (the name of this rather awesome Max for Live device) roughly means "the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound". It's considered to be the state you and me are in, a painful one, where life follows death follows life and on and on. Breaking out of this perpetual cycle would be possible by reaching a state of Nirvana.

But I digress... back to music production and this granular looping Max for Live device! Samsara by Dillon Bastan has been released by Isotonik Studios and it's the type of Max for Live device you'll probably never get bored of.

The definition above is the inspiration for this latest MaxforLive Granular Looper from Dillon Bastan, creator of IOTA and Ecosystem

Designed to be played, Samsara is a Max for Live granular looping device geared towards live performance, soundscapes and textures. Samsara gives you access to individual grain parameters and the ability to record audio input.

Samsara by Isotonik Studios


  • Up to 36 grains
    • With start position and grain size
    • Sync option for grain size in note divisions (based on tempo and global pitch)
  • Phase spreading between grains
  • Customized volume window
  • Various playback directions (>, <, ><, <>, ?)
  • Individual bandpass filters for grains
  • Access to individual parameters per grain:
    • Start Position
    • Grain Size
    • Pitch/Speed
    • Bandpass Frequency Center
    • Volume
    • Panning
    • Feedback (Short delay with feedback)
  • Each individual Grain parameter has option for:
    • Spray (randomize factor of value at the start of each window)
    • LFO
    • Offset
  • LFO with basic waveforms and sync rate option
  • Input Recording with options:
    • Record in or out of a looped section of buffer
    • Record start/stop global quantization option
    • Record start/stop input signal gate option
    • Record appending option
  • Internal preset system for parameters
    • Does not affect sample loaded or recording parameter
    • Has a blending option, interpolating 2 adjacent presets together

Price: £15.00 / €19.00 / $22.00 Exc. VAT


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