The Best Max For Live Devices, Part 4: Four More Cool Devices

Continuing our exploration of the Max for Live community's vast offerings (for Ableton Live 9 users), we'll take a quick peek at four cool devices destined to spice up your work flow.  

ck.acid

If you're looking for a quick and easy monosynth and sequencer all-in-one solution, look no further than ck.acid. Featuring a 16-step sequencer with foldable Pitch, Cutoff, Volume, and Filter Envelope Decay sequencing options plus a dedicated Portamento lane, you'll be able to rock quick patterns in no time, while the ability to shift the pattern left or right—or randomize it completely—with MIDI-assignable buttons kicks things up a few notches for real-time control. All of this passes through a somewhat rudimentary monophonic synth patch with either a pulse or saw wave oscillator, just like the original inspiration: Roland's TB-303.

ck.acid in action.

ck.acid in action.

AM Music Theory

Are you a fan of generative MIDI tools? If so, look no further than AM Music Theory, a one-stop shop for all kinds randomized MIDI data. You can specify a scale from the drop-down menu and a corresponding key, add a chord shape, and sequence away—then introduce a wealth of stochastic processes to shift things to completely different dimension from your original idea. Changeable loop length and playback direction give you all kinds of options for real-time tweaking, while enabling the Chaos mode allows for weighted modulations of various parameters throughout. It's a deep device with far more to it than that, but you can always capture its MIDI output by recording it to another track to tame the wildness.

AM Music Theory doing its thing.

AM Music Theory doing its thing.

dschihadelay

Want to create some dispersive textural ambience, add some ticklish polish to the fringes of a pad, or give some intricacy to your beats? dschihadelay is great for all of these things with a simple interface that gets quick results. Lying somewhere between an FSU effect and a more conventional delay, it can supply a wide range of randomized stereo delay effects. Mixed with the dry signal or gated in instrument mode, you can choose a range of Sync timings, filter times, and feedback levels; feedback, filtration and panning can all be optionally randomized. There's also a handy Freeze button once you've captured a particularly worthwhile feedback state. It's one of those effects that's useful in so many scenarios, it's a must-have for anyone using Max for Live.

It's dschihadelicious!

It's dschihadelicious!

Sev

If you want to quickly generate some Boards of Canada-esque melodic textures, Sev is a probability-based note-generating sine-wave synth with a straightforward layout that encourages creativity. Simply enter the notes of the scale or chord you want to use in the keyboard at the lower left of the device panel; this determines the notes that are available to be triggered. To the right are four XY panels. The first one controls the center note of the pattern and its octave range extension. Next to that is a simple Attack and Release envelope shape, allowing for everything from rhythmic plucking to smooth, elongated drones. Following this, we have an extreme Detune control paired with an in-line Echo, and finally note Probability combined with overall Volume. The results are highly dynamic, playable, and best of all, useful. Capture the randomized melodies and harness them to your needs by recording it as audio to another track. Bonus: it even comes with a cool pop-out oscilloscope.

“Sev”-er all ties.

“Sev”-er all ties.

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