Journey in Push Programming
During the month of November, I took a little journey into a new programming area: creating content specifically for the Ableton Push control device. This hardware has a unique place within the Max community due to its tight integration with Ableton Live (and therefore Max for Live), but it is also a powerful control surface [...]
Max for Live at San Francisco Ableton User Group
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7-9PM at 450 Bryant, Suite 100, San Francisco, I’ll be presenting an introduction to programming in Max for Live for the Ableton User Group Meeting. Here’s the Facebook for the event. I’ll have about an hour to explain what Max is, show how it works in Live, and offer some tips [...]
Our friends at Percussa have released a new Audio Cube powered Max for Live device called Soundor. Here’s a demo of cubist FM synthesis goodness:
Soundflower’s role in multi-track Skype group call recordings
Lots of people use Soundflower for producing podcasts and doing various work where audio needs to get from one app to another. One great thing about Soundflower is that it is hackable so that you can customize it to your needs. A clever Soundlower user — who hosts “LuBlog” — contacted us with a great [...]
SUFI PLUG INS
A fabulous suite of free and artistic audio plugins using Max for Live, designed to challenge the Eurocentric / Western norms prevalent in electronic music software. Definitely worth checking out both from technical and cultural perspectives. http://www.beyond-digital.org/sufiplugins/ Spin has a nice profile on the project: SPIN: “DJ /Rupture Hacks Western Musical Institutions”
Max for Live Update
In 18 months, Max for Live has already become an essential tool for artists working with live media. The combined force of Ableton Live and Max/MSP in the hands of dynamic and creative people has created a synergy that has been amazing for us to watch. Today, with the release of Ableton Live 8.2.2 and [...]
Max for Live Video Tutorials
In addition to new devices and lessons in the Max for Live update (Max 5.1.8/Live 8.2.2), there are a couple of new Live API features we would like to share with you in these short video tutorials. Many Max for Live devices utilize the Live API to control and keep track of different parts of [...]
EM Reviews Max for Live
In this article, Jim Aikin reviews the new add-on product to Live, developed by Ableton and Cycling ’74, with a detailed account of his experience. In you are new to Max for Live, this is a helpful introduction before downloading the demo and trying it out yourself.
A Video Processing Device for Max for Live
While many people are looking at Max for Live as a great way to integrate their favorite hardware controllers, build really unique effects, and add variety to their productions, I was eager to explore what could be done with video inside of Max for Live.
The Edit Button Has Been Pressed
Even before the Max for Live beta was opened up to the public, a community of testers was hard at work putting Max for Live through its paces. The integration of Max into the Ableton Live environment opened up a whole spectrum of possibilities that many users hadn’t even considered until now, and it didn’t [...]
An Interview with Robert Henke
Robert Henke is a brilliant electronic musician who records and performs under his own name and also as Monolake. His music has been described as minimalist yet complex techno with an architectural sound. For me, his music is very spatial and multi-dimensional.I find it takes me on an extraordinary journey through space and time, similar to a great work of fiction. Henke recently said, "The last century was about the creation of electronic music. This century is about performance."
Max for Live: A Sneak Peak at the Live API features
So far we have talked about how Max for Live will allow you to create your own custom Max devices that run inside of Ableton Live. Most of the examples you've seen so far have been pretty similar to your average plugin, with the fundamental difference of being to edit the device in place. That in itself is pretty spectacular, and probably enough to please a lot of people and keep everyone busy. Well now I'd like to talk about a couple of features that really make Max for Live unique and pretty e...
Cycling ’74′s Office Relocation, Part 2
For those of you who know San Francisco, there are two things you are well aware of. One, if you ask a pair of friends walking down the street where to get the best burrito, it could result in a fistfight. Two, it rarely gets hot here. Warm, yes. Hot, about 1 week each year. Monday, May 7th was hot and it was painting day.