I am currently researching systems of real-time rhythmic automatic accompaniment (i.e. no more damned fixed click tracks!), for a Masters dissertation and am dying to stop writing about people doing interesting musical things and start doing them myself...
So far the best option for 'popular' music (as opposed to 'art' music, electro-acoustic ect), seems to be either using B-Keeper and Ableton as a starting point and then seeing if I can customise that and maybe build on it to generate systems driven by pitched instruments, (I know that would be really hard). I am aware of Circular Logic's InTime, it looks good but not really flexible enough.
As I only have Max5 at this point, my question is - would it be worth shelling out on Ableton Live + Live 4 Max, and would that be flexible enough to control not only the global tempo but other parameters such as timing and velocity offsets for different tracks / instruments? Clearly this is the Max4Live forum, but is there anything else out there that could do a similar job?
Also, if that is the case and it is worth it - can anyone tell me if it would be worth getting the full studio bundle?
Hope you can help, many thanks