In this first episode of our Using Max for Live Devices video series, Matthew Davidson gives a quick introduction to using the Mono Sequencer device the is now part of the Max for Live Essentials pack provided with Ableton Live 9 Suite.
Adjust tonal center with transpose - moving the root note of mono sequencer's pitch lane.
Set sequencer pulse - each stage of the sequencer will advance one step depending on the pulse value setting.
Swing - Mono Sequencer supports swing when pulse is set to a 1/8, 1/16 or 1/32-note pulse value.
Pitch lane - Overview of editing pitch values in the pitch lane.
Conform to scale / pitch scale quantization - force and quantize your edits to a specific scale/mode.
Number of sequence steps - the maximum number of stages is 64 - sequence display adjusts accordingly.
Reset all button - in this video, all sequences reset to first stage at the beginning of each new measure.
Mono Sequencer is designed to emulate the behavior of an analog sequencer that is locked to pulses coming from Ableton Live. Mono Sequencer contains six sequencers that loop independently. As these six sequences loop freely, there is no absolute reference to a point in time in Live's timeline. If you wish to lock this relationship, a suggested setting for Mono Sequencer would be 16th note pulse, 16 steps, reset all sequences every measure. It may take a measure for Mono Sequencer to lock to the next reset, however.
Can't find the Mono Sequencer device? Make sure you've downloaded the Max for Live essentials pack. There is a link to these packs directly from the Live 9 browser.