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How to use Max for Live LFO MIDI Device to Add Drift to Ableton Analog


I’m starting a new category called M4L Essentials where I can offer ideas on how to use the devices included with Live 9 Studio to turn Live itself into more of a modular synth. These M4L devices can help you overcome the lack of built-in mod matrixes in many of the Live instruments. This will also help you get more mileage out  of the instruments you’ve already invested in with Live Studio.

Adding “Drift” to Ableton Analog


To illustrate this idea, lets look at an example on how to add a slight pitch “drift” to Ableton Analog to make it sound – well a little more like a cranky analog synth.While Ableton Analog has an LFO you can use for pitch, it's not as sophisticated as the M4L LFO. So here we go.

  1. Drop LFO MIDI and Analog into a MIDI track
  2. Click “MAP” button  in LFO MIDI then click “Detune” in Analog.
  3. In LFO MIDI Take rate to a low setting as we want drift not vibrato here
  4. Add some depth
  5. Turn up “Jitter” to add some variability so the pitch drift is more organic
  6. Turn up “Smooth” a bit to smooth out the jitter

Experiment with depth settings to suite your project.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO