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Live 9 + M4L Tips: Modulating Buffer Shuffler 2.0 Patterns with LFO

I’ve really been enjoying the new and refreshed Max for Live devices in Live 9.  Buffer Shuffler 2.0 is really great. Here is a fun tip.

1) Create a variety of patterns

2) To cycle through the patterns, drop in the LFO M4L device. Click the map button and then click on one of the pattern numbers. Now the LFO will modulate the pattern being applied.

You can use the LFO “Offset” parameter to pick the lowest pattern that will be selected. The “Depth” parameter will determine the range allowing you to restrict the highest pattern selected. Experiment with LFO shapes and speeds.

Mark Mosher
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Photos form the Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and Push Premiere Event the University of Denver

I attended the Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and Push Premiere Event the University of Denver on Wednesday February 27th.

Ableton Certified Trainer and electronic artist Orville Kline joins Darwin Grosse from Cycling 74 for a unique performance and presentation covering the new features of Ableton Live 9, the potential of Max for Live and exploring creative approaches for composition and performance using Ableton's new hardware instrument Push.

Here is a flickr set from the event.

In April Buy Ableton Suite 8, Get Max for Live for Free + Granulator Device by Robert Henke



Via Ableton:

There has never been a better time to get started with Max for Live. In April, Ableton is offering Max for Live for free with purchases of Ableton Suite 8 and upgrades to Suite 8 from Live Lite and Live Intro. There is also a 50% discount on Max for Live available on upgrades to Suite 8 from Live 1-8 and Suite 7.

Here is a summary of the deals from this page:



Ableton founder Robert Henke (Monolake) has created a new Max device called “Granulator” that is now available as a free download.


I actually saw an early version of this in September 2010 at Robert’s talk at the University of Denver (Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke).


 Via landing page for Granulator:

What is Granular Synthesis

Granular synthesis is a technique that involves dividing a sample into very short pieces, and then playing the pieces back superimposed and crossfaded with one another. These pieces, or "grains," are usually under 50 milliseconds long and sound like short clicks when heard individually. But when layered together, grains can produce lush textures with rich modulation possibilities.

Using the Granulator

To use the Granulator, drag a sample onto its waveform display. You can then adjust the length of the grains and the density of their overlap with the Grain control. The playback position within the soundfile is set with the FilePos knob and can be modulated randomly or via the built-in LFO.

In addition to controls that influence the playback of the grains, there are also a number of "classical" synthesis parameters such as an ADSR envelope, two multimode filters and an FM oscillator that can dramatically alter the overall timbre.

One of my favorite things about this device was the waveform visualization which is missing from many commercial product of this sort.


If you were waiting on Suite this is sort of a no brainer. For those like me who already have Suite download edition, the upgrade path would be to buy the boxed edition at $149. That would give us Max for Live (normally $299), EIC ($129 if your purchase seperately), and a paper manual for $149 bucks.

Revision: I misread the upgrade price which Gary pointed out in the first comment. He  said “As a registered user of Live 8 suite, you do NOT get Max for Live if you buy the box set. You get a 50% off coupon for Max. So you are looking at 149 + 150 = 300. So, in essence, you get a manual and a box for 50$ and pay full price for Max for Live.” I'll reach out to Ableton and see they'd be open to adding a download only 50% upgrade for existing Suite "Download Edition" users.

So, are the new updates in Ableton 8.2.2 (that are sure to yield some cool new devices), a fantastic looking new device by Robert Henke, and the upgrade deal enough for you to jump on to Max for Live?


Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist & Synthesist, Boulder, CO

Max For Live News: Ableton Live Co-Founder Henke Releases Max for Live Devices + Ableton Denver Meetup “Presents An Evening with Darwin Grosse from Cycling '74”


Robert Henke, co-founder of Ableton has released some interesting looking Max for Live devices on his website - Devices include:

  • The legendary PX-18 step sequencer
  • Black - "A simple device which does two things: It displays songtime in hours:minutes:seconds- at least as long as you are working with a constant song tempo. And it allows to black out the computer screen while listening to the music..."
  • Distance - "This audio effect device is for those who are into careful placement of sonic events in the stereo field."
  • Circular Doppler - "Two virtual microphones rotate around a single sound source. Doppler delays, distance dependent amplitude modulation and filtering included. Movement of source and microphones synced to song position. This allows 100% reproducible effects."
  • Grain Freeze - “A granular audio freezer effect. Creates lush textures out of everything!”

Timer permitting, he indicated he’ll be uploading more devices in the future.


In other Max for Live releted news. The Ableton Denver meetup presents “An Evening with Darwin Grosse from Cycling '74” - Meetup is Jan 24h, 2010 at the Walnut Room in Denver at 7:00 p.m. If you live in the Denver area register for the meetup and swing on by and say hi.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer

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Modulate This! - Best of 2009 Electronic Music Tech


Despite the economic downturn, 2009 was thankfully a huge year when it came to new technology for electronic music artists. Rather than try and cover every significant release, I’ll instead list some of my favorite products and notable trends.

The Year of Abletonimage
What a big year for Ableton. Live 8 with great new features set, Max for Live, 10th Anniversary of Ableton, launch of Live Intro, dedicated hardware controllers (APC40 & Launchpad). Awesome!

Grid (Matrix) Controllers

Grid controllers everywhere in 2009. New controllers like the APC40, Launchpad and Bliptronics 5000. Continued development with existing controllers like Tenori-On and Monome. The grid metaphor also became quite prevalent in apps as well. I have the APC40 and Tenori-On and simply love them.

Percussa Audio Cubes “Tangible Interface”

Not new in 2009 but new to me, Percussa AudioCubes are self-powered wireless computer systems. Cubes can detect and interact with each other and can detect the proximity of your hand near a cube face sensor and send this controller information to your DAW or to various free software apps provided by Percussa. I working with a 4 cube configuration within Ableton Live.

Fantastic Synths
A great year for virtual instruments. Below is a list of new and updates synths that I used over and over again in 2009 for both sound design and for music performance.

  • u-he ACE (Any Cable Anywhere)

    This synth just released by I use it all the time now! It’s a fantastic virtual analog synth with a great UI with patch cables. Sounds like butta’.

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Video - What Comes with Max for Live

Via AbetonDenver – A new YouTube video that offers a nice overview of what’s included with Max for Live. Here are some highlights:

  • Buvfer Shuffler
  • Loop Shifter
  • Step-Sequencer
  • More than 40 Pluggo devices were ported to Max for Live along wth presets!
  • Graphic EQ
  • Compressors
  • Monitoring Tools
  • MIDI Generators
  • Humanizers
  • Building Blocks with annotation
  • Live Lessons
  • Max Tutorials
  • And more …

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer

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Cycling '74 Video Interview of Ableton Co-Founder and Electronic Music Artist Robert Henke on Max and Max For Live


I found these two videos of Robert Henke on the Cycling ‘74 web site. Always nice to hear insights from insiders.

C74 Perspectives: Robert Henke on Max (Watch on YouTube):

C74 Perspectives: Robert Henke on Max for Live(Watch on YouTube):

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer

Download/Buy my album REBOOT