It's been quite a while since I made these video tutorial about all the extra features you can unlock with the help of the Options.txt in Ableton Live. Back then they made a huge splash. You may already know them,
There are a lot of things you can do in Live to improve your workflow. And nothing's more annoying than losing the flow when creativity hits you. This tutorial shows you a shortcut that allows for a finer resolution when dragging clips or automation/modulation breakpoints in the Arrangement View in Live.
While this isn't technically a new Max for Live effect, it's a great example of people collaborating to make something even better. The original effect is part of the free Max for Live devices from Ableton and is meant to be a workaround to achieve a kind of surround sound with Ableton Live.
Did you know that you can lock automation envelopes to the song position? This can be useful when you want to replace a clip in the arrangement, but retain the various automations in this part. Here's how it works:
For those of you regularly following this blog, the look of this free Max for Live device might seem familiar. It's also made by Benniy Bascom, the one who made the fantastic Polyrhythmus. Automat lets you recall any parameter settings in your Live Set by simply naming your clip according to its presets.
K-Devices latest Max for Live effect is TED, a parameter rich LFO that can also be used as a function generator. With its signal, you can modulate any parameter in Ableton Live: other device parameters, any third party plug-in or Live itself.
Polyrhythmus is a Max for Live rhythm sequencer, arpeggio builder as well as a MIDI CC and parameter automator. If you're into polyrhythms or arpeggios, this one's quite a treat. It looks great, too and despite all this is free.
AutoDial_XY, a Max for Live MIDI effect, a re-edition of "directautomatiz" from dric, allows for temporary automation in an XY pad without envelopes in Live. You can record automation for a length of between 1 and 16 bars.
This new video in the Ableton Insider Tips series explains how you can achieve exact tempo automation in the Arrangement View. It's really easy, but how it's done is not quite so obvious.
The Utility effect in Ableton Live is great when you want to automate volume, but it only goes down to -35 dB which often can make complete fadeouts impossible. This is where the Dmixer comes in. It recreates the mixer section of a track and thus allows the gain to go down to -70 dB. It also contains the Mute button and a knob for panning.