Chord Pitcher – Free 4 Voice Max for Live Pitch Effect

By | September 9th, 2016|Max for Live|

Chord Pitcher is a Max for Live audio effect that can re-pitch a sound to 4 different ratios in real time, to up to four octaves up or down. This can be great to use with any monophonic instrument, synth

Xeno – Chord Explorer – Free Max for Live Effect

By | April 18th, 2014|Max for Live|

I've written about a few chord plug-ins before. Xeno - Chord Explorer, a Max for Live MIDI effect, strikes me as the most musical I've encountered so far. It offers the 7 diatonic scales, has quite an extensive set of features and all that while it's free.

Chord Machine – Free Max for Live Chord Sequencer

By | February 18th, 2014|Max for Live|

“Chord Machine” comes in a variety of two Max for Live devices. The original one is a chord sequencer with 4 different parameters made for the Monome 256. "Chord Machine Midi" is a MIDI effect version for everyone who doesn't have this type of controller.

J74 HarmoTools – Free Max for Live Devices for MIDI Harmonising

By | February 3rd, 2014|Max for Live|

Fabrizio Poce is well known under his moniker J74 in the Max for Live scene and I've written about some of his devices before. While most do cost a little, they're really fantastic (check them out) and must have taken quite some time to build. He recently released the "J74 HarmoTools", a bunch of chord and scale analysing and harmonising devices. All for free.

Free “Tuned Boing Drum” Live Pack (No. 24)

By | December 25th, 2013|Freebies|

Ho ho ho and a merry Christmas to all of you! While others might give you a Live Pack based on bells, I'll give you the "Tuned Boing Drum" Live Pack (I've already done bells in May). It's quite the merry sound though.

Ableton Push Tutorial: Scales & Play Push Like An Autoharp

By | August 26th, 2013|Ableton Live Tutorials|

This tutorial about Ableton Push looks at the Scales settings. You'll get a little crash course in music theory and harmonics as well as learn how to make use of it in compositions.

Free “File under File” Live Pack – Instruments from the Toolbox (No. 11)

By | August 7th, 2013|Freebies|

Practically everything has music hidden inside. Don't believe me? How about the sound of a file right out of the toolbox? The one I used is bendable and makes a cool bouncy boing sound which I closely microphoned and created 3 Instrument Racks with. All are fully macro-mapped and the "File under File" Live Pack works in Live 8 and 9.

Max for Live MIDI Effect “Chord Generator”

By | July 5th, 2013|Max for Live|

You don't know any music theory, but would love to compose more harmonic chords in Live? If you have Max for Live, you could use the Schwarzonator or Nordmann's "Chord Generator".

Playing Notes and Chords with Ableton’s Push

By | January 2nd, 2013|News|

A while ago I posted the first tutorial video by Ableton on how to use Push. Now there's a second one. This one explains how to play notes or chords and how to use pressure and pitchbend to modulate sound with Push. The arrangement of the notes in patterns is interesting and should make playing easy enough for beginners.

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