Last week, a new cat has been added to the Max for Cats collection. BENGAL, a semi-modular FM synth, available on Ableton. As you may know, there are also great Max for Live devices to be had on Sonic Bloom.
Quite a long time in the making, the new Max for Live Pack by Max for Cats is finally out today. Drum Articulate is a MIDI effect for sophisticated drum and rhythm design for any musical style. Create drum rolls, flams, random triggers and more with ease.
There are a lot of free Live Packs available from Ableton alone, but a lot of people don't even realise it and thus, miss out on some quality presets and loops. Not all of these Live Packs listed below will be available for everyone. This depends on the type of license you have for Ableton Live. Just follow the links and see if you can download them for free.
When you download and install Live 9 Suite, only the Core Library is included. What a lot of people don't know is that you can download and install further individual Live Packs from Ableton for free. By now, there are 16 more packs for Max for Live you might not have, but want.
These five free Max for Live devices are a colourful bunch of helper tools for all kinds of applications in Ableton Live. I'm sure you'll find at least one of them will enhance the way you work.
Not only Ableton Live and Push got an update this week, but so did the Live Library and the Max for Live Essentials Pack. Not all of the devices in it are new, but the ones that are deserve to be mentioned.
In July I had introduced the Max for Live devices which are available in Max 7. As suspected, Ableton has now released a free Live Pack for precisely these devices.
LOOPO is a MIDI effect to make recording and layering MIDI clips in Ableton Live's Session View much simpler and more intuitive. This makes it especially useful for improvisation.
This Max for Live effect isn't brand new, but certainly worth mentioning. One thing you can easily do on drum machines, but not so much natively in Live is tuning individual drum sounds on the fly. This is where Keypitcher comes in, allowing you to "play" the pitch of samples with a keyboard.
Have you ever encountered any issues with MIDI? Then you know how frustrating it can be when you're trying to figure out what's wrong. This tutorial shows you where in Ableton Live you can see if MIDI data is sent or received and also which exact MIDI messages. This way it's much easier to pinpoint what's wrong.