This time, I've got two interesting Max for Live for Push devices to tell you about. Both 'Push Speed Dial' & 'Push Snap n Scale' enhance the features of Ableton Push in exciting new ways for both studio and stage.
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.
In March I released "24 Scale Presets" that aim to help you stay in key. I've gotten some emails from people asking how they differ from the included Scale presets in Live and how to use them. So here's a little tutorial to clarify things.
Push allows you to simply switch between scales, even exotic ones. If you don't have one, but still want to use this functionality, then you should try the Max for Live MIDI effect "16 Scales".
If you are not familiar with music theory, but would like your tracks to always sound musical, I've created presets for all major and minor keys for the Scale MIDI effect - 24 in total. Play and record whatever you like, chuck one of the presets in front of your MIDI instrument and it will always be in tune.