Ableton Live 9.5 just came out last week, giving us lots of new features. These three Max for Live devices enhance these new functions. And all of them are free.
If you're looking for a quick way to colourise clips in Ableton Live, have a look at the Max for Live device Colorizer. Drop it anywhere in your Live Set, set the colour of your track and activate it. Any newly recorded and existing clips in the Session View will now automatically inherit the colour of the track they reside on. Neat!
Recently I've been reviewing quite a few touchscreen controllers for Ableton Live. LTC-1, a new and free controller for Live comprised of a Max for Live device and a Lemur project by DSRT Sound, takes a decidedly different approach. There are no drum pads, no keyboard, no Session View. Its focus is on controlling the tracks, 16 to be precise, and the transport in Live.
You need to be able to quickly switch through the tracks in your Live Set, but your controller doesn't have this feature? Have a look at Track Select, a free Max for Live effect that makes this very simple.
This tutorial is part two of a new mini series about the Default Presets in Ableton Live 9 and how they can improve your workflow. It deals with the default presets for audio and MIDI tracks.
Futility is a simple, but handy utility Max for Live device that allows you to quickly mute, solo, arm or collapse the selected track. You can also unsolo, unmute and unarm any soloed, muted, or armed tracks at once.
There's a few hidden features for tracks that not many people are aware of. All of them can be very handy for keeping track (see what I did there?) of where's what and help with the workflow.
In Ableton Live, you can only have one Live Set open at any given time. So what if you want to merge two or more Live Sets or use parts of one in another Set? This can be necessary if you have different versions of a song/track you want to combine or when creating a Live Set for playing live. Luckily you don't need to have a Live Set open to be able to use its tracks in another Live Set. Live's built-in File Browser gives you easy access to complete or individual parts of Live Sets.