The time shifting of an audio signal is one of the most powerful and effective sound treatments ever invented. Traditionally, delay effects have been used for drastic and dramatic audio treatment - from BBC's Radiophonic Workshop to Jamaican Dub music to British post modernism (e.g. Autechre). Max for Cats offers a fresh approach with three exciting Max for Live delay devices, "Grain Relay", "Skram Delay" and "Stochastic Delay".
Grain Relay by Max for Cats
Multi-dimensional Granular Delay Processor.
Grain Relay combines a granular delay, pitch shifting, reverb, downsampling and ring modulation in a single, easy to operate device. The blending of all these effects can transform your music into multi-facetted dimensions.
BBD delay-style effects and famous 70s pitch shifters all united
Whether you're a sound explorer or just looking for a special sonic touch on your productions, Grain Relay offers a vast palette to dial in various flavours of sound processing.
BBD delay-style effects or the famous 70s pitch shifters are all united here, to be used with ease. Perfect Live and Push integration of Grain Relay makes it easy and fun to explore the various styles. Add a shimmer to your instruments, create ghostly sounds, make your beats sound more industrial and brutal, or fully transform your sound sources beyond recognition.
Modulate the pitch of the delay with eight LFO waveforms
Define the length of the delayed signal either in beat divisions (Sync mode) or time units (Free mode). The higher the feedback setting, the more repetitions of the delayed time you will hear. Downsample the signal and dial in additional overtones with ring modulation.
Pitch the delayed signal down or up, affect the grain size and how the sound is changed by the Pitch Shifter with Grain Shape. The versatile LFO lets you modulate the pitch of the delay with eight different waveforms and intensity.
You can also add a random panning effect, reverb and level the input, output and the Dry/Wet balance to round the sound off.
Skram Delay lets you dial-in various flavours of delay randomness. From subtle changes such as slap-back or cardboard echoes to complete sonic chaos, it's all possible with Skram Delay. Its speciality are 'instant glitch' sounds.
Watch the video to see what's possible with Skram Delay:
Modulated delay sounds in stereo or on the individual channels.
Skram Delay is a dual channel delay with modulated delay times. Each channel can have complete independent settings but they can be linked on demand.
With the Link button activated, each channel change will happen on both channels with the exception that the pan changes are reversed - if you move one channel to the left in link mode, the other channel will move to the right side of the stereo spectrum.
As random as you like.
The 'Ramp' labelled parameter will interpolate between the randomised delay times to achieve a unique glitch effect. The Feed parameter (feedback) will control the amount of audio which is routed back into the delay line while the Speed parameter defines the speed of the 'randomness'.
Push and controller ready. With a distinctive look.
The unique interface, which is pre-mapped and ready to use with Push or any other MIDI control surface, makes the Skram Delay not only sonically but also visually stand out.
The Stochastic Delay can be used on all kinds of audio material - beats, voice or instruments. It comes pre-mapped and ready to use with Push or any other MIDI control surface. It offers two independent, mathematically driven delay engines. The process can be adjusted either via mouse movements in the Resolution and Delay units or via the 'dice' buttons for a random injection.
Control the stereo image and tempo.
A stereo knob will blend from mono to a wide stereo image. And while the tempo for the delay engine can be freely adjusted, the sync button will bring back the tempo immediately to the tempo of your Live Set.
Emulate old tape or BBD delays.
Two post-EQ filters let you adjust the low and high frequencies and attenuate those with a gain factor between -24 dB to 0 dB. These are useful to simulate a delay effect which moves into a distant background, since each delay pattern will lose some of the frequencies - a bit like old tape or BBD delays.
The frequency spectrum of the low frequency band can be adjusted from 10 Hz to 2 kHz and the high frequency band between 1 kHz and 20 kHz. Below the frequency knobs, you'll find each filters 'Q' (resonance) factor.
Round the sound off with reverb.
A built-in reverb will create some space around the delay patterns. You can choose from four different character types:
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Max for Cats is the outlet of Christian Kleine who also creates and curates Max for Live content for Ableton since 2012. Christian Kleine has released many free devices on his own website and via MaxforLive.com.
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