Referencer – Fantastic Free Max for Live Mastering Tool

If you master your own tracks in Ableton Live and have Max for Live, you're gonna like this free Max for Live audio effect by Alex Philipp. Referencer helps you compare your mastered track to commercial tracks or pink noise. If you're unsure about things, a visual reference always comes in handy.


Simply drop the effect at the end of your mastering chain and add up to three different reference tracks (WAV, AIFF or MP3). You can also set loops at specific spots to compare sounds or choose pink noise. There's also a window to see the RMS levels of your track as well as the phase correlation.

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This way for heaps more Max for Live devices & tips.

By |2017-02-02T20:09:11+00:00September 2nd, 2016|Max for Live|5 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Chad September 6, 2016 at 12:51 - Reply

    how come i cant drag the Referencer into the fx channel anywhere? I dont use max for live but i want to use this but i have no clue how to get the referencer to just drag to the fx channel. i have max for live i thought it came with ableton live suite but somehow i still cant drag the referencer to an fx tab what do i do????????

    • Madeleine Bloom September 6, 2016 at 16:04 - Reply

      The download seems to have gotten corrupted. I’ve contacted the dev about it. Please check back. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. ez September 6, 2016 at 15:07 - Reply

    The device downloads but won’t load in ableton. Got the latest M4L & live 9.6.2

    • Madeleine Bloom September 6, 2016 at 16:03 - Reply

      Thanks for letting me know. The download seems to have gotten corrupted. I’ve contacted the dev about it. Please check back.

  3. Alex Philipp September 13, 2016 at 19:38 - Reply

    Hi everybody!
    Couple days back I was alerted that device is not possible to load in Live. I checked and it was corrupted, after downloading only 23kb! I reuploaded and also uploaded to, where You can get it for free also.
    What was the reason I dont know, dut now download button also works, file should be 321kb.
    Thank Madeleine for promo and everybody for interest!

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