TriggerTune by Max for Cats: Free One Button Melodic Step Sequencer

This week I've got a brand new and free Max for Live MIDI effect by Max for Cats for you. TriggerTune is designed to play a melodic sequence with just the press of a (MIDI mappable) button or by an incoming MIDI note.

This allows e.g. drummers to map the ‘STEP’ button to a MIDI trigger pad and rhythmically play a pre-arranged sequence. This again, can drive any synth, sampler or MIDI instrument.

This is how it works:

How to use TriggerTune by Max for Cats

Bonus tip: The fun can be maximised when TriggerTune is used in a MIDI Effect Rack, with different key zones assigned to play different melodies.

TriggerTune requires Ableton Live 9 and up as well as Max for Live.

Download the free TriggerTune by Max for Cats

By |2017-02-02T20:08:30+00:00January 20th, 2017|Freebies, Max for Live|16 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. Mitra Maraj January 21, 2017 at 17:08 - Reply

    I wish there was a video to show how the TriggerTune works.

    • Madeleine Bloom January 22, 2017 at 10:04 - Reply

      Have you seen the image showing the features of it and what can be done with them?

    • max for cats January 22, 2017 at 13:22 - Reply

      Hi! I’ll try to make one in the not so distant future but the device is not super-complex and it’s hard to make vids for all the free devices…(unlike the bigger paid ones..)


  2. James January 22, 2017 at 18:28 - Reply

    Little trick: set the trigger note to C1, and you can loop a groove file within a midi track to apply groove to a sequence

  3. Chris February 7, 2017 at 20:13 - Reply

    Good idea, you mentioned drummers in the e-mail, while I can play drums with three limbs I couldn’t accurately play a keyboard with my left so easily at the same time, this would solve that problem if it ever arose, I could play keyboard parts live rather than relying on a click and triggering a part from my sampler pad. Though it would mean I’d need to carry a MacBook, Push and sound card to gigs.
    I hope one day to try it though I’m not quite in the right musical scene yet.

    Thank you

  4. Tyler February 22, 2017 at 02:54 - Reply

    I hooked this up to my SPD-SX and for some reason it seems to not step correctly. It takes two hits to take one step. If I map a computer key to it or tap the step button with the cursor, it works as it should. But now I have to hit eighth notes to get it to step in quarters. Can’t figure out why exactly…

  5. tyler February 25, 2017 at 20:22 - Reply

    Awesome! Hope this works! Thank you! Looking forward to trying it out again. Seems to work with my APC, just have to take it to the studio and hook it to the SPD-SX.

  6. KI A PO April 15, 2017 at 23:09 - Reply

    This is an awesome plugin thanks!!

  7. Glow March 30, 2018 at 18:39 - Reply

    I would love to see some video examples of the many creative ways that this little thingy can be used in. I also think that it would be great if we could drag and drop midi clips into it and perhaps a randomization button also. Thank you for the free download and my compliments to the developer. : )

    • Madeleine Bloom April 2, 2018 at 19:30 - Reply

      Yes, I guess that would be nice, but since it’s free like so many other things on this site, there’s no time for that from either Christian (dev) or me. Would be great to have users chip in.

  8. Jason April 16, 2018 at 04:00 - Reply

    Hey! I’ve been playing with Trigger Tune for about a week now and i may have found a little bug. I’m pretty novice when it comes to Ableton automation so I may also just be doing something wrong.
    It seems that if you try to automate aspects of Trigger Tune, the automation turns off after one iteration through the loop.


  9. Duneglow April 21, 2018 at 19:03 - Reply

    I’d be happy to make a donation or even purchase a copy with the functionality that I mentioned. I think other users would see the value in it and make a purchase as well.


  10. Al May 26, 2018 at 17:41 - Reply

    I would like to know if there is a version in which you can program longer phrases and maybe being able to invert the direction of the phrase or something like that

    • Madeleine Bloom May 27, 2018 at 13:20 - Reply

      Not that I’m aware of, but there’s always the possibility to add on to Max for Live devices, because the code is editable.

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