Berlin, Germany, (November 23, 2009)--Ableton and Cycling '74 are pleased to announce the release of
Max for Live, the long-awaited product that puts the power and
potential of Max/MSP inside Live. Co-developed by Ableton and
Cycling '74 over a period of more than two years, Max for Live
effectively opens up the Live platform, allowing users to create
and edit their own devices.
Users are free to create whatever they can think of: unique
synths and effects, algorithmic composition tools, or hybrid
hardware/software music machines. Devices created with
Max for Live are seamlessly integrated into Live's interface and
workflow, just like the "home-grown" Ableton instruments and
Max for Live is a chance to join a society of makers and share
ingenuity, and an essential product for all musicians and
producers who want more than the conventional and predictable.
For those not interested in building their own devices,
Max for Live is still an interesting opportunity. It includes a
collection of premium instruments and effects, pre-made and ready
to use alongside Live's native devices. But more interestingly,
once the builders start building, even passive Max for Live users
will potentially have access to countless innovative new tools.
The Max for Live Package
Max for Live includes:
* Step Sequencer
Play up to four concurrent sequences, each with up to 16 steps.
It also features adjustable step size and step probability,
sequence shift buttons (up, down, left, right), a "random" mode
and comprehensive real-time MIDI options.
* Buffer Shuffler
This audio effect "shuffles" incoming audio by buffering the
audio, then replaying it in whatever order you've specified.
Each channel of the stereo signal can be shuffled with different
patterns (unlike Beat Repeat) and there is also a "dice" mode
that randomizes the shuffle pattern at each bar crossing.
* Loop Shifter
A creative loop playback device. Uses MIDI notes as triggers for
playback states, each MIDI note representing one such "state": a
combination of playback rate, loop points and filter settings.
Plus "morphing" transition between states, auto-mapping system
and "auto-play" mode that randomly chooses MIDI notes for
automatic state selection.
* Pluggo for Live
More than 40 devices from the Pluggo collection. These include
audio effects and instruments, all re-built and optimized for use
* Tools, building blocks and tutorials
Numerous new MIDI and audio effects, ranging from common studio
utilities like graphic EQs to creative MIDI utilities such as
humanizers. Plus "Building Blocks" - each carefully annotated to
help you learn how they were made, as an introduction to Max
* Button matrix step sequencer
Turns the button matrix of the APC40 or Launchpad into a hardware
interface for programming MIDI sequences.
* Official Live API
Provides programmers with access to some of the inner workings of
Live, including tracks, clips, notes, names and values, selection
states and more. This API also provides access to controller
hardware via Live, for creating new mappings that can completely
repurpose a hardware device.
* Create audio effects, MIDI effects and instruments
* Includes Ableton Live API to control Live Sets, tracks,
clips, devices, notes, loops, parameters etc.
* Extend hardware devices: provides objects to access any
hardware controllers that are connected to Live
* Includes a specialized version of Max from Cycling '74
(Please note: does not run independently of Max for Live)
* Comes with a selection of ready-to-use devices for audio
and MIDI processing, algorithmic composition, real-time
performance and hardware control
* Devices keep playing in Live while they are being edited
* Flexible user interface design: includes a collection of
Live interface elements and other UI objects
* Includes hundreds of built-in Max objects for logic, MIDI,
scripting, audio and video processing
* Supports video synthesis and animation via "Jitter" objects
* Includes step-by-step tutorials for learning to program
with Max for Live
Max for Live requires Ableton Live 8.
Pricing and availability:
Max for Live is available from the Ableton web shop on
www.ableton.com and from selected music retailers. Pricing is
USD 299/EUR 249.
Users who already own Max 5 can buy Max for Live at a discounted
price of USD 99/EUR 79.
Product bundles of Max for Live plus Ableton Live 8/Suite 8 are
Get more details at www.ableton.com