+–: chance-based MIDI effect

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The Max for Live device I have here is a MIDI effect made for beats. Admittedly it’s not quite “algorithmic” in nature, but it uses chance to either add notes or take away notes, and you can control how likely that will happen with the two dials. The ‘+’ dial will add random notes by copying a note that comes into … Read More

Michael Terren+–: chance-based MIDI effect

Free MAPPA device – flip your Live and Push dials and encoders

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(Reminder: if you’ve already joined our Max for Live mailing list, you can access MAPPA at the download link that we emailed you when you joined!) Performing with encoders (also known as dials, rotaries, those 8 knobs at the top of a Push) is something of a haphazard affair for me. I’ve seen an awful lot of performances which just … Read More

Michael TerrenFree MAPPA device – flip your Live and Push dials and encoders

What is loudness? Using RMS meters (+ a free RMS meter to download!)

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There is a golden rule for mixing with plugins, and you could summarise it by saying “know your loudness.” Keeping loudness levels the same between plugins is essential to making crucial and objective decisions when mixing. Why? Because our ears aren’t very clever—they think that louder is always better. If you slam a compressor’s output gain by 8dB or so, … Read More

Michael TerrenWhat is loudness? Using RMS meters (+ a free RMS meter to download!)

Plate reverb presets for Ableton Live

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bleton takes a hands-off approach to their audio effects. Whereas commercial audio effects will sell their effects with dozens or hundreds of presets (sometimes they’ll sell a few hundred presets separately), Ableton gets away with much less. I think the reason for this is to encourage producers to become intimate with an audio effect and explore its sonic capabilities and possibilities … Read More

noisemakerPlate reverb presets for Ableton Live

WAVE – an introduction to waveshaping and wave-terrain synthesis

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Waveshaping Waveshaping is a technique that, quite literally, lets you shape the waveform of a signal. It’s generally used to add harmonics to a signal, and often that means distortion. Ableton Live actually has a really great waveshaper built in, and it’s very well hidden inside the Saturator device. Press the arrow next to the Device On button, and in … Read More

Michael TerrenWAVE – an introduction to waveshaping and wave-terrain synthesis

Johnny Greenwood Stutter

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When teaching Max to beginners, I sometimes cast my mind back to how I first got into Max, back in 2010. It seems quite mundane really—I searched for MaxMSP (its proper name back in version 5) on YouTube, and lo and behold, the most viewed video was one of a guitar solo from Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Me coming straight … Read More

Michael TerrenJohnny Greenwood Stutter

Beatmaker: 8th Note Beats

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MUDA – an easy way to save CPU

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When preparing for a live show, Making an expressive and musical Ableton Live set can be a bit overwhelming, especially for beginners. One of the problems you might run into is your computer’s processing power, or CPU. Depending on what plugins you’re using, and especially on laptops, you might be surprised how quickly you end up topping out your CPU, … Read More

Michael TerrenMUDA – an easy way to save CPU

Vertical zooming in Live, using keyboard shortcuts.

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  Michael writes: Zooming and looking around in Ableton Live has a reputation for being either unsurpassed in terms of intuitiveness and fluidity, or being way too stubborn in insisting on its own way of doing things. Sadly, at times I associate with the latter. Take vertically zooming on Arrange tracks. If I need to make very detailed automation or … Read More

Michael TerrenVertical zooming in Live, using keyboard shortcuts.

Interview with Glenn Kotche (Wilco)

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At Noisemaker Academy, we were commissioned by blend.io to adapt all of the stems from Anomaly to a beat-matched, playable session, ready for mashing up in Live. We caught up with Glenn recently to discuss the Anomaly project, his creative process for writing, and making Anomaly publicly available as an Ableton Live Set. You’ve generously put Anomaly up on blend.io for … Read More

noisemakerInterview with Glenn Kotche (Wilco)