Ableton Acquires Cycling ’74

A photo I took earlier today while using Ableton Live and Max for Live (MultimapperXBOX360 + a custom device I made) to map an Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Controller to controller to Mod, Pressure, Aftertouch, and Breath Controller signals to U-HE Hive.

It was announced today Ableton Acquired Cycling ’74. Congrats to all my friends at both companies!

As someone who uses Ableton Live and Max for Live on a daily basis I’m pretty excited to see where this acquisition takes both products. Even as two separate companies, the combination of Live and Max for Live have been transformative for my workflow and art. I use community devices, Cycling ’74 devices, Ableton devices, 3rd party commercial devices and sometimes even make my own simple MIDI processing utility apps to solve unique problems in my rig.

The big win though is Max for Live’s ability to target parameters with any other device turns all of Live (and any other M4L and VSTs) into a massive modular platform.  I can only imagine the acquisition will lead tighter integration, higher performance, and an even more rapid workflow for creating custom devices.

As a light-weight user of full-on Max, I’m also excited to see how the two companies will come together to extend and evolve the full version of Max and make it even easier to move code back-and-forth Live hosted and native Max. The future looks even brighter for Live and Cycling ’74 users.

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Reminder – Ableton Sale Ending January 11th – Consider Operator and Max for Live

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A reminder – the Ableton Sale Ends January 11th – save 20% on Live, Live upgrades, Max for Live, Push, and Live Packs.

Can’t Make The Leap to Suite?

Operator – FM Joy!

If you are an existing Live user and you can’t make the jump to Suite, you may want to consider picking up an essential instrument like Ableton Operator à la carte.

Extend Live with Max for Live

Max for Live is also available à la carte and is on sale sale https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/#max-for-live. You don’t need to be a programmer to take advantage of Max for Live. There are a huge number of  “instruments” and “effects” available you can just jump right into. So, by buying into Max for Live you could then take advantage of the many commercial Max for Live devices on sale.

There are also  large number of devices made by third parties and those in the Max for Live community – such as those at http://www.MaxforLive.com. For example, in the video below, I’m using a free M4L device called Granulator II (developed by Ableton founder Robert Henke) for granular synthesis with expressive modulation via an XBOX 360 controller made possible by the super cool free device MultimapperXBOX360 0.6 from the community MaxforLive.com. So how this went was – “Hey I think I’d like do some granular synthesis with an XBOX 360 joystick”. Because I had Max for Live, I went from idea to expressive performance in like 10 minutes.

Here is a video with Robert Henke discussing Granulator II.

Winter Projects with @uheplugins Zebra 2: Sound Design, New Max for Live Device, and Refining Lemur Patch

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Winter is here in Boulder, CO. This time of year I tend to do a lot of sound design work next to a nice warm fire :^) I traditionally pick one synth to focus on and create patches from INIT. This year I picked an old favorite, U-He’s Zebra 2.

I’ve already got 70+ patches I’ve created throughout the years and a custom Lemur patch I made for the iPad. I’ll be focusing on adding expressive control to the existing patches and making new ones.

I’m also working on a Max for Live device that will allow me to modulate commonly used CCs such a Modulate, Aftertouch, Breath, as well as 4 X/Y pads without having to have a hardware controller. This will allow me to test these patches without having to pop open the Zebra interface which is quite handy for couch potato sessions.

Future Sound Set and Controller Bundle?

Perhaps I’ll package all this up into a bundle later on in the year. If you’d be interested in this, drop me a note through my contact form. You can also subscribe to Modulate This! by email if you want to following along in your inbox.

Past Works with Zebra 2

For now I’ll leave you with a few past songs I’ve created using Zebra 2.

“The Knowing and the Dark Mirror” from my album Fear Cannot Save Us.

4 Instances of U-HE Zebra using patches from my library Outpost Airlock which you can download for free here. Performed on Ableton Push 2.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 014 – “Replicant’s Lament“.

More details on this piece here.

My First Cycling ’74 BEAP Patch

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I’ve decided to study and learn Cycling ’74s BEAP Modular (comes with Max/Max for Live) and VIZZE the video modular system.

I’m starting off with BEAP.

“BEAP provides a robust library of high-level modules that you’ll know and love from the analog synth world. Patch them up and interface them with your own analog synth modules for a world of new possibilities and sounds.”

It’s super fun and sounds great so I encourage fellow synth geeks to give it a go if you have Max or Max for Live. There are some fantastic tutorials here by Darwin Grosse to get you started

I watched the first three and than made my first patch – Krell of course!!!

Here is a video the patch in action.

More on Max and Max for Live here https://cycling74.com/products/max.