Max 8 and VIZZIE 2 Coming in September 2018 + Dipping My Toe in the VIZZIE pool

Cycling ’74 Max 8 is coming in September of 2018. Here is a summary of some of what’s coming plus some videos of some of my early VIZZIE work.

Patching Improvements

Groups: The ability to group objects together so they can be easily selected and adjusted as needed.

Pan and Zoom: This lets you move around and focus in on the parts you are working on while also being able to easily jump out to a global view.

Event Probing: Watch events and messages passing through patch cords, giving you an immediate glance at what’s really going on in your patcher.

Patch Cord Insert: You can now shift-drag an object over an existing patch cord to insert that object into the patch cord. You can also shift-drag an object away from a patch cord to remove it. This means the common task of adding or removing an object between two other objects happens in a single step.

Personally, Patch Cord Insert is going to be kind of a game changer for me as it’s going to make patching so much faster.

Watch video “Max 8 First Look: Patching Improvements“.


VIZZIE 2

Eight years ago we introduced Vizzie – a modular and easy way to get started with Jitter visuals in Max. Previously Vizzie processed video pixels on the CPU, resulting in performance problems with large patches. For Max 8, we’ve updated Vizzie to take full advantage of the processing power of your graphics hardware for a big speed boost. In addition to the improved frame rates, Vizzie now easily integrates with 3D graphics and other work that relies on OpenGL in Jitter.

Check out the video “Max 8 First Look: Vizzie 2


Dipping My Toe in the VIZZIE Pool

I’ve been working with Resolume for years now for real-time visual synthesis with live camera input. I automate Resolume through Ableton Live MIDI clips through virtual MIDI ports. My existing show allows for environmental “chance operations” via live camera and audio input.

I’m putting a new show together at the moment and in want to explore introducing more programmatic and intense aleatoric visual elements to the show. With all the performance improvements in the works, I’ve started Exploring VIZZIE in the current version.

I have used BEAP synthesizer before (see my posts on BEAP) – so jumping into VIZZIE just felt easy and made sense. Here are some very short videos on my Vimeo channel with quick early experiments using only a few modules :^)

After these early experiments I’m really looking forward to VIZZIE 2!


Mappings

Ok, back to what’s new with MAX 8. Mappings.

Inspired by the intuitive MIDI and Key Map function in Ableton Live, the Max 8 Mappings feature allows you to quickly connect your hardware to your patch without any additional programming.

Node for Max

Popular in creative coding and web development communities, Node is a JavaScript framework for software applications. It makes it easy to use web services, whether pulling information from a remote data source or interfacing with a social network. The Node for Max feature lets you do it all from within a Max patcher.

I think the video below will help you wrap your head around this one more if your not familiar with Node.


Max Console

The Max Window is already a popular way to gather information about how your patcher is working. For Max 8 we made a number of improvements to support getting a quick view of just the information you need, when you need it.


Links to More Info

Cycling continues to add info on their web site and videos to their YouTube channel as we get closer to the release of Max 8. Use links below to stay up to date with the news.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

 

Good Read: Ableton Interview “Jon Hassell: Possible Musics”

Ableton just released a fantastic interview with New York trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell.

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The interview covers among other things his studies with Stockhausen, his coining of the term “Fourth World”,  his early work with Fairlight CMI, work with Bob Moog on a sound sculpture, with lots of inspiring information on his practice and art.

There was this guy named Bob Moog who came around with his new idea of one Volt equals one octave, which became the Moog synthesizer. (We actually collaborated on a sound sculpture later; a tape loop within a box that had a double reflective mirror on the inside, and every time there was a “blip”, a colored light went off. It was like this little fairyland of blips going by and each one had an output to six speakers around the room.)

Check out the article here:
https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/jon-hassell-possible-musics

2018 then seems to be auspicious moment for Jon Hassell to release a new album. Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) is his first collection of new music for nine years and represents an updated reconfiguration of all the signature elements of Hassell’s magical realists soundworld: the lush chords and fine-grained textures, the oddly intricate rhythm structures that propel forward while revolving around their own axis, and of course, the treated trumpet lines, sounding somewhere between an intimate whisper and a chorus of conch shells.

Listen to his latest album on bandcamp: Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One).

 

Check out Jon’s bandcamp page here https://jonhassell.bandcamp.com/.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

Isotonik Studios Releases ADM DRUMS by AfroDJMac + A Video Walkthrough of this Epic Collection

Isotonik Studios and my friend and amazing sound designer AfroDJMac just came together to release ADM Drums by AfroDJMac. The collection contains drum samples and presets made over the years by the prolific AfroDJMac which were then curated and organized by Isotonik Studios’ resident Ableton Live Pack expert Animus Inviduous (aka PerforModule).

An amalgamated collection of more than a hundred and fifty Drum Racks, one thousand Drum Loops, and two thousand Drum Hits crafted by AfroDJMac over the years, organized into a single mega pack which installs the vast content into one’s Ableton Live Library in a usable structure for instantaneous creativity.

The end result is an epic Live pack containing 151 Drum Racks +1430 Loops + 80 MIDI Clips + 4 instrument racks + 2333 drum hits!

AjfoDJMac made a nice video walkthrough of the pack that’s which you can see on Vimeo.

First Impressions

I’ve received an NFR copy and so far I’ve only been able to spend on hour with ADM Drums but I’m pretty excited about the release so I wanted to do a post on first impressions.

Install is a one-step process and the Live Pack installs directly into Live’s factory packs folder. With this many racks, loops, clips – this is a real time saver both on install and when you go looking for things later.

 

While I’ve barely scratched the surface  – I’ve already found the drum racks very useful and inspiring. I especially dig “ADM COIN-OP Drums” and the VHS kits. There are five 64-pad kits in the “Experimental Kits” folder which are super fun – such as “ADM PO 64 Pad Drums” and “ADM Tension”.

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Ableton Push 2 Tip: When using 64-pad kits, press the “Layout” button on the right side to cycle through to 64-pad mode.

The organization of this pack is amazing and even includes an extensive Lessons File that gives you information on each kit and even links you back to AfroDJMac’s original blog post from when these packs were first released. This is pretty handy as you’ll be able to then watch the detailed videos AfroDJMac made for each kit.

 

Price is Price £59.00 which is about $77 US at the time of this article. My view is this is an amazing value when you consider that you are getting fantastic source material and meticulous racks (and more) by AfroDJMac – all wrapped with Isotonik Studios amazing organization. The end result are some inspiring kits you’ll be using right out of the gate –  and more importantly – all this organization will make it a snap for you to make your own custom drum racks.

Learn More and Buy

Learn more and buy at https://isotonikstudios.com/product/drums-afrodjmacs-grand-collection/.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com