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Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live

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Video: Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live

Of the mini max devices that became available with Live Suite 9, I was excited to find Mono Sequencer, because I've always found step sequencers useful and fun to use. Its also a great example of the kinds of max devices that are available. Let's take a look and see how Mono Sequencer works. Let's go into the max for live category in the browser, and let's go into the MIDI Effect subfolder, and I'm going to grab Mono Sequencer and drag and drop that before this software instrument that have already preloaded here. So, to start out with, you won't actually hear what Mono Sequencer does, until you actually start playback.

Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live

Of the mini max devices that became available with Live Suite 9, I was excited to find Mono Sequencer, because I've always found step sequencers useful and fun to use. Its also a great example of the kinds of max devices that are available. Let's take a look and see how Mono Sequencer works. Let's go into the max for live category in the browser, and let's go into the MIDI Effect subfolder, and I'm going to grab Mono Sequencer and drag and drop that before this software instrument that have already preloaded here. So, to start out with, you won't actually hear what Mono Sequencer does, until you actually start playback.

And you can do that by hitting the space bar. Let's check that out. (music playing) So, you hear a pulsing. That's actually doing that out of 16th note at the current tempo of the set, which is on 117 bpm. Now, if you want that to pulse at a different rhythmic value, you can click that drop down menu. You could choose. Another rhythmic value like a Quarter Note or a Half Note, let's just try a Quarter Note, listen to what that sounds like, (audio playing). So you can hear that it's pulsing slower at a Quarter Note, let's go back to a 16th Note.

If you want you can change the number of steps here but I'm going to leave it at 16, you can also enable swing value, so if I click the Swing On it's going to delay every other note. Let's listen to what that sounds like. (audio playing) I'm going to turn that off. I'm going to, do this one at a straight feel. Now if we go over into this area, we actually have several different sequencer lanes, the first one is pitch. This will actually transpose based upon whatever MIDI notes are coming in. So, let me just set a few of these.

So, let me go to beat two, which will start on five here. I'll drag that up to let's say a fifth, and I'm going to go over here after beat three and I'm going to pull a couple of these down. I like to use flat sevens. And then I'm going to go down in this bottom lane and I'm going to turn a few of these steps off by clicking on these areas right here. So we pull that off. So let me play that so you can hear what that sounds like. (music playing) So, that sounds a little bit more like a bass line.

I'm actually going to go over here in the transpose field, and I'm going to pull that down a couple octaves. So, that's by half steps. So, I've set that down 24 half steps. Let's check it out now. (music playing). And you can hear the gaps where I've actually turned off these steps. Now, let's go to the velocity lane, and I'm just going to draw in a random velocity change on some of this. So, I'm just clicking and dragging. And let's check that out.

(music playing) So there must be some kind of a velocity modulation happening in the virtual instrument that I loaded, and we can hear that. Now I want to show you that you can actually change the length of the sequence by clicking and dragging up here on the bar at the top. And that's independent for each one of these lanes. So I'm going to pull this velocity lane down, and let's do that in odd values, so that as it repeats, it's doing that, almost randomly. And if I go back to the pitch lane, you notice it's still at 16, so that will repeat at 16 steps, the velocity will repeat at 11. Let's check that out. (audio playing) So you can see that, that's doing that at a different rate. Now each time I hit my spacebar.

You'll notice that it's starting from the place that I last stopped. Let's check that out. (audio playing) If you don't want that to happen you can actually sync it to the transport by going over here in the transport category, and right now where it says furry click that, and it will turn to sync. And now each time you start it will actually start at the beginning of the sequence (audio playing). Okay, let's do a couple more here. Let's go to the Octave category, and let's set an octave offset. Now, this will go up or down three octaves, and I'm just going to randomly pull up an octave here and maybe an octave down over there.

And again, I'm going to set the sequence at a different value. Let's set that at seven. (music playing) Okay, so you can hear it randomly offsetting things an octave up or an octave down. I'm also going to go into duration, an I'm going to change the length of some of these notes by clicking an dragging across here. Let's check that out. (music playing) And I'm going to make these just a little bit shorter. (music playing) And again, I'll change the length of that sequence. And let's make that one, again, another odd value. I'll put that at 13.

Now I've got a clip up here on the track, and if I Shift+Tab, we can see that I've just got a whole note C and a whole note B flat set there. Now that's going to cause this pitch sequence to transpose, because I've got the MIDI input settings set to transpose. And we'll actually see that change here. As we play the sequence, now let's hear that with the drum kit that I've already got in the set, and I'm going to fire off this scene. (music playing) So we saw that actually go from 24, to minus 26, as the clip played on that track an it went from the C down to the B-flat.

So as you can see, Mono Sequencer is really a useful device. Next time you need to create a base line, or you want to randomize a repeating part, try using Mono Sequencer.

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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