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Introducing Max for Live

From: Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

Video: Introducing Max for Live

For the last two decades, the program Max has been used by composers, software developers, and advanced computer music enthusiasts, as a tool to create devices for multimedia production, and live performance. Starting with Live 8, Abelton and Cycling 74, the developers of Max, collaborated to create Max for Live, an app that allows Live users to create and use Max devices in their live sets. Let's take a look at how you set up Live 9 to work with Max. So Max for Live is included with Live Suite 9, and it can be purchased as an add-on to Live Standard 9. You can download Max for Live from your Ableton user account.

Introducing Max for Live

For the last two decades, the program Max has been used by composers, software developers, and advanced computer music enthusiasts, as a tool to create devices for multimedia production, and live performance. Starting with Live 8, Abelton and Cycling 74, the developers of Max, collaborated to create Max for Live, an app that allows Live users to create and use Max devices in their live sets. Let's take a look at how you set up Live 9 to work with Max. So Max for Live is included with Live Suite 9, and it can be purchased as an add-on to Live Standard 9. You can download Max for Live from your Ableton user account.

Let's go out there, you're on your account and can go to the software tab. You'll end up here where you can download both Live 9 and Max for Live. And once you've downloaded that and installed that you'll need to go to the Cycling 74 page, and purchase download and install Max. Next you'll need to set the path to Max in Live. So, I'm going to go up to Live, Preferences and that's under the Live menu on a Mac or the Options menu on a PC. Then select the File Folder tab, and then in the Max application area, there's a Browse button where you can browse your hard drive, and find your Max folder, and then click the Open button to establish that path.

Once you've done that, it will show here under the Max application title. The actual Max devices don't come with the basic install of Live, so you'll actually need to go and download those as well. So, I'm going to go back to the Ableton website, and if you click the packs tab and then choose Max for Live under the category. It will show you all the different Max for Live Ableton Live packs that are available. And you can download and install those. And once you've done that they'll show up in the Max for Live category in the browser. And there are audio effects, media effects and instrument devices.

Let me go into the media effect category, and I'm just going to drag and drop one of these onto the track. Let me get the note echo, and I'll put that before the software instrument that I've already preloaded here. And notice that it's allowing me to put that before the device, but not after it because that's a MIDI device. So I'll release that, and if you've just opened Live, the first time that you use a Max device, you'll actually see the Max for Live application open up. Now, with Live 9 all the Max devices have kind of the same general look, with this kind of grey and blue look.

Now the one that I've chosen, this note echo is like the audio effect that Live has for simple delay, in this case, it's MIDI. So, as you play a MIDI note it's going to come into this device and it's going to delay or add delays to that based upon 16th notes. So, I can do this one,16th, two, three and four, and that's going to give you for example if I choose two and eighth note delay for a quarter note delay. So, let me record enable the track. I've pulled the level down a little bit, because this is actually a little bit loud, and I'll trigger a note here, and we should hear several delays. (audio playing) Now, the number of delays that we're getting is controlled by this feedback.

So, if I pull that down, I'll get a few less. (music playing) And there's some other interesting features here. For example, I can actually have Live transpose the delay. So, if I pull that up, let's say, plus seven, so that I get that a 5th above and trigger that again, each delay will actually transpose up a 5th. (music playing) Now one additional thing that you get on Max for Live devices is an edit button that's up here in the title bar. So, if I go ahead and click that, it'll actually see that grey out. And then the Max application will open and we'll actually see the device in Max. Now, if you go up to the View menu and choose Status Bar. You get some controls along the bottom here.

And one of the things that you can do is switch into patching mode which actually shows you how this has been laid out with the objects that are available in Max to edit and create these kinds of devices. So, at this point you can edit and save your changes to the device. And when you're done with that you can go back up to the File menu, and choose Close, and at that point when you come back into Live, the device is ready to use again. So, if you're interested in learning how to edit and build these Max devices you can go to a couple places. First of all you can go to the Ableton page and look for the, How to get started with Max for Live.

And if you scroll downways here you'll see that there are some tutorials for programming with Max for Live. You can also go to the Cycling 74 web page and click Support, then Tutorials, and there's a lot of information here. You can also go to the Cycling 74, YouTube channel for more tutorials. So, as you can see, Max for Live has opened up the whole Max community to Live users. Maybe you just want to take advantage of the many devices that max users have created for Live, but if you're up to the challenge, try editing and building a max device yourself.

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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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