— W. Crouse

This series will review Max for live devices I really enjoy, here’s the first roundup:

Instruments

Imperial Grains (need to add screenshots)

Sometimes you just need a simple granulating tool, this one lets you scan the waveform by a slider which you can then map to a knob or modulate, also using the integrated LFO’s and envelopes in M4L core will help make interesting modulations possible. It works really well with sweepy kind of waveforms. The ‘Glue’ knob is quite handy.

FMbox 1.03

A simple FM synth with an integrated steq sequencer that you can target 2 different parameters with, one can make some ridiculously good techno patterns with this device

PUSH SkinnerBox 1.0

The synth modules that were included in the Skinnerbox instrument/sequencer combo that came out around the time max for live was introduced, these are tremendously fun to sequence with push and use the new parameter step sequencing features.

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I had a lot of hope for livecontrol 2, it seems to only work sporadically, which is quite disappointing. I suppose I’ll have to breakdown and get push sooner because I realized the promise of livecontrol 2 was push without buying a new controller… Ableton is a major part of my workflow and my preferred Maschine hands on style workflow isn’t quite compatible due to the amount of effects I host inside of Maschine while I’m in a writing process. I’ll figure this out eventually… I think Push will be a major way to integrate my new and old styles. It will still probably take a few months for the real bugs in that to be worked out.

In the meantime I will still be exploring the hardware work flow I have slowly started collecting bits for.

 

 

 

 

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One of the awesome things about extreme sports like kayaking is you learn a bit of calling people on their bullshit, but also respecting them for growing as an individual person, and if someone is full of crap, they are risking death by desiring to be something they aren’t ready for, and it might just happen anyway. Self doubt can be a painful learning experience, so can over confidence. Knowing your limitations but figuring out how much you can stretch them can be really rewarding

Emotions also run high on the river and must be controlled, or you risk dangerous and risky situations, you befriend and grow close to unlikely people. The kinds of whitewater experiences that help one to grow and mature as a boater  requires seeking out others who are willing to take the journey with you and show you the way and also be somewhat responsible for the possibility something seriously f’d up could happen. Sometimes to satisfy your urge, you meet someone at the put-in who you might be meeting for the first time after talking on the internet and exchanging a few phone calls. You might have mutual friends. They may be the only person you’ve found who is passionate enough about the sport to take the specific risk you are deciding to take by riding on this river.

You can learn a lot about people this way. You learn trust and caution, all based on observation. It’s also nice to know someones there to haul you out of the river if you’re about to die.

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These racks we’re essential when I first started understanding the rack system that came out. Tarkerith’s racks are great ways to get some ideas on how to create some great effects by stacking everything up. Now updated for Live 9.

Tarekith DJ EFX Racks version 9.

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an empty room

There we have it. That feeling of hopelessness, sadness, and quiet rage. It creates the empty grayed out room which we linger and dwell within. What would liven the room up, first some wires, some graffiti, some speakers. Take you sharpie and draw how you feel on the walls, play some loud music, rewire all your appliances.

Enjoy the spaces between things, but never dwell in the empty room just for the sake of it.

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Getting into Eurorack modular seems pretty hard at first, and at the outset expensive. I’ve been planning a eurorack setup for a very long time (about 3 years). Tons of research; folders and folders of saved links about building my own case etc.

So by happenstance on a local forum I frequent someone happened to be selling an microZeus powersupply from tiptop audio.

This is a great way to get started, well it was cheap, so I thought I’d pick it up. Next I picked up an Ikea RAST there’s been a wealth of 19″ racks built with this setup. Next an order was placed for Z-Rails from AnalogHaven.

Now I’m merely awaiting my rails to arrive, while I’m waiting I’m on modulargrid and the wiggler like a fiend. I think I’ve decided on this though:

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