Max for Live
Max for Live is a collaboration between two very popular software programs for audiovisual processing, synthesis, and performance - that is Ableton Live and MaxMSP. Ableton Live, developed by Ableton, is a digital audio workstation for arranging, composing and performing music. Ableton is mainly used as a live performance tool from DJs and musicians, and it offers many possibilities for sound synthesis and other multimedia technologies. MaxMSP on the other hand is a media programming environment that offers many possibilities for processing, creating, and developing new media systems and new interface designs.
The collaboration between these two systems offers unlimited possibilities for developing new modules in MaxMSP that may include sound synthesis, algorithmic composition tools, or audio processing. However, in order to work with Max for Live technology you need to have Ableton Live 8.1 version (or higher), and MaxMSP 5.
In this page you will find some of the modules that we have created with Max for Live. They are distributed free under GNU license.
Reverberator is a simple reverb device that was constructed in order to understand the digital audio processing that is required to generate the effect of reverberation. It offers an interface with basic controllers that can be automated in Ableton Live. The patch is well documented.
This module is a graphic equalizer that uses a Fast Fourier Transform to analyze the spectrum of the incoming sound. By using a 256 slider interface we can accurately control every frequency that falls in each slider. The EQ is well documented and you can review the process if you like.