Ultimate Ableton Live 9: Part 7 - MaxForLive
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- Use MaxForLive to create custom devices in Ableton Live
- Speak the syntax of MaxForLive, and know how to find answers
- Design unique MaxForLive patches for sale, sharing, and using in your own music
- Knowledge of Ableton Live is required to understand this course.
- Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 1 - The Interface & The Basics is a great place to start, but not required to get the most out of this course.
- Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 2 - Recording & Warping is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
- Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 3 - Producing & Editing is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
- Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 - Synths & Samplers is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
- Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 5 - Audio & MIDI Effects is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
- Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 6 - DJ Techniques & Controllers is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
- Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trial version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.
For years I've been teaching Ableton Live and Max in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn't be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost.
This is Part 7: MaxForLive
MaxForLive is a powerful tool that lets users design their own instruments, effects, and devices. It isn't without its drawbacks: MaxForLive is notoriously difficult to learn. I've developed an approach for teaching MaxForLive that focuses on teaching it like a language: You will learn small blocks and patches, understanding the how and the why along the way. As we grow our vocabulary, we "learn how to learn" more and more.
- The unique and quirky history and development of Max
- What we can do with MaxForLive
- Max vs. MaxForLive
- The MaxForLive Devices
- Finding and Sharing MaxForLive Devices
- Getting Help: Help Windows in MaxForLive
- Presentation Mode & Patching Modes
- The Max Editor
- Bangs & Buttons
- Project 1: Building a MIDI Delay
- Project 2: Building an Arpeggiator
- Working with Audio Signals
- Project 3: An Audio Delay
- ~ Objects (tilde objects)
- Presentation Setup
- Controlling Live
- Controlling anything in Live
- Project 4: A Beat-Quantized Randomized Filter
- Finding the Beat from Live
- Project 5: Artificial Intelligence (sort of)
- ... And much more!!!
Also included in this class is 6 of my own MaxForLive patches for you to download, dissect, use, and build on.
And of course, once you sign up any part, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class. You will not have another opportunity to learn Ableton Live in a more comprehensive way that this.
J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.
He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.
Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:
- Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Lve
- Students looking to understand the deeper levels of Ableton Live
- Anyone looking to explore the possibilities of MaxForLive
For starters, I want to just talk about the basics of MaxForLive, and show you what it looks like.
Next, I want to take a 10,000 foot view, and show you how MaxForLive works.
Lets talk a little bit about the possibilities of MaxForLive.
The name of this thing can be a little confusing. I'll address that here just to get us all on the same page.
The MaxForLive community is large, and growing every day. There are a number of great resources for find and sharing patches.
Finally - I want to talk about some workflow tricks for starting from scratch (which we will be doing for the rest of this class)
Max has 2 different "modes" and both of them have 2 "views".
"Messages" are another kind of building block in Max, important to understand how to use.
This is how I approach programming a new MaxForLive patch - this is a trick that helps us to outline what we are going to build before we start.
Pipe - this is an object that will delay numbers, lists, and messages. Perfect for a MIDI delay.
Next we need a way to add back in our not-delayed signal. While we are at it, lets learn how to put a switch on this so we can turn it on and off.