Max for Live

Max for Live Big Three

by Cycling '74

A legacy Pack featuring Loop Shifter, Buffer Shuffler 1.0 and Step Sequencer. Get surprising, inspiring, and tweaked-out results with these three devices.

In-depth

Max for Live Big Three features the following Max for Live devices:

Loop Shifter
If there was ever a “sound of Max,” then this device embodies it. Loop Shifter uses MIDI notes as triggers for playback states, with each MIDI note representing a playback “state” (a combination of playback rate, loop points and filter settings). The Loop Shifter uses a “morphing” transition between states, an auto-mapping system and an “auto-play” mode that randomly chooses MIDI notes for automatic state selection. Although the Loop Shifter is a relatively simple device, these functions don’t exist in any other commercial looper.

Buffer Shuffler 1.0
The Buffer Shuffler effect “shuffles” incoming audio by buffering and then replaying it in whatever order you've specified. Each channel of the stereo signal can be shuffled with different patterns and there is also a “dice” mode that randomizes the shuffle pattern at each bar crossing. Finally, a smoothing setting limits the amount of clicking at each transition point. Use Buffer Shuffler sparingly to add subtle variations or go full-on to see where it takes you.

Step Sequencer
Step Sequencer is a fine example of Max for Live’s flexibility. The device is capable of playing up to four concurrent sequences, each with up to 16 steps and each playing a different instrument. Step Sequencer also features adjustable step size and step probability, sequence shift buttons (up, down, left, right), a “random” mode and comprehensive real-time MIDI options.

Please note: Buffer Shuffler 1.0 and Step Sequencer are legacy devices - use them if you have Live Sets made in Live 8 with Buffer Shuffler which you would like to use in Live 9. Otherwise, please use Buffer Shuffler 2.0 (for Buffer Shuffler 1.0) and MonoSequencer (for Step Sequencer), available in the Max for Live Essentials Pack.

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