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Free Novation Circuit Pack from Lightfinger at Isotonik Studios

Lightfinger Lucky 7Isotonik Studios has released Lightfinger Lucky 7, a free collection of patches for the Novation Circuit. With the Ill Circuitry Pack from Jim Drones hitting 3,000 downloads we thought it was time to bring you a new taster of what’s in our store, enter the Science of Lightfinger and his FREE Lucky 7 Pack made […]

nativeKONTROL – CLyphX Pro for Ableton Live released

Isotonik Studios ClyphX Pro Global ActionsIsotonik Studios has announced the release of CLyphX Pro, a scripting language by Stray that provides advanced control over Ableton Live. With the announcement of Live 10, ClyphX’s developer Stray, announced that he was actively working on ClyphX again, not just an update but a complete rewrite from scratch. We wanted Stray on our team […]

Isotonik Studios releases free Multi Analyser & BSOD sample freezing effect

Mark Towers Multi AnalyserIsotonik Studios has announced the release of a free Max for Live analysis device by Mark Towers that can display audio frequencies of up to 4 tracks in Ableton Live 10. The Multi Analyser device is particularly useful when mixing since it allows you to visually identify and compare problematic/clashing frequencies. What Live 10 adds […]

This free Multi Analyzer shows why Live 10 multichannel Max is cool

The big Max for Live news in Live 10 isn’t actually “integration.” It’s finally having multichannel audio support. Here’s a free tool to get you started.

“Wait, wait… weren’t we supposed to be excited about Max for Live integration in Live 10?” Well, yes… kinda sorta. Basically, if you’ve got Live 10 Suite, you get a single installer, less version confusion, and you don’t see that silly Max splash screen the first time you launch a Device.

That’s all well and good, but it’s not a reason to upgrade to Live 10, or even something you’ll really notice in day to day use.

Now, multichannel support, on the other hand – that’s a big deal. And it’ll be a big deal even if you never touch Max yourself, because suddenly the little Max for Live toys you grab will get a whole lot more interesting.

What Live 10 adds to Max for Live is the ability to route any audio inputs you want into a Device, and to any outputs, including to arbitrary tracks. The implications for that are varied: wild sidechaining, panners, spatial audio, multichannel effects – think basically anything that goes beyond just having stereo inserts and sends from a single track. It’s something that really ought to have been in the first release of Max for Live, but now that it’s there, it opens the floodgates to neat new patches.

That also Live up to some of the original promise of Max for Live, which is finding creative applications beyond what’s covered by the usual plug-ins.

But to get us started, here’s a more utilitarian application – and a cool one.

The fine folks at Isotonik Studios have whipped up a “Multi Analyzer” – a spectral analyzer that lets you compare tracks and view them at once. And that, of course, is actually what you’d want to do with such a tool, when finding mixing issues and the like. (Hey, Ableton – take note. This should be built in.)

You can route in up to four tracks and view their spectrum visually.

Clever stuff, and the price is free. I got it up and running in about a minute with a track I was looking at today, and it’s really handy for mixing.

Now, if you’ve been paying attention, it should go without saying that you’re going to need a copy of Max for Live (that is, Live 10 Suite edition) and Live 10 as a minimum version, since Live 9 doesn’t have this feature.

Got it? Good. Here’s the download:

I’m very interested in the applications of this for Live users. And multichannel diffusion and spatial audio remain interesting, not only in Live but across electronic music. Hopefully more on all of this soon.

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Chance TEN pack: Max for Live devices inspired by Brian Eno on probability

Isotonik Studios Chance TEN ParameterIsotonik Studios has released the Chance TEN pack, a set of simple Max for Live devices based on probability and randomness, inspired by the scripts used by Brian Eno. When LDM Design’s Daniel wanted to create a new range of Max for Live devices, the inspiration came from the legend that is Brian Eno speaking […]

Isotonik Studios releases Lightfinger Evolution for Novation Circuit

Isotonik Studios Lightfinger EvolutionIsotonik Studios has announced Evolution, a new sound pack by Lightfinger for the Novation Circuit. Lightfinger was one of the original trio of sound designers to release a Circuit pack though Isotonik’s Patch Store, with Circuit Patches Volume One & Future Frontiers setting the original standard. Circuit Evolution consists of 64 Patches, 16 Sessions and […]

Isotonik Studios releases Samsara LE free granular looping device

Dillon Bastan Samsara LEIsotonik Studios has announced the release of a free Lite Edition of Samsara, the granular looping device for Max for Live by Dillon Bastan. Dillon Bastan first two releases of IOTA & Ecosystem were massively well received, he quickly followed up with Samsara a Customised Granular Looping MaxforLive device which brought him a legion of […]

Samsara granular looper for Max for Live at Isotonik Studios

Dillon Bastan SamsaraIsotonik Studios has announced the release of Samsara, a Max for Live granular looping device by Dillon Bastan, creator of IOTA and Ecosystem. Designed to be played, the device was inspired by the definition of the word samsara: the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound. Samsara is […]

UltraKick is an obsessive bass drum synth for Max for Live [Hands-on]

You’ve seen kick drums that emulate the 808 and such, or synths with a couple knobs. UltraKick goes way past that, for complete sound control.

If you’re content to just drop four Roland sounds on the floor and leave them there, move along – nothing to see here. UltraKick represents months of obsessive work by creator Daan Pothoven for a different breed of producer – someone who wants to dive deep inside a sound and transform every detail.

That doesn’t mean it’s intimidating, though. Oh, sure, you might forget that it was a kick you were trying to make in the first place, because this is kind of an interesting experimental synth for all sorts of deep sounds. But everything’s graphical, it’s loaded up with some useful presets, and it’s intuitive enough to make minor or major tweaks inside that bang of the drum.

Here’s a little tour of the UI:

The architecture is simple but much more open than most kick drum synths out there. There two oscillators plus one noise generator. Each oscillator gives you control over 8 partials for additive synthesis-style kick sculpting. Then by overlaying envelopes for pitch and amplitude in the same UI, and updating the resulting waveform onscreen as you make adjustments, you can draw in the way you want your kick to sound and get instant results.

It’s also uncommonly easy to tune, thanks to this architecture, since you can move things up and down with a single click.

From there, there’s a rich semi-modular “audio flow” section you can use for distortion, effects, spread, and the like.

Everything is organized in an easy, “what-if” format, so you can click to randomize settings or transpose or punch in precise values or call up presets for different sections.

The main display places envelope overlays (for pitch and amplitude) atop a graphical display of the resulting waveform.

Hey, there’s a two-oscillator additive synth in here! Graphical editors for partials lets you shape each of two oscillators. There’s a noise oscillator to mix in, too.

An interactive EQ tab is included, as well, to filter and sculpt the sound you want.

As if that weren’t enough, a modular section allows routing of additional effects. It’s fully integrated with the architecture, rather than feeling like an add-on.

My only gripe with the whole thing is, this being built as a very elaborate Max for Live patch, performance can be a bit sluggish at times. I rather hope this catches on enough to merit a ground-up native plug-in. On the other hand, I think there’s no doubt that if you own Max for Live, you’ll get your thirty bucks’ worth. (Pricing is £23.99 / €30 / US$36).

You can also count on exceptional support, as the tool is seeing release via Isotonik Studios, who have built various monster tools for Novation and Ableton (and seen some regular coverage round these parts).

Full specs from the developers:

100% synthesis: no samples involved.
8 partials per oscillator with unprecedented options for sound design.
AUDIO FLOW tab: reveals all audio routing, makes synth easily understandable.
Tuning: move all frequency-related envelopes up or down with a single click.
Envelopes overlay: maintaining overview at all times.
Spread settings for frequency envelopes: create organic sounds with no effort.
Action menus for quick actions like envelope randomization and osc partial presets.
Accurate waveform image rendering.
Flawless sound retriggering: absolutely no clicks, even at high retriggering speeds.
Numerical envelope point programming for high precision sound design.
Undo/redo system.
Built-in help/tips section and mouseover hints throughout the interface.
Robust preset system with easily interchangeable preset files.

Here’s the creators’ walkthrough:

And a demo track:

Full details / product page:

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Yves & Erin – Chiptune Dreams for Novation Circuit released at Isotonik Studios

Chiptune DreamsIsotonik Studios has released Chiptune Dreams, a new Novation Circuit pack by Erin Ramona Martinez and Yves Big City, featuring patches, samples, and sessions inspired by the chiptune scene. Featuring 64 samples that were lovingly crafted from classic hardware such NES, Gameboy, Commodore 64, PO-20, and many classic drum machines, this pack is for fans […]