What is Max for Live?
A toolkit for building your own devices. Create custom instruments, effects, and other tools to do exactly what you need. Even change how Live works.
Max for Live lets you build your own devices for use in Live. Create custom synthesisers, samplers, sequencers, audio effects, and much more. Max for Live also allows you to build devices that modify Live itself, including the properties of tracks, clips, and native Live devices.
Every Max for Live device includes an Edit button, allowing you to look at (or modify) how the device was made. And Max for Live comes with a collection of Live’s native interface elements, so you can build devices that look and feel just like Live.
A huge range of devices to download. Max for Live is both a world of devices and a community of device builders.
Max for Live comes with a great collection of instruments, effects, and tools. And there’s even more available from the dedicated community of artists and builders who share their Max for Live creations.
Every Max for Live device is ready to use in your own music, but can also be edited and customised to suit your specific needs. And because Max for Live is part of Ableton Suite, it’s perfectly integrated into the familiar Live workflow.
Tools for modifying hardware. Max for Live lets you change the way controllers and other hardware interact with Live.
Max for Live can be used to reconfigure how hardware devices work with Ableton Live. Common MIDI controllers, multi-touch surfaces and even “non-musical” tools like video cameras can all be repurposed to meet your specific needs. Turn pad controllers into step sequences, trigger video from drum pads, and much more.
After checking out some of the awesome instruments on Max for Live, here’s a showcase of some our favourites!
Instant Haus / (Free) / Ableton.com
This one’s great fun for House producers. Simply load up any drum rack and put the Instant Haus just before it on the MIDI track and you’ve got a killer beat. The way it works is it sends selectable preset rhythmic patterns to the MIDI notes that are usually associated with Kick, Snare, Hihats and Percussion, meaning it takes out the process of programming/recording drums, Bit of a quick cheat, in my mind, but it means you can put your creative energy into your melodic parts, now that the drums are taken care of!
One of my favourite glitch delays available. Loads of randomisation across the panning, filter and delay feedback. Add it to a beat with < 20% wet, and get some nice subtle variances, which keep it constantly interesting. Crack the wet dial up and it’ll transform the beat into a full-on mental glitch beat (perfect for breakdowns!)