Intro to Max for Live: Making a Simple Arpeggiator Pt. 2

If you watched the last video where we shook hands with Ableton’s Max for Live, you might remember that the device we left off with was functional, but far from optimal. Our main goal was just to get the darn thing working. So, in this video, we are going to discuss a few ways to optimize our arpeggiator. First, we are going to discuss how to make the unit interact more closely with Live’s global tempo (since that is the reason most of us use Live). Then, we are going to talk about making our User Interface, if not nice, at least comprehensible and “Ableton-like.” We’ll do this by using some of Max for Live’s built-in interface objects. And, last but not least, we’ll make sure that our poor little device has some sort of labels to explain what it is and what it does.

Make sure to tune in next week, when we discuss how to extend any MIDI controller with the power of MaxforLive!

4 Responses to “Intro to Max for Live: Making a Simple Arpeggiator Pt. 2”

  1. donnie May 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    I really like your tutorials. I have only been using ableton for about a year now and i these vids are really helping to fill in the gaps. Thank you so much. I am however having a little problem with the “pipe” function. there seems to be a maximum delay limit. If i set the delay above 124ms the note will not play. What am i missing?

    • Anthony May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Hmm, that shouldn’t happen. You’re not including the “ms” in teh pipe time are you?

      Send me a screenshot to anthony [at] abltnckbk dot com if you are still having problems!

      • donnie May 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

        I just figured it out. my midi note was only 1/16 length. duhhhh.

        • Anthony May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

          happens to the best of us!

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