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Free Resources

Free Resources (40)

Free tutorial videos, templates and projects from Ableton Certified Trainer Tom Cosm.

Armed Track Parameter Gate - Free Max For Live Utility

This device allows you to control several parameters with a single knob, but only changing the parameters on the current armed track.

An example of how this would be used :  Having the same effect on several tracks, with a knob controlling the same parameter for each effect, but only having the effect on the arm track being modified, allowing you to quickly switch where the knob is being sent.

For a more detailed explanation please watch the following video.


Quick Chain Select - New Free Utility

This utility allows you to specify 16 individual points on the chain selector, allowing you to jump to that point with a single push of a MIDI assignable button.

There is also a previous/next button to move forward or back through your points.

You can also enter text for each preset, which will be displayed in a popup window so you always know which point is selected.


In Depth Explanation of the Leakage Glitch Bassline Machine

Today I made a more in depth tutorial video of how to use the Leakage device for those who are a bit unsure. Click here to learn more about Leakage and how to get your hands on it.


Producer Chatline - Talk With Other Artists Within Ableton Live

Producer Chatline instantly connects you to any other users that are currently using the device.


Making Your Own Vocoder Like Device With Ableton Live 9

In this advanced video I *attempt* to build a basic vocoder like machine using nothing but native Ableton Live devices (and an Envelope Follower).

I wasn't too sure how it was going to turn out, but I got some results and learnt a lot myself.


Warping Tracks in Ableton Live 9 - The Right Way

I've had a few people ask me how to properly Warp entire tracks after I released the DJ Megaset 2.0 so I decided to make a video showing the fastest and most efficient way to go about this. Enjoy!


Making Drum Beats with Ableton Live 9 (3 part series)

This week I am happy to announce my 3 part mini series on programing drum beats in Ableton Live 9 is complete and ready to stream. This series coveres 3 seperate ways of approaching the creation of drum loops and beats.


Multistage Knob - Max For Live Toolkit

This device allows you to send 5 separate parameter changes signals (with min/max) depending on where the Master Knob is, great for live performance when you want one knob to sequentially do a lot of things!

RGB to Parameters 0.9 Beta Available for Download

Myself and Mike Hodgson are happy to announce that the RGB to Parameter Max for Live patch is now available for download as a public beta.

This device allows you to control parameters and trigger clips within Ableton Live by using the Red, Green, Blue and Average levels of either a video file you choose, or an external source such as your web camera.

The original concept was put forward to me by Mike Hodgson (Misled Convoy / Pitch Black / Dub Module) after needing something that can great generative audio based on a computer animation that went for a long time. I thought this would be a good oppertunity to take on a big first project to help me learn Max, as well as help others. Since then myself and Mike have been throwing ideas around and finally have something we consider good enough to release to the public.

So how does it work?

It's split into a few different sections moving from left to right.

The first section is where you can select your video source, and change a few things about how it is played.

First decide whether you want to use a video file from your computer, or an external source such as a web camera, external camera, or piped video from another application etc. by choosing your selection from the dropdown menu.

For external source, you can use the dropdown menu to select what sources are currently available to you. It should automatically pick up anything you have connected that is available, including your inbuilt web camera if you have one. You can turn the stream off and on with the "ON" check box.

For a video file on your computer, you can either click "Open Video File..." or drag and drop a video file on top of the playback area. From here you can:

  • Start/stop the video
  • Move back and forward in frames
  • Set the video to loop
  • Set video loop points,
  • Set how fast you want the playback to be
  • Set the volume level
  • Have the video start when Ableton Live starts
  • Have the video play full screen
  • Have the video pop up in a window (showing Colour modifications - see below)

The next area allows you to modify color variables.

The levels indicate what is currently being outtputed after the colour modifcation has happened. 

You can change the Saturation, Contrast and Brightness of the video letting you change the level signals dramatically. There is also Red, Green and Blue scaling and bias which lets you increase intensity and change one color to another.

The next section is allows you to boost any signal on a scaled level.

The slider will increase the dynamics of the level, letting you bring levels that aren't correct either up or down.

The button next to each level indicator is the mapping button. Click on this button, then click on any parameter in your Ableton Live project to assign the level seen in the meter to that parameter. You can browse outside of the current track the device is on and assign this to anywhere within the project. Click on the button again to assign it to something out.

My suggestion is to assign this level to a Multimap, the device that comes with Max for Live and Abeton 9 Suite. This way, you can assign this level to 10 parameters instead of just 1.

The next section is a simple graph section, purely to give a visual indicator of what's happening.

The final section is an area that allows you to trigger a specific clip slot if a level goes above a particular point.

First, you need to choose what clip slot is going to be triggered for each of Red, Green, Blue and Average. You can do this by choosing a track from the first drop down menu, then a clip slot from the second.

Next, move the slider on the level indicator to your desired point, then turn it on with the button to the right of the level indicator. When the level goes over the black line, the selected clip slot will be triggerd.

Finally, have lots of fun and please tell us over in this forum post if you do something really cool with it, or have any suggestions/problems. 

 Download RGB to Parameters 0.9 Beta Here


Max For Live Toolkit - 8 Button Slider

Download here

I made this as a small utility for my upcoming Megaset 2.0 so that people who don't have any hardware controllers can open up the set and mess with parameters on their computer keyboard, however there are other uses for it!

This patch allows you to map a parameter anywhere in Live, set a minimum and maximum value, then use 8 buttons to jump to 8 points between the minimum and maximum value.

1) Click "Map" on one of the 8 rows

2) Click on the parameter you wish to map

3) Set a min and max value 

4) Click or MIDI/Key assign the buttons.

The buttons will be divided amongst the max and min values, with the first being the min, and the last being the max





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