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Dear users, I have decided to phase out the posting on the forums on this website and move any discussions over to this private facebook group or join the Discord for realtime chat. I will not make the forums offline as there is a wealth of content, but posting has now been disabled. Thanks to all those who have contributed over the years, and I'll see you over on the Facebook group or Discord! -Tom

Tom Cosm

Tom Cosm

 
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!

The Megaset 2.0 is here! I've finally finished my masterpiece. It's been an incredible journey full of joy, frustration and learning, but the end result is worth all those late nights of hard work.

This is by far the most comprehensive, in depth and professional Ableton Live Template I've ever created. It comes with an arsenal of fresh content and new creative ideas, including:

  • A whopping 14 Gigabytes of original audio loops and samples, all chopped up and warped, ready to play.

  • Complex Racks for creating new content and mangling up sounds.

  • Custom Max for Live patches to speed up various tasks, giving you more time to be creative.

  • 31 page manual covering everything from the basics of Live, to chopping up your own tracks ready to jam.

  • Launchpad support with Max for Live patches that totally rewire the way they work.

The thing I am the most excited about however, is my new technique of routing audio through a gauntlet of Audio Tracks with Dummy Clips, with the added ability to sequence Dummy Clips (128 of them over 16 Dummy Tracks) using a simple MIDI clip.

I created a device called Dr. Dummy that listens to the MIDI notes you feed it, turning them into Clip Slot triggering messages. This means you can create your own preset sequences of Dummy Clips, or record on the fly using your favorite external controller (or just the computer keyboard.)

I've performed several live sets using this technique already, and each time it blows me away how easy, fun and simple it is to come up with something totally new each time. It's really changed the way I approach live performance, especially when working with pre-rendered audio samples (however you can send synths as well and get the same result).

The Megaset 2.0 download is available right now for Pro Members.

Note that you will need Ableton Live 9.0 Suite or above to use this Megaset.

Pro Membership is instant and secure, find out more or join up here to get the Megaset 2.0 right now.

What to know more about the Megaset 2.0? Click here to view the full manual.

If you contributed more than average to our EP, please now check your email for a link to the remix pack download. There is still time to get involved, just head over to the official EP website to find out how. Can't wait to hear what you guys come up with!

Grouch + Tom Cosm - Switch Arms EP is OUT NOW! with a twist...

Pay any price for it (nothing if you like), however if you pay MORE than the average of everyone else, get your image forever immortalized on the album artwork.

Also pay more than average and join the Remix competition, with the winner being featured on the next Switch Arms EP with their remix, an original + a remix of the original by both Tom Cosm and Grouch.

Check out the interactive website here http://switcharms.com/

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

 

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

  

 

This patch allows you to map two parameters to a toggle button and specify what percentage of the maximum and minimum values are depending on whether the toggle button is OFF or ON, 12 times.

  1. Click on the first Map button for one of the instances, and then click on the first parameter you wish to modify.
  2. Drag or type into the number boxes (0-100) what values you want that parameter to be on both the off and on states.
  3. Repeat for the second mapping.
  4. Click (or map) the toggle box to switch between those states.


Triggering with MIDI

When dropped on a MIDI track, this patch will recieve MIDI note data and turn off and on the toggles depending on whether a note is being played or not.

The notes need to start from C-2 and go up from there... so

C-2 toggles 1
C#-2 toggles 2
D-2 toggles 3

and so on

This allows you to create midiclips with 'presets' that quickly turn the toggles off and on.

 

 

My latest patch is called Toggle Router

This device switches the output of a track between two other tracks. 

  1. Set "off" track to the first option
  2. Set "on" to the second option
  3. Click "list" next to one of the twelve drop down menus
  4. Choose the track you want to route from the drop down menu
  5. Toggle the track off and on with the button

 

I've just made available my first Max for Live patch called Samply Layer - a simple tool that lets you layer up samples with some variables. I plan on putting out lots of these in the next few months! Download is now in the Pro Members area.

 

 

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