The Missing Link for DVS Functionality?
As part of the Crashologists team and MaxforLive Beta testers we’ve been fortunate enough to be working on live 9.2 for some time, in it comes some of the first updates to the Live Object Model since MaxforLives release some 5 years ago. We’ve been making feature requests that would enable us to build new devices based on our subscribers demands, the DJ Collection is the first that makes use of the new calls available to the Maxforlive API.
Isotonik Studios originated out of the desire to use Ableton as a real replacement for DVS systems like Serato and Traktor, the Bridge was good but didn’t satisfy our cravings for a single solution. With the DJ Collection we think we’ve nearly completed our journey in achieving this.
Previously MYR’s (now a part of the Isotonik Collective) Clip Chopper device was the only stable device out there that allowed you to do clip jumping, beat juggling so to speak, on the fly. It had its drawbacks though in that to achieve any kind of performance all clips had to be loaded into RAM to be able to be juggled fluidly. With the new API call that allows a clip to be loaded to RAM via Maxforlive half of the solution presented itself.
The second part was the ability to move the current play head position on a quantised basis, it would all to easily fall out of sync with the Live transport using other methods and with our new devices we’ve perfected this method to allow for a sonically pleasing effect.
The DJ Collection currently consists of three devices, each of which have a Universal MIDI variety for use on a MIDI track with any MIDI controller. We also have fully integrated solutions for the Akai Apc40 MKII and the Ableton Push!
The DJ Hot cues device allows the performer to create and playback hot cues on a single clip, the cues themselves are written to the clip name so that they can be used across sets. The integrated versions give LED feedback on their respective controllers whereas the Universal Midi device allows the user to define the velocity of the feedback to the controller to use with say a LaunchControl XL.
Serato’s slicer effect first debuted on the NovationTwitch, we’ve been replicating it ever since using buffers and the like but now with our DJ Slicer we can jump to points in audio that haven’t been played yet. Creating a rolling loop zone divided into 8 slice points, each can be triggered on a quantised basis. With the Push version you can even slice up 8 tracks at the same time with one button.
The final device In the trilogy is an update to our popular Looper device, this now though allows looping to be set on the fly independent of the loop set on the clip. Loops can then be halved doubled or moved and uniquely even set to 1/32 as Maxforlive has only allowed down to 1/4 previously.