ARPEX

MaxforLive MPE Arpegiator

£18.00 £5.00

DISCOUNTED TILL JUNE 30th – ALL SALE PROCEEDS DONATED TO https://www.musicmindsmatter.org.uk/ ARPEX is an expressive arpeggiator Max for Live device. It works just like a regular arpeggiator with the addition of MPEfunctionality. Incoming MPE slide and pressure data is used to control the octave transposition and note duration for each individual note.
User Guide:

Arpex Manual

Developer: Mark Towers
Compatibility: Live 11
OS: Apple Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: Live 11 Suite or Live 11 Standard with MaxforLive

Description

DISCOUNTED TILL JUNE 30th – ALL SALE PROCEEDS DONATED TO https://www.musicmindsmatter.org.uk/

ARPEX is an expressive arpeggiator Max for Live device. It works just like a regular arpeggiator with the addition of MPEfunctionality.

Incoming MPE slide and pressure data is used to control the octave transposition and note duration for each individual note.

This means by sliding or applying more pressure to each note, exciting new variations of the arpeggiated pattern can be played, in real-time.

CONTROLS

SLIDE PRESSURE SWITCHES – When turned on, incoming MPE slide and pressure values generated by each note are enabled. These values can be used to control either the octave range or duration of an individual note in the arpeggiated pattern. When turned off, a constant value can be set in place of incoming values using these number boxes. Use the Slide/Pressure Switch to determine how incoming MPE slide and pressure values are assigned. 

SLIDE PRESSURE VALUES – If the ‘Slide’ button is turned off, use this number box to set a constant value to control either the octave range or duration of incoming notes.

STYLE – Select a rhythmical pattern to be generated based in the in coming notes.

VELOCITY MODE – If turned on, incoming velocity values will be ignored, and instead generated by the velocity sequencer. If turned off, incoming velocity values will be used per note.

MAX OCTAVE MODE – Set the maximum octave range for notes generated in the arpeggiated pattern.

DURATION MODE – If turned on, duration values triggered by incoming MPE pressure or slide (depending on assignment) will be ignored, and instead generated by the duration sequencer. Duration that is set to a maximum value will generate overlapping notes (legato).

If turned off, incoming duration values triggered by incoming MPE (pressure or slide) will be used per note.

SEQUENCER VIEW – Switch between the velocity and duration sequencers.

SEQUENCER STEPS – Set the number of steps in the velocity/duration sequencer. 1 -32

VELOCITY SEQUENCER – If active, incoming velocity values will be ignored, and instead generated by the velocity sequencer at the same rate as specified by ‘Rate’.

VELOCITY SHAPES – Generates preset patterns on the velocity sequencer for the number of steps currently set.

SHIFT – Shift all values of the sequencer left or right. This applies to Velocity, Duration and Active Steps.

RANDOM LOOP – If turned on, the velocity sequencer values will be randomised on each pass of the sequencer loop giving new values each time.

RANDOM – If turned on, the velocity sequencer values will be randomised on each pass of the sequencer loop giving new values each time.

DURATION SEQUENCER – If ACTIVE, duration values triggered by incoming MPE pressure or slide (depending on assignment) will be ignored, and instead generated by the duration sequencer. Duration that is set to a maximum value (above the horizontal line) will generate overlapping notes (legato).

RATE SYNC/TIME – Notes will be generated at a speed determined by the rate setting. The rate can either be synchronised to Live’s BPM or run freely, set in millisecond intervals by pressing the ‘Sync/Time’ button.

SWING – Turn on to apply swing to the arpeggiated pattern generated. Use the swing amount number box to determine a swing amount. Swing is only applied if ‘Rate’ is set to ‘Sync’ and is either a 1/8, 1/16 or 1/32 note division.

SYNC/TIME SWITCH 

  • Sync= The speed of the arpeggiated pattern will synchronise to Live’s BPM as specified by a note value.
  • Time= The speed of the arpeggiated pattern will run independently from Live’s BPM in millisecond intervals.

RESTART– Restart the arpeggiated pattern so that it plays from the beginning.

  • OFF= the pattern is not restarted.
  • NOTE= the pattern is restarted every time a new note is played.
  • SEQ= the pattern is restarted every time the sequencer loops over.

MPE THROUGH – Enables MPE control data to pass through the device (Poly Key Pressure, Control Change, Aftertouch, Pitch Bend etc.)

COMPATABILITY

ARPEX will function as a standard arpeggiator with any regular MIDI controller but to make full use of its design, an MPE controller will be needed (see below).

SenselMORPH

RoliSeaboard/Block

Ableton PUSH (although not an MPE controller, Ableton Push does have polyphonic aftertouch which means it could be used to control one of Arpex’sparameters. 

 

 

 

 

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CHANGE LOG

V1.0 Released 19/2/2021

REVIEWS & FEATURES

INSTALLATION

Our Products are generally provided as Zip file downloads which in all cases will need to be extracted and saved to your hard drive prior to installation. Details on the different file type provided and what to do with them are below.

.alp Files – These are Ableton Live Packs and will install directly into the Packs Section of the browser of Ableton Live. When you double click on them you will see a pop up window asking you to confirm that installation is ok as the files are described as “Legacy”. This is fine and you are ok to proceed, the packs are created using the format for an earlier version of Live and so remain compatible with the current version.

.amxd files – These are individual MaxforLive Devices and can be stored anywhere on your hard drive. We’d advise creating a folder for them and then adding that folder as a location within the Places section of Lives Browser.

Control Surface Scripts – Please refer to the individual User Guides provided with your download, an abridged version of the installation will be shown further down this page.

ClyphX Pro – Please refer directly to the manual and installation video for this specific product.

Novation Circuit Packs – These are provided as individual Sysex Files and as a complete bank file. All are to be installed using a version of the Circuit Editor and not via Novations Components back up utility.

DEVELOPER

Mark Towers

Based in Leicester, England, Mark is an artist, developer and educator in electronic music. As an Ableton Certified Trainer, much of Mark’s work is deeply entwined with Ableton Live and custom Max for Live devices which focus on offering unique ways of creating, performing and interacting with the music making process. As well as software development with Isotonik Studios, Mark also designs and builds music installations and custom hardware all with a continuing goal: making music fun. As a keen enthusiast of quirky electronic music hardware, Mark’s first steps in the world of Max for Live saw the development of Push Pong, a generative sequencer that uses the 8×8 button grid on Push as a bouncing ball melodic generator. The success of this free device led onto the development of the Arcade Series and the Arcade Series Returns; a collection of Max for Live sequencers all inspired by classic arcade games that make use of supported grid-based controllers for Live. Mark’s latest device, the Multi Analyser, which is a multi-channel frequency analyser for mixing, makes use of a new feature in Live 10 whereby multiple audio tracks in Live can be routed to a single Max for Live device. This has undoubtedly been one of Mark’s most popular devices and led to the development of the Multi Analyser XL offering even more in-demand features to aid the mixing process. Mark is currently working on new controller-based sequencer devices and a number of collaborative projects with fellow developers and sound designers. For more info on hardware/music installation projects out:  https://marktowers.net/projects/ 

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