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Gator by LDM Design

Rhythmic gate sequencer


Gator is a rhythmical gate sequencer effect for Max For Live. You can sequence 3 parameters, designed to be mapped to the gain of 3 individual FX chains in an Audio Effect Rack. You can load each chain with whatever effects you like and use Gator to open and close the gate for each channel. Mapping includes min/max parameter value, invert, probability per step, 2 separate parameters to map for each sequencer with individual ADR envelope.
User Guide:

Gator User Guide

Developer: LDM Design
Compatibility: Ableton Live 11 Suite or Ableton Live 11 Standard with MaxforLive Installed
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: Ableton Live 11 & MaxforLive is Essential


The Gator MaxforLive device was inspired by the Alligator plugin for Reason, which splits audio into 3 chains using a different filter and fx in each chain. Then the gate for each chain can be opened and closed with any kind of rhythmical pattern. The Gator device takes the same concept but opens up the possibilities of a completely custom set of effect chains within Ableton’s Audio Effect Rack. It also expands the concept with dedicated sequencers for each gate which include individual number of steps per sequencer and probability per step.

Each sequencer can save up to 16 different sequences with variable number of steps and probability per step. Each of the 3 sequencers can also be mapped to 2 different parameters in Live, making 2 groups of 3 mappings, and each group has its own ADR envelope for the steps. Using the ADR envelope, you can set how fast the gate opens and closes with each opening of the gate. So we can connect mapping 1 to the volume of an effect chain, and have another mapping set as a filter envelope, or any other effect within that chain, with different settings for Attack, Decay and Release. The parameter mappings can be scaled with minimum and maximum values and also be inverted.

We can also turn off the sequencers and instead trigger the gates manually using the buttons on the device, which can be mapped to a midi controller or automated in Live.

Using a chord pad, we can introduce varied and mangled effected versions of the sound punctuated rhythmically completely changing the sound!


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LDM Devices

LDM Design is a project which started life in 2016, recreating Monome apps in Max For Live to use natively on the Launchpad Mini, which are still freely available on his website.He also created the popular glitchy multi-FX sequencer devices Manglerack and MangleFX, influenced by the legendary Illformed Glitch VST. Since then the project has expanded into making all kinds of M4L devices, always taking care in designing a clean, unique GUI.Many of his devices also show a love for introducing various degrees of chaos and probability into music production. His first release for Isotonik, the LP Pack, continued recreating and improving upon classic Monome apps and original ideas to expand the creative potential of the Novation Launchpad Mk1 and Mk2. Next, as a homage to the great Brian Eno and his creative processes, LDM then released the best-selling Chance 10 Pack, which is a selection of modules utilizing chaos and probability to affect various elements of production. There are a number of great free devices available on his website – Chords in Key converts single MIDI notes into chords based on a set key, Gravity Delay is a fun ‘bouncing ball’ MIDI delay, and Autosputter is for live glitchy audio slicing, based on the old Instajungle VST.LDM Design continues to work on projects for Isotonik and his own website which will be available soon.

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