Now updated for Live 11, these devices generally do one thing and do it well, you can use them by installing the .alp file from your download and drag then drop them from the packs section of Ableton Lives Browser.
Intended to appeal to the “Ronseal” principle (it’s a brand of outdoor varnish here in the UK) these devices do exactly what they say on the tin!
They’re designed in some cases yo focus on the currently playing clip within a track so will automatically update their focus when a new clip is launched, you can then MIDI Map the controls within the device to give you control over your live performance.
MODULAR SERIES LE PART FOUR CONTENTS
FOLLOW CLIP LE
To trigger automatic follow actions for clips based on the clip that is played within the track the device resides.
You can set a default set of behaviour with the mouse and then override them via Clip Envelope or by MIDI Mapping.
“Why would I choose this device over the XL version?” Basically for its simplicity, it will only perform a NEXT or AGAIN follow action and needs only a simple MIDI Mapping to control. It’s code base has been stripped right back as a result of the lack of options available
Drag a copy of FOLLOW CLIP LE from Live’s browser onto an Audio Track within Live, the device will only perform follow actions on the track it sits on
You should only use one instance of this MaxforLive device for every track you wish to control the follow actions created by the device within your Ableton Live set.
- SYNC Symbol – This engages the LaunchSync Functionality described later in the manual
- ISOTONIK LOGO – Acts as a device reset, useful when you’ve finished adding clips and scenes to your live set. MODULAR SERIES USER GUIDE
- TRIGGER TYPE As the LE version of the XL device this variant only offers a trigger point at the end of the currently playing clip. Clips set to loop will never end so looping must be turned off for the next scene to be triggered.
- FOLLOW ACTIONS
- AGAIN – Plays the current scene again at the chosen trigger point
- NEXT – Plays the scene immediately below the currently playing clip at the chosen trigger point
- MIDI MAPPING Depending on how you want to control the device there’s a couple of options. Each individual Follow Action type button is MIDI Mappable so if you have two spare buttons then you can map each and they will light to indicate the chosen action (this is reliant on your MIDI Controller supporting LED Feedback) If you only have a single button available then the control that’s annotated as “FOLLOW ACTION” should be mapped, turning the button on will change the action to NEXT, whilst off (and unlit) will be AGAIN
As the track routing section in Ableton Live isn’t MIDI mappable this little device is really effective e for someone who wants to change their track routing on the fly by MIDI.
Simply dial in your preferred setting and store them as a preset and recall as you wish.
This Maxforlive device is a bit of an exception to the rest of the devices in the series in that it doesn’t control anything within your Live set, instead it acts as a buffer capturing the audio you feed it.
Once the buffer is full you can stutter it on the fly at set intervals and then using two MIDI fails refine the sample start and end point, it was really inspired by the looping functionality on a Pioneer CDJ so allows you to go right down to those tiny glitchy noises.