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PolyRhythms, Euclidean & Traditional Sequencing


PolyPin is a MaxforLive Generative Sequencer inspired by Pinball and controllable by a range of Ableton Live supported MIDI Controllers.

Up to 8 sequencers run in sync  or independently using specially developed sequencer modes:

  • Probability for creating random chance based beats
  • Euclidean for exotic polyrhythmic patterns
  • Classic for retro 16 step sequencing.
User Guide:


Developer: Mark Towers
Compatibility: Ableton Live 9.7.5 | Live 10+
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: MaxforLive is Essential


PolyPin is a MaxforLive Generative Sequencer that can be used with Ableton Live supported controllers. Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers this device takes it’s inspiration from trying to beat gravity and keep a spinning ball bearing on an upwards path bouncing of the bumpers around the table.

PolyPin works in standalone mode or can be controlled directly by the Ableton PUSH & Push TWO or Novation LaunchPad & LaunchPad PRO!

A Polyrhythmic Performance Sequencer inspired by Pinball. Up to 8 sequencers run in sync  or independently using specially developed sequencer modes:

  • Probability for creating random chance based beats
  • Euclidean for exotic polyrhythmic patterns
  • Classic for retro 16 step sequencing.

A big part of the Sequencer is it’s Accelerator feature. The accelerator is used to speed up or slow down a sequencer, this is a way of adding live variation to your performances. The accelerators are activated by your chosen control surface (Push, Launchpad or Launchpad Pro) when a sequencer is running; pressing one of the upper 7 pads for that sequencer will trigger the accelerator. When the accelerator is activated, you will notice the ‘Rate’ menu to the right change to a different speed. Rates can be Whole notes, Dotted, or Triplets, switching ‘Velocity’ on will disable the manual selecting of these controls, and the velocity applied to the pads will determine if the accelerator is Whole, Dotted or Triplets.

The ‘Lock’ option if on, makes pressing the pads toggle the accelerator, press once to activate it, press again to deactivate it returning to the default rate set in the menu to the right. The ‘Snap’ button/menu determines whether the accelerator will wait for the next bar or half bar to change its settings.

PolyPin is also available as part of the Arcade Series One and completes the line up consisting of Asteroids, Tetriq and Pong Deluxe


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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.


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: 

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