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Pong Deluxe

Atari's Classic Re-Born as a Sequencer


Pong Deluxe is the Free introduction to the Arcade Series collection of MaxforLive Generative Sequencers from Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers.

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


The Arcade Series One is a collection of MaxforLive Generative Sequencers that can be used on their own or integrated with Ableton Live supported controllers. Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers each device takes it’s inspiration from the hours spent in front of flickering screens down the local Arcade. Pong Deluxe is the free introduction to the series, just a little something to while away a few hours until you get caught by the Generative Sequencer bug and splash out on the full collection!

Each generative sequencer in the Arcade Series works in standalone mode or can be controlled directly by the Ableton PUSH & Push TWO or Novation LaunchPad & LaunchPad PRO!

The original device that acted as the inspiration for the whole Arcade Series, this is based on the classic Atari game, simple to set up and a breeze to use. Instant Generative Sequencer joy!

Fire moving balls around the grid to generate notes and create complex melodic and harmonic patterns.


Activating the device lock will lock the control surface to the device. This means that switching track will not affect the 8×8 pad grid which will still display and control Pong Deluxe. This allows you to have multiple control surfaces being used with multiple Arcade devices.


MIDI information coming into Pong is routed thru the device by default so that you can continue to play an instrument while the device is running. Switching to ‘In’ disables the thru function and allows incoming MIDI notes to change the key and octave Pong uses to generate notes.


At the heart of Pong are the 8 cells engines. Each cell can move in its own direction and at its own rate. When it collides with another cell it bounces and changes direction. When it hits the outer wall it will generate a note.


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Released 10th Feb

  • Update for Pong Deluxe GUI to make it more visible


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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