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Samsara by Dillon Bastan

Customized Granular Looping


(3 customer reviews)
samsara – sʌmˈsɑːrə – noun – the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound.
From the creator of IOTA & Ecosystem, Samsara is a Max for Live granular looping device geared towards live performance, soundscapes and textures. Samsara gives you access to individual grain parameters and the ability to record audio input.
User Guide:


Developer: Dillon Bastan
Compatibility: Ableton Live 10 / 11 Suite or Ableton Live 10 / 11 Standard with MaxforLive Installed
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: MaxforLive is Essential


From the creator of IOTA & Ecosystem, Samsara is a Max for Live granular looping device geared towards live performance, soundscapes and textures. Samsara gives you access to individual grain parameters and the ability to record audio input.


  • Up to 36 grains
    • With start position and grain size
    • Sync option for grain size in note divisions (based on tempo and global pitch)
  • Phase spreading between grains
  • Customized volume window
  • Various playback directions (>, <, ><, <>, ?)
  • Individual bandpass filters for grains
  • Access to individual parameters per grain:
    • Start Position
    • Grain Size
    • Pitch/Speed
    • Bandpass Frequency Center
    • Volume
    • Panning
    • Feedback (Short delay with feedback)
  • Each individual Grain parameter has option for:
    • Spray (randomize factor of value at the start of each window)
    • LFO
    • Offset
  • LFO with basic waveforms and sync rate option
  • Input Recording with options:
    • Record in or out of a looped section of buffer
    • Record start/stop global quantization option
    • Record start/stop input signal gate option
    • Record appending option
  • Internal preset system for parameters
    • Does not affect sample loaded or recording parameter
    • Has a blending option, interpolating 2 adjacent presets together



3 reviews for Samsara by Dillon Bastan

  1. daizok (verified owner)

    Painful to see Samsara without reviews, I think it is one of the nicest granular loopers around with a lot of features that make it occupy its own place. Being able to control various parameters per grain is great (love the panning) and the processing sounds fluent and natural across various settings and intensities. Hard to not get something from Samsara that sounds better than just interesting.

  2. thibaultsp (verified owner)

    Samsara is just amazing : it’s more an instrument than a tool because it offers you many possibilities to use it, like an instrument. Intuitive, great to explore, this is a must.

  3. Soren Lemmike

    Samsara is such a great device for turning loops and any audio material into interesting and exciting sounds. I have been having so much fun recording into Samsara and also running samples and loops I have recorded over the years through Samsara to bring them to new sonic heights. There is so much creative potential here. I have new ambient project in the works and Samsara is already my go to device for new and exciting textures.

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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.

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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.


Dillon Bastan

Dillon Bastan is a Los Angeles based sound artist, developer, music producer, and performer. He constructs interactive and intuitive experiences with sound as art, music, or tool. He uses a variety of programming languages, softwares, technologies, and a musical background. His passion for nature and interest in technology pulls him to blend the organic and synthetic.Dillon draws on experiences from music, traveling, programming, meditation, and construction/carpentry for inspiration and solutions to his projects. He is constantly collaborating, learning, and exploring new possibilities in sound, art, and technology.Links: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – SOUNDCLOUD – YOUTUBE

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