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The Ultimate MaxforLive Building Blocks

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Signal is a MaxforLive Toolkit of prebuilt modules that you can use to effect parameters, output audio and generally be awesome. Spawn a module from the menu and connect it up using patch cords, this is MaxforLive without the coding! PLEASE NOTE: MaxforLive 8.0.2 is Essential for Use!
Developer: Chaos Culture
Compatibility: Ableton Live 9.7.5+ | Ableton Live 10
OS: Mac & WIndows
Min. Requirements: MaxforLive 8.0.2 is Essential


PLEASE NOTE: Users of Live 10.0.5 and below (also Live 9) need to manually connect Live to the latest version of Max 8, details Are in the installation section towards the bottom of this page.

Signal is a toolbox of modules that can be connected together to create or modify signals from Ableton Live, transform and output them as Audio or control for parameters. Begin by spawning modules from the menu and then connect them with patch cords by clicking on each modules inputs (left) and outputs (right). You can click on any output to monitor its signal within the scope and all modules run at audio rate. Use the Audio In & Out Modules to exchange signals between devices or to send & receive control voltage.

Signal is a node based / modular playground for control signals such as LFOs, envelopes and automations. Most Max for Live control devices have a lot of issues and limit the possibilities by completely taking over the control of a parameter in Live. Signal uses audio signals for all its calculations and lets you route them however you want giving you a lot more options while keeping the highest quality possible along with staying sample accurate.

Additionally it eliminates chain mapping, where you would use an LFO on another one. Since every mapping in Live introduces a delay as well as CPU usage, chain mapping is not useful at all. With Signal you only need one mapping to make everything possible. You can always add another signal and keep expanding the setup. Especially by using multiple instances you can use Lives own routing to mix control signals, record them and play them back in any way using the session view, the Looper device or simply by triggering them using Simpler/Sampler.

Additionally Signal is the only device on the market that provides a workaround to control parameters in sync with Live by compensating for the delay. You can find out more about this workaround on page 10 of the user guide linked below.

The modules in Signal are versatile, you don’t need a lot of them to create something useful. With a lot of additional features that haven’t been done before, bypassing mapped parameters for example, Signal is the ultimate control device.

With the flexibility Signal becomes a meta language, you can basically create your own control devices exactly how you like it without actually having to program them in Max. Signal takes away all the work of getting the basics to work and leaves you only with the decision making.



Audio In / Out – Receive and send audio using the device inputs and outputs.

Dial – This module simply outputs the dial value, which can be automated.

MIDI In / Out – Receives and sends MIDI data.

Note In – Receives MIDI notes and outputs a trigger, pitch and velocity signal.

Observer – This module outputs the value of any parameter in Live.

Remote – Controls parameters in Live with the incoming signal.


Envelope – Generates an AHDSR curve controlled by a trigger signal input with an output range of 0 to 1.

Follower – This module expects an audio signal input and generates a signal that follows the incoming amplitudes.

LFO – The curve is customizable and the presets in the list above can be used as a starting point.

Noise – This module outputs random values within the range specified  (including the low and high values themselves).


Function – This module translates an incoming signal using a customizable curve.

Spread – This module will take multiple inputs and adds a value to it speci#ed with the number directly next to the input.


Jitter – This module creates a jitter signal with a customizable frequency, which you can then mix together with other signals.

Smooth – This module takes a signal and smoothes it out to avoid quick movements.


Clock – This module generates a clock signal that loops after a set amount of bars.

Counter – Whenever this module receives a trigger ON value it will count the Milliseconds, samples or beats (quarter notes / clock signal) that have passed.

Delay – This module can delay a signal with positive values as well as negative, which will add latency.

Swing – With this module you can apply swing onto any signal.


Math – You can perform basic math operations by selecting a method in the drop down.

Movement – This module analyses an incoming signal and reports its movement.

Range – The incoming signal will be kept within a customizable range.

Scale – This module allows you to scale a signal by using 4 reference points. If the module receives the value speci#ed in the top left, it will result in the value shown in the top right. The same goes for the bottom two values.


Mix – This module simply mixes multiple signals together.

Trigger Merge – This simple module will analyse multiple trigger signals and create a single.




1 review for Signal

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Ribeiro

    Absolutely brilliant max4live device. Turns Ableton into an entirely other beast. I know for a fact I’ll be using this for years to come 🙂

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Chaos Culture

Sebastian was introduced to music early on and grew up reverse engineering and producing songs.
While being professionally trained to become a jazz pianist, he learned the ins and outs of many applications and electronic devices. The most important one was the lite version of Ableton Live 4, which enabled him to dive deeper into sound design and other aspects of music production.
By studying audio engineering and working with many studios, Sebastian was introduced to the music industry as he started his work as a mixing engineer and sound designer.
Chaos Culture is a project, an artist name he uses to publish some of his music and other creations such as Max for Live devices that extend the functionality of Live.

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Users of Live 10.0.5 and below (also Live 9) need to manually connect Live to the latest version of Max 8:

1. Go to and install Max 8 on your computer. No additional purchase required.

2. Launch Live and go into its preferences under “File / Folder” / “Max Application”. Here you can select the Max version Live should use. Select the new Max 8 version you’ve just installed and restart Live.

Q, Why do I need to do this?
A, Signal makes use of some newer features of Max 8, which is not part of the Live application yet. It will most likely be part of the Live 10.0.6 update, but until then you’ll need to download and connect it yourself manually.

Q, Do I need to purchase Max or anything else?
A, No, you only need a Max for Live licence, which is included in Ableton Live Suite.

Q, What happens if the 30 days demo of Max runs out?
A, Nothing, you’re not using the demo, since you have a Max for Live licence.


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Here's just a sample of the included presets that come with Signal, Click on them to walk through the Signal Flow to learn what's possible! We'll be adding more soon...

Swinging Autofilter

Swinging Autofilter

This simple preset applies a swinging LFO to the Cutoff frequency of a Filter in Live.

Stereo Filter

Stereo Filter

Within this preset, Signal controls two Auto Filter devices, one for the left side and one for the right. By offsetting the LFOs from each other, the left and right side will sound different for an interesting effect.

Swinging Mess

Swinging Mess

With this preset a Phaser and Auto Filter device are being controlled by predefined curves including some swing.

Bandpass Preset


This preset controls two filters in EQ Eight. One being a high-cut and the other one a low-cut, combined resulting in a bandpass filter. This preset allows you to automate the cutoff frequency of both filters with an additional distance between both of them, which makes automating the bandpass a lot easier than manually automating both cutoff frequencies individually.

Dynamic Distortion

Dynamic Distortion

This preset uses an Overdrive device and controls its Drive parameter dynamically in a way that the audio gets distorted less whenever it has a lot of low end informations such as a kick drum in a full mix. Depending on the material this can be used to distort only the parts of an audio signal that are not too dominant.

Vocal Formants

Vocal Formants

This preset allows you to morph between the different vocal formants presets of EQ Eight as well as offset all frequencies.

Tape Speed

Tape Speed

The Tape Speed preset doesn't control any parameters in Live and instead manipulates the audio signal directly with its own modules by constantly changing delay times.

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Do you want to take a tour of the Signal flow of some of the included presets?

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1 2 3 Swinging Autofilter
1 2 3 Stereo Filter
1 2 3 4 5 Swinging Mess
1 2 3 4 Bandpass Preset
1 2 3 Dynamic Distortion
1 2 3 4 Vocal Formants
1 2 Tape Speed