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Way-beyond-recognition rhythmic sound morphing audio effect for Ableton Live, designed and developed by StrangeLines.

NOTE: StrangeLines offers SynFX as a free upgrade to all the amazing customers who believed, purchased and had a great time and fun with Wob FX 3, regarded as a “swiss-army knife” for Ableton Live.

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

Q, My device looks different from the product image.

A, In the package you’ll find a font file: install it, reload the device, and you’re cool.

Q, Where do I put the device’s files?

You just need to put the main folder in the respective path:

Mac/PC Audio FX: [USER]/Music/Ableton/User Library/Presets/Audio Effects/Max Audio Effect

Mac/PC Instrument: [USER]/Music/Ableton/User Library/Presets/Instruments/Max Instrument

Mac/PC MIDI FX: [USER]/Music/Ableton/User Library/Presets/MIDI Effects/Max MIDI Effect

Q, It just doesn’t work, I don’t know why.

A, Make sure you have the latest Max version installed, you can download it here in case.

If you’re using an FX device, please make sure you have sound going through it, this may sound silly, but StrangeLines effects often look, behave and sound like synths, although they’re “just” audio effects!


This could easily be one of the most innovative and hard-to-describe audio effects. SynFX can be “mainly” be used to morph any sound way beyond recognition (in no-time, from the very first time): a drum loop into a rhythmic synth and vice versa, the simplest square wave into a space-bending riser, hats into ethereal pads, any voice into complex Serum-style aggressive leads, growls, or deep neuro basslines if you like (not that you can’t do the same starting from a kick or snare sound). Hard to believe, shockingly easy to use and able to produce top-notch results: SynFX is meant to show the world how powerful M4L audio effects can actually be.

The strange mind behind StrangeLines, Ernesto Cecco D’Ortona, being also a long-gone UX designer, really managed to design and develop SynFX as a masterpiece of workflow, fun and simplicity: it’s all up to your creative skills. Don’t let the size fool you: you’ll learn the power of this jaw-dropping tool by yourself. SynFX always delivers a genuine WOW factor to shock, surprise, delight and engage the listener and the user from day one, thanks to its distinctive sound (see the notable/unique features) and its unmatched flexibility.

SynFX joins StreakFX and MouthBreather to form the Sound Design Collection by StrangeLines and saving you a heap of cash on purchasing the Max for Live Audio Devices separately!

NOTE: StrangeLines offers SynFX as a free upgrade to all the amazing customers who believed, purchased and had a great time and fun with Wob FX 3, regarded as a “swiss-army knife” for Ableton Live.


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Ernesto Cecco D’Ortona is a Sound Developer/Artist, User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Designer, full-time nerd and of course Max for Live guru from Italy, based in Milan. He’s not new to the Ableton community and is mainly known for his sleek, innovative and easy to use FX plugins for Isotonik Studios & Audiomodern. You’ll find his work spread across the web and available on the best online marketplaces as well: Plugin Boutique, Beatport Sounds, ADSR and so on. He already developed some of the most unique, usable and weird M4L devices worldwide (inspiring Ableton’s Drum Buss with MouthBreather) through his own brand StrangeLines which is focused on bringing strong and unusual electro-neural vibes to the mix through “strange” instruments, both fun and fast to use in the daily rush of the busy music producer. Ernesto’s smart and visionary products feature special and almost pioneering custom-modeled controls (filter, chorus, neuro-style pitch shifting called “warp” and more) and, to date, his work has not disappointed a single reviewer to date, collecting amazing reactions from both users and popular entities such as Synthopia, Ask.Audio, ProducerSpotAbleton itself and many others. The story behind the name is quite interesting (Ernesto’s really good at picking names by the way, see BSOD): if you think about music and sound visually, you may picture in your mind piano keys, guitar strings, sliders or your DAW’s tracks and so on… What do all these have in common? Easy, from a newbie standpoint they’re all interfaces made out of “strange lines” and since to use StrangeLines tools you really don’t need to know much more, you may just enjoy a truly new and innovative sonic experience! StrangeLines is posting new videos about their latest experiments on their official YouTube channel, subscribe & hit the bell to never miss one! You can take a closer look at the StrangeLines project (and interact directly with Ernesto) on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

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