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.
Initial Release 10th October 2023
The Tape Max4Live device delivers the sound and character of a tape recording with no hassles that come with actual tape recording process. Although it’s not trying to match the profile of any specific deck, it captures the tone, feel and the vibe of the generation deck represents.
Each model has its own saturation curve and authentic frequency responses at two speeds — 15 ips and 30 ips — measured from actual tape decks, but exaggerated slightly to invite more sonic exploration.
UNIQUE SOUND PROFILES
Based on the profiles of the actual tape decks of different generations every model imparts it’s own signature sound onto material.
Each deck comes with two playback speeds each with its own unique signature sound:
Tailor your sound further with three distinct tape formulations:
TAPE DECK MECHANICS
The mechanics of a tape deck play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity and quality of the sound. Worn-out mechanics introduce a host of irregularities and imperfections such as increased wow & flutter, tape and drive slips — which result in tonal fluctuations, uneven frequency response — all combined while sometimes problematic, can also be harnessed creatively to impart a distinct, nostalgic character to recordings.
A background noise inherent to tape recordings. While often seen as a drawback and something to be minimized, some artists and producers enjoy the nostalgic and “live” feel it imparts. You can adjust the amount of tape hiss in your recording with a dedicated setting.
SATURATION & CLIPPING
Saturation, a subtle form of distortion, acts like a sonic cushion. It gently compresses peaks, adds harmonics, and increases perceived loudness without causing harsh clipping. With Tape you get the dual benefit of adding character to your mix while safely boosting its overall volume, ensuring your master buss remains clean and free from digital artifacts.
AUTHENTIC LOOK & FEEL
All our devices follow the established Ableton Live design conventions and blend nicely with the existing selection of tools while employing a unique look. Color scheme adapts to the selected Live color theme naturally. While the design of our devices is functional, it also is easy on the eyes.
PUSH 3 STANDALONE READY
All Monomono devices work on Push 3 in Standalone mode.