CV Tools is a new free Max For Live add on Pack for Live 10.1.
Developed in conjunction with Skinnerbox, it offers integrated CV, trigger and clock control from within Ableton Live. The integration is pretty seamless, with 10 devices - the first of which is the CV Instrument with CV, Gate, Envelope and Modulation all integrated.
It also allows you to calibrate and save the CV scaling to ensure the maximum range for pitch tracking. Something which some Analogue instruments are not great with - so you can effectively create custom CV scaling for each instrument or module you have. You can also take external CV inputs and map them to Live parameters at hight audio rates which is a really powerful feature.
True, there are other methods for doing this, but the fact that this is working from inside of Live makes it more accessible.
Note: you need a DC coupled audio interface to be able to output Control Voltages from Live
For a list of compatible devices see here.
We had a visit from the excellent Simon Stokes from Shoogle Studios in Glasgow where he's an Ableton Certified Trainer.
You need Ableton Live Suite 10.1 to run CV Tools but it is a free update to registered users.
All CV Tools Modules:
Ableton's CV Tools will be available soon - downloadable from your Ableton account
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