90 Free Max4Live Devices

US In-depth lessons and a large set of examples to spark inspiration      25/04/23

If you've ever fancied making your own Max4Live devices, well now is the time! Ableton have announced Building Max Devices - a set of lessons, devices, and examples to inspire the creation of your own music making tools. Included in the free download are 90 devices to help build your knowledge. The full playlist of instructional videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoh4MB-kbBmI1pXYI4M1jX2_5xpMNS-g-

Building Max Devices takes you through the steps you need to build your own Max tools, with helpful lesson texts spread out across multiple Live Sets.

A tour of Max for Live: this Set contains a number of simple but playful devices designed to highlight the kinds of things Max is capable of. Filler is a MIDI effect that generates drum patterns, Snipper replays and pitches snippets of recorded audio, the Bell Tower instrument is a simple poly synth that uses FM to produce convincing bell sounds, and the Macro Knob device lets you control multiple parameters with one dial. 

An introduction to building Max devices: This Set gives you the chance to get hands-on experience tweaking devices like the ones featured in the tour. Before starting, you have the option of getting familiar with the basics of Max with a video.

In-depth lessons

Things get real with the in-depth lesson Sets. Each lesson shows you how to build a specific type of device from scratch – covering MIDI and audio effects, instruments, controlling Live and routing and modulating – with step-by-step instructions covering the most important things you need to know and more context in the form of additional tips and explanations. The sixth lesson is dedicated to the art of debugging, and the final Set presents an alternative way to perform a track with just four dials to play with, based on the devices you learned to build in the preceding lessons.


If you want to work with any programming environment, it's crucial to learn from examples. Building Max Devices concludes with a curated selection of examples, each with a Live Set and a lesson page. With a wide variety of patches from the beginner level (like a MIDI echo and panning device) to advanced (like a high-quality plate reverb), and helpful annotations, these examples make it easy to draw inspiration for your own creations.

Video walkthroughs

If you'd rather learn more before downloading the Pack, take a look at the videos on our YouTube channel.


Find out more here: https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/building-max-devices/


About the author [midierror]: midierror makes nifty Max For Live devices, innovative music hardware, award winning sample packs and hosts a podcast speaking to people in the music world.

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