Interview with Robert Henke of Monolake Fame


Cycling74 has just posted some  nice interviews with Robert Henke of Monolake fame on the subject of Max and Max For Live. For Those of you who don't know, Henke and Gerhard Behles are good friends and started out together in the group Monolake. Behles went on to form Ableton and Henke still creates music and is currently in the movie, "Speaking in code". Check out the interviews located on Cycling74's website and additionally check out Henke's website at

Interviews with Henke @ Cycling74


Tutorial: In Control: Part Two - Monome Emulators


This is part two of the In Control series. In this tutorial we discuss how to emulate the Monome by formatting the data into a format that the applications written for the Monome expect. The next part of the series will discuss using the sliders and knobs to control functions through the Live API.

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Tutorial: In Control - A journey into programming Controllers - Part One


This is part one in a series of tutorials that will teach you some of the techniques that are available in integrating hardware controllers within Live. This tutorial teaches you how to setup a 64 button grid with midi and additionally goes through the aspects of addressing the 64 button grid mathematically. At this point we are not illustrating anything that is Live specific but these are important concepts in which to build upon. You will probably find that you will use some of these techniques moving forward. Future tutorials will build upon this one until we have a fully functional hardware controller that performs the actions we specify. The next part will discuss OSC and converting the 64 button grid into OSC messages that can be interpreted from Monome applications.

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Hardware Review: Livid Instruments Ohm64


This review is on the highly desirable Ohm64 by Livid Instruments. This controller is one of the few made in the USA and of good quality materials. The layout is very well thought out and the feel is very solid with rubberized tactile controls. All and all a great unit that is highly versatile.

Filming Note: The flickering that you see of the LEDs on the controller are caused by bad lighting while recording. In actuality no flickering had occurred.

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Max For Live: A Rescue Guide for the New User


As you probably already know, Max For Live is now available for public beta. There are tons of people running to the Ableton and Cycling74 sites to download this add-on to Live only to come to the forum a few hours later and ask, "How do I get started". This may seem like an easy answer for the people that are already familiar with Max and Live. The various users on the forum usually reply with, "Check out the tutorials that are on the Ableton and Cycling74 websites". This is a great answer, as there is a plethora of information out there that can tell you how to do anything you can imagine. However, Here in lies the problem. There is too much information for the average user. Users may feel intimidated by the sheer mass of information out there. Still, others might not even know the information exists. This article is here to direct newcomers to simple information that can get them started and then show them where the advanced information is if needed.

Continue to be rescued after the jump...

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