Sound Objects is a double work that reimagines music production, comprehending a set of three percussive max for live instruments and a full album composed with them. The digital devices’ concept exceeds the traditional boundaries to create single instruments that can morph into a wider variety of percussive sounds. Departing from the ordinary concept of isolated instruments with fixed functions (such as kick, snare, and hi-hat) the three sound objects take the form of hybrid drums that fully take advantage of their digital capabilities, seamlessly blending the various roles. Splinter, Komet and Flubber have unique engines, merging FM synthesis, sampling, subtractive synthesis and audio effects. Their timbers, textures and fundamental frequencies change all across the 127 midi notes while maintaining a cohesive sound. Following the development of these three m4l devices, the album is a showcase of their capabilities and unique sonic palette.
Hpeggiator is designed to expand the limits of a classic arpeggiator.
It doesn’t have a speed limit and it features three modes: normal, range and slow. The arpeggio direction can be modified. while the gate parameter adjusts the length of the outgoing notes. Hpeggiator features both increments by steps and in chord mode, it does feature a sequencer. The variable length anche can be randomize both manually and with the autodice function
Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp66ayUNcsE
Krynn is a multiband stereo distortion developed by Luca Favaro (T.U.) based on a concept design by SY/IN. It is distributed by HIDE Productions | H-4.
Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t7v3gi_Dzo
Vela is a granular sampler taking inspiration from Curtis Roads’ pulsar synthesis program. Its key features are the masking capabilities, allowing for rhytmic and stochastic muting of individual grains, and the envelope modulation section, which provides the user with two easy-to-use envelopes to modulate different parameters inside the device, creating movement and directions in each stream without having to draw automations or to manually turn dials.
Cicada is a time manipulation effect that warps and smears audio in real time. The device is divided into two independent sections: SCRMBL creates a cloud like texture by running the incoming sound through a cascade of modulating delays, with the possibility of adding extra pitch shifted layers. WARP imitates the warp feature on Ableton’s clips, with a grain/speed control and the possibility of having it synced and retriggered according to live’s tempo.
URL_1 is an interactive sound installation. The program is organized as a point and click game containing videos, images and 10 audio tracks that can be played, stopped and mixed by the user. The esoteric layout of URL_1 takes inspirations from ARGs and found footage movies, using audio and video material derived from random YouTube searches to create a new explorable reality. The aim of this installation is to provide a sound experience that involves directly the listener in the creation of an audio composition, without requiring any musical knowledge.
Liquid drums is a series of ready-to-use drum components for Ableton Live. The ensemble is composed of a Kickdrum, Snaredrum, Clap and HiHat. The purpose of these devices is to provide the user a ready to go drum synths with both an easy and intuitive interface and a wide array of synthesis tools. Liquid Drums offers a quick and easy way to always find the right drum sound for every type of project. Each drum is equipped with fully controllable envelopes (both volume and pitch), different kinds of FM modulation and a LFO section including some exclusive wavetables designed specifically for these devices.
LiveGrainLiveGrain is a real-time audio granulator effect that features two independent buffers to record incoming audio and to play it back in a granular stream. Its structure allows for a wide array of uses, from the generation of short and rhythmic delay feedbacks, cloud-like reverbs, up to intense audio manipulations. The device features 9 adjustable parameters that affect each individual grain (Delay, Rate, Duration, Amplitude, Pan, Envelope, Reverse, Pitch, Filter), as well as a global audio modulation set (Volume, Feedback rate and Dry/Wet control). LiveGrain is the first HIDE device that incorporates other HIDE device macros (like NEXT and Simmer) to widen the modulation possibilities: a readapted NEXT macro allows to control Pitch variations with an internal sequencer, while a Simmer macro allows to record parameter/dial automation directly, with only a few clicks.
Slivers is a performance oriented granular looper. The Max for Live device allows users to create complex and modulated sonic landscapes from a single audio sample. It uses the new Multi Channel Max/MSP feature to generate and control various property of each single grain (rate, duration, pitch, ecc.). The device can read samples of any length and vary the portion of the sample being played over time thanks to its scan function.
ReTrig is a Max For Live device based on the concept of random voltage triggering found in eurorack modules. Its purpose is to generate random and constantly changing patterns of notes. It behaves similarly to an arpeggiator but, instead of repeating notes in a sequence, the device holds and retriggers each incoming MIDI note separately at a random speed, creating a more complex rhythmic pattern. The device has a poly and a chord mode. Each note can also trigger new and randomly generated velocity, aftertouch, modwheel and pitch bend values.
Simmer is an automation looper that can be dropped anywhere on an audio effect chain. After being recorded, the movement of each of the four knobs starts looping. Every knob can be mapped to up to three different parameters in the liveset, with the possibility of controlling their maximum and minimum value. The automations can be individually stored and recalled. The Sync button allows to start and stop the knobs along with Ableton tempo. Updated features: single [rec] button for a simpler and more fluid workflow; improved Sync feature that allows for adjustable lengths and quantization of the recordings; with the Midi function the device is now compatible with being mapped to any controller.