A powerful modular synthesiser/effects system for Ableton Live. For those who dream of virtual wires...
OSCiLLOT is a modular Max for Live instrument and audio effect, developed by the brilliant Berlin based Max For Cats (Ableton Live/Max Guru's Christian Kleine and Nico Starke). While they have released a number of highly useful, unique Max for Live devices, and continue to do so. OSCiLLOT is there flagship device and a very deep offering, which has been constantly expanded since it was first released in early 2015.
The OSCiLLOT pack contains 4 Max for Live devices; The Instrument, the effects device, an Audio Receiver and a MIDI Receiver. There are now well over 100 modules including, oscillators, filters, modulators,sequencers, modifiers, effects and utilities.
A number of these have been created by third party developers, such as Surreal Machines makers of the amazing Dub Machines Max for Live devices.
OSCiLLOT is a polyphonic instrument, with up to 6 voices and includes Macro's in the style of Lives' Racks, which can be easily mapped to any parameter, of any OSCiLLOT module. It can even send and receive CV (Control Voltage) signals, so it can be easily integrated with external hardware, as long as your audio interface offers a DC coupled output/input. The best thing is it sounds great and is very fun to program. And since the SDK (Software Development Kit) has been released publicly, anyone with Max for Live coding chops can make and freely distribute their own modules.
The full OSCiLLOT pack retails for $99 and is available directly from the Ableton store.
You can also download a demo version (OSCiLLOT Lite), which has less modules than the full version and some limitations, but is a great introduction for those who are not sure about taking the plunge.
For those who have taken the plunge or you just want some more information, there are some useful links and resources below:
OSCiLLOT Forum (Max for Cats)
Max for Cats Youtube - Tutorial and introduction video's
Finally don't forget to check out the included help documentation, accessed through Live's help view under packs, once you have installed OSCiLLOT. It is detailed and well written. Once you are patching together modules within OSCiLLOT, there is a very useful INFO view which can be activated and brings up a great overview for each model as you click on them. See the example below.
Happy patching !
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