The MicroTonic Max Rack is a collection of four Max4Live midi effect devices that I hacked together from an existing device to control Sonic Charges’ MicroTonic (uTonic) percussion synthesizer.
Optimized for use with the Ableton Push Controller these 4 Max devices send midi cc messages to the selected pad in uTonic, providing control over the 4 main sections for each sound in uTonic – Mixer, Oscillator, Noise, & Velocity. Just select the pad by playing it on the Push.
uTonic is housed within a Drum Rack and each pad has its own FX rack. Plus there is one FX rack the effects the whole track. The Device chain therefore consists of 7 racks each of which can be selected from the Push controller in Device Mode.
With 2 button presses on the Push you have access to 384 controls mouse free, all labelled for easy identification.
Here’s a shot of the device view containing the 4 max racks, Drum rack, Pad FX, and the Rack FX. You might need to click on it to see it in full size.
Here are the 7 pages as they display on the Push controller. Select the rack (Mixer, OSC etc) using yellow pads on the top row of the Push controller in Device Mode.
– The First 4 (Mixer, OSC, Noise & Extra are the Max Racks that send midi CC to uTonic)
– uDrums is the Drum rack and controls the DrumRack Volume of each Pad
– uPad is the FX rack for the selected Pad
– RackFX is the FX rack for the whole thing
This now comes with a NON-MAX version as well. This Drum Rack houses 8 instances of uTonic. Each instance has 4 banks of parameters mapped. These parameters provide best level detail on the Push controller. Frequencies are expressed in Hz, time in ms, volume in db, waveforms even appear as Sine, Triangle or Saw on the Push Controller. Additionally, any changes made in the uTonic GUI are reflected on the Push whereas the M4L devices are not bi-directional.
Bank 1 = Mixer
Bank 2 = Oscilator
Bank 3 = Noise
Bank 4 = Extras