Ableton Loop in its second year was a vastly expanded event, with more people, more interactions, and a greater sense of community. And it was more hands-on. The workshop with Skinnerbox, the duo that makes such robust use of Live, well, live, was overflowing. But now there’s a gift for everybody, not just those lucky enough to pack into the Berlin session.

It’s simple, but that makes it handy to learn from. And it’s quite useful. (I like stuff like that for learning patching for the first time. Sometimes you need a screwdriver, not a CNC machine.)

Curve does what it sounds like – take a MIDI input, map to a curve. It really ought to be part of Ableton’s native MIDI mapping functions, but until Ableton does (cough), it’s a great Max for Live tutorial.

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CURVE by SKINNERBOX is a follow up device to our workshop during ableton loop 2016. simply map a midi controller to “MIDI IN” and use the mapping controls to map the incoming signal to any parameter within live. the “CURVE” parameter allows you to apply a logarithmic / exponential curve to the incoming signal and thus make the most out of your controller and add some “musical” precision. values less then 1. will produce a logarithmic curve whereas values more then 1. will produce an exponential curve.

Grab it on the de facto repository for this stuff, maxforlive.com:

http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3894/curve-by-skinnerbox

Previously:
Hear the epic live set Skinnerbox played at Fusion Festival

Addendum: If what you want to do is do more complicated mappings, including curves, check out the mapping patches in the free Max for Live Essentials pack from Ableton.

What’s nice about this Curve patch is, because it’s so simple, it’s probably a better starting point for learning to create your own Max patches for processing MIDI.

  • Matt Jackson

    The same curve mapping function is also in the Map 8 and Multi Map devices in the free Max for Live Essentials pack by Ableton. *cough*
    https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/max-live-essentials/#?item_type=free

    • So there is an Ableton official device that does curve and curve alone?

      • Matt Jackson

        Map 8 just maps with curve. It’s essentially Curve but 8 times so you have one device to use with 8 knob controllers like Push to control stuff all over your set.

        • Matt Jackson

          Multi map is 1 knob with many destinations and a curve and range for each if you want a super macro with curves.

      • Right exactly – Map 8 does the same trick. On the other hand, if you’re just going MIDI in to a single curve, this will do the trick… but it’s very likely you’ll have more than just one value.

        I think the primary utility here is learning how to do MIDI processing with something simple.

  • chap

    i can’t use anything using live.remote. It’s killing the mouse action.