Intuitive preset interpolation
Sometimes your best idea is just between two you’ve already had. Gradient is like a color picker for device presets in Ableton Live, aiding in your search for magnificent purples between the reds and blues in your existing library. Put in slightly less metaphoric terms, Gradient allows you to discover and design presets for your favorite Live devices, instruments, and VSTs in a new way that’s fun and intuitive.
What it is: A tool to design and discover device configurations in Ableton Live.
Why it is: This device isn’t a randomizer, but it borrows a lot from the mentality a randomizer
is approached with. It’s tempting to smash the Mutate button, but that leads to very inconsistant results. I spent a lot of time thinking of ways to develop a randomizer that produced reliable output, but to do so required meaningful constraints. Setting these constraints required as much or more attention and knowledge of the device as simply setting the device. The beauty of Gradient is that good constraints can be defined organically just by adding presets to the banks. Given the nature of interpolation, the values of a device’s parameters can never exceed the values in these presets which are already bound to each other by the logic and purpose of each preset. In this way, traversing the Color Pallet (XY pad) produces shifts in logic proportionally across the entire patch so that no parameter ever sticks out as an outlier. Thus, the “real” randomizer is the position of the pointer in the Color Pallet. Like traditional randomizers, you don’t need to set this tediously or have a very clear idea of what you’re going for when you start out. Just feed it patches you like and discover new ideas of your own and tweak as much or as little as you like as you go.
Live Suite, or Max for Live