That Ableton Live can work well with hardware modular Synthesizers, they already showed in the past with some clever features. Now they go one step further and release Ableton CV Tools, a free update for Live 10 Suite. CV Tools is a pack that lets you interface your modular or other CV-based music gear with Ableton Live 10.
To make it work, you need a compatible DC-coupled audio interface or modules. Without buying additional modulation modules, you can very easily expand the possibilities of your modular system.
Very good: if you don’t use CV-based equipment or any Eurorack synth, the Rotating Rhythm Generator and CV Utility devices works also in a modular-style workflow inside Live or speak to your hardware setup with classic MIDI.
CV Tools Features
- CV Instrument: Allows control of modular gear with MIDI. Features flexible modulation and voicing options, as well as cent-accurate tuning for oscillators.
- CV triggers: Allows musicians to sequence their modular drum modules from inside Live.
- CV Utility: Allows musicians to control their modular gear with automation curves from Live. It is also possible to add, multiply and shift control signals together and process control voltages like audio.
- CV Clock In: Allows control of Live’s tempo from Eurorack modules.
- CV Clock Out: Sends CV clock out to sync modular gear with Live.
- CV In: Allows signals received from modular gear to modulate parameters in Live.
- CV Shaper: A device for creating flexible CV shapes in Live that are then sent to a modular rig.
- CV Envelope Follower: Uses audio signals inside Live to control modular gear.
- CV LFO: Acts as an additional LFO source for modular systems.
- Rotating Rhythm Generator: A modular-style beat and polyrhythm generator. This device also sends MIDI for use with Drum Racks or other external equipment with a MIDI input.
CV Tools is available now for all owners of Live 10 Suite running 10.1 or above and owners of Ableton Live 10 Standard + Max For Live. The pack can be downloaded from the Live browser under available packs. Users can also download CV Tools from their account page.
More information here: Ableton
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