now part of Cycling74

by Clint on August 16th 2018

I bought the domain name on January 15th 2009, the exact day Ableton announced the very idea of Max for Live itself. I remember sitting on my couch, reading the announcement and subsequent forum chatter. The possibilities for such an integration blew my mind. The seamless fusion of c... (continue reading)

User Profile Pages on

by Clint on October 11th 2013

A couple of new features have been added to Push Tag You can now tag devices that are made for use with Ableton Push. More and more people are creating custom devices that extend or change the default behavior of the Push hardware. Use of this new tag makes it easy to g... (continue reading)

Max for Live and Audio Reactive Visuals at Together Fest

by Clint on May 7th 2013

synnack will once again deliver a Max for Live technical session at Together Festival in Boston. This time focused on the "audio reactive" synnack ... (continue reading)

Ableton features synnack live visual work

by Clint on March 19th 2013

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Whats new in Max for live in Ableton Live 9

by Clint on March 11th 2013

Ableton Live 9 is finally shipping! Of the many new and cool features, the inclusion of Max for Live into Live 9 Suite is a welcome addition that is driving many new users to the world of Max for Live and our community at ma... (continue reading)

synnack quote on

by Clint on March 10th 2013

Cycling74, the makers of the Max programming language and collaborators with Ableton to create Max for Live featured a quote from me on their new ... (continue reading)

synnack @ Berklee Electronica Music Club

by Clint on February 19th 2013

synnack will participate in the Berklee School of Music "Electronica Club" with a lecture and demonstration of the practical uses of Max for Live for audio and visual integration on April 4th 2013. 7:00pm start at 22 The Fenway, Room 112. Follow B... (continue reading)

Reflections on the new 2013 live setup

by Clint on January 19th 2013

Last week synnack performed at Planet Myer Day 11 in Leipzig. The set debuted several new tracks in the works, as well as our new video work. Here's a video of the start of the set plus the first track we ... (continue reading)

Building Tech for Visuals versus Making Art

by Clint on January 1st 2013

Happy New Year 2013. Next week synnack will be performing at Planet Myer Day in Leipzig, Germany. The set will feature 2 new, yet unreleased, tracks from the upcoming v3 release... (continue reading)

Simple RMS Meter in Max for Live

by Clint on November 25th 2012

RMS meters are useful when mastering to look at the relative average levels between tracks (for example). Correlation meters are useful when mastering to identify phase cancellation issues and mono compatibility. As an example, if you were mastering for vinyl and were only listening to the bass freq... (continue reading) Tshirts Now Available

by Clint on November 4th 2012 now has T-Shirts available for purchase. In my August Update about changes to I talked about the move from hosting the site at home, to ... (continue reading)

Ableton Live 9 and Max for Live in Suite Announced

by Clint on October 26th 2012

Ableton has announced a number of exciting things that directly impact the Max for Live community on Primarily, Max for Live will be included in the Ableton Live 9 Suite!!! I don't know how many Suite owners there are, or will be with Live ... (continue reading)

0xf8 VJ Demo Reel

by Clint on October 20th 2012

Back in 2010, I began working with Jennifer McClain to redesign the VJ setup we had been using both for club visuals, and for synnack live performances. I detailed the direction we were taking on the blog. In addition to rebuilding the Ji... (continue reading)

New Max for Live Device: Float Mixer

by Clint on September 28th 2012

Ever wanted to detach the Ableton Live mixer and put it on a 2nd monitor while working in Arrangement view? well… This is a mod of "Master Monitor v1.2.0 by user Thompsonaudio on, currently hosted... (continue reading)

New Max for Live Device: getLivePath

by Clint on September 25th 2012

I posted a new Max for Live device today to demonstrate the "live_set view selected_parameter" for use in a Max for Live lecture at the Decibel festival in 2012 titled "Demystifying Max for Live". There are many free "LOM Explorer" utilities out there and lik... (continue reading)

synnack @ Decibel 2012

by Clint on September 18th 2012

synnack will team with Jennifer McClain to bring the 0xf8 live performance setup to Decibel 2012 in Seattle! DEMYSTIFYING MAX FOR LIVE (SYNNACK & JENNIFER MCCLAIN) will take place on Friday September 28th at 1:30pm (Pacific) on the "Square Stage". (... (continue reading) August 2012 Update

by Clint on August 23rd 2012

There have been lots of small updates and enhancements to since my last blog update on the new URL format. I thought I'd take some time to document them all in one shot. Generally the enhancements in th... (continue reading)

Making of Katrina

by Clint on June 13th 2012

On June 2nd 2012 I released a new work called Katrina which explores the time period surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent impact on those from the affected area. This release combines recordings of analog modular synthesis and Max... (continue reading)

Change Clip Color When Played

by Clint on May 11th 2012

For v2.5, I spent a ton of time on sound design with the analog modulars, recording clip after clip of cool sounds. I ended up with hundreds of clips in one massive Live set. To create the final tracks, I did a series of live r... (continue reading)

New URL format on

by Clint on April 14th 2012

Today in a fit to avoid what I should be doing I implemented a different URL scheme on so that the name of your device is part of the URL. The new new URL format should be more search engine friendly such that searching your device name in google has a better chance of showing the... (continue reading)

synnack and 0xF8 @ Together

by Clint on March 25th 2012

If you live in the Boston area, or are planning to make the trip in for the Together Festival, you'll have 2 chances to see synnack perform. First up, I'm thrilled to announce we will be doing a unique, one-time-only session at "... (continue reading) Terms of Service Updated

by Clint on January 15th 2012

FYI. I have updated the user agreement on to clarify a few things. First, I added an explicit rule that HTML in comments is not allowed. In attempt to control SPAM comments I started logging a... (continue reading) Comment Notification

by Clint on August 20th 2011

I recently added a small feature to where you can be notified of comments. I posted here and the Ableton forums a while back looking for feedback on using 3rd party comment systems or just kee... (continue reading) Comment Feedback Needed

by Clint on June 26th 2011

Today I implemented the DISQUS commenting system on this blog. It always amuses me that I get very little comments directly on the blog, yet people will comment frequently on the Facebook/Tweets/Forum posts I do to advertise each blog post. That has me cur... (continue reading)

LineFO update to 1.4

by Clint on May 30th 2011

This weekend I updated one of my first Max for Live devices, LineFO to version 1.4. When M4L first came out, there were quickly many devices shared to modulate parameters. In the most recent M4L update, Ableton even added their own... (continue reading)

0xf8 Progress and Upcoming Shows

by Clint on May 15th 2011

In November 2010 I wrote a detailed write-up about what new activity was planned for synnack+0xf8 since the DVD was done. (Read it here: 0xf8 Phase 2). In preparing for two upcoming shows we really wanted to show some progress on the... (continue reading)

Reversing Workflow in Max

by Clint on May 8th 2011

@cycling74 recently tweeted asking "What is the best #MaxMSP advice you've ever heard?". A few good responses. I like "use route inside sub-patches so that they only need one inlet" for example. Here's one from me. When starting a new project in max... (continue reading)

Great Max tips from Cycling74

by Clint on April 18th 2011

Check out these videos from Cycling74. Awesome tips for getting the most out of Max. For example: Did you know you can build Max for Live devices that will work on Mac and Wi... (continue reading)

Enforcing Creative Commons

by Clint on January 23rd 2011

Inspired by recent threads on the Ableton forums, I have been wondering how to improve the terms and policies of to protect the applied licenses of the devices posted there. (Read about the Creative ... (continue reading)

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by Clint on January 19th 2011

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by Clint on December 21st 2010

In January of 2009, Ableton, Inc announced several new things that blew me away. A dedicated (and affordable) grid/button controller for Ableton Live and a new product called "Max for Live" that would allow users to cre... (continue reading)

0xf8 Phase 2

by Clint on November 16th 2010

Now that the init.system DVD is out, I thought I'd spend some time talking about the next big project for synnack and 0xf8 Studios. We've travelled around the world with custom video for the synna... (continue reading)

Making of synnack v2.5

by Clint on September 4th 2010

The new synnack release, v2.5, is finally out and available in 2 formats from our label, Force of Nature. A free MP3 version, and a FLAC version that features an additional track, custom artwork, and of cour... (continue reading)

by Clint on March 10th 2010

So, I have not been posting nearly as much to this blog as I had hoped. Why? Well. I have been testing Max for live in beta for months and it is now finally released. Part of my involvement has been to build w... (continue reading)

The last day the world stood still

by Clint on September 12th 2009

This week I became a beta tester for Max for Live. I have it installed and I've been messing with it. The world will never be the same after this becomes generally available. Once beta testing is complete and I can talk publicly a... (continue reading)


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