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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)

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) 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)

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) 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)

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) 2010 Updates

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)

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)

Mackie Control Protocol and Ableton

by Clint on August 14th 2009

Now that I have an APC 40 I don't have much use for this. But it's still pretty cool and has been how I do things on stage for years now. Essentially, most electronic/laptop musicians dream of never having to actually look at the laptop, or touch it during a pe... (continue reading)


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