K-Devices (www.k-devices.com) has released AutoTrig and TATAT, two new additions to their Out Of Grid (OOG) series of Max for Live devices.
Each provides a non-traditional approach designed to help create music, and control instruments and effects with a different time handling approach within the Ableton Live music software environment. Because their engines are audio-driven, OOG devices bring audio synthesis and sound processing techniques (such as sync, phase distortion, etc.) to the MIDI domain.
AutoTrig ($34) is a MIDI notes generator designed to create mainly percussive beats and grooves with a different approach. Four tracks are driven by a common time resolution, so they will always stay in sync, but each track hosts exclusive time handling parameters and trig processing operators, to create complex structures.
In addition, AutoTrig uses the Live 10 multichannel feature, and MiMu6 (a free device included in its pack), to send audio trig and gate signals out to different audio channels, to control CV outboard gear. Detecting a MiMu6 device on the track, AutoTrig will automatically convert its user interface to deal with it.
TATAT ($34) is an (unstable) streams generator. It’s been designed for three main purposes: to create always-changing sequences, to sketch and store melodic ideas and to add unexpected events to fixed patterns.
TATAT is based on a multi-chance concept. The user sets up to three time resolutions, and up to four notes. Using dedicated multisliders the user can then adjust the chance a note and/or a time resolution are adopted on next trigger, creating complex streams of events. When enabled, a keys toggle allows the user set notes with a keyboard, by pressing and holding up to four notes.
A bichords section lets user to set two intervals and their probability settings, adding harmonic weight and mood to the stream. The generated notes are then processed by several operators: velocity, delay, length and less. The last section, called operations, offers useful for storing and stabilizing the streams, as well as the export of MIDI clips to add stable sequences to the stream.