M4L Tutorial #4 add a filter envelope to 1 minute synth : Max for Ableton Live

Step 4 of building our quick mono synth is to give the filter some dynamic color. We reuse the ADSR~ that we learned about in #2 but use the note in to pass the frequency set by our live dial. The ADSR envelope sweeps the frequency from 0 to the value that is set on the dial.

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13 thoughts on “M4L Tutorial #4 add a filter envelope to 1 minute synth : Max for Ableton Live”

  1. These videos are a fabulous resource, Eric. I learned more about Max
    through them than from anywhere else. Just watching basic operations helps
    a lot.

  2. i hit a bit of a problem with this. i cant figured out how to control the
    amount at which the envelope has an effect on the filter cut, and since i
    am using the the control that was originally controlling the cut off to
    control the amount of the new adsr…..yeah, dunno. i can’t control the cut
    off of the filter independent of the adsr using this method. Thanks. 🙂

  3. Hi Eric, really enjoying your vids. Quick question: before adding this
    filter envelope I could adjust the filter dial whilst a note was pressed
    and hear the effect, now I have to retrigger the note. Have a wired
    something up wrong with the ADSR?

  4. For the Filter Sweep issue go here…cycling74 . com/forums/topic .
    php?id=35798 BUT, add a / 100. object between the freq knob and the * 1.
    object or your cutoff knob will be multiplying it’s output number by 100. I
    even changed the * 1. to a * 0.

  5. Hey man, I appreciate that you make these videos, but your tutorials are
    basically useless to people who don’t already have a keen grasp of what is
    going on in M4L. For someone trying to learn the process, you basically
    explain nothing, talk a million words a minute, and fly around on the
    interface in such a way as to only really preach to the converted or just
    show how proficient you are at using the program. Which begs the question,
    why call it a tutorial? Why not call it a demonstration?

  6. I’m afraid if all tutorials started at the most basic level we’d never get
    to the advanced levels, and it would also take 20 minutes for each of them.
    I do have some tutorials specifically called “basic” and there are a lot of
    built in tutorials in Max so I chose to not replicate too much of what was
    already available.

  7. Ha, was wondering how to make an ADSR work on the volume of an oscillator,
    about 2 seconds looking at this video answered that! Nice one!

  8. His tutorials worked for me. I knew nothing about the program from the
    beginning, and I’m busy working on a synth that I’ve done all from scratch.
    Also, no, it’s not a copy of this one. This, along with the Cycling ’74
    tutorials, has helped me learn what’s ACTUALLY going on when I open up a
    patch that I download from the internet. He explains what you need to know
    about the program. Much of the program is explained from within it, but
    it’s generally a more difficult process to learn that way.

  9. Can you explain what the frequency dial does when placed into the first
    input of the ADSR? Is it acting as an Amount dial for the filter envelope?

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