Random Simpler

Random Simpler

Name: Random Simpler
Version: 0.6
Published: 2015/1/8
Updated: 2015/5/25
Type: Max4Live Instrument
OS: Windows, Mac OS X
Compatibility: latest Max 7 + Live

This Max4Live instrument is a sample player combined with the idea of picking files from Live's database that holds the links to the sound files on your harddrive.

A pretty lightweight device, which can quickly access information about all of your audio samples, even if there are hundreds of thousands of files. It is also possible to have multiple instances of the devices in a Live project and they all access the same database resource.

Instead of dropping files onto the device, there's a "Next" and a "Prev" button to change the current sample. The next sample will be a randomly selected audio file out of any of your folders / subfolders in the "Places" section of Ableton Live's browser. For every folder you include by selecting it in the device, all files in the underlying tree structure are used for the results. You can match files with search terms and you can fav or ban files permanently.

Often, if you start a new track, you do not exactly know what kind of sounds you're looking for and this device can be a refreshing alternative way to find inspiring soundfiles. It makes the most sense for people with big sample library collections.

With "Global Control"  button set to ON, nearly every control of this device is a macro for all or a group of the other instances. You can also use the "Next" button in this mode and all instances will change the sample at once. You can copy file filter settings or even the currently selected sample across other devices.

More experimental things are possible. One button press on your midi controller could change all samples in a song. Or you add midi generating devices and compose decision based with very reduced controls.  

Of course, it likes big RAMs but is not very CPU hungry, except the timestretch/pitchshift features.

After playing around with it for a while you may notice how useful it would be to have some audio descriptors for every file that could be used to filter files by selectors like frequency, key, attack, ... Maybe it becomes this kind of "Meta Simpler" someday.

I assume this device runs on any given system with latest versions of Max 7 and Ableton Live installed. If it crashes for you or you find a bug, please send me at least a short note.

In case you want to download the overview chart: rs_0.6_overview.png



Put it into your library and drop it onto a miditrack or drumpad in Ableton Live.



2015/5/25 v0.6

  • canceled Max 6 compatibility (the new features require Max 7)
  • browse for subfolders and select them
  • additional file types (flac, mp3)
  • an 8-voice polyphonic version
  • any device parameter is now reliably saved and recalled with the ableton project
  • doubleclick in the waveform to prelisten from that position

2015/2/7 v0.5

  • fixed Max 6 compatibility
  • important fixes of the playback engine
  • you can now hold CTRL(command) or ALT to set start or end points in the waveform


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The full version:
Included is a polyphonic version of the device (plays chords, overlapping notes).
Make sure you fully tested the demo version without any problems. Any upcoming updates of this device will be free for you.
Please use any content purchased from this site at your own risk. All sales are final.
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Rate: 9 EUR


Category: Max4Live Devices


0 # daveybfire wrote on Saturday, 06 February 2016 10:47
This is an amazing and incredibly useful device - there are so many possibilities - on its own or in combination with other devices. Unlimited fuel for your creativity. Go ahead - liberate all your samples. Simply brilliant - thank you!
0 # 11oLsen wrote on Monday, 08 February 2016 18:05
Hi, thanks for your words. Yes, I use it to make some random music in combination with midi generating devices. I'm glad you like it.
0 # Felix wrote on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:05
hello! thx for device! which midi generating devices are you using with random simpler?
0 # 11oLsen wrote on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 16:14
Hi. I'm using modified versions of Instant House, Rhytmicator, and a selfmade sequence generator.

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