Manifest Audio has created some very cool Max For Live MIDI FX: Chance Engine, Subtraction Engine, and Note Raum. Their latest free offering, Cheat Code, is a deceptively potent performance tool – and Ask Audio is here to break the news.
When it comes to MIDI, there are two types of quantization. Note pitch quantization ensures MIDI conforms harmonically to a selected scale and key. Timing quantization keeps notes tidy on the timeline, adhering to consistent rhythmic intervals such as 16th or 8th notes – but this is typically only applied after a performance has been recorded.
By combining both types of quantization in real time, Cheat Code allows you to play loose and free in the moment with clinical accuracy – and optional swing. With 50 scales to choose from in any key, there’s nothing stopping you from grooving away in just about any style imaginable.
Base rhythmic quantization ranges from whole notes – perfect if you only want notes or chords to start at the beginning of each bar – all the way up to 64th notes for slow tempo genres. Swing is contextual to the selected rhythmic interval, and you can click the button that says Normal to toggle into Triplets at any interval.
Click the Quantize toggle to Pass notes through without rhythmic quantization. Or, to only use real-time rhythmic quantization without conforming to a scale, just set the scale selector to Chromatic with Quantize on.
A built-in Transposition slider allows you to re-pitch note output in real time within the selected scale and key to easily produce new melodic motifs. Combine this with the Hold toggle for intermittent sustain, and you can have a lot of fun repurposing existing MIDI clips with minimal effort.
The output display at lower right shows outgoing MIDI note pitch and velocity – and you can also click there to flush stuck notes if need be. All Cheat Code parameters are available for automation, modulation, and MIDI mapping, it’s fully optimized for Push, and features comprehensive Info View annotation should you need help at any point.
Requires: Live 10.1 Suite or higher running Max 8.1 or higher.