Iota Is A New Max For Live Granular Synthesizer By Dillon Bastan For Ableton Live

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Ableton released today in collaboration with Dillon Bastan, a new granular synthesizer instrument for Live 9. Iota is a new Max For Live granular looping instrument that allows musicians to import samples and to transform them in massive granular spheres. With an easy-to-use interface and cool graphical interface, sound designers can design very fast new unheard sounds.

Aimed at electronic musicians, sound designers and installation artists, Iota is a Max For Live granular looping instrument that wrings endless creative potential out of even the simplest samples, via an inspiring graphically-driven interface.

Conceived and developed by Los Angeles musician, artist and programmer Dillon Bastan, Iota is a Max For Live device that enables regions within a sample to be looped, layered, filtered and processed by drawing boxes in a spectrogram using a set of familiar graphical editing tools. Use it to deconstruct any sound as you like, rebuilding it as a composite of glitchy micro-loops, an ever-shifting soundscape or anything else you can dream up. Three playback modes let you lock Iota to Live’s transport for synced playback, unlock it to play back autonomously and endlessly – ideal for unattended sound installations –or control individual loops via Push or a MIDI keyboard.

Parameter changes and loop box movements can be recorded and played back within Iota itself, too, making it easy to apply evolving timbral changes to each individual loop over time. Beyond the natural intuitiveness of the ‘loop boxing’ paradigm, electronic musicians will find Iota’s synthesis controls flexible and fast to work with, while sound designers will lose themselves in the limitless spectral possibilities it opens up. From evocative ambiences and sinuous textures to finely-sculpted FX and polyrhythmic soundbeds, Iota realises a unique and powerful new approach to granular synthesis and sound design that any Live user can easily get to grips with, no matter what their experience or ability level.


  • Granular synthesis made easy
  • Innovative graphical loop editor
  • Trigger loops from Push or any MIDI controller keyboard
  • Record and playback parameter and loop range changes within Iota
  • Turn any sample into a continuously evolving soundscape
  • Create loops with individual parameters
    • Gain
    • Pan
    • Pitch
    • Volume window
    • Playback direction
    • 2 Filter options (fft or biquad hp/lp pair Q)
    • Delay
  •  Global parameter offsets (filter, pitch and position)
  • “Spread”

Iota is now available for Live 9 Max For Live 6.1.9 and can be purchased directly on for 29€/$39

More informations here: Ableton Iota Granular Synthesizer 


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