xP for Live

xp4l_montage

About

xp-for-live (xp4l) is a fully integrated solution designed to expand with simplicity Ableton Live potential toward the field of spatial sound performance.

The goal of xp4l is to provide Ableton users with a flexible and simplified environment to create true 3d audio projects.

It is made of a free m4l (max-for-live) suit consisting of 5 devices and a standalone application that users have to purchase. We used to call familiarly this package "xP"

xP should not be understood as a suite of different m4l devices, but as a set of tools that work together.

Given the challenge of developing such features in Ableton Live, it was nonetheless important to remain as much as possible in the spirit of what makes its workflow unique, a subtil balance in the direction of artistic creativity and live spontaneity.

The project is partly based on Ircam Spat~ , a library of Max/MSP objects for real-time spatial processing of sounds. It's a unique set of tools for its ability to simulate virtual acoustic spaces.

xp4l is therefore intended for past, new or future users of the Spat library. Although possible before xp4l existed, accessing the library from Ableton Live in the max-for-live environment through a flexible format by users was made complex, and this fact deprived the majority of creators from taking advantage of this incredible tool.

xp4l comes with a solution for every users, regardless of their level of knowledge of maxmsp, that will alleviate this problem, and offers exciting perspectives for further version developments.

Compatibility

Mac OS

Recommended minimum computer requirements:
2,9 GHz Intel Core i7 - 16 Go / with Radeon Pro 560 4 Go or equivalent.

Mac os 10.14 and above (Not tested on Apple Silicon M1)

Note: it is quite likely possible to work on lower Mac os version from os 10.11 and with lower computer spec. You can test your set up with the demo version. If it works for the demo, then the full version should work.

Windows OS

Currently not supported, but it's only a matter of time. Release will be announced soon.

Requirements

A working internet connection is necessary to activate the xp4l.app. It will use your registered email address. After purchasing the application, a licence number will be sent to you by email, and will also appears in your personal account.

ableton
ircam

Ableton 10 or 11

with Max For live extension updated to max8.

https://www.ableton.com/en/live/max-for-live/

Note:  Max for live is included in Live suit

Ircam Spat library

Current supported version is spat 5.2.4

The xp4l.devices, which are free, are using some of the Spat library objects. So, you need to have the spat library (also free) installed and up to date on your computer.

Visit https://forum.ircam.fr/ projects/detail/spat/ and follow the installation notes. Be sure to download the right version for your system.

For new users, be aware that you will have to sign up with free account to Ircam Forum before being able to download the library. Installation will typically only requires to copy a Spat folder into your /documents/max8/package