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Name/Version: Compositor Max for Live 4.0
Author: Ruslan  
Description: Compositor 4 is a virtual hybrid synthesizer, which has the ability to choose modulation layers and change buffer values in wide boundaries independently from your audio driver setup. Compositor 4 generates melodic patterns in relation to locations in its coordinate system. Virtual synthesizer of Compositor 4 subdivisions on physical modeling, waveshaping and granular synthesis. This gives three types of synthesizers in one: the first one sounds as an organ, second has a harsh wave distortion sound and third is subtractive, analog modelling synthesizer. Two types of internal sequencers are available both working in real-time. One drives the analog modeling subtractive engine and the other drives physical modeling engine.  

Device Details

Tags synth, sequencer, effect, utility, other
Live Version Used: 11.0.12
Max Version Used: 8.2.1
Date Added: Sep 26 2017 13:58:08
Date Last Updated: Jan 13 2022 18:31:12
Device Type: audio_device
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License (more info): Commercial


This looks legitimately cool... and kind of expensive, given I don't know how well it would be suited to my needs.
Has anyone tried this? How's the CPU usage?
My reservations are that, while it seems interesting, it's hard to tell how the M4L version compares to the original, and a lot of the additional effects (such as bitcrushing) seem to be superfluous additions that are already available in Ableton and introduce a degree of bloat I'm trying to cut back on.


Compositor 4 Max for Live uses the same audio engine as Compositor 4 Standalone, except it doesn't have the stochastic generator. As it can be used with Max 7 and 8 Max for Live it consumes less CPU power than Compositor 4 Standalone, which is Max 6 based. Overal, with Q9450 Quad Core CPU, which is the 2008 processor, it reaches 90% CPU usage at 44100 Hz sample rate. This could be much less on modern CPU's. Besides it is a fully auxiliary sound engine, which can be used to spectrally process your input and has MS-decoder in it.

All in all you can qualify Compositor 4 Max for Live as a mastering processor to give your mix more spatial depth and give some analog overtones as in tube modelling. You can also use it to add tempo-synchronized analog synth sequences and physically modeled tones to your productions.

Best regards,

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