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Name | Version: MicroTonic Drumpad 1.0.1
Author: xanadu
Device Type: Instrument
Description: I like the MicroTonic drums from Sonic Charge a lot. You can get almost any drumsound from the same drumsynth. For each drumpad 23 parameters can do the job. It’s about 15 years old now, but I don’t think it shows it’s age.
Ableton Live is my main DAW. Ableton’s Drum Rack can be used easily from my Push 2. Through the years I’ve tried several times to integrate the MicroTonic into a Drum Rack. Finally I’m content with this approach which allows the use of standard MicroTonic presets and integrates the parameters for use from the Push2.

There are more devices for the MicroTonic here on, but I think there is room left for one more. This package comes with some usefull extra features.

This package is freely available for download ‘as is’. Although I’ve spent a lot of time constructing this device I decided not to make it commercially available. You can use it as you like. The code is open and can be changed in the MaxForLive editor to your liking. However I ask you not to distribute your own altered versions. Instead please ask me to integrate your code into my device. That way there will only be one codebase for it. The downside of this is that I will only provide minimal technical support if you have issues using the device.

To do list
- There is an issue Ableton Live will crash when closing with active MicroTonic Drumpads. To avoid this you can delete the drum rack before closing Ableton. I will report this issue to Cycling ’74.
- The neural network is using an old version of the brain by Heather Arthur. This needs to be replaced by a recent version. However the AI is doing it’s work reasonably well.

First you need to unzip the downloaded file and find a nice place for it on your computer. Then add this to ‘Places’ in Ableton Live. You need to place your own ‘Microtonic Multi.dll’ file into the VSTi subfolder. If this doesn't work for you you can manually select your plug-in.

You can drag the Microtonic Drumrack.adg into your Ableton song. This gives you 8 identical drumpads. Each drumpad has an embedded MicroTonic VSTi inside. The first pad of these are used for making a sound. For loading presets the pads must be placed on the notes C1 to G1. You can load as many MicroTonic drumpads or other drumsounds into the drumrack as you like.

This package comes with a user manual and a technical reference.


Live Version Used: 10.0.5
Max Version Used: 8.0.2
Date Added: Jan 06 2019 16:14:19
Date Last Updated: Jan 11 2019 15:54:26
Downloads: 1064
License: None
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Device File: MicroTonic


Looks like a super interesting/useful M4L device Xanadu. Nice one.

Re: Installation you mention "You need to place your own ‘Microtonic Multi.dll’ file into the VSTi subfolder."

How would you go about this setup on a Mac with no DLL fille?
Hi dystopiandisco,

Thanks for your remark. I don't have a Mac, so I can't test my devices on it.

I've added a menu with the Microtonic plugins that MaxForLive can find in the default places. There's also an option to select your plug-in manually. I hope this will work for everyone now.

Unfortunately I can't get this to work on my Mac. It can find my presets but not my plugin. I tried to manually adjust the link in the max file in the VST module (VSTi/Microtonic Multi.vst) and added that folder to the Ableton live VST2 plug-in custom folder but it does not work.
Other than this not working on a Mac, it looks like an amazing piece of work so kudos for that anyway.
Ok MAC users.. after a few days of tinkering this is what I found:

There is a "Microtonic Drumrack.adg" in the Microtonic Drumrack Project folder. I loaded that one and could not understand how to link this to my vst. In Xanadu's comment he refers to the option to select your plugin manually and I could not find that.

I now understand this drum rack cells are loaded with "MicroTronic.pad.009.amxd" files (you can't see the name in the drum cell name, because it (cleverly) automatically renames them to numbers). But the MicroTronic.pad.010.amxd is the newer one that does contain the "select plugin manually" option. So the solution is to just drop the MicroTronic.pad.010.amxd on all drum cells. Now you can manually select the plugin. I didn't even need to do so, because this one found mine automatically. Beware that the default sound is almost inaudible because all the default values are zero, meaning levels, eq, panning etc are all set to hard left.

Now if anyone can explain me how to get the presets working and neural network, that would be great. Because unlike my first comment, this does not work. My max knowledge is very limited, someone else might be able to figure this one out.

Still, an amazing piece of work, clean programming and layout of the max file, clever functionality. I'd pay for a working version (that preferably does not crash Live but that's up to Sonic Charge).
Great device, thanks a lot. I do have one question; how can I record automation in to Ableton? The device seems to override any tweaks I make during a live take in a clip in Ableton.
what is the "train AI " feature for?
Hi Nico Kaniak,

Sorry for the delay in answering.

The AI thing reads all your MicroTonic pad presets and tries to find out what kind of sound they are.

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