Device Details


Name | Version: Erasure 1.0
Author: Slynk
Device Type: Audio Effect
Description: What is Erasure?

Erasure is a maxforlive spectral subtraction effect. It listens to the spectral content of another channel and uses that as a blueprint to subtract spectral content from the incoming signal. Simply place Erasure on the channel you'd like to subtract, then select the subtraction source.

What can I use it for?
This device is essentially a remix of a very old device known as Kn0ck0ut, popular among DIY acapella creators. The idea is that you place this device on an original track and use the instrumental track as the subtraction blueprint. The vocals are all that remains. But it can be used for mixdown as well, almost like a spectral sidechain compression where you're only really removing the frequencies that conflict. But I think it sounds the best as a creative effect where the subtracted sound almost dissolves into nothing when a different sound plays. Subtract vocals from your synth chords to make them dissolve the chords away when your vocals come in. Layer multiple sounds and have each one dissolving another.

Original concept and prototype by Slynk

Extra features, tweaks and development from idea to actual working thing by Gigamonkey

GUI and Logo by Slynk


Live Version Used: 11.0.1
Max Version Used: 8.1.5
Date Added: Feb 15 2022 17:33:41
Date Last Updated: Feb 15 2022 17:33:50
Downloads: 0

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Hey Slynk! unfortunately, I am getting this error when running Erasure: dict.unpack: patchcord outlet out of range: deleting patchcord

I am using the most recent official version of Ableton 11 on an apple silicon computer.


Very cool device! I'm actually planning on using it from creative sound design and other experimental weird sounds :)

Thanks fo sharing
Apparently Au5 uses Soothe to do this same thing but its really CPU intense
Looks interesting, but the track input/erasure menus aren't clickable and don't show any tracks.
I can't believe this exists. Now that I get (sort of) what this is doing, I can see that the potential for this is huge.
Thanks Slink!!
track input menus aren't clickable :(

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