Device Details

Device Overview

Name/Version: aBigRedTimeMachine 1.0
Author: byebyeempire  
Description: WARNING: This max4live device contains TIME particles; you can see them floating about the patch. DO NOT INGEST. If by hook or by crook you do, contact NO ONE: forget it ever happened and lie to anyone that asks. A mysterious, but sweetly smelling envelope will be placed in the glove compartment of your car sometime in the next seven to eight business days with “instructions” from the FBI (or the CIA for all our international friends). BURN this. Instead, USE the ingested time particles to go back and FIX this mess and pray that any resulting paradoxes you create — and you *will* — don’t erase too many of us from existence. Good luck!

Now that that’s out of the way…

The popular definition of insanity states that [insanity] is the result of repeating the same thing over again while expecting different results.

This is BOLOGNA:

1st of all, you usually see this as a quote attributed to Albert Einstein. I suppose this is an attempt for people to be all like, “Well, if this super smart person said it, it MUST be true.” But you know what? This attribution is apocryphal; he didn’t say it. Strike one.

2ndly, you know what repeating something and expecting different results is the definition of literally? PRACTICE. I mean, c’mon.

3rd, I’d go as far as to wager that the OPPOSITE is true: shifting, probabilistic quantum states make it damn near impossible to truly repeat something verbatim. To AIM for the exact SAME thing to happen over and over? THAT is the path to madness, truly.

And it’s with that cheerful thought in mind that I introduce my latest creation… … …

aBigRedTimeMachine!!! 🥳🥳🥳

What is it? aBigRedTimeMachine!!! is a stutter sequencer! duh! I mean, why else would I build a time machine? To go back and ALTER the past? Absolutely NOT. How… appalling. How… outrageous! I’m offended at the mere THOUGHT. ANYWAY —

How does it work? I’m glad I assumed you asked. Let’s start with the bread and butter junk: we’ve got 8 steps to work with, and you can define as many steps as you want. Nice. As the sequence walks through the steps, there’ll be a little indicator to show ya where you’re at. Trust me — *TRUST ME* — the last thing you want is to be short on TIME particles and be lost in time!!! I mean, uhhh — I guess!? How would I know? haha

This time machine doesn’t just ~teleport~ you in time, either — it can alter your PERCEPTION of time, too (I have it on good authority that Einstein did talk about this once or twice, possibly)! How? With the sequence multiplier buttons — “1” is set to half steps, so half that would be whole notes and twice that would be quarter notes. Boom.

aBigRedTimeMAchine!!! starts to get suuuper psychedelic when we start to dial in the stutter divisions. All that babble above about repeating the same thing over and over and over again? This is how we do it (to quote the ~timeless~ Montell Jordan). The neat thing is that these subdivisions will adjust to whatever bpm you set. Slick. This right here is the heart of the device; revel in the repeating chaos if you dare!!!

The WINDOW dial on the right is a way to try and reign in any clicks. Man, if there is anything you can count on in this life it's death, taxes, and friggin clicks all over your Max patch, am I right??? In general, the widow can stay low for percussive sounds, but pads or guitars might need a lot. The shaping is pretty drastic but still it doesn’t fix everything. Oh well, whadaya gonna do?

Next we have the playback speed. So not only can you RELIVE your audio snippets multiple times, you can experience them *at different rates* (Note: this is INDEPENDENT to the # of division you set)!!! Twice as fast, half as slow… how about IN REVERSE??? Ah, to be able to travel back in time, and experience it all in BACKWARDS… If only… I’d spend the spring in reverse and then *I* would be the one to fall in love “first”… — *record scratch* Oh! I’m sorry! Sidetracked! Nope, NOT abusing my time machine at all haha nothing to see here — !

SPEAKING OF record scratches, you’ll see you have a choice between either having a normal stutter OR what I’m calling “cassette.” Turns out, if you feed the [stutter~] object a sine wave instead of a [phasor~] it sounds dope af. I found it by accident but it felt fitting for this whole thing, so I kept it in. The COLOR dial on the right adjusts how this sounds a little bit, so have at it!

On the bottom, there are switches to bypass the stutter at any given step. A cool way I’ve found to use this is to set all of the steps to bypass except for one (say, the last one). Pop in and out, not unlike a time traveller on a layover lol. There is also a MIX dial — take a wild guess what you can do with THAT.

I think that just about wraps it up? Why a big RED time machine? The blood of angry men? A world about to dawn? I don’t know, sure. All I know is famous BLUE time machines were already taken.

So look, we all make mistakes. We get suckered into thinking gosh, if only we could go back, do it all again. Knowing what we know now, we could make a world of difference… Say all the right things, make all the right moves. But you know what…? That isn’t a good way to live. We cannot live in the past, we can't change anything, and wishing to… that, more than anything else, is what WILL drive ya mad. There’ll be opportunities in the future, and you’ll be — if only by an inch — more prepared. The past? That was the hard part, and look at you! You've already made it past that!

So yeah, you got this. How I know? A boy once told me…

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

And that boy’s name? Albert Einstein.


@BrianBuchanan57 ✌️


Device Details

Downloads: 848
Tags sequencer, effect, utility, glitch, other
Live Version Used: 9.7.7
Max Version Used: 8.0.6
Date Added: Jul 14 2019 03:56:11
Date Last Updated: Dec 07 2019 01:39:50
Average Rating -n/a-
Rate this device: (must be logged in to rate devices login)
Device Type: audio_device
URL (optional):
License (more info): AttributionShareAlike

Device Files

Device File: aBigRedTimeMachine!!!.amxd

Login to comment on this device.

[ browse device library ]