User's Guide

Acanto was inspired by analog sequencers, but because it’s a Max for Live device, it offers a couple of hopefully new and alternative features...

  • Its transport system can be completely independent from Live’s transport (of course, if you want your sequences to be quantized to a bar or beat, or an eight note, you can do so as well).
  • Each step can have its own rhythmic value.
  • Each step can also be routed to an independent output, via an Acanto bus device.
  • The velocity section offers independent control of accented vs. non-accented notes.
  • And in general, there are some handy buttons available to randomize, shift and otherwise mangle your sequences at will – all within a rather simple and straight-forward design.

Please keep scrolling if you’d like to learn more...

The following is a companion video to the demo session that comes with the downloaded zip file –– it will give you a general overview of Acanto's features:

Guided Tour

  1. The Acanto Logo Button: allows you to change the color of your device, in case have multiple intances in your Live session.
  2. The Transport Tab: Here you can start/stop your sequence; change the start quantization settings (free, 8n, 4n, bar); and choose the number of steps for youe sequence.
  3. The Preset Tab: You can store up to 6 presets with each device
  4. The Sequencer Panel Chooser: There are 5 basic panels in Acanto (each will be described further down):
  5. - Rhythm
    - Pitch
    - Octave
    - Velocity
    - Bus
  6. The Acanto 'Macro' Controls: Here you can manipulate each element of your sequence in a number of ways (you can shift left or right, up or down, normalize, etc., depending on the element you're working with)
  7. The Sequencer Panel: This is Acanto's main panel, where you can adjust individual parameters for each step of your sequence.

The Rhythm Panel

The Pitch Panel

The Octave Panel

The Velocity Panel

The Bus Panel

The Acanto Bus Devices