Thanks to the hard work of Colman O'Reilly, Dr. Richard Boulanger, and their team of developers, Csound is now available for Ableton Live / Max for Live users.
It is available for download at:
To view a video produced by CsoundforLive developer Matt Hines which outlines the features of the software, go here:
According to Dr. Richard Boulanger:
"CsoundForLive is a collection of over 120 real time audio-plugins that brings the complexity and sound quality of Csound to the fingertips of ANY Ableton Live user – without ANY prior Csound knowledge.
With my former student, and now business partner, Colman O’Reilly, I have been working around the clock for months to collect, adapt, create, wrap, and simplify a huge collection of Csound instruments and make them all work simultaneously and interchangeably in Ableton Live.
In this guise, I am able to “hot-swap” the most complex Csound instruments in and out of an arrangement or composition – on the fly. This is something Csound could never do (and still can’t!), but CsoundForLive can, and it makes a huge difference in the playability and the usability of Csound.
Two weeks ago, I played a solo concert in Hanover Germany, at the first International Csound Conference. There, all of my compositions, from 20 years ago to 20 minutes ago, were performed in real-time using CsoundForLive.
A huge part of the complete collection is available for FREE, and I hope it will make the creative difference in your (and your student’s) lives that it is making in mine. This is a serious game changer for Csound. Check it out. -- Dr. B."
In combination with the Csound Book, the Canonical Csound Manual and the FLOSS Csound Manual, one can edit and add to the functionality of the already amazing-sounding instruments and effects to suit creative needs. Csound for Live makes it possible to learn quite a bit about how Csound works while using the instruments creatively, out of the box – and MaxforLive offers a flexibility of design that makes Csound’s high level of precision, control, and audio quality instantly available to Live/MaxforLive users, producers, sound designers, and performers.
Dr. Boulanger was at Expo '74 in New York over the weekend, publicly unveiling CsoundforLive, and met with David Zicarelli (President, Founder, Chief Programmer, Cycling '74), Gerhard Behles (CEO, Ableton), Emmanuel Jourdan (MaxforLive Designer, Cycling '74), Darwin Grosse (Director of Education, Cycling '74), Joshua Kit Clayton (Director of Technology, Cycling '74), among other Ableton and Cycling '74 employees, programmers, designers, and artists. CsoundforLive was received with support, enthusiasm, and the blessing of those whose software made CsoundforLive possible. As well, musical artists and sound designers BT (Brian Transeau) and Richard Devine have chimed in with support for the software on their blogs and Twitter feeds.
Coverage of the release can be read at CreateDigitalMusic:
CsoundforLive is also made possible through the hard work of Matt Ingalls to create the original 'csound~' object for Max/MSP. The help patch of csound~ gives credit for its inspiration to Victor Lazzarini, and his development of the csoundapi~. Davis Pyon's update of csound~, which can be found at: http://davixology.com/csound~.html , brought compatibility with the latest versions of Csound and Max/MSP.