M4L: Thinking about clocks…

When building a Max For Live sequencer, clocks are a problem…

My ‘Adlais’ sequencer has a counter based clock:

The Metro object automatically synchronizes to Ableton Live’s clock, but only in that it counts upwards at the rate input – in this case 4n – from when Live’s transport is engaged. The plugsync~ object resets the clock when Live’s transport is stopped and restarted.

Well, that’s fine, you might say… and it is up to a point.

It is ‘in sync’ with Live’s clock, but not with Live’s transport, and that is a problem. If I were to set the number of steps in my sequencer to 5, step 1’s position will shift along the transport by on step per 4 beats, so:


Transport 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Counter 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1


If I then switch back to 4 steps, this happens:


Transport 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Counter 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1


Which is what is happening with Adlais

And renders my upcoming percussion sequencer useless

So far I have found two solutions, one of which is elegant, the other is stupid….

Answers on a postcard please

Really, i would love to know your thoughts…

Posted by Dave Dove in K-Teck News
Adlais V – Performance Step Sequencer

Adlais V – Performance Step Sequencer

Adlais V is here...

All New code:

  • Clock Module - re-written
  • Euclidean Module - re-written
  • Shift Registry Module - re-written

Adlais V is here...

New Features:

  • Scale Scanning Module - a new, non-random, way to select notes
  • 3*Hexadecimal>Binary Gate Sequencers - the new generative functions
  • Poly Mode Shift Registers - create strums and delayed note patterns

About Adlais V

Now at version 5 Adlais is one of the most powerful step sequencers available as a Max for Live device

Don't be fooled by the simple interface - Adlais V will get you there

Adlais V is both monophonic and polyphonic

Adlais V shift registers are immensely versatile and yet utterly predictable and repeatable

Adlais generative capabilities have been significantly upgraded with 3 Hex Sequencers

Owners of previous versions will be pleased to know that Adlais V has considerably expanded functionality


Read the User Guide here

Some videos...

Purchasing Adlais

Adlais V - Additive Performance Sequencer is available as a Max for Live device for use only with M4L within Ableton Live

Buy Adlais here for £12:

Once payment is made the purchaser should be returned to this page where a download link should replace the Purchase button, but don't worry if the download link doesn't appear because:

An email containing a receipt and your download links will also be sent out to you

If you don't receive a receipt and download link contact and I'll fix it - no problem

Updates will be free

Current version - Adlais V v1.0.4 - 23rd June 2020


Posted by Les Wilkins in Max for Live