Random Simpler

Random Simpler

Name: Random Simpler
Version: 0.7
Published: 2015/1/8
Updated: 2017/6/30
Type: Max4Live Instrument
OS: Windows, Mac OS X
Compatibility: latest Max 7 + Live

This Max4Live instrument is a sample player combined with a unique way to load samples. All your audio files in one pool for random selection. Break free from the folder structure that holds your sounds.

The right part of the device is the file filter. It's used to limit the file selection:
- to any group of folders/subfolders
- to files that match your search strings
- to files with a certain size

The file filter can access information about all of your audio samples in any folder / subfolder, you added to the "Places" section of Ableton Live's browser. Even if there are hundreds of thousands of files it works really fast.

Any change of the filter parameters will trigger a new search and update the matches-count.


The left side of the device is the sampler part with common parameters to control the sample playback.
Instead of dropping files onto the device, there's a "Next" and a "Prev" button to change the current sample. The next sample will be a randomly selected audio file out of all matches of the file filter.
Often, when you start a new track, you do not exactly know what kind of sounds you're looking for and this device can be a refreshing alternative way to browse and find inspiring soundfiles. It makes the most sense for people with big sample library collections.

With "Global Control"  button set to ON, nearly every control of this device is a macro for all or a group of the other instances. You can also use the "Next" button in this mode and all instances will change the sample at once. You can copy file filter settings or even the currently selected sample across other devices.

More experimental things are possible. One button press on your midi controller could change all samples in a song. Or you add midi generating devices and compose decision based with very reduced controls. I'm trying to demo that idea here: https://youtu.be/UrDDUtvpbBg

After playing around with it for a while you may notice how useful it would be to have some audio descriptors for every file that could be used to filter files by selectors like frequency, key, attack, ... Maybe it becomes this kind of "Meta Simpler" someday.

I assume this device runs on any given system with latest versions of Max 7 and Ableton Live installed. If it crashes for you or you find a bug, please send me a short note.



Put it into your library and drop it onto a miditrack or drumpad in Ableton Live.



2017/6/30 v0.7

  • now we can export files as links to be used in other devices
  • filename filter improvements
  • preset system improvements
  • sample history: it's possible to search a new sample without filling the history
  • more bugfixes
  • What's new in version 0.7: https://youtu.be/HPRYEGcdbU4

2015/5/25 v0.6

  • canceled Max 6 compatibility (the new features require Max 7)
  • browse for subfolders and select them
  • additional file types (flac, mp3)
  • an 8-voice polyphonic version
  • any device parameter is now reliably saved and recalled with the ableton project
  • doubleclick in the waveform to prelisten from that position

2015/2/7 v0.5

  • fixed Max 6 compatibility
  • important fixes of the playback engine
  • you can now hold CTRL(command) or ALT to set start or end points in the waveform


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Added is a polyphonic version of the device (plays chords, overlapping notes).
Make sure you fully tested the demo version without any problems. Any upcoming updates of this device will be free for you.
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Rate: 9 EUR


Category: Max4Live Devices


0 # Tri wrote on Friday, 03 November 2017 13:06
Hi, really cool device! I was wondering if you were planning to add a velocity-volume control (like on the regular simpler/sampler devices)? It's the one thing I'm currently missing from it.
0 # 11oLsen wrote on Friday, 03 November 2017 13:12
sure, added to the todo-list..
0 # daveybfire wrote on Saturday, 06 February 2016 10:47
This is an amazing and incredibly useful device - there are so many possibilities - on its own or in combination with other devices. Unlimited fuel for your creativity. Go ahead - liberate all your samples. Simply brilliant - thank you!
0 # 11oLsen wrote on Monday, 08 February 2016 18:05
Hi, thanks for your words. Yes, I use it to make some random music in combination with midi generating devices. I'm glad you like it.
0 # Felix wrote on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:05
hello! thx for device! which midi generating devices are you using with random simpler?
0 # 11oLsen wrote on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 16:14
Hi. I'm using modified versions of Instant House, Rhytmicator, and a selfmade sequence generator.

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