At Warp Academy, we love Max For Live! There is a whole family of under utilized devices that we know can inspire your creativity in the studio.

Merlyn is excited to be kicking off a short series of videos that will shine the light on some of these amazing Max For Live devices included with Live 9 Suite and it’s associated Packs.

We begin with the Max For Live Poli synth. A truly remarkable synthesizer, Poli was 1 of 3 Max For Live synthesizers that was added with the release of Live 9.5. Versatile, characteristic and accessible, Poli is analog modelled, polyphonic synth full of warmth and character.

This excellent device is capable of creating sounds that have Merlyn reminiscing about the classic Roland synths, like the Juno 60, and the SH-101. It’s your one-stop-shop for iconic, shimmering sounds from the 80s and 90s.

In this video Merlyn shares the ins and outs of Poli, and shows how he sculpted together a future bass supersaw lead sound.

After checking out the video and exploring Poli for yourselves, make sure you download the free Project File at the top of this blog post, so you can see exactly how Poli was used and grab the Instrument Racks for your own libraries!

About The Trainer

wa-merlyn-silva-profile-picMerlyn Silva is a musician, educator and sound artist living in Aarhus, Denmark. Cutting his teeth as a guitarist in the early 2000’s touring with a string of rock and dub groups, Merlyn later took a left turn at the crossroads and enrolled to study theatre in 2006. Shortly after, he stumbled into Ableton Live whilst working on a production, in a search for a more elegant backing-track solution than a CD. He has been mesmerized with the software ever since.

In addition to releasing a stream of glitched-up, psychedelic bass music, producing for singers and creating installation pieces, Merlyn has undertaken extensive research and practice in the areas of motion-capture technology, interactive musical systems and contact microphones.

Merlyn’s academic history includes a Bachelors degree in Theatre from the University of Exeter (UK), and a Masters degree in Electronic Music from the Danish Royal Academy of Music (DIEM), where he is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma. After 10 years of using Live, Merlyn became an Ableton Certified Trainer in July 2016. Merlyn currently divides his time between teaching, performing, and promoting niche electronic music concerts in his adopted Scandinavian hometown.


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