Mapulator In Development

Mapulator has a number of goals:

  • Be musician friendly to use - not just a toy for geeks.
  • Not hold back your creativity in any way shape or form.
  • Save you time when mapping and creating devices.
  • Be able to interact with other instances of Mapulator to extend the possibilities.
  • Minimal CPU usage as absolutely possible so you can use as many instances as you need.

Today i will be talking about the last of these points: CPU usage. As some of you might know, i have been very busy working on a premium version of Mapulator thats going to have all sorts of really cool features that will bring your performances to a totally new level. One area that is of great importance with Mapulator is CPU usage, this is because a single live set or production might have upwards of 20 instances of Mapulator in it! If its possible to shave even half a percent of CPU usage then by the time you load up 20 instances, there will be a whopping 10% saving of CPU.

The development of the premium Mapulator is comming along really well and while i have been taking every step along the way to optimize the CPU usage to an absolute minimum, it has come time to look at the CPU usage of the patch as a whole. Suprisingly it turns out its not really the code itself that consumes the most CPU, it is actually the GUI that is really sucking up most of the CPU juice in Mapulator.

So now i am looking at the patch as a whole and the CPU usage of the device i have decided the best thing to do is not to have a Mapulator that does everything in the one patch, but instead take a more modular approach to Mapulator. This means that Mapulator will actually become a series of patches instead of just a single all encompassing patch, each patch will be nearly identicle to the patch before it but will modulate in a unuiqe way.

So at the time of writing this i have come up with 6 different modulation types, can you guess what they will be?



Mapulator allows any control in Ableton to be controlled by a knob in almost any way – controlling multiple parameters of an effect or synth, or even multiple parameters of a chain of synths and effects is a breeze. Mapulator enables the user to go beyond the limitations of mapping in Ableton live in a very simple and easy to use fashion.

"You're probably familiar with changing control values in real time in Live, as well as sequencing them with envelopes and automation editing. Mapulator, a new free Max for Live device from DJ Tech Tools contributor BentoSan, is a hybrid of these two methods. Set a custom control mapping (similar to an envelope), then scrub back-and-forth through it with Mapulator's "Smart" control knob." - Ableton.com


Download Mapulator For Free Here

 All that we ask for is for your email address so you can be kept up to date on the latest version and news about Mapulator and other SmartTools products that are in the pipeline. After signing up to the Mapulator mailing list and verifying your email by clicking on the link sent to your mailbox you will be sent the link to the latest version of Mapulator.

What people are saying about Mapulator:

Matt Moldover - Moldover.com - "This is great.  I really like the layered interface."

S4racen - isotonikstudios.com - "Awesome work mate, you've really brung it! ... a master example of what can be acheived in M4L."

Peter Kirn - CreateDigitalMusic.com - "not just a clever Max for Live hack"

Anshul Vishwakarma - "This is amazing. Exactly what I was looking for. I had always thought a non-linear MIDI control mapping tool would be a great addition to Ableton, and now we finally have it!"

Reynaldo Ochoa - "Its just amazing!! a great workaround to automation curves in live"

David De Garie-Lamanque - "You have just opened Pandora's Box for all Live Controllerists!!!! Thank you for this amazing device!"


Articles featuring Mapulator:


Features include:

  • Mapulator has a simple to use learn function to bind a parameter to a graph in Mapulator.
  • Control 8 parameters per instance of Mapulator, use as many instances as you need for unlimited control.
  • Create logarythmic, exponential, or any shape you can imagine.
  • Mapulator has a very active development bringing tons and tons of totally new features and ideas.



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Welcome to my new home, if your reading this then your lucky enough to be one of my first visitors :) I have lots of things planned so dont forget to tune back in for regular updates!