Max for Cats make Max for Live devices and this is their latest creation. Pallas is an analog-modelled, semi-modular polysynth with a fully featured patchbay that runs as a device within Ableton Live.
There are three oscillators. The first two feature the usual waveforms of sine, triangle, square, sawtooth and noise. The third oscillator is a wavetable-based signal and FM generator that can also double up as an additional LFO if you feel so inclined.
The 2 main LFO’s slot in nicely below the oscillators in this patchwork of an interface. They both have 4 waveshapes and the first one can morph between waves, pulse width and phase trigger. There are two ADSR and one multi-stage envelope. Which brings us to the two filters. They are multimodal and resonant with drive and morphing functionality. A ring modulator rounds off the synthesis and the effects section stuffs in delay, distortion, reverb, wavefold, frequency shifting and chorus.
At the end of the chain is an 8 step sequencer that can sequence notes or be used to mess about with the modulation and other parameters.
At the bottom is a remarkable panel of patching delights. You can string rather nice looking patch cords from here to wherever you want. If that feels a bit daunting then Pallas also comes with a load of custom made presets for you to enjoy without having to know anything about synthesis.
In the middle of it all is a rather nice display area that’ll act as a scope, phase or spectrum analyser. Otherwise, in true Ableton style, it really is terribly plain looking. There also appears to be an app available for remote, touch control, which is nice.
Pallas is available now for Ableton Live 9 or higher and you must also have Max For Live. It’s €49 and more information is available on the Ableton website.