Device Details

Device Overview

Name/Version: Retune for Live 1.0
Author: Ursine  
Description: This is a Polyphonic MIDI Retuning System for Live Instruments

- Works with any Live MIDI Instrument that supports pitchbend messages
- Four tuning systems are currently featured: Just Intonation, Pythagorean, Quarter Tone, and Bohlen-Pierce
- Supports two tuning file formats - the Scala (.scl) scale file standard and a custom formatted .csv file
- Up to 16 voice polyphony
- Up to 32 separately tuned instruments

Version 1.0 video tutorial at

To learn how to make custom scale files, check out my tutorials at: (for .scl)
and (for .csv)

Version 0.9 video tutorial at

=-=-=-=-=Package includes:=-=-=-=-=
- Retune for Live Transmitter.amxd
- Retune for Live Receiver.amxd
- An example of a custom .csv tuning file ("Ho Cheng Tien Tuning.csv")
- Some of Ursin(e)'s favorite .scl files
- A ReadMe.txt

Device Details

Tags utility, other, m4lhackevent, beta
Live Version Used: 9.1.8
Max Version Used: 6.1.10
Date Added: Jun 26 2015 05:01:11
Date Last Updated: Aug 01 2015 03:48:21
Device Type: midi_device
Download URL (report link)
License (more info): AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike


Hi, works as great, thanks for the device.
Does seem to loose settings here.
Sometimes sound/midi is cut out, and by changing the voices to a higher number and back, gets me back the sound/midi as it should.

Hey PHY6, hopefully the version 1.0 fixed this issue for you. If you're still having any problems, let me know!

Hi - great device, love it.

I found one glitch though, that is aparently common in most midi retuning software: it does not pass-thru CC and other midi data (like aftertouch etc.) very well.

For example, try using kontakt player and midi mapping a controller like mod wheel to a control in thsi sampler. If you try to send mod wheel data through teh Retune device it becomes jittery, it seems that CC data only passes when a key (midi note on) is pressed. Can this be fixed maybe so that all midi data passes through the device fluently and only midi notes are retuned?


I just tried it with Live's own instruments (Analog) and the CC data passes more fluently but still there are minor glitches when using CC data, liek hanging notes, there seems to be somehting there concerning the midi data passing through the max device...

Sorry, my mistake in my last post - it works fine with Live's own instruments like Analog (it was a midi learn mistake I made). Seems like the problem is with plug-ins like Kontakt it seems...

Hi, me again :) Unfortunately a user can not delete past comments otherwise I'd start over :)

What I found really is this: the Retune device does not allow data other than midi note and pitch bend to pass through. I tried passing modwheel (CC1) data and it does not work properly. It worked on the Analog Live Instrument because I used midi learn and so it was direct, not through teh device. But in other instances (plugins, etc.) it does not work because Retune For Live does not pass through the midi data.

I tried with other retuning software and the data passed through so it is a problem with this particular device. If it could be fixed that would be great!

Does this point in your description indicate that the device is not compatible with third party VST instruments?
-> Works with any Live MIDI Instrument that supports pitchbend messages


Hey man, I love this device. I'm willing to pay you for it if you can fix 2 things: first off, loading a project does not load the tuning file you were using when you saved and closed the project, If could fix this that'd be awesome. Second, When you load the device in a project it has a little glitch that makes it work perfectly!... Until you press play. What it does is allow you to route all of your recieves to 1 instrument. Which I realize isn't perfect, cause when you are holding a note and hit another one it slightly changes the first one, but it works well enough for when you are doing sound design which having multiple instances of your instrument is a nightmare for. Or if you know another way to use this device polyphonically only using 1 instance of an instrument, that'd work too. If you are confused about my question, email me here:


Amazing plug-in for those who love the Live instruments. It takes a while to get used to the new way that you are required to arrange your grouped tracks in your set. But then, converting away from the religion of equal temperament demands a new life style, not always a cakewalk. Two thumbs up on this one. May plus a 100 quid to Ursine if he can make it work with single instances of each track.

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