Holder is a spectral freezer effect based on FFT analysis and a video engine. It retains small portions of sound, and creates rich texturesorganic drones, and many more with.

You can use Holder with any kind of sound: acoustic instruments, drum loops, synth phrases and vocals too. You’ll be surprised at any time about its incredible sound quality and flexibility in producing so different results.

Its main job is to transform any sound in beautiful sustained tonesand drones, but it may be even used as a reverb (it produces unusual morphing shadows for your sounds), as a live counterpoints producer (as well known stomp boxes), and to enrich grooves with rhythm-based madness.

The video engine is used to traduce stored sound in video content, then it applies exclusive effects via the dronizer panel, to shape your drones in detail.

Holder is a friendly device, with simple user interface, giving monster results! You will fall in love with it!

How it works

Each time you trig the incoming sound, by hand, automation, or automatically, Holder stores eight very short slices of sound.

These slices could be read in three different modes: random reads slices randomly, linear read from first to last slice, still reads just the first slice. Reading modes produce sustained tones with different degrees of “movement“.

As last step, the tone enters the Dronizer section. This section hosts exclusive video-based effectsto edit and shape the drone. Void sets to zero the amplitude of some bands, giving more robotic or like-synthesis results. Swarm applies noise-based amplitude modulation, modifying bands volume, injecting life in textures in a way that can’t be obtained with standard amplitude modulation. Blurapplies an interpolation between consecutive slices, creating continuously morphing sustained tones.

K-Devices never disappoint when it comes to extremely well-designed and great-sounding Max for Live devices. Holder is no exception, with its intuitive and flexible interface. As an effect, Holder brings an interesting concept to the table, which ultimately plays exceptionally well and sounds fantastic.

Ivo Ivanov – Glitchmachines


coda: keep the drone on even if Live’s transport is in stop

freeze by hand, or automatically

three different reading modes: random, linear, still

three video-based effects to inject life in your drone

System Requirements

Available as Max For Live device

  • Live 9.7.5 or higher
  • Max For Live
  • MacOS and Windows


Tool Type

Audio Effect