Creative Inspiration for Music Makers

INSPIR is a tool that helps you overcome creative hurdles by giving you explicit musical suggestions to try in your productions. Choose the Free Edition below to try INSPIR Lite, or get a totally free paper version.

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Have you ever felt stuck with no idea what to do next? Perhaps you’re paralysed by the sheer number of directions you could take with whatever production you’re working on? INSPIR is here to help.

Based on a similar concept to Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies but far less oblique and much more direct, INSPIR helps you to overcome creative hurdles by presenting you with an explicit musical idea or concept to implement in your work.

INSPIR is a MaxForLive device so it works directly inside Ableton Live – you can drop it on the Master Track of your project then simply click on the interface to generate a random musical inspiration – you don’t even have to leave your DAW. The inspirations range from distinctly musical terms like:

  • “RETROGRADE : Reverse the order of a phrase”
  • “MAJOR : Use only major chords”

To terms that are slightly more open-ended like:

  • “PERCUSSION : Use only percussion, even for melody”
  • “SAMPLE : Use a sample”

Be sure to watch the video under the ‘How INSPIR Works 💡’ section to see exactly how INSPIR works. I’ve found INSPIR incredibly useful in my own work. It’s helped me countless times to get out of a creative block and keep creating music, I hope it helps you just as much.

  • 1 INSPIR.amxd (MaxForLive)
  • A Getting Started Guide to help you get set up
  • Ableton Live 9.7+
  • MaxForLive 7.3.3+


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