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There are 9 messages totalling 300 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. MAX 3.5 and the PB 5300 (2)
  2. MAX Digest - 19 Mar 1997 to 20 Mar 1997
  3. mapping pitches?
  4. font question
  5. AiffPlay
  6. new splitting numberbox ? (2)
  7. Mac sampling, micing heartbeat, etc.

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Date:    Sun, 23 Mar 1997 23:59:22 -0800
From:    Mark Altin 
Subject: MAX 3.5 and the PB 5300

Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone could tell me how Max 3.5 would run on a
Powerbook 5300.  I have Max 3.0 and the display doesn't update fast enough
for Live performance. It would be worth the $100 if this was corrected in
3.5.  Thanks in advance.
Mark

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Date:    Sun, 23 Mar 1997 22:55:16 -1000
From:    Georg Hajdu 
Subject: Re: MAX Digest - 19 Mar 1997 to 20 Mar 1997

>I'm making a simple clock display for a performer to watch on
>a powerbook onstage so that she can keep a piece together.
>But I cannot make the font big enough.
>
>Is there a way to go beyond the 36 point limit in the font
>menu for any display objects?

In addition to David Z.'s suggestion, I would recommend using the LCD
object for displaying text at any font size. At least that's how I did it
myself when facing a similar problem.

Georg Hajdu

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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 08:44:06 -0500
From:    Spigot 
Subject: mapping pitches?

Hello!  I'm reletively new to MAX.  I've made a couple pathces that (among
other things) generate pitches with random and semi-random numbers.  I
want to be able to force these random numbers (say in the range 1-128)
onto variables sets of pitches.  For example, changing the random numbers
so that all resulting pitches are octaves, or various kinds of scales, or
whatever.  So some of the random numbers would need to be changed (moving
either up or down until they match of the target pitches), while others
are fine as they are.

My first solution was to have pre-made tables of each kind of target pitch
class.  The user could change the target by specifying new tables on the
fly.  For each new random pitch, the pitch number was compared to the
first number in the table, if the table number was equal or larger, the
table number replaced the pitch, if the table number was small, the next
table number was compared.  So for each new random pitch, an algorithm ran
up the table until it found a pitch equal or just larger.  It worked, but
I'm afraid it ate the CPU and I could never get very fast tempos, and I
got stack overflows (maybe unrelated!)

My second solution I am trying now, and it seems more idiosyncratic, but
should be faster and more open ended.  I have a 36-element list of
pitches.  The random number generators produce an index to this list, a
random number in the range 1-36, say.  That index number (n) is used to
"pop" out the nth pitch in the pitch list.  The global pitch list itself
could be changed on the fly by the user.

Being new to MAX, and not knowing anyone else who uses it, my question
are: Is there an easier way?  Pitch class routines must be important for a
lot of people, how is this kind of thing usually done?  Is there a better
way to optimize performance speed?

Thanks!
Paul

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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 15:45:24 +0100
From:    Paul Doornbusch 
Subject: font question

David,

Thanks a lot for the font answer.  It works like a charm and it's
a useful tip to know.

Cheers,
paul Doornbsuch
Institute of Sonologie
The Hague

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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 12:57:22 -0500
From:    Eric Singer 
Subject: Re: AiffPlay

Try using "AiffPlayer" (more recent version, downloadable from my web page
below).  If that doesn't solve the problem, write back.

Eric

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On Thu, 20 Mar 1997, Tom Igoe wrote:

> I have problems when using the AiffPlay object, in layering sounds.  I'm
> attempting to use it to play up to 8 AIFF sounds simultaneously.  It does
> fine up to about 5, but then I get a "Buffer too small" error.  Have tried
> the buffer as big as 65535 bytes, to no avail.
>
> Stranger still is that when I close all files, then open one again, I
still
> get a "buffer too small" error. It seems I need to be flushing the buffer
> or something like that.  Any suggestions?
>
>
> t.
>

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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 18:51:50 +0100
From:    Andreas Weixler 
Subject: new splitting numberbox ?

Dear Max fellows,

I am looking for a new number box, I would like to have for several
patches in Opcode Max: A number box that does not send through the
input, but put out the data that will be typed in it.(or much
better, where I have the choice, if it should or not !)

With other words: If a messages comes it will only display, but
give no output. If I click on it and type some number in it, it
will send the new one out.

Is there anyone who can (easily) programm it as an external ?

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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 13:27:23 -0500
From:    Eric Singer 
Subject: Re: new splitting numberbox ?

If you run the input to the number box through a message box containing
'set $1', it will display the input without outputting it.

Eric

On Mon, 24 Mar 1997, Andreas Weixler wrote:

> Dear Max fellows,
>
> I am looking for a new number box, I would like to have for several
> patches in Opcode Max: A number box that does not send through the
> input, but put out the data that will be typed in it.(or much
> better, where I have the choice, if it should or not !)
>
> With other words: If a messages comes it will only display, but
> give no output. If I click on it and type some number in it, it
> will send the new one out.
>
> Is there anyone who can (easily) programm it as an external ?
>
>
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> |    University of Music and dramatic Art Graz
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> |   SAMT - Studio for Advanced Music & Media Technology
> |       Bruckner- conservatory Linz / Austria
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>  -------
> |   member of the directors board of
> |       GEM - the society for electroacoustic music, Austria
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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 12:13:20 -0800
From:    Martin Gotfrit 
Subject: Re: MAX 3.5 and the PB 5300

I run 3.5 on a 5300.  Unfortunately the screen updates are quite slow.
(Slower than my 6100/66!)  I haven't run the fat version because some of
the externals I use are not fat yet but I did notice a bit of improvement
in 3.5 from 3.0.  Still I can't imagine doing live/performance  work
without the 5300.  For me the biggest problem is the single serial port -
but that's another story...

Martin Gotfrit

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School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
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Date:    Mon, 24 Mar 1997 18:57:33 -0500
From:    David Crandall 
Subject: Mac sampling, micing heartbeat, etc.

A couple of semi-related questions:

I've been having major fun with the demo for LiSa, which does real-time
sampling and sample modification under MIDI control on Power Macs.  (A)
Are there any other real-time sample/modification/playback programs out
there, especially ones that deal with the "sputtering" as the program
skips through the sample?  and (B) is there anyone working on doing Mac
sampling so that various different programs can access the sample data
within the same composing/performing/recording session, or does this just
violate some basic Law of Life on Macs?  It would bring the possibility of
ISPW-like capability on the Mac a lot closer.

(Apologies to EMUS-L types who are seeing this twice) Can anyone recommend
the best way to mic a heartbeat? This would go on a performer who should
be assumed to be moving around a good bit.  I tried a contact mic on the
ol' carotid artery and though I could see the VU meters moving in time to
the heartbeat, there was no audible signal.  Do I need some sort of
resonating device to translate the beats into an audio-frequency sound?
I'm guessing that this is what a stethoscope actually does.

For those who followed my earlier request for information on Midi
operating systems, the answer turned out to be MidiShare from Grame
(ftp.grame.fr, if you can get it), with OpenShare moderating between Midi
Manager and OMS.  I'm still getting the right pieces in place, and the
serial port has to be devoted to one system or the other (no talking from
an OMS app to a Midi Manager one at present) but at least I don't have to
reboot when switching apps!  My goal is to get Max talking to LiSa
eventually.

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