9/8/97 11:00 PM
Subject: MAX Digest - 7 Sep 1997 to 8 Sep
1997To: Recipients of MAX digests 

There are 5 messages totalling 202 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. New to the list and a Neophyte
  2. ispeak (panning troubles)
  3. Tutorials
  4. SMF C Code examples
  5. Cancelled subscription


Date:    Mon, 8 Sep 1997 08:56:04 -0500
From:    Chris Musgrave 
Subject: New to the list and a Neophyte

Hello all-

I am getting ready to embark on an installation project in which I hope
to use max to:
Turn some motors on when people enter the space (via pressure switch or
light sensor)... is there any good information published
on the web regarding this process. I would think that it is pretty
standard stuff for Max. Specifically
I need to know what is on my shopping list so that I can put together a
praposal. Will I need to buy a Pavo
MIDI dimmer switch? Where is a good source for switches?

Thank you much+
Chris Musgrave


Date:    Mon, 8 Sep 1997 17:55:43 +0200
From:    "Dr. K@rlheinz Essl" 
Subject: ispeak (panning troubles)

I don't have the email address of Ichi, so I am posting this question to
the list...

First of all, thank you so much for your updated and FATtened "ispeak"
object which really works wonderfully and offers subtle control on the

The only thing which is not working is the panning. Although my PowerBook
190 has stereo facilities, the "pan $1" message does not affect the panning
of the voices. Instead, it is speaking the "pan" message, even from your
example patch. Perhaps the message name is wrong...

Could you please shed some light onto the confusion?

Thanks a lot,

Dr. K@rlheinz Essl
SAMT - Studio for Advanced Music & Media Technology
Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz / Austria

     Visit the MindShipMind - an interactive multimedial Web Oracle



Date:    Mon, 8 Sep 1997 09:57:58 -0700
From:    Peter Elsea 
Subject: Tutorials

I hve posted a series of tutorial essays at
These are articles I'll be using in my class readers, containing advice and
explainations of how to tackle real world problems. They are for
intermediate and advanced users, picking up where the Max manuals leave

The essays are in Word 5.1 format.  Examples are given as screen shots- I'm
not including actual patchers to keep the file size reasonable. The site is
working from this end of the US with both Fetch and Netscape. Net service
through Palo Alto has been a bit flaky this last week. If you can't get
through, try again at a quieter time.

I'll be happy to get your comments (especially corrections and suggestions
for alternate ways to do things) but won't respond for a couple of weeks,
because I am about to take a train ride.

The essays include:

Max & Problems
A general overview of the design process, with an example of debugging and
an argument for neatness. Includes a set of guidelines for readable patches.

Max & Pitch
A treatment of how pitches are manipulated and generated. Explains pitch
class notation, how to set up sieves and chaotic generators.

Max & Chords
More about pitches, how chords can be generated and detected. Includes a
continuous harmonic analyzer. This expands on some correspondence on the
list last year.

Max & Rhythm
A treament of how rhythms can be generated. Explains tick counts, how to
calculate tempo for metro.

Max & Time
Mostly how to analyze incoming rhythms and detect tempo. There's a lot
about Borax.

Max & Numbers
Nibblezed sysex data, bit packing, and a patch to add up the national debt.

How to deal with text and detect typed commands. (Includes an ASCII table.)
Slightly revised from the version posted earlier- specifically, I've
clarified the use of sprintf, pointing out that you have to clean it out
with non-printing characters if you use it to encode words of varying

Max and MTC
Dealing with Midi time code. Expanded from some postings I made last year.

Max & MMC
Midi Machine Control. Also expanded from last year.

By the way =cw4t7abs asks
>is it possbl. that 1
>kould bypass the oms message
>- does not allow for multiple
>kopies of the same application.
>so. that one kould operate
>2 diff. versions on the same machine

Nope. Each application signs on to OMS with a fixed "signature", so OMS
knows where to send data. All applications derived from Max use the same
signature (remember, you are including Maxplay when you build the app.) so
OMS wouldn't know what to do.

Peter Elsea
Electronic Music Studios
University of California, Santa Cruz


Date:    Mon, 8 Sep 1997 17:05:56 -0400
From:    Stephen Kay 
Subject: SMF C Code examples


A little off topic, but does anyone know where to get some example C Code=

which shows how to read and PLAY standard midi files?


Stephen Kay


Date:    Tue, 9 Sep 1997 03:20:53 +0000
From:    Jean Favory 
Subject: Re: Cancelled subscription

Bill Vorn wrote:

> Hi Max Club,
> Maybe something's wrong with the listserv at McGill (Zack, have you don=
> something?)  I stopped receiving e-mail from the list a few weeks ago w=
> absolutely no reason.  I tried to re-subscribe without success.  I've
> finally been able to re-subscribe but now I'm receiving everything in t=
> digest form (which I don't really like).
> Bill Vorn
> Montreal (Quebec) Canada
> >I have been part of this group for a couple of years, but in the last =
> >days I stopped getting any messages.  Thinking that perhaps the labor =
> >holiday had brought traffic to a standstill, I didn't think too much
> >about it.  However when after a week I still wasn't getting any messag=
> >I checked my MAX options and discovered that I was no longer subscribe=
> >Has anyone else had this happen?  I did not sign off the list, so I do=
> >know how I got unsubscribed.
> >
> >--Brian
> >Dr. Brian K. Shepard

I encountered this same problem (unsubscribed with no reason) twice.
If you want I can send you the "LISTSERV command reference cards"=20
where it is indicated what you have to do to receive messages as they=20
are posted and not on a digest form (well, I guess it is indicated,=20
because I've just had a look on it and I didn't see a such command=8A).




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