Subject: MAX Digest - 10 Dec 1997 to 11 Dec 1997
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 00:01:05 -0500
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There are 8 messages totalling 240 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Lighting control / NSI info (3)
  2. Looking for midi analyser
  3. old DX7 is continously speaking
  4. Max to TV channel change
  5. Internet and MAX
  6. outrageous! -Reply (fwd)

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 00:59:09 -0500
From:    Tom Ritchford 
Subject: Re: Lighting control / NSI info

David Bianciardi  wrote:
>On Tuesday,  David Crandall wrote about: Re: Intelligent Light Control
>>
>>I'm interested in the light control patch.  Do you have any URLs for the
>>light gear manufacturers?
>
>
>I'm pretty sure this is the right info.  We've used NSI stuff on a few
>installations and it's great.  Cheap, solidly built, etc.
>
>As far as the IF 501's reliablility, we've had one doing MIDI to DMX in a
>casino in Vegas for 2.5 years, without a hitch.
>
>N S I
>9126 SW Ridder Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070-6766
>503-682-1941
>
>http://www.nsicorp.com/

Count me in as another satisfied NSI user... I've been using a small board
of theirs
for over 5 years -- eventually a single channel went out but it has taken
quite a lot
of abuse...  the MIDI implementation is very simple and useful.

        /t (tomr@interport.net)

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 00:04:04 -0800
From:    David Zicarelli 
Subject: Re: Looking for midi analyser

Philippe Lange  writes:

>I am using very old modified synth and try to understand the midi they
>are sending. For instance, my old DX7 is continously speaking on my midi
>channel 1. I see nothing of that in SVP or MAX.

>In SVP I can not capture the REAL midi datas that are sended from my
>synths to SVP, even in I disable all the filters.

I presume the DX7 is sending active sensing, which is FE in hex.
This was a boneheaded idea that if a MIDI device continually
sent this byte, you could tell when the MIDI cable was disconnected.
But of course, there is a lot of wasted overhead processing the
byte in the computer, so OMS never sends it on to applications.

Don't worry about it.

David Z.

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 16:46:42 +0100
From:    Mirko Pelgrom 
Subject: Re: Lighting control / NSI info

>Subject: Lighting control / NSI info
>
>On Tuesday,  David Crandall wrote about: Re: Intelligent Light Control
>>
>>I'm interested in the light control patch.  Do you have any URLs for the
>>light gear manufacturers?
>
>
>I'm pretty sure this is the right info.  We've used NSI stuff on a few
>installations and it's great.  Cheap, solidly built, etc.
>
>As far as the IF 501's reliablility, we've had one doing MIDI to DMX in a
>casino in Vegas for 2.5 years, without a hitch.
>

People interested in Intelligent Light Control should check out the CDS
advanced technology bv URL.
http://www.cds.nl/ or http://www.lanbox.com/ The LanBox-LC II is a DMX-512
controller/sequencer for the Mac. The bundled software include MAX patches,
but the LanBox-LC II can also be controlled directly through MIDI. The
LanBox-LC II costs about $300 US dollars.

Besides being a MIDI to DMX (and serial to DMX and LocalTalk to DMX)
convertor, it also has a build in DMX sequencer with transitions like
fade-in fade-out and cross-fade. Also support for HyperCard and Director
(through XCMDs) and PCs (serial protocol) is provided.

Mirko Pelgrom
CDS advanced technology bv

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 09:06:31 -0800
From:    Peter Elsea 
Subject: old DX7 is continously speaking

>I am using very old modified synth and try to understand the midi they
>are sending. For instance, my old DX7 is continously speaking on my midi
>channel 1. I see nothing of that in SVP or MAX.

It's sending active sensing messages, which are not passed by either MIDI
manager or OMS. Other than that, everything can be seen by attaching a
capture to midiin. (As long as it's properly formatted- if it's bogus, the
only way you'll ever read it is with a logic analyzer.)

Has anyone ever heard of a device or program that does anything with active
sensing?

Peter Elsea
Electronic Music Studios
University of California, Santa Cruz
http://arts.ucsc.edu/EMS/Music/index.html
 elsea@cats.ucsc.edu

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 19:17:24 +0100
From:    Fokko van Duin 
Subject: Re: Lighting control / NSI info

>>
>>I'm interested in the light control patch.  Do you have any URLs for the
>>light gear manufacturers?
>
>

People interested in Intelligent Light Control should check out the
CDS advanced technology bv URL. http://www.cds.nl/ or
http://www.lanbox.com/  The LanBox-LC II is a DMX-512
controller/sequencer for the Mac. The bundled software include MAX patches,
but the LanBox-LC II can also be controlled directly through MIDI. The
LanBox-LC II costs about $300 US dollars.

Besides being a MIDI to DMX (and serial to DMX and LocalTalk to DMX)
convertor, it also has a build in DMX sequencer with transitions like
fade-in fade-out and cross-fade. Also support for HyperCard and Director
(through XCMDs) and PCs (serial protocol) is provided.

Fokko van Duin
CDS advanced technology bv

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 15:30:31 -0500
From:    Eric Rosenzveig 
Subject: Max to TV channel change

Hi,

A couple of years ago I remember coming across a company that manufactured
a MIDI to Infrared device. Anyone have an address or number for them? Any
other solutions for a quick, cheap Max (actually SMPTE) to TV/VCR tuner
commander?

Thanks in advance.

Eric Rosenzveig

By the way, if anyone can use a software only version of Protools (version
3.4 W/max. 16 tracks playback), Digidesign is giving them away. Try:
http://www.digidesign.com/pt34ordr.html#order

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Date:    Fri, 12 Dec 1997 07:55:01 +0900
From:    Seinoshin Yamagishi 
Subject: Internet and MAX

        We made an Web site which connected MAX by using Wserver.  The
main purpose of our project, we would like to call "Variations for
WWW", is to transforms an access to a web-site to a process of
composing/playing a musical tune on a realtime and interactive basis.
We have succeeded in overcoming web-MAX communication possible
by making use of CGI.

*ANNOUNCE*
        It is posseble to access to our site on this
weekend(Dec.13-14), and we put an installation at NTT-ICC in Japan at
the same time. If you're interested in, please access to follow
address. And someone who live in Japan, around Tokyo, please come to
InterCommunicationCenter( http://www.ntticc.or.jp/ ), if possible.

URL    http://www.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~sns/va/
When    Dec 13(sat)-14(sun),1997
        10:00am~06:00pm(Japanese Time)

##you need RealPlayer plugin, best view with Netscape4.0

Thank you.

Seinoshin Yamagishi
Kohji Setoh

SFC Computer Music Lab.
Keio University

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Date:    Thu, 11 Dec 1997 20:02:31 -0800
From:    Damian Keller 
Subject: outrageous! -Reply (fwd)

This is the reply I got from my letter requesting not to close the Music
Department of La Trobe University. Just wanted to let you know...

Damian
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 10:31:29 +1000
From: VC 
To: dkeller@sfu.ca
Subject: outrageous! -Reply

Thank you for your letter about the proposed phasing out of the
Department of Music.

Whilst sympathising with your sentiments, I have to tell you that, as the
direct result of funding cuts which flow from government policy, the
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has found itself in the position
of having to reduce its costs substantially (as have Faculties in most
universities in Australia).  In this context the Faculty, after due
consideration of its academic strengths and priorities, took the decision in
respect of the Department of Music.  I have every confidence in the
capacity of the Faculty to make academic decisions and I do not doubt
that it arrived at this particular decision after the deepest consideration
and heart searching.

Of course, it is profoundly regrettable - but the necessity to make such
cuts is a direct consequence of the effective reduction in funding to
universities.  Unless there is a radical change of policy on the part of
government, there will be many other casualties throughout the country.

Yours sincerely,

Michael J Osborne
Vice-Chancellor

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