Subject: MAX Digest - 31 May 1998 to 1 Jun 1998
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 00:01:59 -0400
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There are 13 messages totalling 371 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Webcast Feature
  2. Gibson and Opcode
  3. Gibson buys Opcode (2)
  4. MSP
  5. 874r87ir
  6. Max networx
  7. teczas suger
  8. Live Audio Positioning
  9. get HyperControl
 10. Gibson
 11. Studio setups
 12. unexpected quit?


Date:    Sat, 30 May 1998 23:27:20 -0500
From:    "R. Albert Falesch" 
Subject: Webcast Feature

I've produced a radio program, for air on June 6th and June 13th,
which features composer and MAX user Hans Tutschku.  For more
information, and how to connect to the webcasts if you're not in range
of the station's Chicago-based transmitter, please see:

  --Bob Falesch


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 02:49:12 -0400
From:    Nicholas Longo <71477.2332@COMPUSERVE.COM>
Subject: Gibson and Opcode

I would urge Max developers to exercise a certain amount of
reasonable discretion in their future dealings with Opcode.
My understanding is that Gibson has been involved in more
than fifty intellectual property disputes, including a
multi-million dollar suit/counter-suit with the developer of
ZIPI and the former owners of Zeta Systems (which Gibson also

Personally I never thought ZIPI had a chance anyway - too massive
and expensive to implement.  Opcode had the right idea for dealing
with MIDI bandwidth problems.  So the announcement about developing
low cost music tools seems to signal a shift in strategy for Gibson
in this market.  Who knows though, maybe they settled the suit and
we'll see a low-cost, high speed network protocol for musical
instruments that's also backward compatible with MIDI.

On an unrelated note, I've received a Notice of Allowability for
my patent application entitled Gesture Synthesizer for Electronic
Sound Device.  The patent application contains a discussion of MAX
as the development environment for the prototype application, as
will the patent when it issues.

Nick Longo


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 00:17:40 -0800
From:    Richard Zvonar 
Subject: Re: Gibson buys Opcode

When I first read antiorp's post I thought it was a joke. It isn't.

Good luck.

Richard Zvonar, PhD                    
(818) 788-2202 voice                   
(818) 788-2203 fax                     



Date:    Sun, 31 May 1998 22:02:29 -1000
From:    Rex Brian Coggins 
Subject: MSP

I'm looking into getting MSP by David Zicarelli. Anyone out there using
the product care to comment on your experience with it?

The web site for those that have no idea what I'm referring to is:
Rex Brian Coggins
Technical Exorcist

The Steakhouse Studio
5161 Cartwright Avenue, Suite A
North Hollywood, CA 91601-4075

phone: (818)985-2620


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 03:49:15 -0600
From:    =cw4t7abs 
Subject: 874r87ir

- tezt.
h!de number~ objekt + save patch.
kaut!on : may krasch.

max v2;
#N vpatcher 50 40 450 340;
#P user number~ 95 84 212 99 9 3 3 2 0. 0. 0 1.18 250 0.;
#P pop;

+ msg 2 adc + dac 2 open w!ndow 2 set !nput|output target
would b zupr


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 12:02:51 +0200
From:    Jeffrey Burns 
Subject: Max networx

>I haven't communicated max messages from one computer to another in a long
>time, and when I seached on the net for the objects that used to do
>networking  I found none have been updated for the PPC, including otudp,
>appletalk, internet_tcpip, telnet.
>Has anyone been networking max on the ppc, and which objects are you using?
About a year ago, David Z. told us that the best way to connect computers
running a program that is optimized for midi - like Max - is midi. I have
strung together a ppc and a quadra, both running Max, using 2 midi
interfaces, with perfect results.

Jeff Burns


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 15:10:26 +0200
From:    Peter Castine 
Subject: Re: Gibson buys Opcode

antiorp and Eric Rosenzveig forwarded the press release regarding the
Gibson takeover of Opcode:

>    Both companies confirm that the merger will provide for a
>    significant investment in Opcode research and development, allowing
>    a greater number of products to be delivered to market at an
>    accelerated rate. The companies also feel they can effectively
>    leverage each other's dealer base, helping dealers break down the
>    barriers between technology and tradition.

Just hope the R&D includes Max.



---------------- ----------------
Dr. Peter Castine           | Quote of the day:   |
                            |   Too much of a good thing is *wonderful*.
                            |                                -- Mae West


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 09:16:41 -0400
From:    Chris Murtagh Hrdc-drhc 
Subject: Re: teczas suger

What !?!?!  A message from antiorp, and I can actually understand ALL of
it!!  Antiorp, you're slipping dude! (must be getting old or something  :-)


Christopher Murtagh


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 15:26:32 +0200
From:    "Mag. Andreas Weixler" 
Subject: Live Audio Positioning

Dear Maxers,

a new app of LAP - Live Audio Positioning is located on


LAP is sending Midi-datas for spatialsation of a stereo signal (or 2 mono
signals) in different algorithmic ways.

The idea is to control

a DSP System like ProTools (including PT 4),
or a automated Mixing Console (like the OTR2 or NICHE),
or an multichannel effectprocessor (like Quad, Ensoniq DP4)

for spatialisation of 2 live instruments, or a stereo signal or 2
soundfiles in PT
on 4 to 8 audio channels by

0.  realtime drawing
1. sparkling in the room, random fades
2. circles
3. algorithmic x-y coordinates
4. HyperControl (modulated controllers)

A real manual will be done.

Andreas Weixler, composer
SAMT Studio for Advanced Music and Media Technology
Bruckner-Conservatory Linz/ Austria
visit E l e k t r o k o m p l e x  Vienna
European Conference on Electroacoustic Music
June 29 to July 5 1998
found a haiko:

Serious error.

All shortcuts have disappeared.

Screen. Mind. Both are blank.



Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 16:01:56 +0200
From:    "Mag. Andreas Weixler" 
Subject: get HyperControl

Dear Maxers,

a newer version of HyperControl can be downloaded @

read me HyperControl

HyperControl originally was made for controlling the audio processing
software HyperPrism by modulated x-y controllers. It turned out as an tool
for algorithmic midi controlling & composition.

The Idea is to control x-y coordinates by oscillators with

1. triangel or saw
2. sinus
3. random & brownian movements
4. drawing a table

or any combination of this.

Certain parameter (as speed of growth, limits  of min and max datas) can be
modulated by LFOs, this gives You the possibility to create complex
movements in between desired limits.

A real manual will be done.


Andreas Weixler, composer
SAMT Studio for Advanced Music and Media Technology
Bruckner-Conservatory Linz/ Austria
visit E l e k t r o k o m p l e x  Vienna
European Conference on Electroacoustic Music
June 29 to July 5 1998
another haiko:

A file that big?

It might be very useful.

But now it is gone.



Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 11:12:27 -0400
From:    Ed Hartley 
Subject: Re: Gibson

>     Gibson purchases Opcode, leading music software and hardware
> manufacturer
>     NASHVILLE-To accelerate its expansion into the music technology
>     marketplace, Gibson Musical Instruments of Nashville, Tennessee has
>     purchased Opcode Systems of Palo Alto, California, a leading
>     manufacturer of music production software and hardware.

Hmm... This could be good news for us MIDI guitar players.

Ed Hartley


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 12:38:20 -0400
From:    Ethan Rowe 
Subject: Studio setups


This isn't actually a MAX-specific question.  I'm working at my college's
computer music studio, trying to come up with a proposal for how to
improve the setups.  One of my main concerns in ergonomics; we currently
have three workstations, each of which set up on a large table with Mac,
keyboard, mixer, sound module, sampler, etc. all on the table.  Of course,
the wiring is a foul mess behind the tables, and the tables are too high
to be comfortable.  And worst of all, the horizontal layout isn't exactly
efficient for moving from the mouse to the keyboard controller, for

I've seen ads for workstation desks that have specific spots for the
computer, the sound module, the keyboard controller, etc. with the user
sitting in the center, such that he/she can reach all of the equipment
with ease.  Do any of you have any recommendations for such a setup?
Please reply to me personally at


Ethan Rowe


Date:    Mon, 1 Jun 1998 21:12:57 -0400
From:    Don Jenczka 
Subject: unexpected quit?

Kind of a newbie here.  I've written a MAX patch to allow me to display the
currently selected state of the Opcode Studio 5 interface. Basically, the
patch gets OMS names, puts 'em in a menu, and takes program changes from
one of the attached keyboards to change the # in the menu, which in turn is
fed to a LCD showing the current program number in a humungous system font
on the screen. In the background Vision is waiting.  Certain keys in
certain Studio 5 patches start various sequences in Vision.   I use this
live MAX patch for theatrical shows where i really need to be able to see
the current Studio 5 patch #.

My problem is that every so often Max will unexpectedly quit, error -39.
Funny thing is that it will quit without any sort of activity happening at
the time. The system is just sitting there,idle, during a dialogue section
of the show.  maybe after an hour or so.  When I try to restart Max, I get
the "sorry, you can't run multiple copies of OMS, blah"and then when i try
to get out of this dialogue, i get a system freeze.  If I don't try to
restart max, Vision still works through oms, as well as the studio patches
are still functioning. I'm on a pb5300C, OMS 2.3.2 (i think) and Maxfat
Any help would be appreciated.


End of MAX Digest - 31 May 1998 to 1 Jun 1998