Subject: MAX Digest - 21 Mar 1999 to 22 Mar 1999 (#1999-91)
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 00:00:16 -0500
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Topics of the day:

  1. unwired position sensors (2)
  2. multiple CD-player installation
  3. Pre purchase simple question
  4. re harmonaTon + mrs Vomit & the kids
  5. Would Max make good Sample Playback engine? (2)

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Date:    Mon, 22 Mar 1999 14:26:06 +0100
From:    Roland Cahen & Ruth Sefton-Green 
Subject: unwired position sensors

Dear Maxers,
I am looking to some kind of position sensors without wire.
to be used with Max
What kind of possibility exist ?
Do you know some good information sites for this kind of things ?

Roland Cahen

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Date:    Mon, 22 Mar 1999 14:06:52 +0000
From:    Adam Green 
Subject: multiple CD-player installation

Greetings again Maxers,

...and thanks for all your suggestions re this multiple CD-player
installation.

We're hoping to get our hands on any oldish PowerPC - Second hand Macs
are fairly thin on the ground over here, and as for used SCSI CD-ROM
drives, forget it. We should find a machine alright, but are still
wondering, before we go out and buy third party drives (like Pioneer,
TEAC, Plextor, etc), whether the current incarnation of the MAX CD
object will support them? Or will we have to go the expensive route and
find typical Macintosh replacement drives?

Once again, any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated

regards

Adam Green

    Music & Media Technologies
    Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Trinity College, Dublin
    Ireland

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Date:    Mon, 22 Mar 1999 08:52:16 -0700
From:    Jeff Rona 
Subject: Re: Pre purchase simple question

 > I need to create a simple application that will look at the computer's
time
> and make some decisions according to what time of the day it is. ( a bit
> redundant sentence :-) ) I am assuming that max is up to the task, but I
> would like to get some assurance from you, the users, that this will be
> possible.
>
> To be more specific, I need to play some midi tunes every fifteen minutes
> of the hour. The program  must be smart enough to get itself in sync, no
> matter when it is double clicked on.

Yes, as many here will tell you, this should be very simple to do. MAX can
be programmed to poll for the current time at any given interval rate. You
can then use that time to specify an action, such as play a MIDI file or
whatever.

jr

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  Be, Hear, Now
jrona@earthlink.net
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Date:    Mon, 22 Mar 1999 10:11:45 -0800
From:    Jim Wood 
Subject: re harmonaTon + mrs Vomit & the kids

"Ich Bins!"
to quote Einsturzende Neubauten, you need to know the
story of where this
comes from for it to be an interesting tale/song,
available from me on
request.
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Sat, 20 Mar 1999 23:27:43 -0500
> From:    Tommy DOG 
> Subject: Jim Wood HarmonaTon
>
> Dear Uncle Max,
> As you know I am not one to cast praise whorishly
or beg for source
> material but this piece has brought up a number of
answers to issues I have
> been trying to solve with my own random music
generator projects. For
> anyone who has not played with this, I suggest
taking a gander. Though it
> is not the flashiest interface it does create some
wonderful results.

Well, Im surprised and embarrased that you like this,
its oK, just a kind of
test idea of the things id like to do in the future.
Made at college last
year
The "interface" is an attempt to Minimise the knobs
and cords and numbers
that might put non-maxers off, and the idea is simply
to use the mouse as a
controller between 4 Corners of the screen and mouse
pos. a 4-way crossfade.
I actually wrote an external to do this, but possible
via a
patch/abstraction.
The "random"inharmonic  bit is a total hack just a
random number generator
linked to the mouse vector between clicks, and the
tone is just simple sin
wave.
This application is inspired by the musics of Phill
Niblock*, and other
tonal music makers, combined with an idea about
"drawing sound", Id like a
2nd version to have a draw element, that relates to
the mixing of the 4
sounds.
Peter (?) mentioned work made for graphic tablets to
play music, that is in
the back of mind for this too.

>
> If the author is on this list, I really would love
to have the patches,
> loose and unfinalized to play around with. I have
some ideas of combining
> this basic structure with my random music
generators and possibly replacing
> mouse control with MIDI control via the D-Beam (as
the kids are now calling
> it). Please contact me if you are willing to let me
experiement.

As usual not as easy as would I hope. The original
patches are on disks that
I dont have access to, and some work lost in Hd disk
crash, hence my
interest in the application hacking of previous
weeks, also I've lost the
copy of the external I made, otherwise I might upload
that to IRCAM too. But
as what ive said above, what is going on there is not
so complicated as it
might appear.
I'll see what I can do and contact you directly later..

>
> Short of that, I hope everyone else is well and is
heading to download
> HarmonaTon based on the solid reputation I have
built over the years.
>
I was going to send this in for the MAX CD but never
got round to it as no
acess to CD burner etc etc maybe V2 in the future
Available from IRCAM FTP
or here;

http://www.tralalacom.free-online.co.uk/

there is no "readMe" or instructions as they are
included inside app.
but anyway the general instruction I could add is
"click on the mouse a lot
until something happens!" The words on the screens
are "buttons", the top
two open windows, closed by clicking on the bottom of
window.NB PPC only.

Enjoy, if it blows up your mac im sorry.
email me any Questions

Jim Y Wood

*Check out Phill Niblock here, my own "fan" page (I
mean ironically), I bet
Phill hasnt got many fan pages yet. I thought he was
a more wothy subject
than Radiohead.
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/2730/index.htm

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Date:    Tue, 23 Mar 1999 07:48:13 +1100
From:    Garth Paine 
Subject: Re: unwired position sensors

Hi Roland

>I am looking to some kind of position sensors without wire.
>to be used with Max
>What kind of possibility exist ?
>Do you know some good information sites for this kind of things ?

You can buy very cheap video transmitters - then you could use VNS or
Bigeye etc.

Cheers,

Garth

See information about my new immersive interactive sound installations
http://creativeaccess.com.au/~garth/

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Date:    Mon, 22 Mar 1999 18:44:41 +0000
From:    Steve Smith 
Subject: Would Max make good Sample Playback engine?

Has anyone experience with Max's use as a sample playback engine?  I mean
creating keygroups (of samples assigned to particular note numbers as a
sampler would do) to playback instrumental sounds (samples) triggered from
a keyboard.  (Score me 100% for redundancy :-)

Best regards,

Steve Smith

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Date:    Mon, 22 Mar 1999 19:10:00 -0500
From:    Alex Westner 
Subject: Re: Would Max make good Sample Playback engine?

I've tried that and hadn't had much luck because I've found
the lag to be a little too long for my purposes.  I tried it
in Max, I tried it with MSP, and I tried it with both the
Sound Manager and a Korg 1212 I/O board.

When using Max and the Sound Manager, you're limited to a
certain number of voices - 16, I think.  Maybe 32.  Hm.
There's also some flakiness in Overdrive mode.  A hack I
used to do was to trigger all the samples first in regular
mode, then turn on Overdrive.

Anyway, good luck and let me know if you run into trouble!

- a

On Mon, 22 Mar 1999, Steve Smith wrote:

> Has anyone experience with Max's use as a sample playback engine?  I mean
> creating keygroups (of samples assigned to particular note numbers as a
> sampler would do) to playback instrumental sounds (samples) triggered from
> a keyboard.  (Score me 100% for redundancy :-)
>
> Best regards,
>
> Steve Smith
>
> ______________________________
>

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