May 25, 2013
If At First You Don't Succeed...
by Chris Randall
As all regular readers of AI know, I've spent the better part of a year (and gone through two fairly expensive touchscreen monitors) trying to come up with a touch-based app for songwriting and live performance. I've just got my seventh (!!!) attempt working to the point where it can actually be used to make music, so I thought I'd toss up a quick video.
As with the other attempts, no DAW is used at all. The DSP is entirely Max/MSP (not M4L) and the app itself is written in C++ using the Cinder framework. Two-way communication between the app and Max is done with OSC. Right now, all that's working is the mixer and the step sequencer. The drum samples are hosted in Max itself for a change of pace (previously I'd used Maschine for these adventures), but all the synth noises are coming out of either the Analog Four or the Virus Ti. You get the idea.
Yeah, I'm gonna keep kicking this can down the road until it shakes out in to something usable.