Get Patching: Make a Simple Clip Launcher in Max for Live

Not all of us can afford to have some sort of custom-made, MIDI command center alá Daft Punk or Ableton swami Robert Henke. Some of us are plebes who are trying to make these beats while squatting in a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on La Cienega. And, for us, maybe it’s a good idea to maximize the input capabilities of the most irreducible part of an Ableton setup: Ye Olde Keyboarde. By using Max for Live, we can make the keyboard do pretty much anything imaginable. And, in future installments, we’ll talk about using the trackpad (which on a Macbook, can track 10(?!) independent input points! Take that, Lemur.

In this video, we’ll cover the “key” object, which accepts keypresses from the computer keyboard (there’s actually a much more swank version of this object called “hi”, which will allow you to access the trackpad, mic and IR inputs, but be patient Daniel-san). We’ll then take that input and use it to trigger different clips, making ourselves a kind of clip matrix with the keyboard. We’ll do this by assigning keys a-f to scenes 1-4 and keys j-; to tracks 1-4. In the process, we’ll also cover how to use variables in Max for Live and introduce the “select” object, which will help us manage our keypresses. So, get ready, because this is going to be too awesome for words.

2 Responses to “Get Patching: Make a Simple Clip Launcher in Max for Live”

  1. hello June 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    that is a really bad mistake you make in this tutorial with [pack], and misunderstanding ‘hot’ (red) and ‘cold’ (blue) inlets and ‘right to left order’ in max.

    in your patch, only pressing the scene launch key launches the clip in live, and you have to choose the clip before the scene, which is a little illogical.

    if you really wanted it to not fire until both inlets have received (as you say you want in the vid), you need the [buddy] object. but i would just swap around the right and left hands as you have them now – 1. right hand choose scene, 2. left hand launch clip – as it is laid out in live.

    • Anthony June 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      I understand what you’re saying about switching the inputs so that the scene selection is first. Good point.

      But can you clarify a little bit about the hot and cold inputs? What is the misunderstanding? I’d like to fix it if I said something substantively incorrect.

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