Advice for a beginner

Jun 24, 2012 at 8:09pm

Advice for a beginner

Hello. I’m new to the Max community after finally buying Max in the recent sale. I went through the tutorials over Christmas with the demo version so I have an idea how to work with Max but I’d like to get any comments I can from more experienced users. So, today as a first stab at a patch I have been working on a simple drum machine with a step sequencer (sorry – I know it’s not that exciting!) and I have a couple of questions:

- In the seqrow sub patcher I have a “route” object for each 16th note in a bar. These go to “gate” objects which can either trigger a sample or not depending on whether they are set. Is it possible to collapse this down into something more generic so that for n beats the correct number of objects are created to handle this?

- In the main patcher I have a counter which generates a message for every 16th note. Again, is there a way to say “metro xn” and “counter 0 1 x” for a given value of x? An answer to this question could tie in nicely with any answer to the first.

Besides that I’d welcome any feedback on what I could do to tidy this patcher up code wise. I still have quite a few ideas for improvements (such as using pattr storage for patterns) but I’d like to know whether it looks like my general approach to coding fits with the “Max” way.

Attachments:
  1. drummachine.zip
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