Audio 'colour' recognition

Oct 3, 2012 at 7:15pm

Audio 'colour' recognition

Hi all (anyone who reads this).

Quite new to Max; what I’m looking for is some kind of graph, like a spectroscope that is able to divide outputs of sound colour/timbre.

I thought at first some kind of voice recognition might do; I’ve been looking at a few posts here on the forum but can’t seem to find anything befitting. Can anyone recommend anything?


Oct 3, 2012 at 8:51pm

Hi Vaz,
did you look into the msp help?: spectroscope~.maxhelp
you can work with that maybe, but I guess there are a lot of other examples in the forum.
A nice one, maybe not what you are looking for though, is jitter-recepies • book 1, #5

Oct 6, 2012 at 1:58am

when i understand you right you want to be able to sort files or route
incoming audio according to the spectrum they contain.

there are some nice thirdy party objects such as tristans [analyzer~] which
could be of help here.

you´d use the output of this object or any other analysis setup to simply
control a a [gate~ 2] in order to route audio.

if you one day think this isnt enough then it is time to dive into (simple)
FFT and/or build your own analysis stuff using filter objects and dynamics.


Oct 9, 2012 at 7:58pm

@Giorgio, I did look at the help, yes, but to no avail.
I seen ‘timbre’ analysis is quite technical – I will have a go down this route; it seems very interesting – once I get my head around it ! :)
I will also have a look at the help you recommend, thank you

@Roman, I want Max to be able to detect timbre/colour of sound. The link I gave Giogio – – seems to go into it quite in depth, which is what (I think) I’m looking for…
But I will no doubt take a look at what you recommend =))

Many thanks to the both of you !


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