Help — Noob needs Step Sequencer Tutorial


Aug 29, 2009 at 6:58pm

Hi Guys

Pretty simple one here. Just want to make a simple 16 step sequencer.

What I’m after is:

• A tutorial – as I want to learn what makes it tick
• I’d like to have it so that it has a scroll bar that runs through the steps at the set tempo

I’ve been going over the matrixctrl and matrix~ object but can’t get anywhere – - a step by step pdf or something would be great.


Aug 29, 2009 at 9:30pm

step 1

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step 2: rule earth.

Aug 29, 2009 at 9:34pm

This should get you started :

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Aug 31, 2009 at 1:21am

THANKS!! Guys, very snappy replies.



Aug 31, 2009 at 12:59pm

Have a look at #msg_160068]this thread which has a few examples of a midi step sequencer which you should be able to hack to bits to see how it works. It’s not perfect but it might give you some ideas. I hope it helps.


Aug 31, 2009 at 7:39pm

the most basic system would be something like


[counter 0 1 16]

[select 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16]


for more see below.



Aug 31, 2009 at 11:09pm

Wow guys I really appreciate the help!!

I’m a noob but should be out of the woods in no time with help like this




Sep 1, 2009 at 2:55am

Ok – here is what I’ve started to develop

My main question is how can I change the ‘Trigger’ number? (i.e. so that I get a different note)

I still have more ideas for this…

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Sep 1, 2009 at 9:28am

Check out the [int] object.

Sep 1, 2009 at 12:36pm

or [zl reg] for lists such as “60 127″.

Sep 1, 2009 at 1:21pm

once you get your head around this stuff, you might want to check out the thread below which shows various audio rate sequencers

good luck Smile

Oct 19, 2009 at 6:55pm

Hi i am completely new to max myself.these strings of text could be interesting to “read” how are they used in max msp ?

i am currently using version 4.6

i am currently doing an assignment at the university about max and sequencing, so this string really looks interseting.


got the answer in another part of the forum, sorry for being quick about asking about stuff. i just got sucked into how much great stuff there is on this forum Smile

Oct 19, 2009 at 10:08pm

cheers for posting a max 4 patch Smile

i recon this patch can also be rebuild to play samples from a sample library, instead of notes?

any more patches for max4 ?

i am totally new to max, and i have to use version4, because the university only has version4.

will continue to read tutorials, in the meanwhile: max4 patches are well appreciated Smile

Oct 20, 2009 at 2:02pm

thanks Rabid Smile

i now have something to work further on, it is quite a big assignment. its a lot of things to be “sewed” together.a have already made a recorder and currently working on polyphonic voice allocation for the sampler. together with a random bit and some filters, it should be, for me at least, a nice and complex assignment. i will have a look at the max5 patches, and continue reading the tutorials.

i will get back to the forum when i have modified/build some more on my own.


Jan 9, 2010 at 4:53am

i just got max msp today.
how do i go about converting the text from these posts into patches with objects and stuff?
it must be something really basic but i don’t have a clue…

Jan 9, 2010 at 5:08am

copy the text & paste it into an empty patcher window

Jan 9, 2010 at 2:23pm

thank you for the reply, Terry
i tried this. i copied the text into a text window. then tried copying it into a new patcher and it doesn’t let me/work… could u be more specific? i’m an absolute noob


Jan 9, 2010 at 2:36pm

Copy the text into the clipboard then use the ‘New from clipboard’ option in the file menu in Max.

Jan 9, 2010 at 9:53pm

Just fyi since version 5.1 there is the live.step object which is very efficient.

Jan 10, 2010 at 12:33am

just had a look at that live.step help file, im liking the counter driven subpatch :) was looking for a good full monosynth example

Jan 11, 2010 at 1:56pm

That’s what happens when I try to make music… sorry ;-)


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