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How to get master tempo from lives transport?

January 24, 2010 | 11:06 pm

Hi, … Title says it all really. Have been going through the new Mfl objects and patches and cant find anything? Am I missing something?


January 24, 2010 | 11:25 pm

[transport] ?

January 25, 2010 | 12:20 am

Yea, the bar along the top that says play, stop, tempo ect.

January 25, 2010 | 12:46 am

i guess he meant you should use the transport object to get tempo information.

January 25, 2010 | 1:19 am

Ok, fair play. Sometimes the simple answer is the last one you think of.


May 23, 2011 | 2:04 am

Could somebody please clarify how to do that? I’m trying to get transport info from Live into Max with no luck :-(

May 23, 2011 | 2:08 am

plugsync~ is a good utility object for use with live’s transport.


May 23, 2011 | 5:13 pm

Hello Andrew,

Plugsync~ and Transport have a lot in common. What are the pros and cons?



May 23, 2011 | 5:16 pm

I find it easier to patch with plugsync~ as you don’t have to worry about polling it.

Apart from that, whatever you like…



May 23, 2011 | 6:22 pm

I think the main difference is that metro+transport provides a tick counter.
This can be useful for handling different exact beat subdivisions.

May 23, 2011 | 11:10 pm

Yeah you get raw ticks with plugsync~ too, and you don’t have to poll for them. This gives you transport location as well.


May 24, 2011 | 12:42 am

But with plugsync~ the transport location is represented by beats as float numbers, i.e. raw ticks/480.
I wonder if this makes a difference in practice regarding accuracy..

May 24, 2011 | 12:43 am

Neither plugsync~ nor transport are working for me. This is a max patch outside of live, not a maxforlive patch. Any ideas? Is there something really obvious I’m missing?

Thanks for your help.

May 24, 2011 | 1:33 am


Naw – it’s cool – come on over to the other side.

@ragamesound. Sorry , I have no ideas which might help you. You might try starting a new thread with some more details and a patch.



May 24, 2011 | 1:01 pm

Hi Andrew,

thanks for the encouragement.
So I’ve changed my metro+transport patches to plugsync~, and it seems to work perfectly!

The attached example shows a synced 16th note counter.
Interestingly, plugsync~ delivers the current transport position also when not running.
So I’ve inserted a gate to avoid possible effects when the patch is loaded.

Any comments/improvements are welcome.

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –

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