Making an owl sound

Apr 21, 2010 at 11:25am

Making an owl sound

I’m just beginning to learn using max/msp and I’m trying to make a nature soundscape. To do this I need to create the sound of an owl.

I’ve tried using tremelo function and what I have so far is a robotic owl sound.

Ideas? I’ve done a bit of experimenting but it sounds nothing like an owl.

Apr 21, 2010 at 11:26am

oh, i mean tremelo AND function

Apr 21, 2010 at 11:27am

buy an owl

Apr 21, 2010 at 11:32am

seems cheaper not to

Apr 21, 2010 at 11:44am

it would be nice to see your patch, go: View/Edit, then go Edit/SelectAll/CopyCompressed and post your patch here; I’m guessing some formant synthesis and glissando function might help

Apr 21, 2010 at 12:02pm

All i'm getting is a lot of numbers when I try to post it here so here's a picture instead


  1. owl.jpg
Apr 21, 2010 at 12:44pm

What's missing is some glissando:

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –

copy the text between and including (—-begin_max5_patcher—-, and —-end_max5_patcher—-); in Max go: File/New From Clipboard.
Here's a screenshot too


  1. toWitToWoo.jpg
Apr 21, 2010 at 12:53pm

Thank you! I’ll try it!

Apr 21, 2010 at 1:32pm

To qualify my original post, I simply think that any synthesised version of a real world sound never quite captures its quality. Though I guess it is fun to try :)

Apr 21, 2010 at 1:49pm

physical model of an owl anyone?

and no, not


  1. owl.jpg
Apr 21, 2010 at 2:38pm

It sounds better than before, but I think it needs delay BUT when i put delay in it simply play the sound later in the left speaker than the right.


here’s the patch

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –
Apr 21, 2010 at 3:06pm

use the [meter~] object to verify signal flow in a patch:

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –
Apr 22, 2010 at 8:11am

Thanks! Now how do I regulate the amount of delay?

Apr 22, 2010 at 4:50pm

I am tempted to resort to the international acronym…..but if you right/alt-click on any Max object and select help, it will guide you. Oh, and the tutorial is one of the best ever written.


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