Microtonal in Max for Live?

Jun 9, 2013 at 5:20pm

Microtonal in Max for Live?

What sorts of Microtonal stuff can be done with Max for Live?

Jun 9, 2013 at 11:19pm

Well, if you’re working with oscillators, it’s dead-bang simple to mock-up an abstraction that substitutes for the mtof object and kicks out the particular frequencies for the scale *you’re* interested in. I’ve done that for ages.

Jun 14, 2013 at 2:46pm

if you’re working with midi, you can use adjust the incoming pitch bend data so everything is microtonal. i’m more partial (pun intended) to mtof -> ftom for microtonality.

Jun 15, 2013 at 3:02am

I was having loads of fun with turkish tunings, just uploaded the zb.detune to maxforlive.com…. check it…. I have a polyphonic workaround too if you are interested…

Sep 14, 2013 at 11:10pm

This is my first Max 4 Live device that I didn’t copy from a tutorial. It allows you to set your concert pitch in Hz, then calculates and applies the appropriate amount of pitchbend… and still allows you to use the pitch wheel in performance. The microtuner I found on the M4L site asks you to type in a cents value and disables the pitch wheel… so I hope this is an improvement.

Comments/suggestions… PLEASE! :)


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Dec 8, 2013 at 7:37pm

MR_ZLATKO, nice work with your zb.detune effect. I’m very interested in your polyphonic workaround. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to polyphonically retune MIDI instruments in Live with the same pitch bend method, but Lives insistence on sending all MIDI out of channel 1 is vexing me. How does your work?

Jan 11, 2014 at 5:51pm

mtx_loader is also very useful. it opens a door to the SCALA tuning archive.


ftom and mtof in float mode, the fractal part is cents.
useful for frequency+cent calculation.

sorry, not m4l specific..


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