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midi keyboard

February 16, 2009 | 4:28 am

hello
I am a new max user and still a little overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. I was checking out the synth building tutorials on this site and they seemed cool, but I don’t own a midi key board. Can I use the keys on my lap to for a midi key board for now and do the tutorials? Is there a way to do this. If not I was looking on line and found a cheap keyboard called Korg nanoKEY it is fifty bucks and small which I like. but it seems to only plug into the computer using a usb cable will this work? another question, what is a digital audio interface and does it have anything to do with midi? Is there a way to convert incoming information into midi?


February 16, 2009 | 4:41 am

With max/msp you don’t need hardware to utilize the patches, there is a billion different options to control patches. Here is a patch, which is not my patch, but does what you are asking to do…i pulled it off the list some time ago. The patch is very informative. enjoy!
-chuck

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From: jimmy joe roche
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2009 11:28:24 PM
Subject: [maxmsp] midi keyboard

hello
I am a new max user and still a little overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. I was checking out the synth building tutorials on this site and they seemed cool, but I don’t own a midi key board. Can I use the keys on my lap to for a midi key board for now and do the tutorials? Is there a way to do this. If not I was looking on line and found a cheap keyboard called Korg nanoKEY it is fifty bucks and small which I like. but it seems to only plug into the computer using a usb cable will this work? another question, what is a digital audio interface and does it have anything to do with midi? Is there a way to convert incoming information into midi?


February 16, 2009 | 4:43 am

first question – the keys on your laptop could be used to generate midi information by using the [key] object with the [sel] object to trigger different kinds of midi information. like this:

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but it’d be time consuming to patch a whole octave onto your computer’s keyboard. i’d suggest using the kslider object.

second question: nanoKeys will work perfectly fine. All MIDI gear plugs into your computer with a USB cable.

third question: a digital audio interface is a device you connect to your computer to input/output audio from your computer. it also lessens the CPU consumption of audio programs since it has built in processors for handling audio. Some digital audio interfaces have MIDI cables you can connect to/from, so it does have something to do with midi.

fourth question: what kind of incoming information? do you mean incoming sound? check out CNMAT’s [pitch~] object or Miller Puckette’s [fiddle~].

Good luck exploring Max. It’s certainly overwhelming at first, but so amazing once you know what you’re doing.


February 16, 2009 | 10:18 am

I recognise Chuck’s patch! Here’s the helpfile for lh.keys if you’re interested. I hope it helps.

lh

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