Output two midi notes at the same time (MIDI step sequencer)

Oct 12, 2012 at 12:00am

Output two midi notes at the same time (MIDI step sequencer)

Hi,
I am a Max noob so I apologise in advance! I have spent the last few days trying to find a solution and have been unsuccessful. I am currently building a sequencer to output midi to an external drum machine (DR – 660) and am having difficulty in regards to outputting two midi notes at the same time (it will not allow me). I understand Max reads from bottom right to top left. IF this is the issue, what can I do to fix it?
Cheers
P

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#64729
Oct 12, 2012 at 3:02am

Your patch confuses me. However, there is no “at the same time” in MIDI, it is totally serial.

#233439
Oct 12, 2012 at 3:10am

Use running status message.

#233440
Oct 12, 2012 at 3:27am

Thanks for the quick replies. What I want to be able to do is be able to play (for example) a high hat and a bass drum sound at the same time. There are four rows in the sequencer I have created, each row (will) send a midi number to the noteout which will then trigger my external drum machine. Everything works fine, except when two toggle boxes are ticked on the same count which is rather annoying. Using the drum machines pads I can easily play two midi notes (sounds) at the same time. Max is only sending the first bang (midi note, in this case the last line in the sequencer) to the external drum machine.
Cheers
P

#233441
Oct 12, 2012 at 7:10am

something like this?

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#233442
Oct 12, 2012 at 8:06am

Thank you Lume. It still only outputting the lowest (as in position on the screen) bang unfortunately.
The noteout is going into my external drum machine then I am using the audio out of it for playback.

#233443
Oct 12, 2012 at 8:17am

Hmm, that’s strange. So all bangs are going off, as in visually you can see the bangs?
Maybe the different drum voices are on different midi channels?

#233444
Oct 12, 2012 at 9:35pm

Yes, all the bangs are going off as they should. This is driving me nuts!!

#233445
Oct 15, 2012 at 3:54am

Works here for me using the built-in sounds. Note that your MIDI Channel number box needs to be hooked up to the RIGHT inlet of noteout, not the middle (which is velocity). See if that changes anything. Also, you can’t sent out two of the same-pitched notes on the same channel at once, or more precisely, the previous note will be cut off. Shouldn’t be a problem for drum sounds.

You may also be having an issue with [poly]. You don’t need it, I don’t think…just send everything to [noteout]. If your drum machine can listen to multiple channels, then have a separate [noteout] with its own dedicated channel for each sequencer row. That should solve it.

Also you might check out [matrixctrl] instead of all those bangs and toggles…? :)

#233446
Oct 15, 2012 at 7:25am

Thank you for the advice seejayjames! I will try that tonight when I get home.
Cheers
P

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