playing random audio files from a folder

Feb 27, 2006 at 7:56pm

playing random audio files from a folder

Can anyone help me with playing random audio files from a folder using the folder object? I am finding it difficult to update from older versions of MAX/MSP to new ones with OSX. I know I will have to use a combination of objects, buffer~, groove~, etc. I want to be able to drop audio files into a folder then trigger them randomly. I think if I see how someone has set up a similar patch it will be a big breakthrough for me using audio files. There just isn’t much help anywhere in MAX/MSP.

Feb 27, 2006 at 8:02pm

There is a lot of help here though – There was a thread about this last week – Search the forums.



Feb 27, 2006 at 9:15pm

Feb 27, 2006 at 9:21pm

You could use

folder -> coll -> prepend play -> sfctrl~ -> sfplay~



Feb 27, 2006 at 9:33pm

Feb 27, 2006 at 10:18pm
Feb 27, 2006 at 10:22pm

what is [sfctrl~] ?

Feb 28, 2006 at 11:26am

Feb 28, 2006 at 3:18pm

Hi Emmanuel,

The object is sfctrl~ (no sflist~)

Look up in, but I think that is a Ircam’s object.

You can trigger sound files using the “play” argument. (and other stuffs)

I’ve used sfctrl~ a lot of times



Feb 28, 2006 at 4:56pm

Indeed, and unfortunately the IRCAM’s FTP server seems to be closed
for a while :-(

Once during the old days (1999), I saved the objects from this server
as there were in an open public folder and I just found them in an
old back up. I can put them to be downloaded on but
will the IRCAM be upset about this ?

Anybody from IRCAM on this list ?



Feb 28, 2006 at 6:06pm


You can download the max collective file of Xenakis’s Analogique
implementation at

The zipped folder contains the OSX collective file (shouldn’t these
collective files be compatible with Windows also?), the manual and the
presetfiles. You have to place this folder in your MaxMSP folder as
indicated in the manual.

(Anyone who is in contact with George Lucas should tell him, that he might
want to rethink the sound of R2D2 with this application….)

Sinan Bokesoy

Feb 28, 2006 at 6:17pm

wheel… I’m probably not the only one… Finally I found an old
version of sfctrl~ for OS 9. But it crashes on my computer. The
address of the old, unupdated, public ftp is here:

Please, don’t ask me why it makes Safari crashing. Use Firefox instead.


Feb 28, 2006 at 7:02pm

Feb 28, 2006 at 7:11pm

ha ok.
i had it but never test.
i will…

>>> The object is sfctrl~ (no sflist~)

Mar 1, 2006 at 8:17am

Mar 1, 2006 at 9:28am

-It doesn’t work here. The application cannot find the preset files despite
-it’s on my regular Max search path.
-Max 4.5.6
-PB Titanium 1Ghz
-MacOS 10.4.5

I see.
I checked this with another one yesterday too. You don’t need to change
your Max search path. You should put the folder you have downloaded
directly under your MaxMsp folder.
If you have still problems, please contact me privately. I would be happy
to answer anyones questions.

Sinan Bokesoy


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