score representation in max/msp

May 6, 2006 at 9:52pm

score representation in max/msp

Hi I’m writing because I’m a new user on Max/Msp and I’d like to know if there is an object that creates a traditional music score on Max/Msp. Thanks!

May 6, 2006 at 10:27pm

Hi. There is a possibility. With JMSL, Java Music Specification Language,
using mxj object for to host Java. I think it must be here: http://

Best regards

May 6, 2006 at 10:28pm

[lcd]. basically. yes, it is a bit work ;)

May 6, 2006 at 10:42pm

If you’re on Mac, you can take a look at my psw.uscore object, which
you can download for free from my website (go to the software section).

Happy Maxing,

Peter Swinnen
Composer (from Belgium)

May 6, 2006 at 10:49pm

JMSL has got a lot of interesting features, and Nick has worked on getting
it integrated to Max/MSP:


May 7, 2006 at 6:35am

Look at the chord object by Richard Dudas.
You can also have a look at this :

May 7, 2006 at 10:36am

Don’t we wish. Recording midi data into seq then importing to finale or
sibelius does a pretty good job.
Gary Lee Nelson
TIMARA Department
Oberlin College

May 7, 2006 at 10:49am

One of the best ideas I;ve heard so far – and it was only a mention – is
MusicXML output from FTM. IWith MusicXML you can specify everything in a
musical score. Finale exports it and both Finale and Sibelius import.

Gary Lee Nelson
TIMARA Department
Oberlin College

May 8, 2006 at 3:13pm

On 7 mai 06, at 08:36, wrote:

> Look at the chord object by Richard Dudas.


The chord object is part of the standart distribution since 4.5. It’s
called nslider now.


May 8, 2006 at 9:23pm

May 9, 2006 at 6:41am

On 8 mai 06, at 23:23, Jean-Michel DARREMONT wrote:

> There are several objects developed by Peter Swinnen.

Peter already answered on this topic. The only problem is that his
great objects are Mac only (like mine, maybe PCs didn’t reach Belgium
yet ;-), but we live in a multiplatform world now (but soon in a
processor monopoly one)!

Patrick Delges

Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie asbl

May 9, 2006 at 7:16am

Unfortunately, porting UI objects like these from mac to pc seems to be
a nightmare…
And alternatives like FTM don’t work : the win version is still a
monster bug.


May 9, 2006 at 1:51pm

JMSL is good for more advanced scores, and has a lot of very powerful
score-editing tools, as well as the ability to write your own
customized plugins. Since it’s Java, it’s naturally cross platform,
and the new edition has been tweaked to make it easy to integrate with
MaxMSP. It’s got lots of cool features such as custom instruments that
adapt to dynamic name-spaces, so you can pass the same set of data to
different instruments and have it interpreted based on what the
instrument implements. It’s got an exceptionally flexible transcriber
that is way more powerful than Finale, etc. (e.g. you can specify the
minimum number of notes for a tuplet, so a quintuplet can have only 2
notes in the grouping if you like, and you can specify preferred
metrical groupings)

While the score display is not on par with a professional notation
program in terms of screen appearance, the potential for algorithmic
editing far surpasses any other commercial products on the market.
Also, it exports MusicXML so you can always bring your score into
Finale, Sibelius, etc. for publishing.

It definitely depends on how much you need to do with scoring; for
short incipits, a max-based solution might be fine, but for heavier
stuff, JMSL is definitely worth a look.

Peter McCulloch

May 9, 2006 at 2:58pm

Probelm is : JMSL is now 150 euros…



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