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Soft Synths on the Mac

June 11, 2008 | 10:05 pm

Hello all

I understand that Max/Msp can be used as a host for soft synths on the pc (vst) but does this also apply to the Mac?

I mean, i purchased my first Mac a month ago, and i notice that i don’t have to use the vst standard since everything works fine with their Core Audio technology. Therefore, i am currently using my Mac’s internal audio card and not an Asio-driven card (as i would normally do on the PC).

So, can one use Max/Msp on a modern Mac for hosting and driving soft synths with small latency WITHOUT having an Asio-driven audio card?

Please assist

Panos


June 11, 2008 | 11:58 pm

"I understand that Max/Msp can be used as a host for soft synths on the pc (vst) but does this also apply to the Mac?"

Yes. If I am understanding your question correctly.

Just like you would in Windows, create a vst~ object, and send note data in, in the format:

midievent 144

(and remember to send a velocity off [0] message).

Or, use a makenote’s output to pack the message together.


June 12, 2008 | 12:08 am

This is typically done via CoreAudio and Audio Units. CoreAudio was
designed to be a very low-latency system, is pretty much the only way
to play sound on the Mac OS, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

_Mark

On Jun 11, 2008, at 3:05 PM, Panos Katergiathis wrote:

>
>
> Hello all
>
> I understand that Max/Msp can be used as a host for soft synths on
> the pc (vst) but does this also apply to the Mac?
>
> I mean, i purchased my first Mac a month ago, and i notice that i
> don’t have to use the vst standard since everything works fine with
> their Core Audio technology. Therefore, i am currently using my
> Mac’s internal audio card and not an Asio-driven card (as i would
> normally do on the PC).
>
> So, can one use Max/Msp on a modern Mac for hosting and driving soft
> synths with small latency WITHOUT having an Asio-driven audio card?
>
> Please assist
>
> Panos


June 12, 2008 | 6:02 am

Oh, i already am pleasantly surprised. :)

Thank you both for answering.

Panos


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