Uni Project in MAXMSP
I’m not very savvy with MAXMSP and I’m trying to learn. I’m on a Performance Sound course in Rose Bruford in London and I would like some help on working a few things out in MAX for my sound instillation.
The Idea is somebody sits down on a chair in a room full of speakers and lights. I’m thinking of making it look like a sound/lighting engineers closet. I will have fabric that when pressure is applied to it, it will send a signal down to my Arduino and into my Maxbook Pro with MAXMSP on it. My Macbook Pro will be linked to a mixing desk using a 3.5mm Jack to stereo phono and connected to the desk will be 5 of the speakers in the room with a subwoofer which will obviously make 5.1 surround.
So to put it as basically as possible…
Fabric in chair > Arduino > Macbook Pro > MAXMSP > Mixing desk > Speakers
When somebody sits down on this chair I want a sound scape from a completely different place to come through the speakers. Like a beach or Hell. This audio I will design using Logic Pro 9. If he/she gets up again whilst the audio is playing, I want the sound to instantly stop. Also, provided he/she sits down again in 10 seconds or less I want the sound to continue from where it left off. If the fabric sends no signal in 10 seconds or more I want the audio to reset its self so that when the next person comes along they will start from the beginning. That way I can leave my instillation alone and watch people enjoy.
My question is how the hell do I design this is MAXMSP?
I’d need something to tell MAX that a signal is coming through. It’s a simple ON/OFF. Either there is a signal or there isn’t. When the signal is on it needs to trigger the audio. When the signal is off I need the audio to pause. If the signal is back on in 10 seconds or less then I want the audio to continue. If the signal is back on after 10 seconds I need the audio to start from the beginning. As you can tell I don’t know where to start so any help on this would be fantastic!
Also, How do I make my arduino communicate with MAXMSP?
Thank you very much,
1. The MSP (audio) tutorials included with Max. Don’t skip the Max tutorials though.
3. Are you sure you want to send stereo out of your laptop into a 5.1 system?