Using Max to modulate and Exteral Analog Synth??

Jan 4, 2012 at 3:49pm

Using Max to modulate and Exteral Analog Synth??

Hello everyone first post here.
I’m trying to understand how I could use MAX to modulate my external modular synth.
At the moment I have this:

which I believe will allow me to connect between the computer and the synth.
What I don’t know how to do is get MAX and the ES-3 module to talk.

Has anyone else experimented with this?
Is there another way besides (Motu Ultralite) to sync max externally to a CV controlled analog synth?

Would love to hear from people!



Jan 4, 2012 at 4:41pm

When Dame Fortuna favors me, I’m lucky enough to perform in improvising ensembles with my pal Darwin Grosse (whose name you may recognize from tutorials here). His solution floored me the first time I heard/saw it in action, and continues to do so.

Jan 4, 2012 at 7:39pm

Hi Gregory, thanks for the info, this looks really interesting! must investigate further.

At this point I already have a module that can convert information from the computer to convert to cv/gates which is Expert Sleepers module I posted above.

My problem now is figuring out how to use MAX with the ES-3, basically i don’t understand how to get the correct MAX objects/code to link with the ES-3.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



Jan 4, 2012 at 7:53pm

Interesting question… makes me want to invest in a modular rig! Just searched for Adat and lightpipe and found this thread:

Good luck,


Jan 4, 2012 at 7:57pm
Jan 4, 2012 at 8:05pm

oh and this:
- although this obviously is really really close to the expert sleepers stuff. Ignore me, I’m just babbling at this point :)

EDIT: Oooh, this would be more like it:

Jan 5, 2012 at 3:31pm
Jan 5, 2012 at 7:02pm
Jan 9, 2012 at 4:48pm


I suppose you only need to send a DC signal to the right ADAT output. Here is an example. Don’t forget to make sure you routed MSP’s outputs to the ADAT outputs of your sound card.

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –
Jan 10, 2012 at 1:23am

Thx for the replies everyone, i’m gonna give this a go, need to find the time to sit down and figure it all out.
Lets keep this conversation going, has anyone been successful with implementing this yet?

would love to hear about results, or hear your advice.


Jan 10, 2012 at 7:12am

succesful? Absolutely. It’s the most fun way to augment your analogue rig, in my opinion.

I use MaxForLive objects, so things stay in sync with Ableton Live, and I can quickly grab sounds directly into my project.
This way I can also strap a midi-to-cv converter patch onto a step sequencer or some such, downloaded at random from


You must be logged in to reply to this topic.