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ppooll is a networking system between max-patches.
100 ready made modules offer a audio live performance tool
and also can interact with your own patches.


Jan 5, 2013 at 3:11am

Many thanks for ppooll!
I have a lot of questions but I have selected two:
How can I run VST in a ppooll environment?
How can I route OSC using control@ and OSculator (to use a wiimote)? (I read many times control@’s help but… it never receive anything)
Many thanks in advance,.

Jan 7, 2013 at 12:55pm

> How can I run VST in a ppooll environment?
there is a patch called vst@. you can open it from the ho_st. then in there define your vst-folder on top of that patch, then load your plugin…
> How can I route OSC using control@..?
in control@ choose osc in the top menu, then set the incoming port (as defined in osculator e.g.). incoming messages will be displayed in the routing window.
if you want to use wii-remote you also might use the ppooll patch wii@.
hope this helps a bit. please note that there is also a technical mailing list for ppooll. you may look this up on the website.

Jan 8, 2013 at 4:35am

Hi Klaus !!! thanks for PPOOLL ! please tell me how can i open just a my new max msp patch inside ppooll?

Jan 8, 2013 at 12:44pm

its more opening it alongside with ppooll.
after that, there are different ways depending on how you want to interact with ppooll.
there are 6 possible tasks:
controlling ppooll parameters, getting your patch parameters controled,
sending audio from your patch into ppooll, receiving ppooll audio
sending jitter streams, receiving jitte streams.

all the sending is very simple. objects like ll.par (for parameters) and (for send audio) come with help-patches.
receiving is more advanced, since ppooll needs to recognise your patch as “addressable”, which means you need the object “actmaker” placed in your patch. please refer to the help section at ppooll/ppooll-help/ in your installation for more insights.


Jan 19, 2013 at 6:50pm

Thanks! Now I understand clearly what I must do

Mar 11, 2013 at 9:27am


Through fellow musical deviants, I’ve just discovered this amazing software. I’m trying to get a feel for it but am having problems beginning.

-downloaded the latest free demo version of Max
-downloaded ppooll 2.1

I’m able to open the ppooll host/clue window. But something is different. The host window has a frame around it. This is not so on the tutorials in Vimeo. I’m able to turn the object on/off, move the slider, but when I try to activate Acts nothing happens. Hardplay does not appear. Sinus does not appear. Nothing. What am I doing wrong?

I hope you can get a clear understanding of the problem from my message.



Mar 11, 2013 at 10:41am

hi chris,
did you “install” ppooll according to the readme attached?
on osx thats only one step, putting the folder “ppooll” into the folder cycling ’74, then relaunch max.
otherwise have a look into the max-window (opening by apple-m) and report the errors there.
hope this helps

May 14, 2013 at 12:03am

Hello filip! I try to understand if there is a possibility and some easy way to deal with clock to set the master tempo and make some tempo sync inside ppooll objects and with my external midi gear? Thanks

May 14, 2013 at 2:43pm

well syncing and tempo is not really a strength of ppooll.
there is no such thing like a master tempo.
what exactly do you want to achieve?

Jul 22, 2013 at 7:24am

Hi Klaus,

The new version of ppooll is causing a ‘not responding’ max/msp. I’ve installed a few versions of ppooll now and am following the instructions in the read me. I’ve tried several times w/ ver. 1.9 and ver. 2.1. I’m using Max 6.1. There’s no message when I open ppooll via Max, just a spinning globe.


Jul 23, 2013 at 5:42am

hi nathan,
please try the new version 2.2
there is a fix for problems with the file path in “Max 6.1 Runtime”
hope this helps.

Nov 3, 2013 at 1:41pm

Hello there.

I’ve just downloaded the latest version of ppooll, but unfortunately I can’t get the vst or au modules to work. They currently show the developer’s plug ins in the drop down box, rather than my own. I also can’t find version 2.3 to revert back to, the next most recent one I can find is 1.97, in which the control@ module doesn’t seem to work properly.

If anyone can help, that would be much appreciated as I’m totally lost without ppooll!


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