A woman in need of help making a theremin In MAX/MSP using wacom board control

    Nov 27 2012 | 4:00 pm
    Hello to all you Max/Msp pros!!
    Can someone please PLEASE help me figure out the workflow for creating a theremin in Max Msp????
    I want to be able to control the pitch and volume of the theremin with a wacom bamboo tablet, I also want to be able to link Max/Msp to a Vst synth in Logic Pro to achieve the right sound. Can anyone PLEASE tell me the workflow process I would need to go through to create this?? What links to what ect??
    I am very lost with it, a total beginner with MAX, so any help would be very much appreciated.
    Please help out a woman on the verge of a technological melt down xx

    • Nov 27 2012 | 4:33 pm
      Is this for a class project?
    • Nov 27 2012 | 4:35 pm
    • Nov 27 2012 | 4:41 pm
      It is indeed, my BA music production project. I have never used Max before though so am finding it suuuuuper brain frying. I can't figure out the work flow.. I have the Oscullator software that will allow the Wacom board to connect to MAX, but i just cant figure how to connect Max to Logic and Likewise How to connect all the elements in a coherent wireframe. Is it Wacom - max/msp - Logic. Grrrrrrrrr haha xx
    • Nov 27 2012 | 4:46 pm
      I am a firm believer in woman's lib, I think with some hard work you should be able to figure it out. ;)
      Okay, kidding aside, now for some helpful advice. To determine the best plan of action, there are some questions...
      1. For getting data from the wacom in to Max, you might want to use a wacom external. Are you on Win or OSX? A mac wacom external can be found at CNMAT's site: http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/downloads
      2. Are you looking to create the sound in a VST? Max is capable of loading VSTs, so you really don't need Logic, unless you will be using the sequencer.
      I would suggest two options: Option 1: If you will be creating the sound in Max, you would accept Wacom data, map that data to MIDI controls, load your VST with vst~ and send your MIDI controls to it.
      Option 2:. If you want to create all the sound in Logic, then the Max patch is relatively simple, it would accept Wacom data, map it to MIDI controls, and send that data to a virtual MIDI port. Logic would pick it up and you can use it how you want in Logic.
    • Nov 27 2012 | 5:11 pm
      Hello Anthony,
      Haha I think this has less to do with womens Lib and more to do with the fact that I am practically a Luddite.. Delia Derbyshire would shake her head in shame at me.
      Thank you ever so much for the link. I use OSX and have already downloaded Oscillator to allow me to use the Wacom with Max, I haven't used it yet but it was recommended by a MAX wizard.
      I was hoping to use a specific Synth VST within logic to create the sound and somehow rout that into MAX to allow me to control the Pitch, volume and vibrato. When writing out in a simple flowchart would the pattern go as follows:
      WACOM BAMBOO - (into) MAX/MSP pitch/volume/vibrato - (into) Logic?
      I have been trying to suss it for many hours now so my rationality is very low.. Honestly, on a normal day when not faced with MAX I am not so stupid :]
    • Nov 27 2012 | 5:46 pm
      Have you at least done some tutorials (included with Max) to get the basics under control?
    • Nov 27 2012 | 5:55 pm
      Okay, you may not need to create a virtual midi port if you are using Logic. When you run Logic, it may create one for you. In case it does not, here is a info link: http://www.johanlooijenga.com/tools/5-apps/12-virtual-ports.html
      I have included a simple patch to get you rolling. It does not have any wacom stuff in it but does demonstrate how MIDI routing should work. All you have to do is select the Logic port (or virtual port) and you can send MIDI messages to it.
    • Nov 27 2012 | 6:14 pm
      You are an absolute diamond!!! Thank you so much for the help, your patch has given me a really great insight and made everything much clearer.
      Fantastic help.
      A million thanks xx
    • Nov 27 2012 | 6:20 pm
      I would just like to thank you again....... THANK YOUUUU!!!!! :D If I could buy you a beer I would!
    • Nov 27 2012 | 6:38 pm
      Hmmm, that's not the typical reaction a person asking for help with a school project usually gets around here.
      I'm sure it's just because the OP is a nice person. :-D
    • Nov 27 2012 | 10:03 pm
      ; )