building an ascii to midi AU plug

    Sep 24 2007 | 12:13 pm
    so ive been playing a bit with mainstage, and more specifically i
    think im becoming hooked to some of the logic plugs(the epiano is
    especially nice)
    rax has been bought(again) and one if the new features is supposed to
    be ascii control of midi functions
    but im starting to think that i may just stay with maintage for live usage
    and as far as i know, mainstage doesnt do anything like that, and its
    unlikely that itll be an added feature, since its more 'pro' than that
    what i would like to do is to create an (AU) plugin (to work in
    mainstage/rax) that will convert key messages into midi note messages,
    with some sort of dropdown menu interface to make it more openly
    usable, to control with a rehoused 10key usb numpad 'foot controller'
    making that in max shouldnt be too difficult
    however, i have no idea how to go about making something like that
    into a plugin, or if it would even work (does 'key' work outside of
    max, in a plugin, or if the plugin/app is minimized), or if its
    possible to do so with just max (do i need pluggo for this?)
    i did a forum search, and a quick google search, but only really found
    the examples in the pluggo product page, which are audio processing
    so i guess theres 2 questions:
    is it possible to make something like that at all?(using max)
    how does one go about building the plug specific architecture?