Examples of live keyboard playing enhanced with Max?
Oct 27 2017 | 3:15 pm
No, I don't mean Ableton Live in the topic title! ;-) I've been slowly chipping away at a low-priority project using Max to enhance live keyboard playing. There's no MSP, Jitter, Gen~, or any sequencing or prerecorded notes or loops at all - it's 100% live. (Although, MIDI echoes can sound like loops, can't they? Still, they're not prerecorded.) A couple of little examples:
Playing single-note lines, but whenever there are 3 keys held down at the same time those 3 notes are also played as a chord with a different sound. Good for e.g. adding the occasional brass stab to a piano line.
All notes played fairly short are sent to one sound + any key held for more than 600ms plays a note with a different sound for 4000ms or until another key is held for more than 600ms, whichever comes first. This enables a sustained melody plus accompaniment broken chords to be played with one hand.
I've got a few little abstractions that do this sort of thing. They often don't do much each, but by the time there's a few of them it can sound quite rich. And I use, say, the bottom 3 notes on the keyboard to switch things on and off easily.
Finally, question time: Does anyone know of (and can point me to) anyone else who's doing (or has done) anything even similar to this? I imagine there must be few, as Max is so perfect for this sort of thing. All answers will be gratefully received! Even good search terms to use - I haven't found anything yet.