large files streaming from disk

    Mar 23 2006 | 10:09 am
    Hi all,
    A recent project I'm working on involves loading several (8 to 12) large files. These files are 309mb mono 16 bit 44100 hz. So they have a duration of an hour. This amount of data is way to much for the laptop (g4 2024 mb ram) to handle. Ofcourse I could convert the files to 22100 hz, then they are half the size. I can imagine, however, that the composer isn't going to be to happy about such a rash action. I have thought of cutting the files in smaller files and then loading the files when the time comes to play the file. Only loading files into buffer~ when the patch is running seems to disrupt the accuracy of the patch. Which is very important......
    Is there a way to stream files from the harddisc instead of using up all of the ram memory?
    Or has someone dealt with this sort of issues in the past? I've searched the archives and haven't found anything.
    Wilco Alkema student musictechnology & composition HKU, hilversum, holland.

    • Mar 23 2006 | 11:12 am
      sfplay~ -- this is pretty basic stuff, and is covered in the MSP Tutorials and Topics book. You might want to go back to that for a refresher.
    • Mar 23 2006 | 11:16 am
      it is possible to do direct-to-disk within Max/MSP. Check the [sfplay~ ] object.
      But if for whatever reason, you have to use buffers, they are so big that you can't use the [play~] object anymore, you have to use [] instead (you'll have to download it, it's not in the standard distribution). Please check the forum's archive.
      _____________________________ Patrick Delges
      Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie asbl
    • Mar 23 2006 | 11:29 am
      Completely overlooked the preload part....