Simple question about makenote object


    Mar 17 2012 | 8:27 pm
    I'm working on a project, part of which needs to generate MIDI notes of varying length (quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes etc).
    I'm using a [metro] object to generate ticks that drive a [transport] object, and feeding the units from the transport into a [counter] to make things happen at various points within the beat.
    I can trigger events well enough, it's working fine, but I want to vary the duration parameter of the [makenote] object so that when I play a quarter note (for example) the tone sounds for the duration of a quarter note.
    I can see that you can do things like [makenote 124 4n] to generate a quarter note, but the duration of this note appears to be determined by the master transport and I want it to be determined by a named transport.
    My question is, how do I make the duration of the note generated by [makenote] correlate to the tempo in my named transport. To put it another way, when my named transport has a tempo of 60, the duration of the quarter note generated by [makenote] should be double the duration of a quarter note generated by [makenote] when my named transport has a tempo of 120.
    Any thoughts would be welcome!

    • Mar 17 2012 | 10:35 pm
      You can calculate the duration (msec) of a quarter note from the tempo, using the formula 60000/BPM.
      For other note values multiply with a corresponding factor (eg. 0.5 for 8th notes).
    • Mar 17 2012 | 11:56 pm
      Or you can use the translate object to provide the ms equivalent for whatever note value you specify.
      IMHO, the makenote object should have a 'transport' attribute like all the other tempo-relative objects, and the lack of it is almost worthy of a bug report (or at least a frowny face). But the translate object does have a 'transport' attribute, so you can use it and get the same effect.
    • Mar 18 2012 | 7:28 am
      Good stuff, that's really helpful. Thank you!
    • May 20 2013 | 8:01 pm
      Pinging this thread to agree with Christopher Dobrian. Although there are workarounds an @transport attribute for [makenote] would be most welcome.