Hello, I have kind of an interesting project and I wanted to know if max was the right place to start with it, or if not, what direction I should head in.
I have a Saitek X52 joystickthrottle combination, which is really, really cool. Everything about it, from the pageability to the numerous pots, hat switches, and the overall build of the unit screams to me that I should find a way to convert these babies to send midi data for effects control in ableton live.
Here's a pic and technical info on the joysticks:
Now, a few joystick to midi programs exist, but none of them are even close to supporting what the x52 can offer in terms of paging, number of axes and programmability. I've tried to get in touch with some of the writers of these programs, but no luck. People have suggested that perhaps MAX is the answer.
I do not program myself, and would pretty much have to hire or badger one of my friends into setting this up for me. Before I buy the program, is this definitely something max can do, or am I barking up the wrong tree? The joystick connects via USB, so to my limited understanding, it's just a matter of using something like midi ox (which I also don't understand) to capture the signals, translate them into midi code defining CC ranges etc, and send them via a virtual midi port to ableton. (I think!) Is there more to it than this?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the matter.