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Beat Counter Help (Im a noob, please help =[ )

May 11 2010 | 3:09 pm

Hi, im sorry if this seems like a really stupid question, but im stuck with something and i was wondering if you guys could help me. =]

I was wondering if it is possible to have a patch play a song (.wav) and have it automatically count the beats into a counter. Iv been searching on google and through the forums for a couple of hours now and i havent come close to finding anything.


May 11 2010 | 9:56 pm

Reliable beat detection requires quite a complex algorithm, and you would have to build your own tool to do this; I stand to be corrected but i don’t think there is a native MaxMSP object that will do this, although as i say, it’s possible to build a patch to do it. However, head over to and see if anyone has written an external (a ‘self-contained’ object or collection of objects) that does beat detection; you’ll have to be inventive with your search terms…

May 11 2010 | 10:25 pm

There is beat~ (Tristan Jehan) that works quite well.

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