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Help — Noob needs Step Sequencer Tutorial

Aug 29 2009 | 6:58 pm

Hi Guys

Pretty simple one here. Just want to make a simple 16 step sequencer.

What I’m after is:

• A tutorial – as I want to learn what makes it tick
• I’d like to have it so that it has a scroll bar that runs through the steps at the set tempo

I’ve been going over the matrixctrl and matrix~ object but can’t get anywhere – – a step by step pdf or something would be great.


Aug 29 2009 | 9:30 pm

step 1

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step 2: rule earth.

Aug 29 2009 | 9:34 pm

This should get you started :

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Aug 31 2009 | 1:21 am

THANKS!! Guys, very snappy replies.



Aug 31 2009 | 12:59 pm

Have a look at #msg_160068]this thread which has a few examples of a midi step sequencer which you should be able to hack to bits to see how it works. It’s not perfect but it might give you some ideas. I hope it helps.


Aug 31 2009 | 7:39 pm

the most basic system would be something like


[counter 0 1 16]

[select 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16]


for more see below.

Aug 31 2009 | 11:09 pm

Wow guys I really appreciate the help!!

I’m a noob but should be out of the woods in no time with help like this


Sep 01 2009 | 2:55 am

Ok – here is what I’ve started to develop

My main question is how can I change the ‘Trigger’ number? (i.e. so that I get a different note)

I still have more ideas for this…

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Sep 01 2009 | 9:28 am

Check out the [int] object.

Sep 01 2009 | 12:36 pm

or [zl reg] for lists such as "60 127".

Sep 01 2009 | 1:21 pm

once you get your head around this stuff, you might want to check out the thread below which shows various audio rate sequencers

good luck Smile

Oct 19 2009 | 6:55 pm

Hi i am completely new to max myself.these strings of text could be interesting to "read" how are they used in max msp ?

i am currently using version 4.6

i am currently doing an assignment at the university about max and sequencing, so this string really looks interseting.


got the answer in another part of the forum, sorry for being quick about asking about stuff. i just got sucked into how much great stuff there is on this forum Smile

Oct 19 2009 | 10:08 pm

cheers for posting a max 4 patch Smile

i recon this patch can also be rebuild to play samples from a sample library, instead of notes?

any more patches for max4 ?

i am totally new to max, and i have to use version4, because the university only has version4.

will continue to read tutorials, in the meanwhile: max4 patches are well appreciated Smile

Oct 20 2009 | 2:02 pm

thanks Rabid Smile

i now have something to work further on, it is quite a big assignment. its a lot of things to be "sewed" together.a have already made a recorder and currently working on polyphonic voice allocation for the sampler. together with a random bit and some filters, it should be, for me at least, a nice and complex assignment. i will have a look at the max5 patches, and continue reading the tutorials.

i will get back to the forum when i have modified/build some more on my own.


Jan 09 2010 | 4:53 am

i just got max msp today.
how do i go about converting the text from these posts into patches with objects and stuff?
it must be something really basic but i don’t have a clue…

Jan 09 2010 | 5:08 am

copy the text & paste it into an empty patcher window

Jan 09 2010 | 2:23 pm

thank you for the reply, Terry
i tried this. i copied the text into a text window. then tried copying it into a new patcher and it doesn’t let me/work… could u be more specific? i’m an absolute noob


Jan 09 2010 | 2:36 pm

Copy the text into the clipboard then use the ‘New from clipboard’ option in the file menu in Max.

Jan 09 2010 | 9:53 pm

Just fyi since version 5.1 there is the live.step object which is very efficient.

Jan 10 2010 | 12:33 am

just had a look at that live.step help file, im liking the counter driven subpatch :) was looking for a good full monosynth example

Jan 11 2010 | 1:56 pm

That’s what happens when I try to make music… sorry ;-)

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