Launchpad DrumSeq first beta release
After two months of freetime programming I am proud to present you my Launchpad DrumSeq. It’s a MIDI device and it needs a drum machine to make some noise. A Novation Launchpad must be present in your setup to use this device. The upper four rows of the matrix buttons represent the four limbs of a human drummer. On each row up to 7 different drumsounds can be entered.
The next three rows represent velocity, duration and auxiliary settings. These can be applied to 12 parameters on Live devices.
There are options for saving and restoring drum patterns and pitch settings.
I’ve been learning Max programming since the first day MFL was officially released, but I had a rough time to keep the settings when the Live song is saved en reloaded. It would be nice to set default settings only when the device is loaded for the first time, but then never again. Anyone with a suggestion?
Using the device in real live situations will probably help to choose additional features to make this device more versatile. Please send your suggestions and comments.
iam sorry i cant give a justified feedback, this patch is out of my league.
iam pretty impressed with it, it takes a while to get used to the controls, but once i had the pitch settings set up the way i need them, i was able to make a few patterns without a glance at my monitor.
5 months ago you started a thread named ‘Launchpad 64 steps ImpulseSequencer’ and didn’t get any response. I did not read it then because my Launchpad is newer. I think my DrumSeq is in line with your ImpulseSequencer. Thanks for your one word reaction.
You’re right xanadu.
But I’ve found some help on the ableton forum, and the patch has evolved, then I did other things and didn’t finish it….
But since tomorow (and you’re post) I’ve re-open it.
It works pretty well (and your patch would be a great ressource for improvement/idea) but my big problem is that I don’t have a reliable solution for the playhead LED feedback. People gave me idea at ableton but I didn’t manage to get something good.
Why didn’t program this in your patch?
In response to AuralBee’s comments on MaxForLive.Com there is an update to the Launchpad DrumSeq now.
>Parameter controls: layout is fantastic. I noticed when automating that the live undo buffer is filling up. Could this be fixed ?
- As far as I know that would need a live.remote (for every controlled parameter). These little gems eat so much CPU that my quad core intel 2.4 Ghz can’t handle it. Even 2 or 3 parameter controls freezes the whole setup. Sorry.
>Parameter allocations do not get saved. Could pattr solve this ?
- Fixed. Keeping state between sessions gave me headaches, and I don’t think I’m really done with it now. Keep asking questions please.
>There is no room :-) but: bottom row: running light (maybe red?)
- yes. Yellow/Amber, not red. Better for the eyes, I think.
>Swing function would be nice ?
- The Launchpad Drumseq follows the timing of Ableton Live. This means that loops and tempo changes work for the device. I think DrumSeq will follow Live’s grooves as well, but this needs checking. But perhaps the drum should not always follow the general groove. It’s possible to delay drumhits, but they can’t be played before Live’s timer says it’s time.
If I add groove-control it must make sence, so I take my time for it.
There is grooving now. I have adopted Ableton Live’s groove system. If you place a groove clip on the track with the DrumSeq and let it play or loop, the sequencer will play in time with the groove. If no groove is played the drumpseq will play again in straight mode. This means that all of Live’s groove library is at your disposal and that you can play your own groove clips as well. In stead of groove templates you can also use MIDI clips with 16 well placed notes (pitch doesn’t matter).
By playing grooves with 8 or 32 notes on a bar the DrumSeq can play in double and half speed. Five, Seven or eleven notes let the sequencer play odd signatures, but this needs some experimentation.
There apears to be a bug in MFL 5.1.4 concerning pattr devices. The DrumSeq does not correctly save and restores with the Ableton Live song. Cycling ’74 has fixed this one. There are ‘Incremental Object Updates’ at http://cycling74.com/downloads/incremental/ . You need the update for ‘pattr’. Pattr is widely used, so I suggest to go and get it. On Windows the .mxe files go to C:Program FilesCycling ’74Max 5.0Cycling ’74max-externals .
After updating the device works correctly in MFL 5.1.4.
Version 1.0.86 is a bugfix release.
- The running light is working again
- The Param control has been completely rewritten
- A half-speed mode is added
- The help file is not updated yet
- Some now controls have to be added to the Launchpad
- Automation is not working (yet)
I expect to update agan soon.
Since I can’t find a note on the C’74 site, documentation, FAQ, support pages, or searching their site, or search google I wonder if you anyone could help me out and let me know where the .mxo files should be installed on OS X?
I’m afraid you are posting in the wrong thread. The Launchpad DrumSeq has no .mxo files. On my PC there are no .mxo files installed, but I found 3 of them in my ‘Unfrozen Max Device Files folder’.
The .mxo files are the incremental objects you were talking about installing in your post, from a few weeks ago, about a bug in MFL 5.1.4 concerning pattr devices.
However I discovered that they just released Max 5.1.5 yesterday so it became a moot point.
For the benefit of Google you install incremental objects over the top of the existing .mxo files in /Applications/Max5/Cycling74. Backup the originals and then copy the new ones over the top.
sorry to be a complete newbie here , but i dont get the thing, what does it control, can you load your own drum rack or samples, how you do it? is there any vids for the set-up? Thanks for your time.
great idea. downloading now. the inclusion of groove is a very nice touch too.
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