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Making an owl sound

Apr 21 2010 | 11:25 am

I’m just beginning to learn using max/msp and I’m trying to make a nature soundscape. To do this I need to create the sound of an owl.

I’ve tried using tremelo function and what I have so far is a robotic owl sound.

Ideas? I’ve done a bit of experimenting but it sounds nothing like an owl.

Apr 21 2010 | 11:26 am

oh, i mean tremelo AND function

Apr 21 2010 | 11:27 am

buy an owl

Apr 21 2010 | 11:32 am

seems cheaper not to

Apr 21 2010 | 11:44 am

it would be nice to see your patch, go: View/Edit, then go Edit/SelectAll/CopyCompressed and post your patch here; I’m guessing some formant synthesis and glissando function might help

Apr 21 2010 | 12:02 pm

All i'm getting is a lot of numbers when I try to post it here so here's a picture instead


  1. owl.jpg


Apr 21 2010 | 12:44 pm

What's missing is some glissando:

-- Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. --

copy the text between and including (—-begin_max5_patcher—-, and —-end_max5_patcher—-); in Max go: File/New From Clipboard.
Here's a screenshot too


  1. toWitToWoo.jpg


Apr 21 2010 | 12:53 pm

Thank you! I’ll try it!

Apr 21 2010 | 1:32 pm

To qualify my original post, I simply think that any synthesised version of a real world sound never quite captures its quality. Though I guess it is fun to try :)

Apr 21 2010 | 1:49 pm

physical model of an owl anyone?

and no, not


  1. owl.jpg


Apr 21 2010 | 2:38 pm

It sounds better than before, but I think it needs delay BUT when i put delay in it simply play the sound later in the left speaker than the right.


here’s the patch

-- Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. --

Apr 21 2010 | 3:06 pm

use the [meter~] object to verify signal flow in a patch:

-- Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. --

Apr 22 2010 | 8:11 am

Thanks! Now how do I regulate the amount of delay?

Apr 22 2010 | 4:50 pm

I am tempted to resort to the international acronym…..but if you right/alt-click on any Max object and select help, it will guide you. Oh, and the tutorial is one of the best ever written.

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