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Max standalones on systems with Max4Live installed

Jan 28 2010 | 3:58 am

I have written and distributed a standalone Max 5.1 patch which uses bidirectional MIDI (both sysex and standard) to interface with a Yamaha workstation (the XS, specifically)

It seems to have gone down extremely well with the users, but one person was having trouble getting incoming MIDI to work (transmitted MIDI is fine).

It turns out that this user has Max4live installed on their system.

Is it possible to run a Max 5.1 standalone on a system with Max4live installed, such that the [midiin] and [notein] objects deliver incoming MIDI to the standalone patch?

I was wondering if it was possible to have Ableton Live route incoming MIDI to an internal port which could be used by the Max 5.1 standalone, if all else fails.

Some thoughts on this matter would be much appreciated, as it’s a fairly significant issue if incoming MIDI within a Max 5.1 standalone doesn’t work on systems with Max4Live installed for some reason.


Jan 28 2010 | 2:06 pm

In theory, Max4Live shouldn’t affect the MIDI functions of Max standalone. But I’ve noticed that Ableton Live sometimes seems to "steal" MIDI ports. It’s an issue (confirmed by others) which has nothing to do with Max4Live.

Basically you can use Live to route MIDI. Just create a MIDI track and select the corresponding input/output ports. Note however that channel information is not preserved. So for a general solution you’d need 16 tracks I guess.

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