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Microtuning / temperament patch : help me !

Aug 07 2010 | 6:11 pm

Hi !

As an introduction I must say I am totally unexperimented in max.
I want to do a patch for creating my own scale temperaments. My basic idea was to make a patch which automatically assigns a pitchbend value for each note of the scale.


Aug 07 2010 | 6:13 pm

(OOps, when you upload a file, it posts the topic).
So I make this little messy patch, and works, kind of, although is completely monophonic. I don’t know how to make it polyphonic. I don’t even know if it is possible, according to the nature of pitchbend messages.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Aug 08 2010 | 4:05 am

You might be interested in the MIDI Tuning Standard.

You can also do it with the pitchbend method you describe by:
1) ascertaining the pitchbend amount setting of the synthesizer you’re using (most synths are +/- 2 semitones, but it’s usually settable on the receiving device)
2) knowing the desired cents deviation of each note of your scale from equal temperament
3) calculating (i.e. writing a Max patch that calculates) the desired pitchbend amount for each note, based on your knowledge of 1 and 2 above
4) distributing your played notes among 16 different MIDI channels so that each note can have a unique pitchbend applied to it

Aug 08 2010 | 9:25 am

Thank you Christopher.

The MIDI tuning standard is an interesting thing, although I can’t use it with my vsts or ableton’s operator (if I understand it well).
I’ll go for the PB method. The 16 MIDI channels thing is what I was affraid of. It is unbelievable how MIDI is a limited system…

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