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MIDI playback

Jan 23 2014 | 3:48 am


I have a patch that plays music from a MIDI file, but I would like to be able to control the starting point of the playback. Apparently, the [seq] object only starts from the very beginning of the file, which is utterly annoying. Is there any way I can work around this issue?

Thanks in advance!

Jan 24 2014 | 10:18 am


Jan 24 2014 | 11:25 am

I’d suggest using [detonate] instead. It allows explicit control of playback, in particular you can control the starting point by skipping a certain number of notes (delta times).

Jan 25 2014 | 5:39 am

Hi Broc,

Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I had a look on [detonate] and indeed it is much closer to what I need, but the problem now is that detonate only works with delta times during playback, and I really need to control my playback via time (ms).

A simple example: let’s say that I have 8 seconds of music, 5 seconds of silence and then more music in my MIDI file, and I want my patch to start playing it from 10s. It means that I still would have 3 seconds of silence before the first sound is heard.

Take care,

Jan 25 2014 | 3:36 pm

You need to calculate the sum of delta times until reaching or exceeding the starting point and from there run the normal playback loop, something like this.

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


Jan 26 2014 | 7:12 am

Once upon the time we had [seqplayer] by Eric Singer in 2004. It allows to set all kinds of parameters for midi files playback.

It is still loopin’ with Max6 and os X_7.5.

Jan 26 2014 | 9:18 am

Hi Broc, your patch works wonderfully, thank you so much!

Hi Ctrlzjones, unfortunately I am using Windows and that external do not work :(

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