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MTC generator

April 23, 2009 | 10:30 am

I’d like to have a MTC (MIDI Time Code) generator in Max, in particular for slaving Logic 8 to Max. Does it already exist somewhere? If not, any hints how it could be implemented?


April 23, 2009 | 8:42 pm

Have a look to Peter Elsea‘s MTC tutorial.

April 23, 2009 | 9:56 pm

Thanks! Much appreciated.

January 7, 2010 | 12:18 pm

Having a closer look at the tutorials and patches I noticed that some objects are unknown to the current version of MaxMSP, for instance ‘Lswap’ and ‘unlist’.

What are the appropriate replacements?

January 8, 2010 | 12:00 am

Those are objects from Peter’s famous Lobjects.

January 8, 2010 | 1:17 pm

Thanks again, Emmanuel.

So I’ve got the MTC generator working! With the excellent documentation I was even able to change the framerate from 30 to 25 fps which is necessary for perfect timing in Max.

Now I’m wondering if it would be possible to use the MTC generator in a M4L device (as Live doesn’t support MTC output). But it seems that the frame messages are not passed through midiout of M4L devices. Do you think there is some workaround?

October 31, 2011 | 10:35 pm

@broc may be you could run another patch in standalone mode and communicate between them, locally, using another protocol i.e. OSC.

OSC should not be the best solution, its just an example.. You should test for lag, etcs..

if you find a solution let me know ( :


October 31, 2011 | 11:30 pm

The solution was easy with Leigh Hunt’s max externals for midiin/out.

April 21, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Leigh Hunt’s url is not more working…

April 22, 2013 | 12:13 am

Hi Rick, thanx a lot!!!

January 11, 2015 | 2:43 am

I can’t seem to get it working. Anyone that has accomplished this willing to share/help out a newb?

Thanks much!

January 11, 2015 | 3:47 pm

I’ve used Leigh Hunt externals ‘lh_midiinoutV1.02’ on Mac OS10.5, Live8 and Max5, but it may not work on other versions – a general problem with 3rd party stuff.

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