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noob question concerning midi send in m4l

Nov 19 2010 | 1:46 pm


I really tried finding the answer myself and on the forum but are new to Max and just don’t get it.
I want to make a device in m4l that sends midi (generated by a LFO) to IAC. Ableton than receives the midi data from IAC and I can assign the midi to a parameter of another device within Ableton.
Before Max I used envelopes in simple midi clips in a midi track to send midi to IAC. Now I want to find a better solution that lets me use LFOs also.
As a test I managed to play a synth in Ableton through Max with the midi generated by a phasor~. Can’t get it to work with control data though.
The midi channel also should be ok. If I’m sending midi from a simple midi clip in Ableton to IAC I can receive it in Ableton again (and also in Max). If I try the same with M4L it doesn’t work.
Every help appreciated!!

Nov 19 2010 | 3:23 pm

Hi Christoph

From one channel to another, send and receive do work, so do OSC messages

Leigh Hunt made these objects to "get rid" of midi limitations in M4L :

Nov 19 2010 | 4:36 pm


thanks, that was quick! I downloaded the objects from Leigh Hunt and put them in the m4l-externals folder where all the other extensions are. I already did this with other extensions and it worked. But max doesn’t recognize the objects if I try to use them. Restarting everything didn’t help. Something else I have to do first?
Thanks again!

Nov 19 2010 | 4:41 pm

You have to put it in the cycling74 folder externals folder instead of M4L’s, or you can specify any folder you want in MaxMSP in Options/File Preferences. Then Max will see it.

Nov 19 2010 | 6:01 pm


Nov 19 2010 | 7:17 pm

OK, it’s working now! Thanks helping!

Nov 20 2010 | 12:14 pm

If your goal is to use Max/MSP to modulate parameters in Live you might consider just using the API rather than MIDI. You can see an example here:

Nov 22 2010 | 3:50 pm

Thanks, I just downloaded it! No idea about how to use the API but maybe I can copy paste some stuff in there and hook it up to what I already have.

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