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using a hid object (360 controller) to record and loop audio- noob help

October 27, 2011 | 10:46 pm

i’m relatively new to max (using version 5) and ive started building a patch based around an xbox 360 controller, using the a,b,y,x buttons as a pad, the sticks to control eq filters and efx and the triggers and shoulder buttons to play/sample through loops from logic.

the coloured buttons are linked to subpatches which contain read messages as well as a few other things (volume controls ect.)

i want the drum pad to be some how linked to a step sequencer and have the ability to be played in using the buttons, if that makes sense, ive built a step sequencer but i dont know how to record/link the button presses to the sequencer and have it play back. (its really basic and builT on using midi numbers- not helpful i know but its practice i guess).

ive only been working with max for a few weeks and could really use any help or patches you guys could offer.


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October 28, 2011 | 12:50 pm

any ideas? x i can upload the actual patch it helps?

October 29, 2011 | 9:35 am

okay all i need to know is where to put the step sequencer, i know i need another buffer and a record object but i really dont know where they go, ive been through the help files and i’m really stuck.

October 29, 2011 | 5:03 pm

I’m not exactly sure what you’re looking for without seeing a patch but you could use the [mtr] object to record button presses (rather than recording audio). This could be timed by the global transport to record x number of bars.

Let me know if this helps. If you post a patch I could maybe offer more help.


October 29, 2011 | 5:48 pm

thanks :) heres the patch without my sequencer, its just trying to link the coloured buttons to a step seq.

thanks for your help

October 30, 2011 | 9:35 pm

sorry for the bump but i’m really stuck x

October 30, 2011 | 9:48 pm

I’ve added a system that records button presses. If you check out the help file for [mtr] you can add individual play and record systems for each track. Hope this helps – let me know


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October 31, 2011 | 10:17 am

cheers for your help, its just one track recording all for button presses. All i need to know is where to conect a matrix object so the user can visualy see their recorded hits.

cheers for your time, its much apreciated.

November 5, 2011 | 10:41 am

bump x

November 13, 2011 | 12:21 pm


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