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Using Max to modulate and Exteral Analog Synth??

January 4, 2012 | 3:49 pm

Hello everyone first post here.
I’m trying to understand how I could use MAX to modulate my external modular synth.
At the moment I have this:

which I believe will allow me to connect between the computer and the synth.
What I don’t know how to do is get MAX and the ES-3 module to talk.

Has anyone else experimented with this?
Is there another way besides (Motu Ultralite) to sync max externally to a CV controlled analog synth?

Would love to hear from people!



January 4, 2012 | 4:41 pm

When Dame Fortuna favors me, I’m lucky enough to perform in improvising ensembles with my pal Darwin Grosse (whose name you may recognize from tutorials here). His solution floored me the first time I heard/saw it in action, and continues to do so.

January 4, 2012 | 7:39 pm

Hi Gregory, thanks for the info, this looks really interesting! must investigate further.

At this point I already have a module that can convert information from the computer to convert to cv/gates which is Expert Sleepers module I posted above.

My problem now is figuring out how to use MAX with the ES-3, basically i don’t understand how to get the correct MAX objects/code to link with the ES-3.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



January 4, 2012 | 7:53 pm

Interesting question… makes me want to invest in a modular rig! Just searched for Adat and lightpipe and found this thread:

Good luck,


January 4, 2012 | 8:05 pm

oh and this:
– although this obviously is really really close to the expert sleepers stuff. Ignore me, I’m just babbling at this point :)

EDIT: Oooh, this would be more like it:

January 9, 2012 | 4:48 pm


I suppose you only need to send a DC signal to the right ADAT output. Here is an example. Don’t forget to make sure you routed MSP’s outputs to the ADAT outputs of your sound card.

— Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. —
January 10, 2012 | 1:23 am

Thx for the replies everyone, i’m gonna give this a go, need to find the time to sit down and figure it all out.
Lets keep this conversation going, has anyone been successful with implementing this yet?

would love to hear about results, or hear your advice.


January 10, 2012 | 7:12 am

succesful? Absolutely. It’s the most fun way to augment your analogue rig, in my opinion.

I use MaxForLive objects, so things stay in sync with Ableton Live, and I can quickly grab sounds directly into my project.
This way I can also strap a midi-to-cv converter patch onto a step sequencer or some such, downloaded at random from

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