Vocal Control of Musical Elements In A Live Performance

This project is a software tool developed in Max/MSP that allows musical elements, specifically in the context of a live performance, to be controlled by human vocal input. This involves the simple real time processing and analysis of numerous aspects of a vocal input, and the use of it to control & perform a musical piece. This project does not involve the direct manipulation of vocals, but instead uses the human voice as a controller to manage functions in real time. This project is an attempt to expand the abilities of the human voice within a live performance situation.

For example, a keyboard player who wishes to launch backing tracks on que, could use this tool to do so with his/her voice, and need not take up his hands to press a button, and the tool is also much more precise and customizable than a pedal could be.

Download the patch and all related externals at the DropBox link. An instructional/demo video of the patch is available on this page, and there is also a Concert Performance Video of me performing with this patch.

The report that accompanies this project is available here.

Have fun!


Uses MAX to allow the user to control sample banks, sample playback, filters, and a simple synth using just their voice.

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Apr 08 2014 | 7:41 pm

Seems like an awesome project. Thanks for sharing. The dropbox link isn’t working though.

Apr 13 2014 | 10:32 pm

sounds really interesting, thanks for sharing!

Apr 14 2014 | 3:36 am

seems really cool
for dropbox : just remove teh last ‘v’ of the link, it’s a typo

Apr 17 2014 | 3:32 am

Hi all.
Thanks for all the positive feedback. I will try and update this project with any future work that is conducted.
Please feel free to download, explore and modify the patch, and let me know if you do. I’d love to hear what you are doing with it.
Apologies if the DropBox link is not working for anybody, as it is working for me.
Here is the url: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dtsfd450kd06v43/Vocal_Controller


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