Adam's Blog

Is Live Playing?

Tuesday March 30, 2010
Category: Max 4 Live

So, more explorations with Max 4 Live are underway. It is interesting under there. I ran into a problem where I automated some parameters and then skipped to another place in my Live set. When I pressed play the parameters of my max patch were a little whacky and I need to bang them to get fresh updated statuses. Loadbang doesn't work since it wasn't an instantiation of a device.

I found the solution. The live_set has a parameter that is observable and will tell you if Live is playing. Guess what it is called? That's right - is_playing. So I have a screenshot of this snippet of a Max 4 Live patch that you can check out an use to send a bang when Live is set to play.


Screenshot of software.

Max 4 Live Beginnings

Thursday March 25, 2010
Category: Max 4 Live

I have been digging into the Max 4 Live API. Interesting stuff in there. I have been using Max/MSP since 2000 and I am pretty familiar with it but this new API opens a whole new set of doors. No longer do I have to deal with buffers or presets, LIVE does all of that for me now.

My first experiment that I am sharing is a simple patch that figures out which track it is inserted into, links to that track's volume, pan and send levels and links that to a GUI control in the patch. It is a good starting point if you are new and it helped me clarify a lot of things by going through the exercise. Enjoy.