8bandEQ is a standalone max/msp application for the Novation Launchpad. It monitors an incoming stereo audio feed and displays the frequency data on the Launchpad’s buttons. can be used alongside any other launchpad programs.
It is a grid of tactical sensitive and pressure sensitive buttons. The smooth wood finish makes this a wonderful instrument to play. The level of control is amazing, from rubbing of your finger on the wood, all the way down to slamming down on a button.
The software AALTO running on the computer is a quite versatile VST program that was very impressive. it allows for the rearrangement of any of the midi notes on the 150-note array and sensitivity control. The open-source mapping application translates the raw USB signals from the controller into control streams such as OSC and MIDI. There are lots of user-configurable options for mapping the surface of the Soundplane A into different kinds of note and controller data.
This is the direction that midi controllers need to be moving. It has the level of control needed for proper replication of things like drum heads and percussion also the ability to make all kinds of new sounds with a level of nuance that is unmatched. I would like to see developers adopt this kind of scheme in new control surfaces. and price them around a level where ordinary consumers can get their hands on them.
Let us know what you think of the soundplane A and if you have any ideas of a great device that I.S. could feature E-mail us!
here’s a link to the forum devoted to the development of the software for this device.
This is a program I created that allows you to add some randomization to what you play. It waits for a MIDI message in, then alters that note up a perfect 3rd, a perfect 5th, a perfect 7th, or an octave, also it is velocity sensitive and is polyphonic! I wanted to add more controls but as they say “keep it simple, stupid!” I planed on adding the other intervals but wanted to share what I have with the world! Shoot me an e-mail with any suggestions, and I will be more than happy to add them to the program. Watch for updates and new versions.
Updates coming soon!
- More Intervals: minor 2nd, major 2nd…. diminished… (As of now, it supports perfect intervals.)
- Color coordination for diminished/augmented/major/minor/perfect inversions
- Negative inversions: octave down…. perfect 5th down… etc. (Currently, it adds value to the note you are playing.)
PRI nanoKey edition allows you to turn on/off the three middle controls with the pitch down, pitch up and mod buttons on your nanoKEY controller
Listen to “C,D#,G#” a quick song I made with the PRI pressing only three notes C, D# and G# making the Cm chord. I recorded some loops in Abelton and threw on a beat. I had the “octave” and “5th” settings activated during this song, there are 4 different MIDI loops. Enjoy
Check out The Octavizer for the launchpad. Using the row of circular buttons across the top, The Octavizer lets you change the octaves of the rows of square buttons. All the chromatic note mapping stays the same it just changes octaves so it is compatible with Chords2.0. Enjoy
Max/MSP/PD Chiptune externals
Here is a really cool repository of some chiptune patches. I was happy to find these because I have always enjoyed chip tune sounds. I have made a touch screen/MIDI interface for the atari2600 external and I will probably make some more. I just wanted to make a multi touch MIDI interface, but after playing with the externals from this link I just had to integrate one into my design. You can download Phew for windows right now. If you guys like it I will make something eles with the NES patcher.
Download Phew1.0 for windows
Took me a little bit longer then I expected to get this built, but as promised here is the OSX version of Random7 for the Novation Launchpad. More information and a video of Random7 running on the Launchpad can be found here.
Download Random7 for the Launchpad (OSX)
Here is an update to my Random7 program that allows control and feedback with the Novation Launchpad. For everyone new to Random7 a short description is Random7 is a generative music application that randomly picks midi notes and velocities in a scale you choose. For more information about Random7 here is a link to older posts about this application and some music made by Random7. Below is a picture diagram of the different controls on the Launchpad, click on the picture to get a closer view.
Here is a quick video demonstrating the Launchpad control of Random7.