Video Generator With Max & Max For Live (Sneak Preview)

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This is a sneak preview of Julien Bayle’s Video Generator for Max & Max For Live:

I’m currently designing a video generator core structure able to react to my music.

The architecture will include a basic structure (again simplicity) and will be provided with music, probably.

You can get more on the Video Generator project at Bayle’s site.

Kyma Gets Open Sound Control (OSC) Support


Symbolic Sound Corporation has announced that it has added support for Open Sound Control (OSC) to its Paca(rana) sound engine.

By connecting a Paca or Pacarana to Ethernet, you can establish bi-directional communication with OSC-enabled devices and software on the network to control parameters of Kyma sound synthesis and processing algorithms.

An example of this would be using an iPhone or iPad as an multi-touch wireless OSC controller.

OSC-enabled Kyma X.74 is a free software update for registered Kyma X owners. OSC communication requires the Paca or Pacarana sound engine.

Kyma X.74 also comes with additional features, including an 11-times speedup in the Virtual Control Surface, support for the MOTU UltraLite Hybrid mk3, TC Electronic Impact Twin, and Prism Audio Orpheus converters, track-pad compatible menus, refinements to the Tau resynthesis, and more. Continue reading

Free Software Turns Your iPhone Into A Music Controller

Niklas Saers has released a free iPhone music app, pOSCa (App Store link), that turns your iPhone into a controller for audio and multimedia software.

If you’ve used pOSCa, leave a comment below and let us know what you think of it!


pOSCa is an Open Sound Control compliant controller for audio and multimedia software such as Ableton Live, Reaktor, Plogue Bidule, Traktor, Max/MSP/Jitter, Pure Data and OSCulator.

Using the controller from the iPhone allows the electronics music performer to get up from behind the laptop and interact with his audience. pOSCa sports a nice dial, up/down and left/right buttons and ten programmable buttons. Programming the buttons is easy: just select a button and set a value with the dial, then you can set another button to another value. When you hit the first button again, the dial will spin in place and give the desired value. This allows for easy pre-programming up to the performance and quick interactivity.

In order to have no surprises in concert, the settings are kept in the iPhone/iPod’s Settings area. Be sure to set the settings to interact with your audio software.

Here you can set your computers IP address and what UDP port your software is listening to. You can also set a name for the device so that you can have multiple devices controlling the same synth without causing confusion. Also you can set default min and max values. These are by default set to max and min for MIDI as many of the synth come from a MIDI heritage, but they can be set to anything you want.

pOSCa works best using WiFi and works equally well on the iPhone and iPod touch, although when using it in concert you might want to turn off the phone functionality first.

Open Sound Control On Nintendo DS

CDM reports that Open Sound Control (OSC), a protocol for communication between music devices over modern networks, has been ported to the Nintendo DS

This opens up possibilities for using the Nintendo DS to control music software and for other devices to control music software running on the DS.  

You can find out the details at the DSMI site.

TouchOSC Turns Your iPhone Into Mini JazzMutant Lemur

TouchOSC, available now in the App Store, is an iPhone/iPod Touch application that lets you send and receive Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network using the UDP protocol.

This allows you to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Pure Data and Max/MSP.

The interface provides a number of different touch controls to send/receive messages:

  • Faders
  • Rotary controls
  • Push buttons
  • Toggle buttons
  • XY pads
  • Multi-faders
  • Multi-toggles
  • LEDs

The program comes with four layouts that are organized in multiple pages.