Cycling ’74 has announced an update for Max that adds support for the ROLI Seaboard RISE MIDI controller and Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression – a de facto standard for sending new dimensions of expression over MIDI.
“Working closely with ROLI, we at Cycling ’74 have released a huge content package focused on support for the Seaboard RISE as well as any other MIDI hardware that uses the MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) standard,” explains Cycling ’74’s Darwin Grosse.
“It features a new set of MPE-specific objects, a half-dozen BEAP modules and three performance patches that take advantage of the expressive touch features of the ROLI keyboard.”
The package includes some applications that demonstrate the capabilities of combining Max with MPE.
The first demo – the Particle Visualizer – uses the Seaboard RISE to create real time video effects from movie files, generative data or a live video feed:
Next up is a Seaboard front end for LMSI-CNRS’s Cantor Digitalis, a vocal synthesizer that can create remarkable results:
The control patch uses the Seaboard RISE to provide both note and expressive data for controlling the expressive vocal synthesizer.
The third patch uses two MPE-capable arpeggiators driving Max for Live devices, with pressure and gestures altering parameters in real time.
“If you have a Seaboard RISE, you will definitely want to dive into this package,” notes Grosse, “and if you don’t have a RISE, you should check out what’s possible.”
ROLI has also announced that they are packaging a license to use Max for a year with new Rise controller purchases.