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Re: Max in hardware?

At 6:38 PM -0800 11/8/01, Kevin Goldsmith wrote:
>I was wondering if anyone is planning on something similar [to a 
>Nord Micro Modular] for MIDI only.  It'd be great if I could 
>download MAX-like MIDI patches into a small box so that I could 
>remap controllers and what-not in performances.

That's what I was hoping the Opcode Studio 5 was going to be, and I 
was very disappointed when I got my beta unit and it couldn't do 
that. Nevertheless I've found that the patching and remapping 
functions of the Studio 5 can be useful, and it allows remapping on 
the fly simply by switching between programs.

Unfortunately the Studio 5 doesn't have multiple inputs for switches 
and pedals, so you'd need some other interface to provide conversion 
from these physical controllers into a mappable MIDI stream. Also 
unfortunate is the fact that the Studio 5 is two rack units tall. The 
Studio 4 could work, and it is only one rack unit, but as I recall it 
can hold only one patch in its internal memory at a time (someone 
please correct me if I'm wrong).

Possibly the most compact system would be a Powerbook running Max, a 
small MIDI interface, and some basically dumb MIDI floor controller 
that has a sufficient number of switches and/or pedals. All the 
mapping could be done in Max. An older Powerbook would be sufficient. 
I've bought several for under $100 each on eBay.

Richard Zvonar, PhD
(818) 788-2202