I dusted of my Monome today, eager to check out what goodies Max-for-Live brought to the community. I got quite excited over the idea of being able to punch in beats in Live from the Monome. Surely someone had done this by now.
Stretta’s obo (from his great maxforlive monome suite) was the closest thing I could find. It’s pretty awesome but has one major flaw for Monome 64/40h users like myself: it’s limited to a pattern length of 8 steps. 2 bar loops get boring very quickly…
obo lets you switch between 16 patterns but you need to mouse for that. An external controller or key mapping could do the job too but surely there is a way to solve it in the Monome itself? So I delved into Stretta’s patch and modified a couple of things to suit my needs:
- The max pattern length is now 32 steps.
- The top row is sacrificed for pattern page selection. The 4 leftmost buttons select the pattern page, 1 up to 4 pages for 32 steps. It still shows the play position too.
- The default note mapping matches Live’s drum rack mapping. The 7 rows map to the first 7 slots of a drum rack (starting at C1).
My goal was to make a quick beat sketching tool with a hardware step sequencer feel. Recording the output into midi clips lets me edit ‘m in greater detail in Live itself. Possible future enhancements: adding vertical paging for sequencing more than 7 tracks and/or 64 step pattern length.
Saving to external file and pattern switching seem to work reliably. I haven’t tested the MIDI in feature.
obo64 Max device download: http://dietervandoren.net/filez/obo64.amxd.zip