The Party Van is a live sampling and performance instrument built using Max. It was programmed around the Monome 64 and Arc 2 controllers but includes mapping for an iPad running TouchOSC (custom layout included) as well as the Keith McMillen Softstep foot controller. The patch will work just fine with larger Monomes and Arcs. Additionally, the patch has MIDI learn functionality built in, so every parameter can be mapped to any MIDI controller. Finally, control output of a Shbobo Shnth can be mapped to The Party Van as well.
So what is it?
Firstly, it looks/sounds like this:
That’s not everything it can do, but just a quick taste of some of the slicing/granulizing/pattern based stuff.
Here is a more thorough, although less musical example of stuff:
And now a more musical, but specific (snare-based) example:
Here’s a demo of the C-C-Combine module newly included in v09
Here’s The Party Van as used in my series of pieces “Everything. Everything at once. Once.”
DESCRIPTION AND OVERVIEW
The Party Van is a live sampling and performance instrument built using Max/MSP. It was programmed around the Monome 64 and Arc 2 controllers but includes mapping for an iPad running TouchOSC (custom layout included) as well as the Keith McMillen Softstep foot controller. Additionally, the patch has MIDI learn functionality built in, so every parameter can be mapped to any MIDI controller.
THE PARTY VAN INCLUDES SOME OF THE FOLLOWING:
– A variety of samplers/loopers oriented towards live performance
– Granular, concatenative, and convolution based synthesis on recorded buffers
– Buffer-based and real-time audio analysis used to dynamically generate intelligent presets
– Input/output effects
– Input stage convolution and amp simulation
– 8-bit sampler/looper based on the ciat-lonbarde Cocolase
– Virtual CD skipping module based on “The Chocolate
Grinder”, another one of my patches
– Concatenative synthesis module based on “C-C-
Combine”, another one of my patches
– Attack-based sampling and triggering of effects
There is no quantization. And all the modules play really nicely together. You can start recording a loop while in slicing mode, or switch between grain/normal and start where you left off, or record every knob wiggle in the pattern recorder, or reverse while creating your original loop etc…
This patch is an ongoing project for me. It is currently in a beta state as far as what I want, but each module is road/studio tested and working solidly.
(current version v1.1, last updated on 6 November 2014)
for an ‘up to date’ version via GitHub you can follow the repository here:
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