My first Max/MSP app in a long time, and my first monome app, The Party Van is based on The Party Bus, the center piece of most of my performing/electronic stuff (including solo drum+electronics stuff and Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern), itself being based on the WTPA 8-bit sampler.
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
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 samples/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 stage convolution and amp simulation
-8-bit sampler/looper based on the ciat-lonbarde Cocolase instrument
-Virtual CD skipping module based on “The Chocolate Grinder”, another one of my patches
-Attack-based sampling and triggering of effects -Several soundfont and synthesis-based playback instruments
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 v09, last updated on 17 September 2012)